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Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle Accidents

At Ourfalian & Ourfalian, our California motorcycle accident lawyers have the skills, experience, and tenacity to hold negligent drivers and large insurance companies accountable. For more than three decades, our law firm has advocated for the rights and interests of injured victims.

If you or your loved one was seriously injured in a motorcycle collision, we are more than ready to help. Call us now at (818) 550 – 7777 or connect with us directly online to schedule your free, no-commitment initial consultation with a top-rated Southern California motorcycle accident attorney.

Motorcycle Collisions Often Result in Severe Injuries

It is no secret that motorcyclists have limited protection. When a motorcycle crash occurs, there is a nearly 80% chance that the rider will be injured and will require professional medical attention. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that there 90,000 motorcyclists are injured and 5,000 are killed in motorcycle accidents each year.

All drivers in California need to take proper care to watch out for the health and well-being of motorcyclists. Unfortunately, too many of them fail to do so. A motorcycle accident may occur because of speeding, tailgating, running red lights or stop signs, unsafe lane changes, distracted driving, or intoxicated drivers.

An Overview of The Motorcycle Accident Laws in California

If you are hurt in a motorcycle collision in Los Angeles County, it is essential that you know what to do to protect your health, safety, emotional well-being, and the viability of your legal claim. You have rights and responsibilities under state law. Here are five important things to know about the motorcycle accident laws in California:

A Serious Motorcycle Crash Should Be Reported

Under California state law, any traffic collision that results in an injury or significant property must be reported to state or local law enforcement. If you were hurt in a motorcycle crash, make sure the police are informed. It is in your best interest to report the motorcycle accident—especially if it was not your fault. A police report can be a valuable form of evidence in a personal injury claim.

You Must See a Doctor to Bring a Personal Injury Claim

All motorcycle accident injuries should be evaluated by an experienced physician. Severe injuries require an ambulance trip and immediate emergency care. Non-emergency motorcycle accident injuries should still be evaluated. Medical care is for your own safety. Beyond that, you cannot bring a personal injury claim in California unless you have valid medical records.

A Two-Year Statute of Limitations for Motorcycle Wrecks

Deadlines matters. California has a two-year statute of limitations for all motor vehicle accident injuries claims, including those arising from motorcycle collisions. Do not delay: Consult with an experienced Glendale, CA motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after a crash. An attorney will make sure that your claim is handled the right way.

Liability For a Motorcycle Crash Is Based on Fault (Negligence)

California has a fault-based motorcycle accident liability standard. The party deemed legally responsible for causing a crash can be held liable for the complete extent of the damages. If you were struck while riding a motorcycle by a driver who was texting while behind the wheel, you can hold them liable for your injuries.

Texting and driving is distracted driving. It is negligence. Every motorcycle accident requires an in-depth investigation. You need to know exactly what happened and why it happened.

California Uses a Comparative Negligence Standard

Not all motorcycle crashes in Southern California are solely the fault of a single party. In some cases, the negligence of multiple parties contributed to the collision. In fact, an injured rider may have even caused part of their own motorcycle accident.

California uses a comparative negligence system of liability for these cases. Simply put, each party to a crash will be held liable for their “share” of the blame. If you are found 20 percent responsible for a motorcycle accident, you will bear liability for 20 percent of your own damages.

We Help Motorcycle Accident Victims Maximize Their Financial Recovery

After a serious motorcycle crash in Los Angeles County, you need the maximum available financial compensation to pay your bills and support the people you care about the most. In California, injured motorcyclists can seek compensation for both economic and intangible damages. Sadly, many injured bikers struggle to get access to the complete compensation that they need.

The large insurance companies that handle motorcycle accident claims are aggressive. Insurers have developed many comprehensive tactics and strategies to minimize payouts. At Ourfalian & Ourfalian, our California motorcycle accident lawyers fight tirelessly to help injured riders secure every dime that they deserve under the law. You may be eligible to recover compensation for:

  • Property damage (motorcycle repair/replacement)
  • Emergency medical treatment
  • Hospital bills and other health care costs
  • Physical therapy and mental health counseling
  • Loss of current and future earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent physical scarring
  • Long-term disability
  • Wrongful death of a family member

Why Hire The California Motorcycle Crash Attorneys at Ourfalian & Ourfalian

Motorcycle accident injuries claims are complicated. Insurance companies do not make things easy on injured motorcyclists. Unfortunately, motorcyclists and their passengers may even have to deal with some unjust stereotypes.

At Ourfalian & Ourfalian, we have deep experience advocating for motorcycle accident victims—and we are ready to take immediate action to protect you. Among other things, our California motorcycle accident lawyers will:

  • Conduct a free, comprehensive evaluation of your case—answer your questions.
  • Thoroughly investigate the motorcycle crash, with a focus on securing evidence.
  • Handle all legal paperwork and represent you before the insurance company.
  • Devise a legal strategy focused on getting you and your family the best outcome.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Southern California

At Ourfalian & Ourfalian, our California motorcycle accident lawyers are standing by, ready to get started on your case. If you or someone you know was hurt in a motorcycle collision, professional representation is available. Contact our firm today at (818) 550 – 7777 to arrange a free, fully private legal consultation. From our Glendale law office, we represent motorcycle accident victims throughout Southern California, including in Pasadena, North Hollywood, Encino, Burbank, Granada Hills, and Van Nuys.

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