Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Sherman Oaks
Struggling to rebuild your life after a motorcycle accident is extremely stressful. You may have suffered from injuries as well as missed time from work. When facing these challenges, it is important to secure the legal assistance you need. At The Drexler Law Firm, we have 50 years of combined experience successfully representing injured accident victims and obtaining settlements and jury trial verdicts that pay them the fair compensation they deserve. Contact The Drexler Law Firm if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles.
What Should You Do After a Motorcycle Accident?
If you are in a motorcycle accident, there are several important steps:
- Get Medical Attention
You should go to an E.R. or Urgent Care immediately. It is critically important to get the medical care you need and to document your physical injuries.
- Report the Accident
The police should be called to respond to the scene. A police report will record the physical evidence and property damage, take measurements and photographs, obtain witness statements and contact information, and render opinions regarding fault.
- Gather Witness Testimony
Whether or not the police or paramedics respond, you should get the contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident. Witness testimony is an essential element in proving liability, especially where liability and the facts are disputed.
- Preserve any Evidence
Take photographs of the scene, the vehicles, and the injuries with your cell phone. The damaged motorcycle must be preserved as it will become evidence of the force of the impact and analyzed by accident reconstruction experts to form opinions regarding fault.
- Statements about the Accident
You are required to answer questions about the facts to the police but never admit fault. You are also required to give a statement to your own insurance company, but do not give a statement or speak to the other party’s insurance representatives. Your attorney will communicate with all adjusters and present your claim.
Learn more about what you should do after a car accident.
Should You Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
There are many important reasons why you should consult immediately with an experienced Los Angeles car accident attorney:
- Fair Compensation
Insurance companies are in the business of denying claims or offering as little as possible to settle. You need an experienced personal injury attorney to present your claim and get you fair compensation to pay your property damage, medical bills, and loss of earnings. You need a lawyer to investigate the accident and retain qualified experts to determine the fault of the other driver. Hiring an attorney with a proven track record of success in obtaining large settlements and jury trial verdicts in the event the insurance company’s offer is unreasonably low is essential.
- Expertise & Experience
Navigating the claims process with insurance adjustors, the complex legal system, and the challenges of presenting evidence in a jury trial–these are difficult tasks that require the skillset of an experienced and talented attorney. A battle-tested personal injury trial lawyer will retain the best liability and medical experts and will know the best strategies for maximizing your monetary recovery.
- Responsiveness & Feedback
At every stage of prosecuting a personal injury claim, there are questions and the need for attorney feedback. You need an attorney who is hands-on and available for all your questions, and you need the attorney with the resources and personnel at the office who will provide timely responses to any questions that arise.
- Statute of Limitations
There are legal time limits for bringing claims and lawsuits in personal injury action. An experienced personal injury attorney will protect your time limits and pursue your claims in a timely manner. All paperwork filed in the Courts must comply with technical rules and deadlines. Without the assistance of a qualified attorney, there is no practical way to successfully navigate through the claims process and Court litigation.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Here are some alarming statistics regarding motorcycle accidents.
- Approximately 3 out of every 4 motorcycle accidents involve collisions with other vehicles, usually a passenger vehicle.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motorcycle accidents cause 16 times the risk of injury compared to accidents in cars.
- Motorcycle accidents are 35 more times likely to cause fatal injuries than those suffered in a car accident.
- Approximately 32 percent of motorcycle deaths are attributed to speeding.
The Leading Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
There are a variety of factors causing motorcycle accidents:
- Excessive Speed
Driving at excessive speed or too fast for conditions.
- Lane Splitting
When motorcyclists drive between lanes, there is little room for error, and drivers often do not see the motorcycle rider until it is too late to avoid a collision.
Drivers who follow too closely expose motorcyclists to extreme risk of injury because there is little protection for the motorcyclist if the driver is unable to stop in time.
- Alcohol and Drugs
Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol cause accidents.
- Poor Weather
Poor weather conditions such as rain, snow, and ice can contribute to motorcycle accidents because 2 wheel-motorcycles lack the traction of 4 wheel vehicles.
- Poor Road Conditions
Roads that are poorly maintained or inadequate lighting can produce dangerous driving conditions. Potholes and other poor road conditions are more hazardous for a motorcycle than a car or other larger vehicles.
- Inexperienced Riders
Driving a motorcycle requires special skills and balance. Inexperienced riders are more prone to accidents.
What are the Most Common Motorcycle Injuries?
There are a variety of common injuries suffered by motorcyclists in accident collisions:
- Contusions, Hematomas, Road Rash
Injuries to the skin can be serious and result in chronic infections, nerve damage, and permanent scarring. Plastic surgery may be an option.
- Fractured Bones
Being thrown to the hard pavement after a motorcycle accident often results in broken bones. The extent of damage and need for surgery are evaluated based on X Rays, CT scans, and MRIs. Orthopedic follow-up and physical therapy are indicated.
- Head Injuries
Head injuries are common in motorcycle accidents. Head injuries can result in concussion, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and permanent cognitive deficits.
- Leg and Feet Injuries
Injuries to the extremities are also common in motorcycle accidents because they are not protected as they are in a car.
- Emotional Distress
Physical injuries are often accompanied by psychological damage. It is not uncommon for injured motorcycle victims to experience mental anguish and post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) from their injuries and require psychological treatment and therapy.
What Kind of Compensation Can You Receive?
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, there are two types of damages, economic and non-economic damages.
- Property Damages
This includes damage to the motorcycle as well as other items that were on the bike, clothing, and personal items.
- Medical Expenses
Doctor and Hospital bills, surgeries, prescriptions, physical therapy, and rehabilitation costs are all included when evaluating compensation.
- Lost Wages
Time lost from work results in Loss of Earnings. It is particularly challenging to evaluate lost earnings for injured victims who are self-employed.
- Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering damages include emotional distress, disfigurement, scarring, and the diminution of a person’s quality of life.
The evaluation of economic and non-economic damages suffered as a result of an accident is a complicated task that requires experience and expertise. A qualified personal injury attorney, with a proven track record of successfully handling these claims knows how to maximize the value of the claim and negotiate with the insurance representatives to obtain the best possible settlement.
In the event the insurance adjuster is unreasonable and makes a low offer, a personal injury attorney with extensive trial experience can take the case to trial and present all of the liability and damage claims through expert testimony to obtain a large enough jury verdict to cover all of the damages, costs, and attorneys fees. Contact a Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney to find out what you might expect to receive for your case.
Why Choose The Drexler Law Firm?
The Drexler Law Firm has extensive experience representing injured motorcyclists and fighting for the rights of accident victims. We have the expertise to navigate through the investigation of the accident, the claims process, and jury trial, if necessary. We have the resources to retain the best liability and medical experts. With the overwhelming physical and emotional toll following a motorcycle accident, you need an experienced and responsive attorney with a staff of professionals who can sensitively guide you through the legal process and the passion to fight for your right to receive fair compensation. When you need the best Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney, call The Drexler Law Firm.
Serving Sherman Oaks, San Fernando Valley, Greater Los Angeles, and Southern California
The Drexler Law Firm is located in Sherman Oaks, California, at 13808 Ventura Boulevard in close proximity to U.S. 101 and Interstate 405. The office is conveniently located on Ventura Blvd, between Matilija Avenue and Mammoth Avenue, with free behind our building. At The Drexler Law Firm, we are committed to providing our clients with the best personal injury legal services available. We serve clients in Sherman Oaks, the San Fernando Valley, the greater Los Angeles area and all of Southern California.
Call The Drexler Law Firm for a free consultation. We can listen to the facts of your accident and help you sort through all of your pending concerns and medical issues. We will evaluate your claims and help you make the best decisions about how you should proceed. We will respond to your concerns and answer your questions. You need the expertise of a Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney to make sure you receive the best possible financial recovery. Contact The Drexler Law Firm to get started.