If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident and sustained injuries as a result in California, turn to the skilled personal injury professionals at MI ABOGADO®. We will fight relentlessly to hold any and all negligent parties accountable and to maximize your settlement. You deserve to see justice for your losses.
California roads are a great place for motorcycle riding, with good weather year-round and lots of enjoyable scenery. Many Californians enjoy riding motorcycles for many reasons – the freedom, the thrill, a sense of adventure, a like-minded community, the positive environmental impact, and the cost-effectiveness – but when accidents occur, motorcyclists are an exceptionally vulnerable population when compared to passengers in standard vehicles. Motorcycle accidents can lead to devastating injuries with the potential for lifelong implications.
What To Do After a Motorcycle Accident
Following a motorcycle accident, you should be focusing on your recovery and getting your life back on track. Unfortunately, insurance companies make that very difficult. They are in the business of making money and will go to great lengths to minimize your rightful payout. With dedicated teams of investigators and lawyers, they fight hard to keep their vast profits. You need an experienced personal injury attorney who will fight harder. Even if you were partially at fault, you can still recover for your losses. Under California law, you have two years from the date of the accident or the date you discovered your injuries to bring forward a claim.
Who MI ABOGADO® Is
Lead Attorney Javaheri takes motorcycle accident cases personally, as an avid rider himself. Our team understands the importance of keeping motorcycle riders safe in California. We take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning no upfront fees. We only get paid if you do, it’s as simple as that. We are ready to fight for you, your future, and your best interests today. We will build as strong a case as possible to maximize your rightful settlement, and so you can see justice.
Leading Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
There are countless reasons why a motorcycle accident may occur, but some more common causes include:
- Third-party driver error
- Sudden stops
- Open car doors
- Improperly executed turns
- Inexperienced riders
- Impaired driving
- Distracted driving
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Tailgating and aggressive driving
- Lane splitting
- Dangerous weather conditions
- Improperly maintained roads, construction, or debris in the road
- Failure to wear protective gear
- Mechanical failure
Common Injuries Resulting from a California Motorcycle Accident
The injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident can be catastrophic, especially compared to the injuries sustained by drivers of cars, trucks, or SUVs. These resulting injuries can be severe, extensive, and life-changing, if not fatal. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a motorcyclist is 28 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident when compared to a standard passenger vehicle.
Wearing a helmet doesn’t only drastically reduce your risk of a head injury; in California, it’s the law. If you weren’t wearing a helmet at the time of your accident and sustained an injury to the head, brain, face, or neck, you will be partially liable, which will limit the settlement you can collect. However, an experienced personal injury attorney can still help you see rightful compensation for your losses.
Some of the more common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Scrapes, cuts, and bruises
- Road rash
- Fractured bones
- Head injuries, including skull fractures and traumatic brain injuries
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries, sometimes resulting in paralysis
- Internal injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Injuries to the extremities, including amputations
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Mental and emotional traumas such as anxiety conditions and PTSD
How California Personal Injury Law Firm MI ABOGADO® Can Help You with Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
The team at MI ABOGADO® has served over a quarter of a million clients, and we’ve had success in 96% of our cases. We have a proven track record of expertise and results in personal injury claims, with recognition from many prestigious organizations for our accomplishments in the field.
We believe that injured motorcyclists should spend their valuable time and energy on what matters most: their recovery, their family, and their future. The last thing any injured motorcycle rider needs is to deal with uncooperative insurance companies and lawyers on their own. Recovering, and supporting a loved one’s recovery, is a full-time job and the first priority.
That’s why we make it our mission, at MI ABOGADO®, to take care of everything else. Let us put our trusted network of medical professionals to work so you can receive the best possible care. We offer timely, responsive, and effective advocacy, and we will fight the insurance companies relentlessly for the maximum possible settlement.
Contact Our Experienced Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
MI ABOGADO® is prepared to serve clients across the state of California from our home office in Los Angeles. Due to our expansive network of trusted medical professionals, along with the use of sophisticated technology, we proudly offer our services to clients from San Diego to San Jose.
Following a motorcycle accident, with medical bills and lost wages weighing heavily on you and your loved ones, you shouldn’t be burdened with hefty fees just so you can have representation. The team at MI ABOGADO ® believes seeking justice for your losses shouldn’t be a burden. That’s why we don’t take a penny out of your pocket until we win a settlement for you. We get paid when you do.
Contact us today so we can get started fighting for you. The sooner you call, the sooner you can see just compensation for your injuries. We offer free, confidential consultations and second opinions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do immediately after a motorcycle accident?
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, take the following steps:
- Prioritize your safety and that of others by moving to a safe location, if possible.
- Call 911 to report the accident and request medical assistance for any injuries.
- Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver(s) involved.
- Document the scene by taking photographs of the vehicles, damage, road conditions, and any relevant factors.
- Obtain contact information from any witnesses.
- Seek medical attention, even if you believe your injuries are minor, as some injuries may not be immediately apparent.
- Notify your insurance company of the accident.
- Consult with a motorcycle accident attorney to discuss your legal options and potential compensation.
Who can be held liable for my injuries and damages in a motorcycle accident?
Liability in a motorcycle accident can vary depending on the circumstances. Potentially responsible parties may include:
- The driver of another vehicle involved in the accident
- Motorcycle manufacturers, if a defect contributed to the accident
- Government entities, if poor road conditions or improper signage played a role in the accident
An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you determine the responsible parties and build a strong case for compensation.
What types of compensation can I recover after a motorcycle accident?
After a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for various damages, including:
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium (for your spouse or partner)
The specific types and amounts of compensation will depend on the circumstances of your case and the extent of your injuries.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a motorcycle accident?
In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally two years from the date of the accident. This means you have two years to file a lawsuit after a motorcycle accident. However, it is crucial to consult with a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible to ensure you meet all necessary deadlines and preserve evidence that can support your case.
Can I still recover compensation if I was not wearing a helmet during the accident?
In California, motorcycle riders are legally required to wear a helmet. If you were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, you may still be able to recover compensation. However, your total recovery may be reduced if it is determined that your lack of a helmet contributed to your injuries. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you navigate this issue and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.
What if the other driver involved in the accident does not have insurance?
If the other driver involved in your motorcycle accident does not have insurance or has inadequate coverage, you may still be able to recover compensation through your own insurance policy if you have uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage. This coverage can help pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages up to the limits of your policy. Consult with a motorcycle accident attorney to discuss your options and determine the best course of action for your situation.