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San Luis Obispo offers scenic views and amazing roads for your motorcycle rides. Unfortunately, thousands of motorcycle rides each year end in accidents, often with serious injuries.
Motorcycles offer little protection from larger passenger and commercial vehicles. Those injuries may change the course of your life, altering what you can do daily and leaving you with a long recovery.
An attorney can help you seek the compensation you deserve for those injuries. Contact Gomez Trial Attorneys today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced San Luis Obispo personal injury attorney for your claim.
Gomez Trial Attorneys enjoy a successful history with past motorcycle accident claims. While we cannot guarantee the results of any particular claim, our past clients have received settlements that helped them move forward with their lives after severe accidents, including a $2,500,000 for a motorcycle accident with severe injuries. Our experienced San Luis Obispo motorcycle accident attorneys have worked with many clients in seeking the compensation they deserve.
Yes. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can provide many benefits as you file your claim. Many people worry about the cost associated with an attorney. Gomez Trial Attorneys can start with a free consultation to help both us and you better understand your accident and the compensation you deserve.
You may find that an attorney:
Many motorcycle accident victims have found that working with Gomez Trial Attorneys increases the compensation they receive even after paying their legal fees. A free consultation can with us give you a better idea of what to expect, both from our San Luis Obispo motorcycle accident attorneys and from your claim.
Motorcycles offer little in the way of protection to their riders. In some accidents, motorcycles can cause even more damage, especially if the rider loses control of the motorcycle and it lands on top of him. Not to mention the accidents caused by truck accidents, car accidents, or even just pedestrian accidents typically leave riders with severe injuries, including:
Traumatic brain injury can transform every aspect of a motorcycle accident victim’s life. Victims with traumatic brain injury not only face substantial medical costs, they may lose their cognitive processing abilities, ability to focus, or even emotional regulation.
Traumatic brain injuries can cause the following complications in victims’ lives:
Many victims experience chronic symptoms after the accident. Wearing a motorcycle helmet when riding can decrease the risk of traumatic brain injury or decrease the severity of those injuries, but it may not eliminate it.
A blow to the spinal cord during your motorcycle accident can cause severe complications: a single instant, with a lifelong impact. In an incomplete spinal cord injury, the spinal cord does not sever completely, but the victim may lose a substantial amount of motor function and control, as well as feeling, below the site of the injury. Complete spinal cord injuries can cause complete paralysis below the site of the injury.
Victims with spinal cord damage may find that their injuries substantially impact their daily lives.
Some San Luis Obispo accident victims suffer immediate amputation at the scene of the accident, a limb removed by the force of the accident. Others may require amputations upon arrival at the hospital due to severe crushing damage. Still others may find that lack of blood flow to a limb causes it to necrotize, requiring amputation weeks after the accident. Many amputees go on to live full, active lives assisted by prosthetic devices.
Amputees, however, may face many challenges on the road to recovery.
Victims of San Luis Obispo motorcycle accidents often suffer road rash: severe friction burns caused by flesh dragging across the pavement. Wearing protective gear, including leathers and gloves, when riding can reduce the risk of road rash substantially. Motorcycle accident victims may also suffer burns if they come into contact with caustic chemicals, or when a gas leak causes a fire following an accident.
Burn victims often face substantial challenges.
Many motorcycle accident victims suffer severely broken bones due to the force of the accident. Direct contact with a motor vehicle, striking the pavement, or running into other objects on or around the road can all lead to broken bones. Many victims suffer multiple broken bones, including arms, legs, and ribs.
Broken bones, especially multiple broken bones, can pose challenges for victims.
Drivers often fail to note the presence of motorcycles, and their riders, around them. Distraction, from cell phone use to trying to converse with someone inside the vehicle, can lead to considerable difficulty paying attention to anyone on the road, including motorcycle riders.
Drivers may also fail to look twice to see motorcycles and their riders. Many drivers become highly focused on the presence of larger vehicles on the road and may fail to note motorcycles, pedestrians, and bicyclists. While driver distraction contributes heavily to motorcycle accidents, however, it may not represent the only cause of an accident.
Other factors may contribute to motorcycle accidents, including:
In some cases, other entities, including the company that employs a commercial driver, a mechanic who recently worked on the vehicle, or a vehicle manufacturer may share liability for your motorcycle accident. Contact an attorney for an evaluation of your accident if you feel other factors contributed to the accident. You can file a personal injury claim against all parties that contributed to your motorcycle accident, often substantially increasing the compensation you can receive for your injuries.
The amount of compensation you can receive for motorcycle accident injuries varies. Consult an attorney to get a better idea of what compensation you deserve for your claim. Keep in mind that insurance companies may not give you an accurate picture of what you deserve for your injuries, since many insurance companies may attempt to decrease their financial liability following a motorcycle accident as much as possible.
Who caused your accident? In California, drivers must carry minimum liability coverage that offers at least $15,000 in protection for individuals injured in auto accidents. Other entities, including companies with commercial fleets, may carry substantially higher insurance that can offer more protection and compensation following a motorcycle accident.
How severe are your injuries? Severe motorcycle accident injuries can lead to skyrocketing medical costs. The more severe your injuries, the more compensation you may seek for them. Most people include these elements in a personal injury claim:
If you suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident in San Luis Obispo, you may need an experienced personal injury attorney to help you seek compensation for your injuries. Contact Gomez Trial Attorneys today or call us at our San Luis Obispo office at (619) 237-3490 to schedule an evaluation of your accident, and learn more about the compensation you might obtain for your injuries.
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