At Los Angeles City Law, we believe that motorcyclists should be able to ride wherever they want, whenever they want, without fearing for their safety and well-being. Motorcycle deaths and injuries in Los Angeles are far too common, and we believe that people who have been affected by an accident should receive the compensation they deserve. Working to obtain the best possible outcome in your case, we represent the victims of motorcycle accidents with tenacity, dedication, and diligence. We understand the special challenges that motorcycle riders face on a daily basis, and strive to provide the legal support and guidance required in the aftermath of an accident.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, then call the motorcycle accident lawyers at Los Angeles City Law to begin seeking compensation. We provide you with a free, no-obligation case evaluation, and we do not collect any fees until we win your case.
An Overview of Motorcycle Accidents
While many people group motorcycle accidents and full-size vehicle accidents together, the two have many distinct and important differences that can affect who is liable in an accident. Some of the most common factors that could affect your case include, but are not limited to:
- Size: Motorcycles are smaller and weigh significantly less than most cars. This makes them more difficult to see, especially in high-traffic areas.
- Hazards: While most vehicles can drive over small obstacles, uneven roads, and on wet surfaces without any difficulties, motorcyclists have much more difficulty navigating these challenges.
- Stability: Motorcycles are inherently less stable than vehicles due to the fact that they only have two wheels. Emergency stops and unexpected swerves could cause a motorcyclist to crash.
- Skill: California law requires motorcyclists to have a license and go through basic training courses. Proving that a motorcyclist is competent and well-trained could be a key component in the pursuit of damages.
Motorcycle Accident Liability
Now that we understand the most common causes of motorcycle accidents, we are in a position to look at how fault is assigned after a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle accidents are judged similarly to auto accidents in the sense that a victim needs to prove that the other party is guilty of negligence in one form or another. While your motorcycle accident attorney will discuss this concept in more detail with you during your in-person meetings, there are four key points you need to be aware of when you are trying to prove negligence:
- Your lawyer needs to prove that the law required the other party (i.e., the defendant), to exercise a certain amount of caution. This is a given in motorcycle accident cases, as the law requires all motorists to exercise care and caution while driving.
- Your lawyer will need to show that the other party was not driving cautiously enough.
- Your lawyer will need to demonstrate that the other party caused your injuries. This is why documenting every aspect of your case — including your immediate and ongoing issues — is highly important.
- Your lawyer will need to prove that you suffered damages. Damages can be economic or noneconomic, and could include anything from changes in your lifestyle to lost wages during your recovery. We have compiled a more extensive resource pertaining to damages here.
Were You Involved in a Motorcycle Accident in Los Angeles?
It is often difficult to know where to turn after a motorcycle accident. You may have been taken to the hospital, or you may have simply called the police and filed an accident report following the incident. It does not matter which circumstances you find yourself in — if you have been injured in an accident while riding your motorcycle, then you need to speak with an experienced motorcycle lawyer as soon as possible. The primary goal of an insurance company is to protect the bottom line, and they will go to great lengths to deny the compensation to which you may be entitled. Given this fact, you should never give a statement to an insurance company without speaking with your legal counsel first.
As we mentioned in the first section, some motorcycle accidents are caused by road hazards rather than directly by another driver. Though the viability of this kind of claim depends on the specific circumstances of your case, corporate entities and municipalities could be held liable for your damages. If you were involved in a motorcycle accident resulting from a road hazard, then contact our lawyers to see if you should pursue a claim. We will review the facts of your case and advise you with the next steps to take.
Call a Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Los Angeles City Law is here to provide motorcyclists with the protection and competent legal representation they deserve. We hold our clients’ interests above all else and never back down to large insurance companies. If you or someone you know has been injured due to a motorcycle accident, then call one of our Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers to begin your case. We will provide you with a free case evaluation, and we can make arrangements to come to you if you are unable to come to our law firm. We also provide our services in Spanish for those who are interested. With a record of winning 98 percent of the cases we take on and exceptional reviews from our clients, you can trust that we will work to secure the compensation you deserve.