Motorcycle accidents can be terrifying and the resulting injuries are often devastating, sometimes fatal. The California Office of Traffic Safety reports that in 2016 there were close to 1,000 motorcycle accident injuries and fatalities in Riverside County alone. Regardless of how safe motorcyclists operate on the road, there are some accidents that just cannot be avoided.
Riverside motorcycle accident attorneys know that even when injuries are not fatal, they can still be devastating for the injured motorcyclist and his or her family. Serious and debilitating injuries may include organ damage, traumatic brain injuries, broken and shattered bones, lost limbs, and spinal cord injuries. These injuries may cause short term, long term, or permanent disabilities and when someone else’s conduct caused these injuries, injured victims and their families deserve to be compensated.
Motorcyclists have the same rights on the road as other motor vehicles, but riding a motorcycle carries a greater risk of injury and death in an accident. There are a number of factors involved in the heightened risk of injury for motorcyclists and two of those main factors are negligent drivers and aggressive drivers who share the road with motorcycles.
Negligent drivers who cause motorcycle accidents are often not aware of motorcycles in their presence and after an accident, they overwhelming claim that they simply did not see the motorcycle. These motorcycle accidents can be caused by drivers turning in front of motorcyclists who have the right of way or making unsafe lane changes into a lane already occupied by a motorcyclist.
Aggressive drivers that seem to have a grudge against motorcyclists are not uncommon. These drivers will follow motorcyclists too closely or drive in a reckless manner and cut motorcyclists off or crowd their lanes frequently resulting in serious accidents.
In motorcycle accident cases involving severe injuries, the at-fault party’s insurance companies will often contact injured motorcyclists right after the accident to make a settlement offer. It is very risky to settle with an insurance company without an attorney because insurance companies are looking out for their own bank accounts, not for injured motorcyclists and their families. They frequently attempt to have motorcyclists sign a waiver of liability in exchange for a settlement that is a fraction of the true value of their claims. Experienced motorcycle accident attorneys know how to value these claims and will make sure that their clients do not accept lowball offers.
Attorneys at The Hayes Law Firm, APC are motorcyclist advocates, representing motorcyclists who have suffered severe injuries in accidents caused by someone else’s fault. Our attorneys also represent family members who have lost loved ones in motorcycle accidents. They have helped to secure significant recoveries for injured motorcyclists and their family members who have sustained great harm in these accidents.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, contact a Riverside motorcycle accident attorney at The Hayes Law Firm, APC to discuss your claim and injuries sustained by calling 323-477-1415. When someone else is responsible for your injuries, you deserve to be compensated.
At The Hayes Law Firm, APC, we serve all of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, so whether you need a personal injury attorney in Montebello or a premises liability attorney in San Bernardino, we are here to serve you. Unlike other attorneys who view clients as cases, we understand that your experience has a human story behind it, and when you are in our offices, you are like a member of the family. We are ethical and compassionate, and we will take the time to find the best solution for your unique case and will work together with you every step along the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.