The number of Los Angeles motorcycles more than doubled from 1997-2017. Motorcycle accidents accounted for 561 deaths and 14,083 injuries in California. LA County had the highest number of crashes, including 137 deaths and 4,315 injuries. While only 20 percent of car accidents result in serious injury or death, the figure jumps to 80 percent for motorcyclists, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A 600-pound bike and minimal protection for the driver stand little chance when hurled against a 4,000-pound steel vehicle, no matter how skillful or responsible the rider is.
Do you need a Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer?
The Salamati Law Firm has significant experience analyzing a motorcycle crash and pursuing maximum compensation when negligence is a factor. Call 855-338-0812 for a free, no-obligation case assessment from an experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer.
Motorcycle accidents in Los Angeles
There are many common causes of motorcycle accidents on California roadways. Experts say there are more inexperienced riders on the road due to cheaper gas prices and a better economy. Furthermore, the California topography of steep, narrow roads and blind curves makes riding especially dangerous in our area.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents may include:
Road hazards such as potholes, blind spots, damaged signs, poor street lighting, and construction site debris may contribute to crashes. Reckless driving is another threat to the safety of motorcycle riders.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
According to analysis by 89.3 KPCC News, the most common cause of motorcycle fatalities are:
- Broadside crash when a motorcyclist is hit on the side while making a left-hand turn (53%)
- Hit object (24%)
- Rear-end collision (12%)
- Overturned vehicle (11%)
- Sideswipe (6%)
- Head-on collision (6%)
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Factors contributing to motorcycle accidents
Motorcycle accident attorneys at Salamati Law will look into all the factors that may have contributed to a driver’s temporary lapse in judgment, including:
- Cell phone use
- Distractions in the vehicle
- Alcohol or substance use
- Poor vision
- A history of speeding and reckless driving
As noted, motorcycle riding is a risky endeavor since the vehicles offer very little protection. Even when helmets and proper gear are worn, motorcycle accident injuries are still likely to occur.
Serious injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents include:
- Traumatic Brain injury
- Broken bones
- Lost limbs
- Organ perforation
- Skin irritation, infection, and nerve damage
- Spinal cord injuries
A serious motorcycle accident injury, permanent disability, or death can put significant financial strain on motorcyclists and their families. This is why it’s essential to pursue your legal right to compensation if you or a loved one have been involved in a serious accident through no fault of your own. The legal team at Salamati Law has obtained substantial damages on behalf of injured motorcyclists.
Compensation for motorcycle crash victims
In motorcycle accidents, injured parties may be entitled to compensation to cover:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses
- Lost income and reduced earning capacity
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Home modifications to accommodate a disability
- Intangible losses such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and loss of companionship
- Funerary expenses
A California motorcycle accident lawyer can help you file a lawsuit in state court, whether you’re a car operator or a motorcyclist. Whoever is deemed “at fault” for causing the crash will have to pay damages. In the event of severe permanent disability or wrongful death, spouses or surviving children may also pursue compensation.
Motorcycle accident settlements and jury awards
The Salamati Law Firm has a proven track record of successful settlements and jury awards, including:
- $5 Million – after the driver disputed liability for striking a motorcyclist.
- $2 Million – for mild traumatic brain injury affecting concentration and focus.
- $1.85 Million – for internal injuries and TBI after a trucker made a left in front of our client.
- $200,000 – for a broken leg requiring surgery.
- $200,000 – after the insurance company tried to lowball a motorcyclist struck by a car.
Past results are no guarantee of the future, but we have the experience to give you a realistic assessment of what you might expect for your case. We have taken cases big and small. Our California law firm has the resources necessary to go up against insurance companies and tackle disputes. Whenever possible, we pursue maximum damages.
Motorcycle crash liability issues
There are many grounds to sue for a motorcycle crash, depending on the circumstances of the accident. Experienced vehicle accident lawyers can help injured parties sue for negligence, manufacturer liability, poor road design, or wrongful death. Defendants may include local municipalities, motorcycle parts manufacturers, and auto dealers. In the case of hit and run motorcycle accidents, a claim may need to be filed against the motorcycle owner’s own insurance company.
To prove liability, our legal team sends a private investigator to the scene of the accident to take photos and interview witnesses. Reconstruction experts lend their experience in assessing what most likely happened. We’ll interview the other party to get their recollection on record and network with insurance companies. Once a compelling case has been made, a motorcycle accident lawyer enters into settlement negotiations or prepares for trial before a judge and jury.
California laws regarding motorcycle accidents
California laws about motorcycle crashes include:
- Statute of Limitations – You have up to two years after the collision to sue for physical damages. You have up to three years to sue for property damages. In a wrongful death suit, you have up to two years from the date of death to seek compensation.
- Legal Requirements to Ride – To operate a motorcycle in the state of California, you must possess an M1 or M2 motorcycle license, wear a safety helmet, turn on daytime headlights, and carry adequate insurance. The state minimum requirements are $15,000 for personal injury, $30,000 per accident, and $5,000 for property damage.
- Lane Splitting – California is the only state that allows the practice of “splitting lanes.” Riding on the dotted lines between cars is perfectly legal. However, the Safety Transportation Research and Education Center at UC-Berkeley says these riders are more likely to be involved in weekday and peak-time collisions, as well as sideswipe accidents.
- Comparative negligence – Our state’s comparative negligence laws allow you to seek damages even if you were partially at fault. For instance, if a judge determines you were 20% “at fault,” you can still receive 80% of the total damages awarded. Working with a lawyer ensures that your medical bills are covered and that you are fairly compensated for future expenses, lifestyle changes, and loss of earnings.
Contact a Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney for a free consultation
It’s never too early to call for a complimentary, no-obligation case review to explore your legal options. In fact, a lawyer should be one of the first calls you make as soon as you can after receiving immediate medical care.
At Salamati Law, we are happy to assist clients in Southern California with thorough investigations, expert advice, and case-building resources. Our expertise will help you achieve the best possible outcome and the compensation you deserve.
Filing suit can never bring back a lost loved one or undo the physical damage that has been done. However, it can hold those liable accountable and provide some relief from financial hardship during this challenging period. Contact a qualified Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer at 855-338-0812. Se Habla Español.