Motorcycle Accident Claims
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento motorcycle personal injury attorney. Motorcyclists throughout California know that riding a bike offers an incomparable, exciting travel experience and is a spectacular way to view the lovely scenery and breathtaking sights of our Golden State. Yet, despite the remarkable experience a motorcycle offers, these vehicles require a rider to exercise a tremendous amount of skill, defensive driving and responsible handling in order to avoid a serious motorcycle accident.
Common Injuries – Motorcycle Accident Claims
Because of the lack of protection a motorcycle provides, the likelihood of a motorcyclist suffering traumatic injuries, which may be life-threatening, is significantly high. Our motorcycle personal injury attorneys work with clients who have suffered:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Severe Abrasions and Facial Lacerations
- Amputation Injuries
- Femur Fractures
- Burn Injuries
- Pelvic Fractures
- Wrist Fractures
Rehabilitation from Traumatic Injuries
The items listed above commonly require an extensive amount of traumatic injury rehabilitation. This means the injured motorcyclist is likely unable to carry out his employment obligations and will begin losing wages. This can put an enormous strain on the rider and members of the family who depend on him or her financially to survive.
Motorcycle Accident Claims – Medical Costs, Lost Wages and Property Damage
The medical treatment and follow-up care needed for the injured rider to heal can be extremely costly. It is also expensive to repair property damage to a motorcycle. Factor in lost wages and other mounting costs and one can see how easily a family can be financially ruined.
With the resulting medical costs, property damage and lost wages that can arise following a serious accident, a rider is well-advised to speak with a motorcycle personal injury attorney right away. Having an experienced lawyer helping you to recover compensation from the at-fault party can make all the difference. Call and talk with our accident attorneys about pursuing an injury claim. It will go along way to help alleviate the financial burden faced by you and your loved ones. This way you can focus on the task of getting well.
Recovering Compensation – Motorcycle Accident Claims
The post-crash related expenses can pile up quick. Did you know that a motorcyclist can be awarded several different types of compensation to reduce the financial burden? It’s true. The purpose of the compensation is to help the motorcycle rider in rebuilding their life. The goal is to begin to move towards the life the motorcyclist had prior to the accident. The first type of compensation that a motorcyclist can be awarded is called economic damages. Economic damages are easily calculated from medical documents and other records. It can include compensation for wage loss (past and future), medical bills and related expenses, and for the property damage. Non-economic damages are also typically available and include compensation for the injured person’s pain and suffering. This can include mental suffering as a result of the crash or “emotional distress”.
The financial burden of a motorcycle crash can leave one feeling completely overwhelmed, but a Sacramento motorcycle personal injury attorney can get the financial compensation you need to recover.
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What Are Common Risk Factors of Riding a Motorcycle?
Motorcycle accidents in Sacramento County, Northern California, and, indeed, throughout our entire state, occur for several reasons. These causes can be the result of an at-fault driver, the fault of the motorcyclist, or factors only under the control of the government entity managing the road or the motorcycle manufacturer. These factors can include:
- Government road defects that falls below safety or design standards
- Poor road conditions and/or negligent maintenance of the roadway
- Products liability for mechanical failures of the bike or its parts or components
- A driver of another vehicle being careless or negligent such as in the case of distracted driving or drunk driving
- Defective motorcycle due to negligent design
- Negligent or shoddy repair work performed by a mechanic on your bike
Motorcycle Accident Claims and Statistics – 80% Not the Fault of the Rider
Recent statistics have indicated that the majority of multiple-vehicle traffic collisions involving motorcycles—some 80%—are not the fault of the motorcycle rider. More often, the motorcycle crash is caused by a negligent or inattentive motorist who either does not see or notice the motorcyclist until it is much too late. Or, a driver of a car turns either directly in front of the motorcyclist in a left hand turn or a driver of a vehicle follows the biker too closely and hits the rear of the bike.
Unfortunately, safe and experienced motorcyclists are at the mercy of careless and inattentive drivers due to the speed at which the motorcycle travels and minimal protection around their body if there is a crash. Because of the lack of safety and physical protections, most motorcycle crashes result in catastrophic injuries. Even when wearing a helmet, a motorcyclist can suffer head and brain injuries, paralyzing spinal cord injuries, or even death.
Rebuilding Your Life after a Motorcycle Accident
The financial and personal impact a motorcycle accident can have on an individual’s life can be very serious. It takes a toll on all who love and depend on the motorcyclist. Getting back to the quality of life he or she loves can take a tremendous amount of time, understanding and patience. The motorcycle personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Edward A. Smith recognize the overwhelming obstacles a rider may encounter following this type of tragedy and are dedicated to obtaining compensation for your losses so that you can be restored to a close as possible to your pre-accident condition. Our office has 33 years of experience helping injured victims, which has earned us respect in the community and record of successful results. A motorcycle collision is difficult enough to cope with, but with our help your recovery does not have to be.
Sacramento Motorcycle Personal Injury Attorneys
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento motorcycle personal injury attorney. If you have suffered a serious injury as a result of a motorcycle crash due to someone else’s negligence, please call me for free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 or toll free at (800) 404-5400. Let’s go over the details of your accident and discuss the best way to proceed. There is no obligation to you and the call is free.
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