If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, you need the experienced personal injury attorneys of J&Y Law on your side. Los Angeles highways offer a great degree of freedom to motorcycle riders. Unfortunately, this freedom can have devastating consequences if you are involved in a motorcycle accident. J&Y Law fights for the rights of motorcycle injury victims in Los Angeles and throughout the State of California. They will work to ensure you receive the financial compensation you deserve. There is never a fee unless your claim is successful and J&Y has experience litigating hundreds of claims against all of the major insurance carriers.
Leading Reasons for Motorcycle Accidents
- Inexperienced riders
- Alcohol & drugs
- Distractions (texting, talking on a cell phone, eating)
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Lane splitting
- Poor weather and road conditions
- Failing to wear or improper use of protective gear (helmet, leather clothing)
In many accidents, the point of impact is the front of the motorcycle which typically results in the most devastating and fatal injuries. As a result, costs are high, including physical and emotional pain, expensive medical bills, lost wages and property damage. You may also be left wondering whether you will ever be able to ride again. The anxiety is compounded if the accident wasn’t your fault or was due to another drivers negligence. California is also one of the few states allowing lane splitting which allows motorcycle riders to drive along the lane dividers in stopped or slow traffic. Unfortunately, drivers may be unaware and this has directly led to rider injury and death.
Factors in an accident must be identified to determine who is at fault, or the degree to which each party is at fault, and as a result, who is financially responsible. This determination can be complex, and chances are that all parties will not agree. It can become more complicated if the accident involved equipment failures, poor road conditions, public vehicles, or other obstacles. These complicating factors make having an experienced attorney on your side even more important.
Common Injuries Resulting from an Accident
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for riders to sustain serious injuries when involved in a crash. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycles have a 16 times the risk of injury and 35 times the risk of a fatal crash compared with a passenger car. These rates are often even higher among younger, less experienced riders. Each year, thousands die and countless more are hurt as the result of a motorcycle accident.
The most frequently injured body part is actually the legs and feet. This is followed by the arms, and then the head and neck which make up 16.8% of all injuries. Of these injuries, fractures and broken bones are the most common. This is followed closely by less serious injuries such as contusions/abrasions, lacerations, and sprains. Of course, catastrophic injuries also occur, with the possibility of paralysis and death.
Proper use of safety equipment can often reduce the severity of injuries. Riders should always dress appropriately and wear a helmet, even in states where this is not required by law. Helmets have been proven effective, specifically 37% effective in preventing motorcycle deaths.
How the Law Firm of J&Y Fights for Motorcycle Accident Victims
The experienced personal injury attorneys at J&Y will negotiate with the insurance company to ensure you receive fair compensation. They have the legal know-how to prepare the strongest arguments, and may even retain a private investigator to build your case. They will explain all your legal options, conduct a thorough investigation of the accident, and, if necessary, challenge the police report’s findings. In addition to establishing driver fault, road conditions and safety equipment may be inspected.
Most insurance companies want to pay out fast, and consequently, offer only minimal help to victims. They would rather not wait for you to discover that you have long-term medical or disability issues. To them, it’s only business, but for you, it’s about your future. Do not agree to any settlement without talking to a lawyer. If the insurance company does not agree to a fair settlement, they will pursue your case in court. It is important that you are fairly compensated for your medical bills, wage loss, and pain and suffering.
They will strive to ensure that your long-term medical, psychological and financial needs are met.
California Motorcycle Injury Law Firm
There is a long road to recovery if you have been seriously hurt as the result of a motorcycle accident. As a result, these injuries are likely to take an emotional and financial toll. In addition to medical bills, you may have experienced lost wages and will also face pain and suffering from your injuries. Don’t travel this road alone and suffer further after an accident. Our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys will aggressively represent your best interests and work to get you the financial compensation you deserve. Call our office today at (877) 735-7035 to speak to an attorney and for a free evaluation of your case.