Southern California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Our motorcycle accident lawyers have obtained numerous settlements and verdicts for the victims of motorcycle crashes. The risk of serious bodily injury is very high for motorcycle riders who are involved in collisions. From broken bones and damaged bikes, to spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries and wrongful death, motorcycle accidents can result in life-altering injuries and damage to expensive property. These accidents also tend to be the most challenging for your attorney. Our lawyers understand the dangers inherent in this activity as several are avid motorcyclist enthusiasts.
Settlements For Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits
Motorcycle accidents can be particularly devastating to the motorcyclist because of the lack of protection a motorcycle rider has in comparison to those occupying a vehicle. With little to protect them in the event of a motorcycle crash, the motorcycle rider tends to sustain significant serious injuries. With the injuries from the motorcycle accident comes medical treatment, medical bills, lost earnings, and often as important to the motorcycle rider, the loss of their bike and the loss of their freedom to ride. Motorcycle riders who have suffered an accident or injury due to the negligence of other driver may be able to recover financial compensation for medical expenses, past, present and future lost wages, their property and damages for pain and suffering. Our motorcycle accident attorneys are dedicated to pursuing justice for you. Our law firm has recovered many 6- and 7-figure settlements and verdicts for motorcycle accident victims.
The Southern California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Nordstrom, Steele, Nicolette & Blythe understand the uphill battle faced by injured motorcyclists. Recovering compensation from insurance companies for the injuries sustained in the motorcycle accident can be next to impossible. Insurance companies never give the deserved settlements to injured motorcyclists and many insurance companies simply deny giving compensation to the injured victim. If the accident involved a deceased motorcyclist, the case becomes even more complex. Only an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can get you the compensation you deserve. Give us a call today at (760) 852-7134 to discuss your case with one of our motorcycle accident lawyers.
What Are The Most Common Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents In CA?
Many motorcycle accidents in California are the result of lane splitting. Although lane splitting is legal so long as they are going less than 50 MPH faster than the speed limit, it opens motorcyclists up to a significantly higher risk of getting into an accident than not doing so. Many drivers simply do not properly check for traffic in these instances and fail to realize an oncoming motorcyclist.
This results in fractures and head injuries because motorcyclists do not have a vehicle protecting them as someone driving a car would.
If you are not wearing a helmet and you have an injury that may have been prevented or may have been less severe as a consequence of a helmet, then that could be considered comparative negligence on the part of the motorcycle driver.
Does Not Wearing Protective Gear Affect A Motorcycle Accident Case?
Not wearing protective gear that could have prevented a possible head injury would significantly affect a case.
What Are Common Defenses Insurance Companies Use To Deny Or Limit A Motorcycle Injury Settlement?
Insurance companies commonly tap into existing bias against motorcyclists in injury settlements. For whatever reason, many assume that something is amiss with motorcyclists.
More specifically, insurance companies justify limits or outright denials on the basis of negligence or comparative negligence by the motorcyclist, especially if they did not wear a helmet.
Comparative negligence kicks in, especially if the driver is partially at fault. If you have an instance of comparative fault, your recovery is reduced in relation to the amount of fault attributed to you. For instance, if the other driver is 50% at fault and you are 50% at fault, for whatever reason, then whatever the total value of the case would be, you will only recover 50%. For more information on Common Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents, an initial consultation is your next best step.