Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
At MKP Law Group, LLP, our attorneys exclusively represent injury victims. For years we have fought on behalf of clients hurt in accidents due to the negligence of another party. We realize that it can be difficult to afford quality Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers, so we always work on what is known as a contingency fee basis, meaning WE DON’T GET PAID UNLESS WE WIN. There are no upfront, out-of-pocket costs to our clients.
Our experienced personal injury accident attorneys have recovered millions on behalf of our clients and will fight hard on your behalf to ensure you get maximum compensation for your injuries. Our motorcycle accident injury attorneys work with a team of medical experts throughout Los Angeles and California to ensure that you or a loved one receives top-notch medical care for a speedy and healthy recovery. While you recover, we are there to deal with the insurance companies.
We are a team of renowned motorcycle injury attorneys representing injury victims throughout the State of California. MKP Law Group, LLP’s team strives to make the process as easy and quick as possible for you. Our experienced team is attentive, dependable, and tenacious. Call us today at 310-285-5353 to schedule your 100% free consultation.
Why Hire a Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
Anyone who drives a motorcycle has undoubtedly encountered the various dangers that are associated with them. After all, this is why so many states have made it mandatory for motorcyclists to wear helmets.
Additionally, the reason this information is so well known has to do with how truly frightening the statistics on motorcycle accidents are. Did you know that over 80 percent of motorcycle accidents end with at least one of the parties involved suffering from serious injuries?
If you have been a victim of a motorcycle accident, you need to contact a local Los Angeles personal injury attorney as soon as possible so that they can begin to build your case. Insurance companies are notorious for attempting to blame the motorcyclist first thing. We know that that’s often unjust. So, we are ready to fight for you and get you the compensation and the justice that you deserve.
Common Causes of Los Angeles Motorcycle Accidents
There are many reasons motorcyclists accidents and wrecks cause so many injuries. While some of the causes are personal driver error, many are not. Some of the most common causes of motorcycles accidents are:
- Other drivers being distracted while they are behind the wheel
- Drunk drivers or drivers under the influence of illegal substances
- Other drivers operating their vehicle aggressively
- Other drivers not following traffic rules
- Defective motorcycle parts
- Hazardous road conditions
What to do After a Motorbike Accident in Los Angeles?
After an accident, you may be in shock, have sustained serious injuries, or simply have no idea what to do. These can be difficult moments, so here are the best steps to take if you are a bicyclist in a Los Angeles motorbike accident:
1. Collect Evidence
If possible, take photos of the accident scene, the vehicles involved, and your injuries. You should also get the contact and insurance information from all the drivers who were involved in the accident. Collect as much contact information as possible from any eyewitnesses.
2. Call the Police
Calling the police after the incident will lead to the generation of a police report. This report will detail the accident and conclude who was at-fault for the motor vehicle accident. The police will also obtain the contact and insurance information of all parties should you be unable to do so yourself.
3. Call Your Insurance Carrier
Once you are in a safe area and have called the police, you should also call your insurance carrier to report the road or car accident and open a claim.
4. Seek Immediate Medical Attention
If you or a loved one has suffered severe injuries as a result of a motorcycle or car accident, do not hesitate to seek medical treatment. It is crucial that you receive proper care as soon as possible. Even if you do not believe you were seriously hurt, you may have internal injuries or a brain injury that is not immediately apparent. Making sure you get proper medical treatment is very important for your claim.
5. Call MKP Law Group, LLP
Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney to help you understand the legal process and handle the insurance claims on your behalf will help to ensure you get the maximum compensation you deserve. Our attorneys pride themselves on providing prompt and personal attention to each and every motorcycle accident client.
What Not to do After a Motorbike Accident in Los Angeles
Do Not Leave the Scene of the Accident
You should only leave the scene of the accident if you are seriously injured, and there is a medical emergency. Otherwise, it is best to stay at the scene to collect the necessary information and to give a statement to the police.
Avoid Making Statements to the Other Parties
It is wise to avoid speaking with the other drivers at the scene. Often, people make damaging statements at the scene by saying, “I’m OK.” This type of statement could act against you later on in the case. Never underestimate your injuries at the scene of the accident. Also, never admit fault for the accident.
Do Not Forget to Gather Evidence
Sometimes the police are not able to respond to every accident scene, and thus no police report will be made. So, you must obtain the other drivers’ contact and insurance information and any witness contact information to sufficiently support the claim.
The Law and Filing Motorcycle Accident Injury Claims
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, in 2015 alone, 802 motorcycle riders’ lives could have been saved had they been wearing helmets at the time of the motorcycle crash. These numbers underscore the importance of always wearing motorcycle helmets. In 2016, over 40% of motorcycle accident victims who died were not wearing helmets.
California has a universal helmet law that requires all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet at all times. Helmets can be the difference between life and death for motorcycle riders in the event of a motorcycle crash, as numerous studies have shown that they greatly reduce the likelihood of traumatic brain injuries.
On the other hand, California is the only state where “lane-splitting” is legal. Lane splitting is when a motorcycle rider goes between two lanes of traffic moving in the same direction, whether the cars are stopped or moving. After much debate, California passed AB-51 in 2016, which legalized the practice of lane-splitting.
Lane-splitting reduces traffic commutes for motorcycle riders and overall traffic congestion. Though helpful in reducing traffic congestion, lane-splitting at high speeds can be extremely dangerous and has led to numerous motorcycle crashes by inattentive drivers. The common problem is, they fail to check their mirror for motorcycle riders before changing lanes.
Filing a Motorcycle Claim in California
In California motorcycle accident cases, the motorcycle rider, or the heirs of a cyclist involved in a wrongful death action, can sue for damages against any at-fault party. At-fault parties include cities and municipalities who have neglected to properly indicate road construction or other dangerous conditions of public property (lack of necessary traffic signals, inadequate lighting, missing guardrails, potholes, etc.).
Other accident victims injured by motorcycle riders such as pedestrians can also sue for damages stemming from a motorcycle crash.
It’s important to remember, California is a comparative fault state. So, even if the motorcycle rider is partially responsible for the motorcycle crash, they can still sue.
The Statute of Limitations in California Accident Cases
The statute of limitations for California for motorcycle accident claims depends on the party who you sue. This law of limitations acts as a deadline to file a law. Talk to an attorney to understand which timeframe applies to your case so you can be sure to file on time. If you don’t, the court can dismiss your lawsuit without even considering it.
Generally speaking, there are two statutes of limitations that apply to California motorcycle accident cases:
- Private Individuals – Suits against private individuals (drivers, other cyclists, etc.) for motorcycle accident cases must be filed within 2 years from the date the motorcycle accident occurred. Note that if the private individual being sued dies (in the motorcycle accident or otherwise), a lawsuit must be filed within 1 year of the incident.
- Governmental Entities – Suing governmental entities like the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) or governmental workers have a statute of limitations of 6 months, meaning a claim must be filed against the governmental entity within 6 months of the motorcycle crash.
- Minors – If the motorcycle accident victim is a minor at the time of the incident, they can file a claim any point up until the minor’s 18th birthday. After the minor turns 18 and reaches the age of adulthood, the standard 2-year statute of limitations applies.
Common Injuries Sustained In Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can cause very serious injuries exceptionally easily. A vehicle provides bodily protection with airbags and the car structure, which cushions the driver from the crash. Motorcyclists, however, are directly exposed to the impact. So, often motorcycle riders involved in accidents find themselves with life-threatening injuries. Some of the most common injuries are:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Skull fractures
- Eye injuries
- Broken jaws, cheekbones, and noses
- Fractured ribs
- Broken arms, hands, and wrists
- Leg fractures/Broken legs
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Lacerations & Road Rash
- Ligament Tears
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Internal hemorrhaging
- Internal organ injuries
The majority of these injuries require that the injured person seek emergency medical attention, including an ambulance ride. This type of medical assistance does not come cheap, and therefore, the victims of these accidents often find themselves in enormous debt once they are on the mend from their injuries. Additionally, as they recover, the victim most likely will not be able to work, making their financial situation even more worrisome.
The legal team at MKP Law Group, LLP, works with medical experts of all kinds, accident reconstructionists, economists, and all types of motorcycle experts to successfully handle motorcycle accident claims on behalf of injury victims.
We understand that every motorcycle accident claim is different. So we work closely with our clients to fully understand their damages, both physical and emotional. Working together is the only way we can help victims recover their full damages.
Remember, our team will fight the insurance companies on your behalf on a no out-of-pocket contingency basis to make sure that all injury victims receive first-class legal representation regardless of their financial situation.
Other Circumstances That Can Result in Earning Compensation
An injury victim’s medical bills, both for past treatment and necessary future treatment, are fully recoverable. Still, there are frequently other damages we can recover on behalf of an injury victim. Types of damages that are recoverable in motorcycle accident claims include:
Medical Bills & Expenses
Motorcycle injury victims are entitled to full reimbursement for all medical bills and expenses stemming from the motorcycle accident, including ER bills, prescription drug costs, physical therapy, medical equipment/devices, and continued nursing care.
Pain and Suffering
These damages are not quantifiable with an exact dollar amount. Instead, they stem from the loss of enjoyment of life, physical pain, and suffering, difficulty performing daily activities or household tasks, loss of dignity, and inability to engage in hobbies or recreational activities.
Loss of Earnings/Wages
These are damages that are incurred when a victim was hurt and missed work leading to the loss of wages or other income. These damages include the loss of future wages, or diminished earning capacity, as well as for past lost wages.
Loss of Consortium
If the victim was legally married at the time of the motorcycle accident, they and their spouse are entitled to damages for loss of companionship or loss of love for deprivations to the spousal relationship (including loss of sexual relations).
In cases where the at-fault party acted with extreme recklessness, malice, or intent to harm, victims can sue for punitive damages.
Funeral & Burial Expenses
In a situation where the victim dies as a result of the motorcycle accident, a wrongful death claim will be brought, and we can recover any burial, funeral or cremation expenses that were incurred as a result of the motorcycle accident.
Stats on Motorcycle Accidents in Los Angeles, CA
California weather makes it a popular place to own a motorcycle. With lots of space and sunny skies, taking a motorbike for a picturesque ride is a lot of people’s idea of a perfect weekend.
While motorcycles don’t make up the majority of road traffic, motorbike rider’s wide-open position while seated on their bike leaves them in a dangerous spot. This is especially true on speedy roads or busy highways. Here are some stats about motorcycles in California:
- California has the most registered motorcycle drivers in the U.S. In 2018, a reported 822,844 total residents registered their private and commercial motorcycles. Statista.com
- Road trauma to motorcyclists continues to be of increasing concern. In 2016, data shows motorcycle accidence are 28 times more likely to result in fatalities than vehicle crashes. Governors Highway Safety Association
- In 2017, in Los Angeles County alone, 4,992 killed or injured in motorcyclist accidents. OTS Crash Rankings 2017
Contact a Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Attorney at MKP Law Group, LLP Today
When you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you need to know what your rights are. This incident could change everything that you knew about your life to be true. We want to make sure that you can get back up on your feet and move forward even after the most serious of injuries. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident contact our law firm today at 310-285-5353 so that we can start fighting to get you the compensation you deserve.
At MKP Law Group, LLP, we have motorcycle injury lawyers that are highly experienced in handling motorcycle injury accident cases and have obtained large settlements on behalf of our clients.
Not only can we give you a better idea of whether or not your case has enough clout for us to move forward with it, but we will also fight passionately to get you the compensation that we think you deserve. Plus, we know how to deal with insurance companies so that you do not have to and, instead, can focus on getting better.
MKP Law Group, LLP’s team strives to make the process as easy and quick as possible for you. Our team is experienced, attentive, dependable, and tenacious, so call us today to schedule your 100% free case evaluation. As always, if we don’t win your case, you don’t owe us a dime.
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