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Here in Temecula, we have some of the most beautiful weather in the world. The constant clear skies and warm air makes Temecula a motorcycle rider’s dream. Because motorcycle riders are more prone to injury after accidents, however, you may need help paying for substantial medical bills if another motorist hits you on your bike. That’s when you need to call Gomez Trial Attorneys.
If you or a loved one were injured, contact the Temecula personal injury lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys for a free case evaluation.
At Gomez Trial Attorneys, our clients are our number one priority. It’s our job to represent their interests and work tirelessly to get them the compensation they deserve for their injuries. We take pride, too, in our commitment to listening and responding to our clients’ questions and needs, and to communicating with them in clear, simple language they can understand (no legalese!).
Our mission is to make our clients’ situation more manageable and affordable. We meet them during an especially difficult moment in their lives, when an unexpected injury has caused them severe physical, emotional, and financial pain.
Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not charge our clients any money upfront, and we only get paid if our efforts get them results. To learn more about our team of talented, hard-working motorcycle accident injury lawyers, check out our attorney profiles, and take a look at some of our previous case results. Then, give us a call or drop us a line.
As a motorcyclist, you know riding your bike comes with certain risks. The good news is, motorcycle accidents are on the decline, especially in our state, and even in Temecula. But that doesn’t mean accidents don’t happen. As many as 69 accidents have taken place in one recent year involving motorcycles.
While the law treats motorcyclists just like any other driver on the road, there is a big difference between sitting in a car and riding a bike in the event of an accident. Because bikes don’t offer riders physical protection from the road and the elements, any type of collision can cause catastrophic injuries. While the risks to bikers may seem like common sense, unfortunately, many motorists refuse to leave motorcycles enough room on the road to keep them safe. Understanding the common causes of motorcycle accidents is one of the number one ways to keep you safe on the road.
Common causes of Temecula motorcycle accidents include:
If you have any sort of experience on a bike, you’ve probably shared the road with car and truck drivers who got a little too close for comfort. This makes for a stressful experience for you as a rider, and it’s also extremely dangerous. When a car gets too close to a bike, it runs the risk of causing a rear-end collision, which can have deadly consequences for motorcyclists in particular.
If a vehicle approaches your motorcycle from behind and gets too close, do not attempt to get the vehicle to slow down by braking. Your bike can stop much quicker than a car or truck, and you could inadvertently increase your own risk of getting rear-ended. Instead, do the safe thing and move over to allow the vehicle to pass.
Motorcycles are smaller, and thus, harder to see, than cars and trucks. A motorist changing lanes may not see—or may see but not mentally register (a phenomenon known as inattentional blindness)—a motorcycle in the adjacent lane, which can lead to a bad accident for the biker. As a motorcycle rider, you can reduce your risk of these types of accidents by watching for signs that a car may change lanes, such as a turn signal, and either slow down or move out of the way.
Riding with your headlight on and wearing high-visibility clothing can also help. Finally, never linger in a vehicle’s blind spot, especially the large blind-spot No Zone of a large truck, where drivers may struggle to see you.
Speeding is a problem for all drivers, including motorcyclists. In one recent year, 9,378 people died in motor vehicle crashes where speeding was a factor. Temecula alone has seen as many as 809 speeding-related injuries and deaths in one recent year—and that’s a lot for a city of about 115,000. For drivers of larger motor vehicles, excess speed can increase stopping distance and the severity of a collision, putting motorcyclists at serious risk of fatal accidents.
Alcohol use and driving don’t mix. Alcohol impairs your judgment, slows your mental processing, and impairs your vision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 30 people die in drunk driving accidents every single day. For motorcyclists, the problem is even bigger.
Other drivers have an obligation to not overconsume and driver responsibly. When they don’t, they can face responsibility for the accidents they cause. The numbers have come down a little from a recent high of 376 DUIs and 47 alcohol-related collisions in Temecula, but there still are too many of them for a community of our size.
Any type of accident is serious. But even seemingly minor accidents can be catastrophic for a motorcycle rider. You can lessen the chance of serious injury by wearing appropriate protective gear and staying alert. California requires all riders to wear a helmet while on a bike. Be sure to choose a helmet that fits and meets state safety standards.
Common motorcycle-related injuries include:
Your safety is the number one priority. In the event of a motorcycle accident in Temecula, seek medical attention at the nearest trauma center right away. Then, call the experienced motorcycle accident injury lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys to learn about your rights to compensation for your injuries and losses.
In many cases, California law allows motorcycle accident injury victims to recover damages from the individual or entity who caused them harm. Every Temecula motorcycle crash has its own unique facts and circumstances, so the amount of money a victim might recover can vary widely.
Still, as a general matter, a legal claim for damages after a Temecula motorcycle wreck typically seeks compensation for:
As we mentioned above, Gomez Trial Attorneys cannot guarantee that any Temecula bike wreck victim will recover all, or any, of the categories of damages above.
We can, however, promise to work our hardest for our clients to give them the best possible shot at receiving maximum compensation.
In California, the person or entity responsible for causing a Temecula motorcycle accident faces legal liability for the harm the crash caused. As attorneys for Temecula motorcycle wreck victims, one of our most important jobs is to identify all parties who may owe our client monetary damages, and to build as strong a case as possible to prove those parties’ legal liability.
To accomplish these goals, our team will often:
Did you suffer injuries in a motorcycle accident? Do you have serious questions about your legal rights following that accident?
Contact a Temecula motorcycle accident attorney at Gomez Trial Attorneys to get more specific answers about your rights following a motorcycle accident, including any potential rights to compensation. Below, we provide general answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
It’s normal to have questions about your Temecula motorcycle accident injuries. Below, we address some of the most common questions we hear regarding motorcycle accidents:
The law does not require you to have an attorney to make an insurance claim, or (believe it or not) even to file a Temecula motorcycle accident suit. However, trying to enforce your legal rights to compensation on your own almost always turns out badly. The team at Gomez Trial Attorneys has years of experience getting Temecula motorcycle accident victims like you the maximum compensation you deserve.
California law requires all riders to wear a helmet. While the insurance company may argue that you contributed to your injuries, this does not mean you do not have a good Temecula motorcycle accident case. You can still recover damages, even for head injuries that happened while you were not wearing a helmet. Instead of listening to the insurance company, call us.
There doesn’t have to be an actual collision for you to have a claim to damages. If another driver’s actions cause you to lose control of your bike or otherwise get in an accident, that person will likely hold financial responsibility. If the person does not stop at the scene and you can’t locate them, you will need to file a claim against your own uninsured motorist insurance.
Maybe. We often try to negotiate out-of-court settlements for our clients, but sometimes it takes going to court to get them the best results. Ours is a team of skilled trial lawyers who have a strong reputation for delivering results both in and out of the courtroom.
The law allows accident victims two years after suffering an injury to take legal action for damages, in most cases. However, do not be fooled into thinking that means you can wait 1 year and 11 months to contact a lawyer. The sooner after a crash you get an experienced Temecula motorcycle accident injury attorney working for you, the better your chances of recovering maximum compensation.
The city and state have a responsibility to maintain public roads. When they fail to do so they can put lives at risk. In the event of an accident, you may have a case against the state or local government. Contact our team as soon as possible, because you may have limited time to take legal action.
Each motorcycle accident differs, and each victim suffers different injuries with varying medical expenses. Not only that, the party or parties that caused your accident could make a difference in the compensation you ultimately receive.
Following a motorcycle accident, many people claim compensation for:
Most often, the driver who caused the accident bears primary liability for the accident. However, in many cases, an attorney—like those at Gomez Trial could help identify other parties who contributed to the accident. Consider:
Your motorcycle’s manufacturer. Did your motorcycle have a mechanical error that led to the accident or contributed to your injuries? If so, you may claim compensation from the motorcycle manufacturer.
The manufacturer of the vehicle driven by the other party. If mechanical failure of the vehicle caused the accident, you could seek compensation from the manufacturer of that vehicle.
The employer of a driver on the clock. In addition to seeking compensation from the driver directly, you may, in some cases, have the right to seek compensation from the driver’s employer.
In these cases, you may have the right to seek compensation from your employer.
Contact our office at Gomez Trial Attorneys today for more information based on your specific circumstances.
California has a universal helmet law; that is, all motorcycle riders, including passengers, must wear a helmet every time they ride. Their age does not matter, nor does the number of years they have been driving.
However, you could still seek compensation for a motorcycle accident, even if you chose not to wear a helmet. If you suffered a traumatic brain injury or other trauma to the head and neck, the court may determine that you bear liability for a percentage of the accident. However, you may still seek considerable compensation for your injuries. Talk to an attorney to learn more about how helmet use can impact your right to compensation after a Temecula motorcycle accident. At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we are here for you.
Ultimately, you bear primary responsibility for paying any medical bills you have as a result of your injuries. Since you receive the care, you must pay for it.
However, you may have several options that could help improve your ability to pay those bills or receive proper compensation.
Immediately after your Temecula motorcycle accident, prioritize seeking medical care, even if you believe that you suffered only minor injuries in the accident. In many cases, adrenaline from the accident could conceal a degree of pain, leaving you feeling fine despite actual injuries suffered during the accident.
Seeking medical care has two primary purposes:
If you do choose to avoid the emergency room immediately after your accident, due to the risk of substantial medical bills, you should pay careful attention to any symptoms and seek medical care as soon as you suspect any problems or complications.
Step one: Contact your insurance companies. Notify your motorcycle insurance provider about your accident and your injuries. In serious accidents, your motorcycle may end up totaled, which may mean that you need to cancel your auto insurance policy.
You should also get in touch with your health insurance company and let the company know about your accident. Your health insurance will need to know what happened and when the accident occurred to streamline the approval of your claim. You can also use this opportunity to talk to your health insurance company about any questions you have related to your coverage and your claim.
You may, for example, want to ask what coverage you can expect from your insurance company for your injuries. This includes any questions about how much your copays and deductibles will cost. You may also want to inquire about coverage for physical and occupational therapy as well as coverage for any durable medical equipment that you need from your accident.
Step two: Keep track of all of your medical records and bills. In your Temecula motorcycle accident claim, you may have to establish the truth of both your injuries and your bills following the accident. Keep up with all of your medical records to help provide proof about your injuries. You would also want to track your bills so that you know how much to claim for your medical expenses.
Step three: Get in touch with a Temecula motorcycle accident attorney as soon as you can after your accident. You do not have to contact our Temecula motorcycle accident attorneys from the scene of your motorcycle accident or from the emergency room, but you should get in touch with us as soon as you can. The sooner you contact our Temecula motorcycle accident attorneys, the sooner that attorney can begin work on your behalf. An attorney can investigate your accident and your claim, help you file your claim, and give you a better understanding of the compensation you deserve. Call Gomez Trial Attorneys today to set up a consultation.
Get in touch with an attorney before you accept a settlement offer following any accident. The other driver’s insurance company may try to minimize the compensation it pays you after the accident by issuing a low settlement. This may not truly reflect your injuries and expenses after the accident.
If you accept that offer, it can minimize the funds you ultimately receive in compensation for your injuries, and you may be out of luck. An attorney could give you a better idea of whether you should accept a settlement offer or continue to negotiate for the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
If you have a motorcycle accident involving serious injuries or substantial property damage, you should notify the police about the accident as soon as possible. The police can file an accident report as well as providing an immediate investigation of the accident scene, collecting witness statements and contact information, and ensuring that everything gets cleaned up after an accident so that other drivers do not suffer damage to their vehicles. Unless you must leave the scene of the accident to seek immediate medical attention, you should not leave until the police arrive.
The length of time it takes to settle a claim can vary, though at Gomez Trial Attorneys we always strive to resolve claims as quickly as possible—but without sacrificing our clients’ right to recover the compensation they need to pay for all of their damages.
These factors could influence your claim and extend the time you are waiting to get a settlement:
A motorcycle accident can be a traumatic experience that impacts a biker’s life in lots of ways. As a victim, you should not have to bear the financial burden of injuries and losses that happened because of someone else’s wrongful actions.
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