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When you head out on a motorcycle in Riverside, you face an increased risk of getting seriously injured or killed in an accident compared to driving in a car. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the beauty that Riverside has to offer while we’re out on a bike, but it does mean that if Riverside motorcyclists do sustain injuries that someone else caused, they should call the Riverside personal injury lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Riverside, you probably have questions about the accident and your legal rights. We can help. Contact us today to speak to a qualified legal representative about your accident. Our team of personal injury attorneys can likely help you pursue justice in court. We have extensive experience supporting motorcycle accident survivors throughout the legal process.
If you’re a motorcyclist, you probably either love Riverside or live in it. It’s easy to see why Riverside is so popular with motorcyclists. Riverside boasts some of the most beautiful views in the country, and when the weather’s right, there’s nothing better than an afternoon or evening out spending time getting to know the roads around you. Unfortunately, as fantastic as Riverside is when it comes to scenic views, motorcyclists are still some of the most at-risk individuals on and near our roadways.
Let’s start with the basics, which illustrate how much smaller motorcycles are than other vehicles on the road:
This variation in weights makes it clear that in the case of an accident, motorcyclists face a lot of risks. They often collide with other vehicles that are much, much larger and more powerful than a motorcycle. The following statistics illustrate how these factors impact victims:
Passenger vehicle operators are expected to take motorcyclists’ safety into account when they’re on the road.
Vehicle drivers should always:
Taking these three steps could prevent a lot of the motorcycle accidents that plague our roads today. When drivers behave more attentively, they help keep themselves and everyone around them safe.
If you’re in Riverside, or anywhere in California, you are legally required to wear a helmet when you operate or ride a motorcycle. This is thanks to California’s universal helmet laws.
According to the NHTSA:
Not wearing a helmet while you’re on a motorcycle places you at immense risk but it doesn’t remove the responsibility of other drivers to exercise care.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Riverside include:
Unfortunately, a lot of actions can cause a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle and vehicle drivers alike need to remain aware of risks on the road.
Our lawyers have experience litigating motorcycle accident cases caused by a wide range of other behaviors, including:
If you believe that something else caused your motorcycle accident, it doesn’t mean that a lawyer can’t help. Attorneys are well-versed in helping clients with a broad variety of cases. There are lots of actions that somebody else can take to place a motorcyclist at risk or cause an accident.
The truth is left-turn accidents are notorious due to their frequency and risk of serious injury. Lots of motorcycle accidents are left-turn accidents.
These usually occur between passenger vehicle operators and motorcyclists when:
If someone that you love has died in a motorcycle accident, legal justice is still possible. Families have the right to bring wrongful death lawsuits against individuals who have caused the death of others. A wrongful death lawsuit will, generally, mirror a motorcycle accident lawsuit in many ways; you’ll still need to work with an attorney to prove that a negligent or reckless party wrongfully caused someone else’s death.
The truth is that just about any sort of injury could occur in a motorcycle accident. Some of the most common injuries that motorcycle accidents involve include the following:
There are plenty of people, though, who experience an even wider variety of injuries. Injuries such as traumatic brain injury, paralysis, and even disfigurement can easily result from a motorcycle crash. We even work with motorcycle accident victims who have sustained internal organ damage. In some cases, victims’ families seek legal recourse after the death of a loved one.
If you were in a motorcycle accident, there are steps you should take to keep yourself and the people around you safe:
Riverside and the Inland Empire offer many scenic routes for motorcyclists. But motorcycle accidents are all too common. While motorcycles constitute just 3 percent of the registered vehicles on the road, motorcyclists make up 14 percent of the people killed in traffic accidents, according to the National Safety Council. A total of 488 motorcyclists died in California alone in one recent year due to accidents.
Here are answers to some of the most common frequently asked questions (FAQs) about motorcycle accidents in Riverside.
You can receive compensation from injuries and harm suffered in a motorcycle accident in several ways. Your own insurance—motorcycle insurance, health insurance, and long-term disability insurance—may cover some of your expenses.
You may also have the right to receive compensation from any individual, company, or government agency that caused your accident and injuries by engaging in careless or dangerous conduct.
If, for example, a car changed lanes on the freeway and sideswiped your motorcycle, the car’s driver may have a legal liability to pay you compensation. Why? Drivers have what lawyers call a “duty of care”—to drive safely and to obey traffic laws. That duty includes checking a blind spot for other vehicles, including motorcycles, before changing lanes. California law holds a driver who fails to take this basic safety precaution responsible for the injuries the driver’s actions cause.
To obtain payment from that at-fault driver (or anyone else whose careless decisions or actions led to your crash), hire an experienced Riverside motorcycle accident injury attorney to represent you. The attorney can determine the most effective way to press your rights to compensation, and then can take steps to hold the at-fault parties accountable. This may include engaging in negotiations with the parties’ insurance carriers and/or filing a lawsuit in California court.
No. The harm motorcycle accident victims suffer is not limited only to the costs of medical care! You deserve compensation for all of the pain, suffering, expense, and difficulty your accident and injuries caused.
Riverside motorcycle accident injuries often make it impossible for crash victims to work while they recover. Sometimes, those injuries result in disabilities that permanently limit or prevent a return to work. Bikers have a legal right to seek payment of their current and future lost wages as part of the compensation they deserve.
Motorcycle wrecks and the injuries they cause also impose other expenses on riders and their families. It costs money to repair or replace a damaged motorcycle. It costs money to hire help around the house and with basic daily activities while you recover. The at-fault party should pay for these costs, too.
Finally, motorcycle accident injuries sustained by Riverside motorcyclists can cause significant pain and suffering, which is a legal term referring to the physical discomfort, emotional difficulty, and overall decline in a person’s quality of life caused by a motorcycle accident injury. Riders have the right to receive payment for that harm, too.
California requires that all motorcyclists purchase liability insurance. It’s not legal to drive the motorcycle without it.
The required coverage minimums are:
Now, liability insurance protects you against the costs of injuries and property damage you cause to someone else. It doesn’t pay you for your own injuries and losses. However, if you do not carry it, then California laws enacted as a result of Proposition 213 bar you from seeking compensation for your own pain and suffering after getting hurt in a Riverside motorcycle accident.
Instead, even for an accident that was not your fault at all, you can only seek compensation for your out-of-pocket losses, which lawyers call economic damages. In effect, that would mean you could only hope to receive about half as much money as compensation for your injuries in most cases.
So, you should always carry the minimum required liability coverage. You can, of course, also purchase more comprehensive coverage that covers your own costs and expenses.
Obtaining compensation requires proving that someone (an individual, a company, or a government agency) made unreasonably dangerous decisions or took careless actions that put you in harm’s way and led to your Riverside motorcycle crash injuries. How does a lawyer prove that?
With evidence. Evidence consists of any statement, document, object, or other things that a reasonable person would accept as proof of a fact. Lawyers collect evidence when investigating a client’s case. Clients like you may also collect your own evidence if your injuries don’t preclude it.
In a Riverside motorcycle accident case, evidence lawyers can use to prove someone else’s fault for the crash, and the scope of your injuries and losses, often includes:
A word about obtaining evidence: Never put obtaining evidence about the accident above your health and safety. At the accident scene and after, ensuring your physical safety is the top priority. Move so that you are safe from other drivers and traffic if you’re able. Follow EMT advice. Seek medical attention. If these interfere with activities to obtain the evidence above, such as talking to eyewitnesses and taking pictures, so be it. Your Riverside motorcycle accident lawyer can always gather evidence at a later time.
Yes, you should, and the sooner the better.
It would be nice if the process for obtaining compensation for your Riverside motorcycle accident injuries and losses was straightforward. Unfortunately, that is rarely the case.
An experienced Riverside motorcycle accident injury attorney works to make sure you receive the maximum compensation you deserve under California law.
The steps a lawyer might take on your behalf can vary depending on the circumstances of your crash, but they frequently include:
No lawyer can guarantee that you will receive compensation for your injuries. However, by hiring an experienced Riverside attorney who represents motorcycle accident victims, you give yourself the best possible chance of obtaining the maximum money damages available.
That’s okay. In fact, it’s totally normal and not a problem.
To begin, meeting with a lawyer from Gomez Trial Attorneys for the first time is free-of-charge. It costs you nothing.
If you hire that lawyer, you also do not need to pay any money up-front. Virtually all motorcycle accident attorneys (including the team at Gomez Trial Attorneys) work on a contingency basis. Their compensation is an agreed-upon percentage of the money you receive through their efforts.
In other words, if your claims aren’t successful, you don’t owe your lawyer anything; and, your lawyer has the same goal that you have—to get you the most money possible, as efficiently as possible.
In California, people injured in a motorcycle accident typically have two years from the date of the injury to take legal action for compensation, although numerous factors can lengthen or shorten that time period (known as the statute of limitations).
Remember, however, that it is an outside time limit. You give yourself the best shot at obtaining maximum compensation for your Riverside motorcycle crash injuries by seeking legal advice as soon as possible after your accident, when evidence is easiest to obtain and witness memories are still fresh. Do not wait to talk to a lawyer.
Yes. All motorcyclists in California are required to wear a motorcycle helmet. The facts are clear: it is safer to wear a helmet in case of accidents than it is to not wear one.
By all motorcyclists, we mean everyone on the cycle, both driver and passenger. In fact, if the driver doesn’t wear a helmet, not only the driver but any passengers face charges for breaking the law.
Motorcycle helmets should meet Federal Vehicle Safety Standard 218, which guarantees sufficient weight and safe construction.
Yes! California has passed safety laws for motorcyclists.
To obtain a motorcycle operator’s license, you must first obtain a car driver’s license and complete an approved driver’s education course.
Then, operators under the age of 21 must successfully take the California Highway Patrol’s Motorcycle Training Course (CHP MTC). CHP MTC consists of 15 hours of instruction total; 5 hours of classroom instruction and 10 hours of riding.
The CHP also offers an advanced rider safety course for drivers who have already taken CHP MTC. It’s not required, but taking it is prudent.
Newcomers to California are often surprised to see motorcyclists riding between lanes of vehicle traffic. Yes, it’s legal to split lanes (as the practice is known) in California. The practice is based on studies finding the practice safe.
Other drivers need to know that motorcycles have the right to lane-split and must take this into account by looking for motorcycles before turning or changing lanes. If they cut off and crash into a motorcyclist who is legally lane-splitting, they can find themselves liable for the injuries they cause
For more information and answers to specific questions about your Riverside motorcycle accident injuries, contact the experienced lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys today for a free case consultation.
Lots of our clients approach us with stories about their experiences with insurance agencies. After a motorcycle accident, you might discover that insurance agents continue to call you to talk about your accident.
Some warning signs to look out for during calls like these include:
Agents who ask too many questions are usually fishing for information to use against you, and agents who move too fast aren’t concerned with your personal losses at all. They want a quick agreement so that they can move on with their day. Obviously, neither of these benefits accident survivors. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, the best way to deal with insurance agents is to work with a qualified attorney who can help with your case.
Probably. Most lawyers partner with industry professionals in other fields to help improve a case’s chances of success in court.
If your attorney works with any of the following experts, your case could strengthen considerably:
Were you injured in a motorcycle accident in Riverside? Are you dealing with phone calls from an insurance company and unsure of what steps to take next? You deserve to work with a compassionate and knowledgeable legal professional who has your best interests in mind.
We can help. At Gomez Trial Attorneys, our team of qualified Riverside motorcycle accident lawyers helps clients pursue compensation for the full cost of their injuries. Contact us today or dial (619) 237-3490 to find out more about how we can help bring your case to justice.
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