Fresno Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Fighting for Motorcyclists
Travel by motorcycle certainly has its advantages. These include the ability to somewhat bypass traffic, easy parking, savings on gas, and let’s face it – rolling down car windows, even in a convertible, is just not the same. But, riders are subject to very severe injuries when involved in accidents.
Even with protective gear, drivers of passenger vehicles can collide with motorcycle riders or force them off their bike at high speeds, causing irreversible injuries and often death. If you were the victim of carelessness, recklessness, or negligence of a passenger vehicle driver, call our firm for help.
What Victims Can Expect in Their Case
While no outcome can ever be guaranteed, and it will always depend on the certain circumstances of your case, victims of motorcycle accidents tend to suffer the most and are therefore eligible for a higher level of compensation. This of course will also depend on whether or not lives are lost in the event.
Motorcycle victims, or the family of the victim are often compensated for:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of limb
- Loss of wages, present and future
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of companionship or guidance
- Punitive damages for reckless endangerment
Determining Liability in the Opposing Party
While it is of course the primary concern to first assess the health and well-being of everyone involved, some injuries can never be reversed, and in very severe circumstances, families will suffer losses for which they will never recover. The only means by which we can attempt to correct what has been in done are financial in nature.
In order to secure you and your family’s financial security, we can determine fault if the driver:
- Was distracted or under the influence
- Failed to yield to the motorcyclist
- Failed to adhere to traffic signals
- Failed to use their signals before changing lanes
Of course, it is important to remember that a collision with another Fresno driver is not the only means by which a motorcyclist can become severely injured. If your or your loved one’s crash was the result of failed parts or a failure to warn of a road hazard, such as a pothole, compensation can still be recovered.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
When it comes time to file a personal injury claim to recover damages for your motorcycle accident, it will be helpful to already have a number of actions completed. The following steps are important to enhance the amount of economic and non-economic damages you are able to receive from your settlement:
- Keep record of everything pertaining to the accident. File all documents and invoices, receipts, doctor bills, etc.
- Take notes of how you are feeling and everything pertaining to the accident. Journaling this experience with dates may seem like a tedious task right now, but it can prove invaluable when pursuing compensation.
- Do not discuss your case with anyone but your attorney. You should even be discrete with loved ones. Absolutely do not post anything about the accident or case on social media.
Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, accident fatalities are around 28 times higher when a motorcycle is involved than when the accident involves automobiles only. In order to pursue a wrongful death claim for a loved one whose life was lost to a motorcycle accident, negligence must be established. In California, you will need to prove the following four elements for the accident to be classified as wrongful death:
- Duty of care - You must be able to prove that the other driver owed your loved one a duty of care.
- The duty of care was breached - You will also need to show that the person intentionally, recklessly, or negligently breached the duty of care.
- This breach of duty resulted in your loved one’s death - This will require an autopsy report among other elements.
- This death resulted in financial damages - You will need to work with a lawyer to not only prove the above elements, but that you are entitled to financial recovery for the loss of your loved one’s life
Call (559) 900-1280 today to speak with our Fresno motorcycle accident lawyers about your accident. Once we’ve conducted your free consultation, we will fight vigorously for what you deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions About Motorcycle Accidents
Is the Government Responsible for My Motorcycle Accident?
If you were involved in a single-vehicle accident as a motorcyclist, there is a chance that the state or county government may be responsible. If the cause of your accident was an unsafe road condition caused by the negligence of a government agency, it is imperative that you act quickly and speak with an attorney.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
Any momentary act of distraction on the part of a car, truck, or another motor vehicle, can result in a serious accident with a motorcyclist. Therefore, the most common cause of a motorcycle accident is distracted driving. Some other common causes, especially in the Fresno, CA area, include:
- Aggressive driving
- Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs
How Will Comparative Negligence Impact My Case?
California holds to comparative negligence standards in personal injury cases. This means that the jury can take into consideration negligence of both parties when assessing negligence.
When a motorcycle rider is injured in an accident, the rider could possibly bear some of the blame for the collison. Even if you, as the motorcyclist, are partially responsible, under the state of California law, you can still seek financial recovery for your damages.