There are laws protecting riders and all motorists in California. If you suffered an injury or someone died in a motorcycle accident due to another person’s negligence, our Riverside motorcycle accident lawyers are ready to help you.
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Common Causes for Motorcycle Accidents
The most common causes of motorcycle accidents:
Car door collisions: Motorcyclists face the risk of colliding with a parked car where the driver has opened the door to exit the vehicle.
Driving under the influence: Drivers operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol have reduced response times when driving on the road.
Speeding: In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that speeding was the main cause of 26% of all crashes, nationwide. Drivers can lose control of their vehicles, have decreased stopping distance, and several other consequences leading to crashes.
Road conditions: Dangerous road conditions can range from wet pavement, gravel, or potholes. Poor road conditions are a large factor in many motorcycle accidents.
Inexperienced drivers: Drivers with little to no experience are more likely to put other motorists at risk by making uneducated moves on the road.
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Proving Negligence in a Motorcycle Accident
Following certain steps immediately after a motorcycle accident can help your case. Collecting vital pieces of evidence helps shape your claim and the actions you take also assist in your physical recovery.
Immediate steps to take following a motorcycle accident:
- Obtain a copy of the police report.
- Seek medical attention to address injuries.
- Gather witness testimony.
- Take photos or have someone take them if you find yourself unable due to injury.
Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations is the time limit you have to file your lawsuit. California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1 states that the victim of a crash has two years from the date of an accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. When you file a case after the statute of limitations is up, the defendant can file for a dismissal.
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How a Riverside Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Assist You
A Riverside motorcycle accident lawyer will navigate your case and allow you the time to recover from physical and emotional pain and suffering. They can take care of gathering the necessary evidence and compiling the information you need to effectively file your claim or lawsuit.
Ben Crump, PLLC has won over $400 million in compensation for our clients, and we want to extend the favor to you. No out-of-pocket fees are due until we win. We will work with you to help get the compensation that you deserve.
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Common Injuries Due to Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists do not have the protection of steel frames like cars do, and most of the injuries that occur in motorcycle accidents are severe, sometimes even catastrophic.
Common types of injuries in motorcycle accidents:
Road rash: Road rash injuries can vary in severity and happens when there is skin-to-road contact from the victim sliding across the pavement.
Fractures: Fractures differ in severity and can be a clean fracture or a compound fracture. They are common in the feet and ankles from falling over on the motorcycle.
Spinal cord injuries: The majority of these injuries cause permanent disability and typically occur as the result of a severe impact.
Traumatic Brain Injury: Traumatic brain injuries occur due to blunt force to the head, and they differ in severity.
Motorcycle Helmet Laws
According to the California Vehicle Code (VEH) §27803, all motorcyclists must wear helmets while riding on the roadways.
Motorcycle Insurance Minimum
In California, motorcyclists must carry the same insurance as a motor vehicle. The insurance minimums are as follows:
- $15,000 for death or bodily injury
- $30,000 for death or bodily injury involving two or more people
- $5,000 for damage to property
These limits are absolute minimums for insurance policies required. In the event that the damage is more than the policy itself, the driver is held responsible for the remaining costs above the minimums.
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Damages You May Receive
Injury victims who file claims or lawsuits are eligible for two different types of compensation. A defendant’s insurance company will seek out victims and try to settle claims outside of court. It is important for a victim to stay away from signing any paperwork, prior to consulting with an accident lawyer. Insurance companies are notorious for trying to use statements against a victim to lower the compensation.
Economic damages: Examples of these are medical bills, lost work wages, prescriptions, and any other monetary loss associated with the accident.
Non-economic damages: These damages are based on pain and suffering, emotional damages, loss of companionship, and in worst cases, catastrophic loss. We typically gather expert testimony from economists and medical professionals to calculate these awards.
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If you or someone you know suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident in Riverside, contact our team to see if you are eligible for compensation today. The extent of your claim will not be clear immediately, but the lawyers at Ben Crump, PLLC are here to assist you in the process of gaining the compensation that you deserve.
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