Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Serving Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange Counties
Motorcycles can be an exhilarating way to travel as well as a fast way to commute through the overcrowded Southern California freeways. They can also be extremely dangerous. When a motorcycle is involved in a collision with another vehicle, a pedestrian, or a stationary object, the rider is at risk of being injured more-so due to the relative lack of protection offered by a vehicle. When an individual is injured in a motorcycle accident, he or she can file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for any damages he or she suffered. These damages can include the victim’s medical bills, his or her lost wages, and any pain and suffering damages he or she faces like a reduced quality of life due to chronic pain and depression in the years that follow the accident.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Motorcycle accidents often result from negligence on the part of the motorcyclist or a driver. Common types of negligence that lead to motorcycle accidents include:
Aggressive driving; and
Failure to notice the motorcyclist or provide sufficient following distance.
In addition to the same types of negligence that cause car accidents, motorcyclists face additional accident risks on the roadway. A motorcycle is not balanced like a car is balanced, and this makes them more susceptible to accidents due to uneven pavement, potholes, and debris in the roadway. Sharp turns and blind turns can also send a motorcycle to the ground where its rider is at risk of being hit or crushed by oncoming traffic.
Injuries that can Result from a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcyclists face a greater injury risk than motorists because they are completely exposed in an accident. While a passenger car has “crumple zones” that shield occupants from impact, there is nothing between a motorcyclist’s body and the road, the motorcycle, and any other vehicles involved in the collision.
In a motorcycle accident, the motorcyclist and car’s occupants can suffer one or more of the following injuries:
Soft tissue injuries;
Traumatic brain injury; and
Spinal cord injuries.
Seeking Compensation for your Motorcycle Accident Damages
In your personal injury claim, you must demonstrate that the other party’s negligence was what caused your injury. You can recover compensation even if you were partially at fault for your accident under California’s pure comparative negligence rule.
To demonstrate the other party’s negligence, you must provide sufficient evidence to illustrate all the details of the accident, your injury, and your subsequent treatment needs. This evidence can include:
A copy of the official police report;
Photographs of the accident;
Copies of your medical bills and lost wage statements; and
Testimonies from witnesses to the accident.
Work with an Experienced West Covina & Claremont Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
A motorcycle accident can leave you severely injured, potentially for the rest of your life. When you are facing financial damages because of your injury, work with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney serving the Inland Empire, Los Angeles and Orange County. Attorney Richard Rohde has offices in West Covina and Claremont and has been pursuing compensation for motorcyclists injured in accidents for over 15 years. To learn more about your rights and legal options, contact Rohde Law Office today at 626-593-5786 to set up your free initial consultation with us.