Even the most enthusiastic motorcyclists have to admit that their preferred mode of transportation is more dangerous than most others. Those who find the thrill and exhilaration of unfettered travel worth the risk are 26 times more likely to have a traffic accident and 10 times more likely to be severely injured. Nonetheless, motorcycles continue to be enjoyed by a great many enthusiasts, especially in California and other scenic states with favorable climates. As many have noted, there is almost never a “fender bender” in a motorcycle crash. If you have had the misfortune to suffer a serious personal injury in a motorcycle accident for which someone else bears liability, you require more than urgent, skilled medical attention — you require excellent legal representation from a motorcycle accident attorney. This is because if another’s negligence has caused you harm, the law entitles you to substantial compensation, but such compensation is not often easily won. You need legal advocates who will fight aggressively to protect your interests. You need Compass Law Group, LLP.
Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Personal Injury Attorney
If you are dealing with the fallout from a motorcycle accident, our attorneys are here for you. We understand how overwhelming your situation is in terms of physical pain, emotional distress and financial worries.
What Our Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Do for You
Our talented motorcycle accident attorneys, in addition to being well-schooled in personal injury and motorcycle law, are keen negotiators and powerful litigators. We will leave no stone unturned in our tireless efforts to obtain the damages you and your family need and deserve.
We will fully investigate your accident, photograph the site, interview witnesses, examine your medical records, and consult with relevant experts (e.g. medical specialists, automotive engineers). We may call on the latter to testify in court on your behalf. You can be sure that our highly capable attorneys will be with you every step of the way, always treating you with respect and compassion.
Types of Motorcycle Injuries Our Practice Handles
Whether you have suffered fractures, road rash (far harsher and more debilitating than it sounds), brain injuries, organ damage, spinal cord injuries (paralysis), loss of limb or some other traumatic or catastrophic injury, Compass Law Group is fully prepared to win your case. Our goal is to provide you with comfort and financial relief that will give you peace of mind while you recover and establish a strong foundation for your life going forward.
Economic and Non-Economic Damages We Will Fight to Win for You and Your Family
We have a track record of success, having won millions of dollars for our clients to help them replace lost present and future income and to pay for:
- Medical, pharmaceutical, and rehabilitation
- Nursing or home care assistance
- Assistive devices (e.g. wheelchairs, hospital beds)
- Alterations to make their homes accessible
- Property damage
We will also fight vigorously to win you fair damages for intangibles like:
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If your case involves extreme recklessness or negligence on the part of the defendant, Compass Law Group may also be able to win you punitive damages.
If the motorcycle accident you are dealing with has tragically resulted in the death of a loved one, our well-schooled personal injury lawyers will work tirelessly to win a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. We will make it our mission to provide your family with a settlement to cover final medical costs, funeral expenses, and a sense that justice has been done.
Common Causes of a Motorcycle Accident
It is all too easy to cause a motorcycle accident if you are an inattentive driver. Motorcycles, because they are so much smaller and narrower than cars, are less visible on the roadway. Add to that the fact that far too many drivers are impaired by alcohol or drugs, or distracted by electronic devices, food or drink, and the level of risk to the motorcyclist increases exponentially.
In addition to the previously mentioned causes, motorcycle accidents are commonly the result of drivers:
- Making unsafe lane changes (not checking blind spots, failing to signal)
- Opening car doors into oncoming traffic
- Stopping suddenly
- Making careless left turns
- Even when another driver is not at fault, motorcyclists may be able to win awarded damages from third parties when their injuries can be traced to:
- Potholes, slippery road surfaces, debris on the roadway
- Poor or damaged streetlights, traffic signals or signage
- Manufacturing defects in the motorcycle itself
- Incorrect, unsafe repairs by a licensed mechanic
In such cases, Compass Law Group motorcycle attorneys will work diligently to get you a settlement from the county or state for not keeping their roads in a reasonable state of cleanliness or repair, from the manufacturer that produced, or the distributor that marketed, your defective motorcycle, or from the repair shop that was negligent in repairing it.
We Can Help You Even if You Bear Partial Fault for the Accident
There are, of course, cases in which you may be partially responsible for the accident in which you were injured. You may, for example, have been speeding at the time of the collision, or riding too close to the vehicle next to you. Although lane splitting is now legal in California, there are safety guidelines to follow when you take this action. However, even if the fault for the accident was partly yours, California law adheres to the principle of “comparative fault,” so our motorcycle attorneys can still make a claim for damages on your behalf. The court will determine your percentage of fault and deduct a proportionate amount from your awarded settlement.
Why Motorcyclists Are More Vulnerable to Personal Injury
Motorcyclists not only treasure the sense of freedom and excitement their bikes provide, but they also value their convenience and low cost when it comes to gas mileage, insurance, maintenance, and parking. The facts about dangers to life and limb, however, remain indisputable. Motorcyclists are far more at risk of serious injury in a traffic accident than motorists because:
- Motorcyclists are not enclosed in a protective metal cage
- Motorcycles have two wheels rather than four, making them less stable
- Motorcycles are much smaller, lighter weight, and less visible, especially at night or in inclement weather, than are cars
- Riding a motorcycle requires more skill and balance than driving a car
Nevertheless, you have every legal right to ride your motorcycle for whatever purpose you choose — commuting, shopping, socializing, traveling or just for the pleasure of riding.
How We Can Help
Contact us as soon as you are able so that we can begin protecting your rights as your motorcycle accident attorney. We will fight to win you the highest possible settlement.
This list isn’t all-inclusive many personal injury suits have been raised based on different factors that aren’t included above. Our team of Los Angeles car accident attorneys can work on cases without anything out of pocket.
We’re old enough to have the necessary experience, yet young enough to use the most cutting-edge technology and tactics, and are determined enough to fight and outsmart the other side, every time.