With plenty of sunshine and beautiful scenery, California is a great place to ride a motorcycle. Unfortunately, some bikers who ride the streets of San Diego and beyond never make it home, or they come home with serious injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident.
The California Office of Traffic Safety reports that in 2016, 714 people were killed or injured in motorcycle accidents in San Diego. 2,122 motorcyclists lost their lives statewide that year, and nationally, the Insurance Information Institute revealed that 5,286 fatalities resulted from motorcycle accidents.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another person, you may be eligible for compensation. Let us help you understand how.
HOW OTHER MOTORCYCLES CAUSE ACCIDENTS?
An I-15 motorcycle accident was reported near Fallbrook. Authorities say the motorcyclist was crossing the road when a Hyundai Sonata approached him from behind at significantly higher speed. The driver did not see the motorcyclist and hit him from behind. The force of the collision threw the motorcyclist onto the sidewalk, where the car ran over him.
The motorcyclist was seriously injured and died on the spot. Officers at the scene performed a roadside sobriety test on the driver of the Sonata and determined that he was driving under the influence of alcohol. He had been arrested. That section of the road was closed for about five hours to clear the debris that littered all of the highway’s lanes.
A motorcyclist suffered significant lower body injuries after a collision with a car in Escondido. The accident happened when the driver of a car reportedly tried to turn left into a driveway and got in the path of the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist was thrown from his motorcycle after hitting the side of the vehicle. The driver of the car allegedly fled. According to witness statements and evidence found at the scene, the motorcyclist was driving at or below the speed limit at the time of the accident. At the time of the report’s publication, the driver of the car – a green Jeep Grand Cherokee – had not been found. The motorcyclist underwent surgery for his injuries.
You must speak to a personal injury lawyer after an accident
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in the Bay Area, you need to know your legal rights. This article provides a basic introduction to the California motorcycle accident law. First we will discuss the options you have for financial compensation after a motorcycle accident. Next, we’ll explain how a motorcyclist finds negligence in a personal injury lawsuit and why a legal concept called “comparative negligence” often comes into play in motorcycle accident lawsuits. Finally, we provide an overview of the types of damage that a motorcycle accident victim can receive in a personal injury case and how an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can help.
What to do after a motorcycle accident?
After a motorcycle accident, you have two options for compensating your personal injury and other damage: a personal injury claim or a personal injury case. It is important that you understand the difference between the two.
In the event of a personal injury claim, you submit an insurance claim to your insurer and/or that of the defaulting driver. This will initiate an investigation managed by someone known as a claims adjuster. After the investigation is complete, negotiate until the insurance company offers you a financial settlement to reimburse you for your injuries, financial losses, and property damage. In exchange for accepting the settlement, you will typically be required to sign a waiver agreeing to waive your right to sue the guilty driver.
A personal injury claim is usually the first step after a motorcycle accident. If the claim negotiation and settlement process fails and it appears that you cannot obtain adequate compensation for your injuries, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury lawsuit is a civil proceeding in which an injured party seeks monetary compensation that takes into account the severity of his or her injuries and other losses suffered as a result of a serious accident. Many personal injury lawsuits are settled before going to trial, but some go to trial and a judge or jury will determine how much money the injured party is entitled to.
Injured in a California motorcycle accident? GJEL can help
California motorcyclists are not powerless after an accident. Even if you are seriously injured and unable to work, you can take matters into your own hands. In particular, you may be able to file a claim for damages if someone else is responsible for the accident.
Call our motorcycle damage attorneys today for a free case review.