Temecula Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, our San Diego motorcycle attorneys can help you receive compensation for your injuries. Motorcycles offer a sense of freedom to the driver and a way to experience the roads in a way that car and truck drivers cannot. However, along with this freedom comes the inherent danger of serious and even fatal accidents. Motorcycles offer little protection to the driver and any collision with another object – car, truck, or tree – could have dire repercussions on the driver. Our Temecula car accident attorneys are here to protect you.
California Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System noted a sizable spike in motorcycle fatalities from 2003 and 2012 of 12 percent. While the number of motorcycle accidents decreased after 2008, they began to spike back up after 2012. While some outlets have speculated that new drivers or improperly licensed drivers were part of the reason the percentages increased over this time period, the California Office of Traffic Safety noted that the number of fatal accidents stemming from improperly licensed motorcycle operators slightly decreased from 2013 to 2014.
A number of factors can lead to motorcycle accidents on any day – motorcycle operators are subjected to the worst conditions in traffic. However, one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents has to do with the actions of other drivers. A helmet offers some protection to the brain, but does not protect the rest of the body from serious injuries.
Some additional risks for motorcyclists include:
- More than 80 percent of all motorcycle-involved accidents cause injury or death to the motorcyclist
- More than 2,000 motorcyclists die in accidents annually
- Approximately 55,000 motorcyclists are injured in accidents annually
- One-third of motorcyclists killed in an accident were speeding
- Approximately half of all motorcyclists in fatal accidents collided with a vehicle
- Motorcyclists are 26 times and five times more likely to be killed or injured in a crash than car occupants
Serious injuries can quickly occur when a multi-ton vehicle hits you head-on directly. The persons responsible for the accident should be held responsible for their actions leading to these dangerous conditions and injuries.
Motorcycle Accident Injury Recovery
California is a comparative negligence state. This means that an injured victim will be limited on the claim they can bring after a devastating accident occurs, by the percentage a court finds them at fault for the accident. For example, if a court determines that the victim was 25 percent responsible for the accident, their damages of $100,000 will be reduced to $75,000. However, a victim will be entitled to bring a claim for damages, even if their percentage at fault exceeds 50 percent.
A claim for damages may include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
An experienced Temecula accident attorney will assist you in determining the potential claim amounts for some of the projected expenses. In the days after a motorcycle accident, it is important to refrain from speaking to the responsible party’s insurance company. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, and will attempt to coerce a settlement early on after the accident. However, insurance companies will offer a flat sum, and may not take into consideration the future expenses which your injury may cause. It might be tempting to accept this sum, but it is important to remember that this may prevent you from bringing a claim in the future.
Temecula, CA Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to contact the Liljegren Law Group. Our attorneys have assisted motorcyclists for years in their claims after a devastating accident causes severe injuries. Contact our Temecula office today for your initial free consultation.