Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 at 5:24 am
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), almost one-half of all motorcycle deaths occur in single-vehicle accidents. Speed and alcohol use contribute to a high number of those fatalities. When the fatality involved two vehicles, almost one-half of the fatalities resulted when another vehicle turned left in front of the motorcyclist.
Other types of motorcycle accidents include:
- Rear-end collisions with other vehicles
- Crashes caused by road debris
- Driver inexperience
- Distracted and fatigued driving
- Loss of control
- Suddenly locking the front brake
- Collisions caused by other drivers
You can reduce your risk of being involved in a motorcycle accident by learning how to safely operate your motorcycle before taking it on the road. If you are an inexperienced rider, consider taking a motorcycle riding course to learn safe operating rules and tips for avoiding motorcycle crashes. Always pay close attention to the drivers around you and never operate your motorcycle while distracted. It is unfortunate but you must be responsible for your driving but also guard against negligent drivers who are not paying enough attention to avoid a collision.
What Types of Damages Can I Receive In a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
Regardless of the reason for the crash, a motorcycle accident can result in catastrophic injuries for the motorcyclist. When the cause of the motorcycle accident is the fault of another driver, the motorcyclist may be entitled to receive compensation for his or her injuries under California’s personal injury laws. Damages the injured rider may be entitled to receive compensation for include:
- Medical bills and expenses
- Lost wages including loss of earning capacity, lost bonuses, and loss of other benefits
- Funeral expenses in the event of a death
- Property damage
- Physical pain and emotional suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disability, scarring, and disfigurement
The types and amounts of compensation you may be entitled to receive depend on the severity and type of your injuries. Because you only have a limited time to file a motorcycle accident claim under California’s statute of limitations, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible following a motorcycle accident.
Our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers can guide you through the process of filing a personal injury claim to receive compensation for your damages. Proving fault in a motorcycle accident can be difficult and complex. Insurance companies like to argue that the crash was the fault of the rider or was partly the fault of the rider. They do this in order to reduce the amount of money they must pay to settle the claim.
Our attorneys aggressively investigate each accident to identify and preserve key evidence to use as we establish and prove fault. This is a crucial step in ensuring your rights are protected.
Have You Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
You may be entitled to receive compensation from the negligent driver who caused your motorcycle crash. Contact Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 to schedule a free case evaluation.
You do not pay any attorney’s fees until and unless we win a settlement on your behalf. Therefore, you have nothing to lose by calling our office. Our goal at the Tiemann Law Firm is simple — to provide you with the best legal representation for your personal injury case at a time when you need an attorney to fight for your rights while you focus on recovering from your injuries.