Riding a motorcycle is one of the greatest feelings in the world. Only the free spirited souls that ride can truly appreciate its splendor. However, sometimes the gift of riding is stripped from us after a motorcycle accident. This is especially true due to the severe nature of bike crashes. These ordeals often lead to serious and debilitating injuries, including:
These injuries often leave riders with mounting medical bills, time off from work as well as other pain and suffering. It is crucial that your rights are protected after a motorcycle accident, and it is our job to make sure you receive the compensation and service you deserve. The insurance company will work against you in an effort to minimize your recovery and leave you in the cold. We want you to focus your attention on recovery and getting your life back together. You need a lawyer you can trust will get you the justice you deserve.
Do I Have a Motorcycle Case
Once the dust has settled, you might be wondering whether or not you have a case. The truth is that no two cases are ever the same. There is no one size fits all answer, which is why our attorneys are available to answer your questions. Please call us anytime at (800)790-5422. As always, you will never be charged to speak to a motorcycle attorney and the consultation is free.
Sometimes clients call us frantically because a police report has wrongfully put them at fault or because the insurance company has denied their claim. We’ve successfully tried, and won, many cases where we overcame both of these hurdles. Insurance companies are obviously biased and will find any excuse to deny your claim. In certain instances, we use accident reconstruction methods and expert testimony to prove a claim was erroneously denied.
How Much is My Motorcycle Case Worth
Early in any case, it is impossible to fully gauge the value of a case. Even if the liability has been established, the totality of a victims damage are rarely known at the outset. Sometimes, injuries prove to be far more or less serious than initially anticipated. Other times, the psychological and personal toll is far greater than you could have expected.
With that said, there are several types of compensation you are entitled to in a motorcycle accident lawsuit. They are:
1. Past medical bills
2. Future medical care required
3. Any past lost wages or other income
4. Any future lost wages, or decrease in your earnings potential
5. Pain and suffering
As you can see, many of these variables are subjective or subject to interpretation. For example, while lost wages or past medical bills can be demonstrated through documentation, how do you show a person’s pain and suffering? How do you prove that a person will lose income in the future based on their potential. It is our job to maximize your case worth by fully demonstrating the degree of your damages. Whether its employing the services of an occupational expert to show future loss of earnings, or a medical professional to prove the true level of pain, we go the extra mile for our clients.
Insurance companies and defense attorneys will do everything in their power to minimize the true nature of your injuries. We push back and make sure your rights are protected.
Most Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Knowing the different ways motorcycle accidents happen is valuable knowledge when riding. Although bikes offer less protection during an accident, they are actually far better tools at avoiding them. Here’s some of the things to look for, and ways that you can stay safe.
1. Car makes a turn directly in front of you – usually, this occurs when a driver fails to pay attention or look out for blind spots
2. Car changes a lane – lane splitting is not illegal, but car drivers can be careless, especially when you are in a blind spot. Pay attention when next to car so you can better anticipate their move.
3. Rear end motorcycle accidents – Even the most cautious rider can get rear-ended. Some riders choose to stop between cars for this very reason.
4. Road hazards – this can include potholes or defective and malfunctioning street lights or signs
How Long Do I Have to File A Motorcycle Claim or Lawsuit
Failing to file a lawsuit in your motorcycle case in a timely manner can prove extremely detrimental. The amount of time an individual has to file a lawsuit in any matter is known as the statute of limitations. In California, the statute of limitations for motorcycle accidents is TWO YEARS FROM THE DATE OF THE ACCIDENT.
There are certain, narrow exceptions to this rule, but generally, any claim filed after two years is barred. If you have questions regarding your time to file a claim, it is important to speak to a professional immediately.
Call for Free Legal Help
Speak to a qualified attorney regarding your accident immediately. We help you navigate through the confusion and allow you to get back to what’s important, your health and your life. Allow us to do the fighting for you. Call us today.