Questions About Compensation After Motorcycle or Bicycle Accident?
Ask Our Napa and Fairfield Motorcycle Accident Lawyers What to Do Next
Statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show there were 4,976 motorcycle accidents in 2015. Another 88,000 riders suffered injuries that same year. Both motorcycle and bicycle accidents are more likely to result in death or catastrophic injury compared to other types of accidents because riders do not have the same protection afforded by most other vehicles. For those who survive a motorcycle or bicycle accident, they may suffer traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and serious abrasions. Surviving an accident can mean accruing thousands or even millions of dollars in expenses. When other parties are responsible for causing these damages. In such cases, it may be possible for an injured rider or his or her family to be compensated.
The Fairfield motorcycle accident lawyers at Wells, Call, Clark, Bennett & Clawson have 35 years of experience representing injured riders and their family members. Our law firm has handled numerous motorcycle and bicycle accident cases throughout the Bay Area. We take cases in Fairfield, Napa, Richmond, Vacaville, Vallejo, and Woodland as well as Contra Costa, Napa, Solano and Yolo counties.
What Are Common Motorcycle and Bicycle Accident Injuries?
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.
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.
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.
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.
These injuries may require extensive medical services to treat, even long after leaving the hospital. For instance, you could require rehabilitation and home modifications if you suffered a spinal cord injury. Reconstructive surgery may be necessary to treat broken bones or severe burns. Compensation from a claim or lawsuit may help pay for these expenses.
We also provide compassionate, dedicated representation to families who have lost loved ones in fatal motorcycle and bicycle accidents.
Who May Be Liable for a Motorcycle or Bike Accident?
There are multiple parties that may be responsible for causing a motorcycle or bike 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 are responsible for many motorcycle accidents. Motorists may be working when they cause a wreck, which means their employers could also be liable.
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.
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. Bicycle stores and repair shops may also be liable.
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.
Contact Our Fairfield Motorcycle Accident Lawyers to Learn More
Our Fairfield motorcycle accident lawyers could evaluate your situation to help you determine whether you could file a claim for damages. If we take your case, then we would immediately work to recover and preserve important evidence associated with your accident. We can interview any witnesses, engage the help of accident reconstruction experts and take other action to uncover the truth.
The attorneys at Wells, Call, Clark, Bennett & Clawson focus solely on personal injury and wrongful death cases, including those involving motorcycle and bicycle accidents. Clients benefit from our unique approach and extensive experience in this area of law. To arrange a free consultation about your case, call our Fairfield office today at 707-452-3478 or describe your situation by using our confidential case review form.
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