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Motorcycle Accident

If there is more than one person responsible for a traffic accident in which you were injured, the law in most states provides that any one of the careless parties may be held responsible for compensating you fully for your injuries.

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Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcyclists are more vulnerable than other motorists, and motorcycle accidents, motorcycle collisions, and motorcycle crashes often involve serious injuries, including brain injuries, burns, fractures, breaks, dislocations, neck injuries, back injures, nerve injuries, paralysis, and spinal cord injuries. Motorcyclists are often injured, through no fault of their own, by negligent car drivers and truck drivers who fail to see them or fail to yield the right of way.

Motorcycle Accident Practice Areas

Our motorcycle accident lawyers handle motor bike accidents, motorcycle collisions, traffic crashes and wrecks involving the negligent and reckless driving conduct of other drivers in motorcycle-car collisions, motorcycle-truck crashes, failure to yield the right of way, intersection accidents, dangerous roads and highways, construction zone accidents, hit and run motorcycle accidents and traffic accidents. To learn more about motorcycle collisions, motor-bike accidents, and related traffic accidents in California (CA) or any other state, please read on.

Motorcycle Accidents - An Overview

Riding motorcycles is a popular activity and total motorcycle registrations increased 51% between 2000 and 2005. In 2006, Americans bought over 1.1 million motorcycles. Despite their popularity, the inherent nature of motorcycles makes riding them a potentially dangerous undertaking. Unlike cars and other vehicles, motorcycles offer drivers and passengers no protection. There is nothing between the rider and the open road other than the clothes the rider is wearing and possibly a helmet. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can explain your legal options.

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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents, like all accidents involving motor vehicles, can be caused by a number of different factors. While an accident can be the fault of the motorcycle driver, many times, other drivers cause accidents involving motorcycles. Because of a motorcycle's relatively small size, many drivers of passenger cars and trucks do not see motorcyclists. Even if they check their mirrors before changing lanes or turning, the motorcycle may be in the car's blind spot, and an accident may result. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, talk to an experienced attorney about your legal options for recovery.

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Motorcycle Litigation Basics

If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may have many questions about your legal options. Can I recover money for my medical expenses? Can I still bring a lawsuit if I partially caused the accident? You may have never been involved in a lawsuit before and not know where to start. The following information provides a general overview about motorcycle accident cases. An experienced personal injury attorney can answer your specific questions and provide guidance about how to proceed.

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Motorcycle Defects and Recalls

A defect in a motorcycle or one of its parts can cause serious accidents. For example, a defective helmet might not provide the protection it is intended to, resulting in more serious head injuries. A defect in the breaks may not allow you to stop in time to avoid an accident. If you suspect that your motorcycle has a dangerous safety defect, you can report this defect to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a federal agency tasked with investigating alleged defects, issuing safety standards for vehicles and requiring manufacturers to recall vehicles that do not meet federal safety standards. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident that you believe was caused by a defective part, an experienced attorney can evaluate your situation and advise you of your legal options.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Motorcycle Accidents

Q: I was hit by another vehicle while riding my motorcycle. What should I do?

A: First and most importantly, seek medical attention if you were injured in any way. You many not feel pain until a day or two after the accident. If there were witnesses to the accident, try to write down their names and phone numbers at the scene so that you can contact them later on. In addition, take photographs of the accident scene, your injuries and any damage to your motorcycle or other property. Keep track of your medical expenses and other monetary losses you incurred, such as lost wages, because of the motorcycle accident. Finally, contact an attorney who has experience with personal injury cases, specifically motorcycle accident cases, to discuss your legal options for recovery.

Q: What can I receive for my injuries?

A: Every case is different. The exact type and amount of compensation you might receive depend on your individual situation. For example, the amount you receive varies depending upon how severely you were injured; whether you are working and what type of job you have; whether your injuries are permanent; and whether you are married, among other factors. As a general rule, you are entitled to recover for any of the following expenses: medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, future medical expenses, probable loss of wages in the future, property damage, loss of relationship with your spouse and other out-of-pocket expenses due to your injuries.


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