At more than 800,000 strong, more motorcycle riders call California home than any other US state. Unfortunately, that also means that the number of accidents is disturbingly high.
Statistics reported by the California Office of Traffic Safety reveal that there are just over 16,500 motorcycle collisions in 2016. Almost 500 people were killed in such incidents, while 15,527 suffered injuries ranging from minor to severe.
motorcycle accident lawyers at GJEL Accident Attorneys know that you endure considerable losses
as the victim of a crash. Fortunately, California law provides you with rights,
and we’re prepared to fight for them. Please contact our office to schedule a
no-cost case assessment, and take time to review some background information on
your legal options.
Overview of California Law on Motorcycle Accidents
Most motorcycle crashes fall under the
theory of negligence for purposes of liability. This means you need to prove
that the other motorist breached the legal duty to drive safely, thereby
causing the accident in which you were hurt. Examples of negligence in a
motorcycle accident case may include:
- Drunk driving;
- Failure to yield;
- Distracted driving, including cell phone use,
adjusting the radio or GPS, and grooming; and,
- Many others.
In addition, there is another requirement
in a negligence-based case: According to California’s statute of limitations,
you must file a lawsuit in court within two years after the date of the
accident. If the time period expires before you initiate litigation, you can
never recover monetary damages for your losses.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
Motorists in California are required to
carry minimum coverage of auto insurance, so the first step in seeking monetary
damages is filing a claim with the responsible driver’s insurance company. Even
if you believe you have a strong claim backed by solid evidence, you could
encounter challenges in the claims process. This is because insurers are
businesses that are motivated to earn profits. Your claim is a threat to this
objective. Having an attorney to represent your interests greatly increases
your chances of success in dealings with the insurance company.
If the insurer is unwilling to agree to a
fair settlement amount, you may need to go to court to get the compensation
allowed by law. Litigation is extremely complex, so you’ll need an experienced
lawyer to advocate on your behalf.