Motorcycle Accident Attorney - Sacramento, CA
If you have been injured in a Sacramento motorcycle accident that was caused by another motorist, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation. Having the support of an experienced personal injury legal team is an important part of the recovery process.
To find out how we can help, contact our Sacramento motorcycle accident lawyers today by calling (916) 777-7777. There are no upfront costs and your first consultation is free.
Causes of Sacramento Motorcycle Accidents
Many people are surprised to learn that most crashes involving motorbikes are often not caused by the motorcyclist, but by another driver. Approximately three-quarters of bike accidents involve another vehicle, which is most often a passenger car. In around 60 percent of those crashes, the motorcyclist had the right-of-way at the time of the accident.
In addition to their vulnerability to other vehicles, motorcyclists are also at the mercy of environmental risk factors such as unexpected rain, strong winds and other weather-related factors.
Road conditions, including loose gravel, potholes, uneven lanes and unmarked construction, can also spell sudden disaster for motorcycle riders. While environmental realities can play major roles in some motorcycle accidents, there are other factors that may be involved.
These include (but are not limited to):
- Motorcycles are less visible - as motorcycles are smaller in size, its simply harder to see them on the road.
- Motor bikes can stop quickly - a motorized bike is capable of stopping at a faster rate, meaning that motorcycles can be rear-ended more easily than a car, truck or tractor-trailer.
- They are more likely to be involved in intersection accidents - if drivers are not paying attention at intersections, they may pull out right in front of a motorcyclist and cause a serious collision. Intersections are also dangerous because some drivers don't see oncoming motorcycles and make left-hand turns immediately in front of oncoming traffic.
- Defective equipment or mechanical failure - outside forces may not always be behind a motorcycle crash. The motorcycle itself may be the real problem due to flawed design or some kind of mechanical issue that wasn't detected before it caused an accident.
It is important to note that if a rider is injured on a road that a government body or local council is responsible for maintaining, the rider injured on that road may also be able to recover damages from that department.
Common Types Of Motorcycle Crash Injuries
Even if a motorcyclist isn't killed in a crash or collision, he or she will likely be left with life-changing injuries that often take years of treatment and rehabilitation before the rider begins to return to their pre-accident level of health.
Common accident injuries often involve the legs and feet; the parts of a motorcyclists body closest to the road that are the most susceptible to being crushed, broken or dragged underneath the bike as it crashes.
While these injuries are not always life-threatening, they can be extremely expensive to treat. Worse, they can result in lengthy or permanent disabilities.
Some common injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Spine and back injuries
- Road rash
- Orthopedic problems
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are also another very serious hazard for almost all riders. Wearing a helmet can help prevent or reduce the severity of brain injuries in motorcycle accidents, but admittedly, even a properly protected motorcyclist can still suffer lifelong head injuries after a serious wreck has occurred.
Recovering Damages After A Serious Motorcycle Crash
A bike accident with any type of vehicle can cause devastating, if not deadly, injuries. But once the fault of the other driver has been established, an injured rider may be entitled to receive compensation for your losses.
There are often many elements that need to be considered and accounted for during this process. At the law offices of the Arnold Law Firm, our team of highly-trained attorneys have detailed knowledge of California's personal injury laws and can help fight for your MAXIMUM injury compensation amount.
We offer 100% FREE case reviews and only get paid when we win your case.
Some of the damages that may be included in a settlement or verdict can include provision for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost wages
- Rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage to your motorcycle
A rider may also be entitled to compensation if he/she is unable to return to work for an extended period of time or if they have sustained a permanent disability that prevents them from doing the work that they performed prior to the crash.
It's important to note that the law also recognizes that pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life are part of your loss an "at-fault" driver can be held accountable to pay these types of non-economic damages as well.
Recovering Damages From An Insurance Company
In certain severe situations, punitive damages may also be awarded to the injury victim. These damages are generally administered if a defendant has gone beyond what most would consider a safe and reasonable level of conduct in a public environment.
For example, if the at-fault driver was driving recklessly or had any kind of impairment, an injured rider may be able to collect punitive damages as part of the settlement or jury award.
Although the law contains different ways for injured motorcyclists to recover damages, the reality is that certain drivers without insurance or with too little coverage may not have the capacity to pay all of your damages. This is why uninsured or underinsured (UM/UIM) coverage with your own insurance company may be essential.
Even if you have UM/UIM coverage, your insurance company may make it difficult for you to collect this money to cover any accident costs. This often happens because insurance companies don't like having claims filed against them, despite the fact that the coverage is part of the policy you've been paying for on a regular basis.
How We Can Help
The Sacramento motorcycle accident lawyers here at the Arnold Law Firm are available to help you get the maximum compensation you deserve from all sources.
For more than 35 years, we have stood up for Sacramento accident victims and demanded that our clients receive full and fair compensation for their injuries and losses. We have a strong belief that negligent motorists must be held responsible and accountable for their actions.
With that in mind, our team of skilled attorneys is devoted to representing motorcyclists who have suffered due to an automobile drivers reckless behavior on the road and we get results. We offer 100% FREE case reviews and only get paid when we win.
Contact Our Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
Have you or someone that you love suffered a serious motorcycle accident injury due to the negligence of another motorist? Deciding to ride a motorcycle doesn't mean you have agreed to pay for someone else's mistakes.
Getting the monetary compensation you deserve is important. We can help.
Our team of highly trained attorneys have decades of experience helping personal injury victims throughout Sacramento and have won MILLIONS in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients.
With our main office located in Sacramento, we proudly provide legal counsel to injury victims throughout Sacramento County and beyond.
To find out how we can help, please call us now at (916) 777-7777. There is no obligation for the initial case review and we work on a contingency basis - which means that if we agree to fight for your legal rights, you will pay a fee only if you win your case.