California Motorcycle Accident LawyersHave You Recently Been Involved in a Motorcycle Accident in California?
If you or a loved one sustained severe injuries in a California motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, you need a compassionate legal advocate on your side.
An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can help protect your legal rights and hold the at-fault party responsible for the damages they caused you to suffer.
The California personal injury attorneys of Wells Call understand what you’re going through.
We will fight to get you the justice and financial compensation you deserve for your medical treatment, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.
For almost three decades, we have pursued justice for our clients, and we will fight tirelessly to get you the best possible outcome in your case.
The Threat of Motorcycle Accidents in California
Despite our state’s size and diverse climate regions, California’s weather is ideal for riding a motorcycle for much of the year.
However, as our state’s roadways are frequently clogged with a steady flow of motor vehicle traffic, motorcycle riders and passengers face an increased risk of injury accidents.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 450 motorcycle fatalities occurred in 2019 (the most recent year for which data is available).
This number is second only to Florida and represents more than 15% of the nation’s total motorcycle fatalities for that period.
You can take action to keep yourself as safe as possible. Never ride without a helmet, and never get on your bike if you’re tired, distracted, or have been drinking.
Always check your bike thoroughly before a ride, including tire pressure, breaks, lights and turn signals, etc.
If you have a passenger, ensure that they are aware of all the important safety rules. You can read more motorcycle safety tips on the NHTSA site.
No matter how careful you are, you cannot control what other motorists do on the roadway. Despite prominent national and state level motorcycle safety awareness campaigns, riders are injured or killed frequently because another driver didn’t see their motorcycle.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a crash that someone else caused, a motorcycle accident injury lawyer from Wells Call can help.
When Should You Contact a California Motorcycle Accident Law Firm?
Immediately after any type of motor vehicle collision, seek medical attention. Getting checked out by a qualified medical professional is critical, even if you don’t believe you were injured.
You could have internal injuries or soft tissue damage that you don’t recognize. Seeing a doctor also ensures you have medical records to support your claim.
Consider contacting a motorcycle crash attorney as your next step. The insurance company may request a statement from you or want to discuss a potential settlement.
Never provide any statement, sign any documents, or agree to accept any offer without consulting a lawyer. The insurance company can use your statement to deny your claim or reduce its value.
The California statute of limitations provides another reason to contact a motorcycle accident attorney immediately.
In California, you must file a lawsuit within two years of an injury accident. Otherwise, you risk losing your legal right to seek compensation.
In most cases, your attorney will negotiate a settlement with the insurance company.
This ensures that you won’t have to file suit and take your case to court. This also helps get you the financial resources you need as soon as possible.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes in California
According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, approximately 40% of motorcycle fatalities result from single-vehicle crashes. The remaining 60% involved at least one other vehicle.
Some of the most common causes of single-vehicle motorcycle crashes are as follows:
- Obstacles in the roadway,
- Roadway defects,
- Missing or obstructed signage, and
- Obscured traffic hazards.
Equipment failure also contributes to single-vehicle motorcycle accidents and injuries. This often involves tire failure, braking equipment problems, and faulty wiring.
Approximately two-thirds of multiple-vehicle motorcycle crashes occur when another motorist violates the biker’s right of way.
Motorists frequently change lanes and make turns without detecting the motorcyclist’s presence until the collision—or until it is too late to avoid a crash. These events often result due to distracted or impaired driving.
Unfortunately, many life-threatening and fatal motorcycle accidents occur due to hostile or deliberate actions of motorists.
How Can We Help You with Your Motorcycle Accident Case?
After a motorcycle crash, you need a passionate advocate on your side, fighting to get you the justice and compensation you deserve.
Our experienced personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and experience to get the job done for you. We have convenient office locations throughout California. We can also handle your case electronically, via telephone and video conference.
Our attorneys and legal team are accessible and responsive. We provide proactive communication and updates on your case.
We handle everything for you, from start to finish, so you can focus on recovery. We provide a free case review, and we never charge any legal fees until we recover compensation for you.
For almost four decades, we have fought tirelessly for the rights of injury accident victims.
We will fight to hold the at-fault party accountable and seek the maximum compensation for your injuries and other damages. Contact us today to speak directly with one of our California motorcycle accident lawyers.
How Much Is Your California Motorcycle Accident Claim Worth?
If you are considering talking to a motorcycle accident lawyer, you might be curious about the potential value of your claim. Your claim value will vary depending on your injuries and other details of your case.
However, you could be entitled to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, emotional trauma, pain and suffering, and more.
Motorcycles provide virtually no protection for the operator or passenger. Consequently, motorcycle accident victims often suffer severe or life-threatening injuries.
If you suffered any scarring or permanent injuries, you could recover additional compensation for those damages. Speak to a lawyer for motorcycle accidents to learn more about what your claim may be worth.
Contact Our California Motorcycle Injury Attorneys Today for Help
The experienced lawyers of Wells Call fights to protect the legal rights of motorcycle accident injury victims and their families every day. We assist clients throughout California and the western United States.
We understand how frightening and overwhelming this situation can be for you and your loved ones.
We want to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other damages.
Call us now at 707-243-8595 or use our online case review form to schedule your free consultation with a California motorcycle accident lawyer.
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What Are Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in California?
Motorcyclists and cyclists have virtually no protection from collisions. The types of injuries caused by an accident can be life-altering or may result in unaffordable medical bills. Common motorcycle accident injuries may include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI). The blunt-force trauma or whiplash from an accident may cause a traumatic brain injury. Depending on the severity and location of the injury, you could suffer problems with memory, decision-making, balance, movement, speech, or behavior.
- Spinal cord injury or paralysis. You could suffer a spinal cord injury after an accident. An incomplete spinal cord injury may result in partial paralysis below the site of the injury. On the other hand, a complete spinal cord injury may cause you to suffer total paralysis.
- Road rash. You could be thrown from your motorcycle during an accident. Any exposed skin could slide across the ground. Road rash is a very serious type of abrasion that may lead to serious infections and other health problems. Abrasions are also possible during a bicycle accident.
- Broken bones. The blunt force trauma of a crash could cause you to break one or more bones. Facial bones could also be damaged during a crash, which may lead to disfigurement.
- Burn injuries. Gasoline from a motorcycle or vehicle may ignite during a collision. Motorcycle accidents can also cause burn injuries. In some cases, burn injuries can lead to disfigurement.
Who May Be Liable for a Motorcycle in California?
There are multiple parties that may be responsible for causing a motorcycle accident. In some cases, more than one party can be liable for a single crash. Cases we take may involve claims against parties that include but are not limited to:
- Other motorists. Other motorists are responsible for many motorcycle accidents. Motorists may be working when they cause a wreck, which means their employers could also be liable.
- Motorcycle manufacturers. Like regular vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles may also contain defects that cause injuries or deaths. In such cases, you may be able to seek damages against the manufacturer.
- Equipment manufacturers. Motorcycle and bicycle equipment may contain defects that contribute to an accident or injuries. You may be able to file a claim against the manufacturers of defective equipment.
- Dealerships or repair shops. There are cases where dealerships could be liable for a motorcycle crash. For instance, they might be liable if they sold a defective motorcycle that injured or killed a customer.
Your ability to file an accident lawsuit against one or more of the parties listed above would depend on the circumstances. For instance, you would need to prove their negligent conduct caused the accident and resulting injury or death. The criteria required to file a lawsuit may be confusing to understand, so it is important to speak with an attorney to discuss your eligibility.
Act Quickly for California Motorcycle Accident Case
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, talking to a California motorcycle accident attorney right away is critical. You have a limited amount of time to take the necessary legal actions to protect your rights, and you run the risk of evidence getting lost if you delay. To maximize the amount of compensation you can potentially receive, talk to an attorney as soon as possible after your crash.
The attorneys at Wells Call Injury Lawyers are ready to help you.
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We want to see you better and back on your motorcycle as soon as possible. Let our legal team assist you in identifying liability and recovering your damages from the responsible party. Our legal team works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will not pay any legal fees unless we are successful with your case.