Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Los Angeles
California has the unfortunate distinction for being one of the leaders in motorcycle-related accidents, injuries, and fatalities in the country. The combination of year-round good weather and expensive gasoline prices are factors in increased motorcycle ridership and consequently motorcycle accidents. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident and have suffered injuries it is important that you seek out experienced, capable, and loyal Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys to represent your legal interests. The Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys at Custodio & Dubey, LLP have a demonstrated track record of success working for their clients in cases of motorcycle accidents. They work diligently to get the best results possible in an effective manner.
Understanding Motorcycle Accidents in Los Angeles, CA
Motorcycle accidents tend to be some of the worst and most devastating types of vehicular accidents on the road. A motorcycle rider is incredibly exposed and extremely exposed to serious injury. Unlike a rider in a car, there is no restraints, no steel to protect, no seat belts to hold a rider in place. Motorcycles on the road travel at very high speeds, are relatively lightweight in comparison to cars and trucks on the road, and to top it all off are very difficult to see on the road. All these factors combined are a recipe for disaster that is exactly what occurs in most motorcycle accidents- disaster.
Statistics & Types of Injuries Associated with Motorcycle Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics indicate that a motorcycle rider is ten times more likely to suffer injury and almost 40 times more likely to die in an accident compared to a passenger in a car. Furthermore in all motorcycle accidents, an astounding 98% result in injuries to the motorcycle rider. The types of injuries associated with motorcycle accidents are in large percentage catastrophic. Broken bones, spinal cord injuries, brain trauma, loss of limbs, as well as death are all associated with motorcycle crashes. The nature of these injuries requires that you have the best legal representation to handle your or your loved one’s motorcycle accident claims in Los Angeles.
If you sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident, the law of negligence requires you to prove that the crash was the fault of another driver or entity. A skilled legal team will conduct a thorough and timely investigation of a motorcycle accident. Almost 70% of motorcycle accidents with more than two vehicles are caused by drivers who violate a motorcyclist’s right of way. Another driver’s failure to check blind spots, misjudging the speed of a motorcycle, and tailgating can also cause a collision with a motorcycle. Depending on the circumstances, not only will the driver be responsible for his negligence, the owner of the vehicle, and the employer can be held liable. Competent representation must explore all these avenues for compensation.
How Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Can Get You Compensation
The doctrine of comparative negligence dictates that the liability of the accident be spread accordingly based on the level of culpability. Many times bikers are held partly liable for a motorcycle crash based on arguments that of excessive speeding or reckless maneuvering. Insurance companies and opposing counsel depend on these arguments to reduce your pay out, a skilled attorney will anticipate and be ready to refute these allegations and protect your award. Comparative negligence on the part of the motorcycle rider can result in a reduced award. If the motorcyclist is found to be 20% liable for the accident, then his recovery is reduced by 20%. If he is 50% at fault, damages are consequently cut in half. A vigilant Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers like those at Custodio & Dubey, LLP will protect their client’s interests by making every effort to negate any comparative negligence arguments.
Your Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers must establish another driver’s fault or find another cause for the motorcycle crash, such as defect in the design or manufacture of the bike or a dangerous road condition. When accidents occur in intersections it is important to investigate the proper function of traffic lights and signals. Signs indicating dangerous curves or conditions, improperly maintained highways including potholes and lose gravel can all factor into the equation. Another issue is the proper function of the bike itself, not to mention the safety equipment. Your Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney needs to make sure all responsible entities are subject to liability for your injuries and damages and have the ability to investigate and address these legal bases of liability.
The Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys at Custodio & Dubey, LLP have represented motorcycle accident victims in Los Angeles, CA for more than a decade, and are all too aware of our unfortunate ranking as a leader in motorcycle-related accidents, injuries, and fatalities in the country.
The statistics reflected by these accidents are eye-opening and pertinent to the sunny, year-round, motorcycle-friendly atmosphere of Southern California. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our experienced attorney group today to understand the legal process that will help deliver a settlement in your favor.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Experienced and novice motorcyclists alike share occasions of near-accidents and injuries with one another. The truth is, motorists simply do not apply the necessary attention to motorcyclists they would another passenger vehicle. And in some of these cases, the injuries sustained will reflect their negligence.
- Motorcycle fatalities have increased over 12% in the past year
- Nearly 70% of motorcycle accidents are caused by motorists who fail to yield to a motorcyclist’s right of way
- Motorcycle riders are ten times more like to suffer injury than a driver in a passenger vehicle in a collision
- Motorcyclists are forty times more likely to die in an accident than the driver in a passenger vehicle
- 98% of motorcycle accidents result in injuries to the rider
- There were 462 motorcycle fatalities in California last year alone
Our Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys work hard to help our clients recover from their injuries by demonstrating a successful track record over the past decade. Our diligent, aggressive approach to holding negligent drivers responsible for their actions that caused injuries is unmatched in Los Angeles, CA legal circles.
The Severity of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Even with new motorcycle safety laws, apparel and helmets, the severity of a motorcycle accident and the injuries sustained as a result can be devastating. The unprotected nature of the rider, and the speed or collision course endured, can cause life-changing injuries for some.
Injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents can include:
- Broken bones
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic head trauma
- Loss of limbs
- Cuts, scrapes, and infections
- Facial injuries
- Wrongful death
No matter the type of injury you have sustained, it is important to retain legal counsel to understand your rights as an injured party. We will help you pursue the negligent party who caused your injury and hold them accountable for a settlement that is reflective of the injustice they have caused.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists have the right to traverse the Los Angeles roads just as any other driver does, and should enjoy the same expectation of safety. Traffic lights and signs, and laws governing the road apply to everyone who uses them.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are common in California and are usually the fault of a negligent driver who is not sharing the road with law-abiding riders. Some of those negligent causes can include:
- Failure to check blind spots
- Unlawful lane change
- Misjudging the speed of a rider
- Turning in front of a motorcycle
- Impaired driving
- Distracted driving
- Disregarding the importance of the rider’s safety
Other factors that can contribute to motorcycle accidents may apply to municipal entities, corporations, or the motorcycle manufacturer, and can include:
- Lack of signage denoting dangerous curves or conditions
- Improperly maintained roads or highways
- Malfunctioning lights or traffic signals
- Motorcycle design defects
- Manufacturing issues with the bike
Without the seasoned, accomplished representation provided by Custodio & Dubey, LLP these avenues of expressed compensation opportunities may be overlooked by a less competent approach. Our attorneys pride ourselves in delivering results for the motorcycle accident victims we represent.
Call Today for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, our Los Angeles, CA motorcycle accident attorneys are here to help. Call us now at (213) 785-2909 to discuss how we can assist you in recovering lost wages, medical care reimbursement and long-term care from the negligent driver who caused your injuries. We can help you and your family focus on your well-being, while we explore the legal consequences surrounding your injuries today.
Hire! Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Custodio & Dubey, LLP
The Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at Custodio & Dubey, LLP with their extensive skill and experience in all kinds of vehicular accidents, including motorcycle collisions, is available should you need them. Getting the best result possible for their clients is their number one priority. Call toll free at (213) 785-2909 for a free consultation of your case anytime. You can also fill out our online consultation form and a Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney will contact you as soon as possible.