As an injured rider, you will face unique challenges in the legal system. Motorcycle riders are prejudged by the unfair biases and negative perceptions of society, including the misconceptions of many lawyers who don’t ride. Unfortunately, people who don’t ride (including lawyers) are unusually quick to judge and jump to the mistaken conclusion that it’s always the rider’s fault because they are by nature reckless individuals. This is largely attributable to our society’s misconceptions about motorcyclists. But as any rider certainly knows, most collisions are caused by drivers. In fact, we as motorcyclists have gone to extraordinary lengths to avoid any type of accident since even a low-speed impact with a vehicle could be fatal or lead to serious bodily injuries. People who have not been on a street bike will never understand this mind set. They misguidedly believe that if you are crazy enough to ride then you must not be a careful person. You cannot expect them to understand intuitively. They have not seen first-hand what we see on a daily basis. Put them on a bike for one day and they would see how cars are constantly cutting us off, pulling out in front of us, and violating our right of way. Then they would show a complete 180 degree shift in their thinking. It is our job to make them see thinks through our lenses (or face shields). Our motorcycle lawyer is an avid rider and is keenly aware of the issues confronted by motorcyclists. “Drivers just don’t see us; they cut us off all the time. Yet we are the first to be blamed when a crash happens.” The truth is: one of the most frequent causes of a collision between a car and a bike is the driver of the car not having seen the rider. Only a lawyer who is a motorcyclist will understand the unique issues encountered by riders and be able to effectively represent you. We ride. We know the law. We are aggressive motorcycle lawyers who fight to protect the rights of riders and know how to win.
Bikers need special protection. They need an attorney who is a rider; one who will be able to understand and believe in them, and be personally vested and willing to fight hard for their rights. A vehicle collision with a street bike frequently results in severe head trauma, broken bones, damaged vital organs, and other critical or life threatening injuries. You may be in an ambulance en route to a hospital while the driver is giving their one-sided statement to the police. By the time an officer interviews you in the hospital or weeks later at home, their mind has already been influenced by the driver’s statement which has been settling in their mind for weeks. The result is that everyone thinks the accident was your fault. You have an uphill battle to convince everybody, including lawyers, that you had the right of way, which any biker knows that you probably did. Our motorcycle lawyer is a rider. As a fellow motorcyclist and one who has been in a motorcycle accident, he can relate to you. He knows the dangers we face as motorcyclists and the careless drivers we must constantly swerve to avoid. He understands you, fully believes in your case, and is totally invested in your legal matter. We treat you as family. We stand behind our bikers clients to ensure they receive justice.
The most important thing to us is your health. The first thing a motorcycle lawyer will do is to make sure you are receiving proper medical care. Your lawyer will also secure payment for your hospital and doctor bills. You have enough to deal with on the road to physical recovery; we don’t want you to have to deal with the added pressure of financial stress. With an expert motorcycle lawyer protecting your legal rights and aggressively fighting to recover compensation for your injuries and loss of earning capacity, you can focus all of your energy on recuperating. There will be obstacles on your road to recovery, and obtaining the compensation you are entitled to receive. We are always prepared for challenges and ready to overcome them to win your case.
Our motorcycle accident attorney, himself a rider, has earned a reputation for fighting hard to overcome all obstacles and protect the rights of motorcyclists to the fullest extent of the law. With a dedicated attorney on your side, you’ll have the assurance that your legal rights are being fully protected, while you focus your efforts on physical rehabilitation.
After a motorcycle crash, there are many important legal steps you must take to protect your important legal rights. You need to investigate the scene where the collision occurred. You need to interview witnesses and obtain their statements as soon as possible. As the days and weeks pass, memories will fade and critical information that could help you prove your position will disappear. If there was video surveillance from a nearby store, you need to obtain the video immediately because most businesses overwrite video footage every couple of weeks. There are many other things that must be done during the days after an accident. In order to win and obtain the best result possible, you will need the assistance of an experienced motorcycle lawyer San Diego. A motorcycle accident attorney will help you preserve your rights and build a strong case, submit a legal demand to the party who caused your injuries, or, more precisely, to their insurer. If the demand is not met and your claim is settled on terms acceptable to you, your motorcycle lawyer will file a lawsuit against the driver who caused the collision and your injury. Their are strict time limitations, and if they are not met your claim will be forever barred due to the running of the statute of limitations.
Drivers who cause accidents rarely accept responsibility for their actions; they usually tell their insurance company that it was the motorcyclist’s fault. Unless there were eyewitnesses who saw you on your street bike at the time of the crash and you are able to secure their cooperation, the driver’s insurer will typically deny your claim. There are various methods your motorcycle accident lawyer can employ to prove that the driver was at fault. This can range from witness testimony and sworn statements secured by your motorcycle attorney, to video surveillance obtained from a nearby store owner before the video is overwritten. Often, during an interview taken soon after a collision, a driver will admit that he or she never saw the motorcyclist, which all-to-often is what happens. The demand is a key step in the legal process that can expedite recovering money for you prior to litigation. We are always prepared to litigate every client’s case so that we never have to compromise your claim. We also specialize in successfully obtaining the maximum recovery for our biker clients through demands, avoiding the delays and uncertainties of litigation.
Depending on the length of your treatment plan and physical rehabilitation, your motorcycle accident lawyer may not have the option of submitting a legal demand and will need to file a lawsuit in Court before the litigation deadline expires. In California, you have a set number of months to file a lawsuit. This is called the Statute of Limitations. After that, you forever lose your right to file a lawsuit for damages for personal injuries. Once you forfeit your right to file a lawsuit, then there is no incentive for an insurance company to pay you anything. Different time limitations apply depending on the circumstances. Your motorcycle attorney will determine the appropriate limitation period applicable in order to ensure your rights are protected and you have the strongest claim possible. As a client of our firm, insurance companies will know that you are represented by a determined motorcycle lawyer who will do whatever it takes to win. They have an incentive to offer you a fair settlement on terms that are just and appropriate to compensate you for your motorcycle accident injury.
Head injuries are unfortunately a very real possibility when your bike goes down. You may have the best Snell or DOT helmet that money can buy, but when your head crashes into another vehicle or into the pavement at high speed, a helmet has its limitations. A helmet may save a rider’s life, but the rider may still suffer from head injures or brain trauma. As a victim of brain trauma, we will ensure you are represented by a San Diego brain injury lawyer who will hold accountable the negligent driver that caused the unfortunate incident that lead to your head injury.
It is unfortunate, but very real, that many people have the misguided and biased mentality that bikers are always heedless and must have caused any collision with a vehicle. Ordinary people driving a car see a motorcyclist lane splitting and assume that the biker must be reckless since it would certainly be reckless if they did the same thing with their car. They didn’t study and take the test to get their M1 license. They are unfamiliar with the rules of the road applicable to riders. They don’t understand the sheer amount of available space between vehicles for a bike to split lanes and safely pass between two cars. Therefore, eye witnesses are frequently biased against riders, and subconsciously will recount the details of a collision between a car and street bike in such a way that places the blame on the biker. Police officers, unless they are motorcyclists, fall victim to the same line of erroneous thinking exhibited by eye witnesses. Our motorcycle lawyer will be able to spot such biased witnesses statements and officer statements in police reports and immediately begin taking appropriate steps to address these inaccuracies. If a report appears to be unfairly biased against a rider, our motorcycle accident lawyer has the knowledge and knowhow to interview witnesses while the events of the accident are still fresh in their minds and obtain statements that will be key pieces of evidence for proving your case. Prompt interviews conducted by an attorney, and the key witness statements that can be obtained therefrom, are often critical both for presenting your legal demand to a insurance company and for proving your case in a Court of Law.
The motorcycle helmet law in California requires all motorcycle riders to wear a standard DOT-approved helmet at all times, and many bikers opt for a helmet that has the additional Snell certification. Whether an injured rider was wearing a Snell-certified or DOT-approved safety helmet at the time of a crash may significantly affect a motorcycle injury claim and ability to hold the driver fully accountable for a head or facial injury. This is because under the rule of comparative fault, the person who caused the collision may claim that although the collision was their fault, your injury is partly due to your not wearing a helmet. With respect to injuries to other parts of your body, the use of a helmet would be irrelevant because the only type of injury that would be exacerbated by not wearing a helmet would be a head or facial injury.
If you are a family member of a rider who was killed in a collision with car or truck, you may be entitled to assert legal rights to compensation for the wrongful death of your loved one. With the help of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer, you can recover monetary damages, including for loss of income and loss of companionship. Your family can also recovery damages for the pain and suffering that you have suffered, and are suffering, by the loss of your loved one. A wrongful death attorney can also help you recover burial costs, which can often be a significant cost that puts a financial strain on your family, and payment for unpaid medical bills.
Contact Injury Law Group now for help and speak to a motorcycle attorney who is also a rider and who truly understands and believes in you. We are dedicated motorcycle lawyers who fight for the rights of bikers, and there is no fee until we recover money for you. We’ll make sure that you receive the medical treatment you need and the financial compensation you are entitled to under the law. Let an aggressive motorcycle lawyer protect your legal rights, while you focus on recovering from your injuries. Call us now at 619-255-3900.