Unlike car accidents, motorcycle accidents require an attorney knowledgeable in dealing with these kinds of cases. Injury Trial Lawyers, APC has 35 years of combined experience handling these types of collisions. We know how to investigate the accident, negotiate with the insurance, and win in court.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a motorbike collision, call our San Diego motorcycle accident attorneys today to discuss your case. We offer a free consultation and only get paid if you win. We are located near the downtown San Diego courthouse or can make arrangements to come to you anywhere throughout San Diego County.
San Diego Motorcycle Accidents
While the beautiful San Diego weather and high gas prices make motorcycles an appealing option, they can also be a deadly one. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a motorcyclist has five times the chances of being injured, and thirty times the chances of dying in a collision as someone in a passenger car. Motorcycle accident victims often suffer severe and permanent injuries. Far too many of these devastating accidents occur because of negligent drivers.
According to the California Highway Patrol annual data (SWITRS), motorcycle accidents in San Diego are on the rise. Experts attribute this increase to expensive gas, resulting in more bikers on the road.
The latest data published by the CHP shows an upward trend in both fatal and non-fatal motorcycle injuries in San Diego. For 2010, 2011, and 2012, there were 24, 50, and 52 fatal motorcycle accidents, respectively.
How We Can Help After Your Motorcycle Accident
After your accident you undoubtedly have many questions and concerns about your health, legal rights, and compensation. Injury Trial Lawyers, APC can help by:
- Negotiating with insurance company to maximize your settlement,
- Have our medical team examine you to fully understand the extent of your injuries,
- Prepare your case for trial if the insurance company refuses a fair settlement
You can count on us to be there every step of the way and remain in regular contact with you. Even if you think you don’t need a personal injury lawyer, it’s in your best interests to call us for a free consultation. Insurance companies have a team of lawyers trained to deny or minimize compensation. Remember, we get paid nothing unless we win for you.
Motorcycle Accident Causes
According to the Hurt Report, a major study conducted in the U.S., many motorcycle collisions happen because car drivers:
- Didn’t see the motorcyclist,
- Do not understand how to safely share the road with bikers,
- Fail to yield the right of way,
- Move into the lane where a motorcyclist is already traveling,
- Frequently follow too closely behind motorcycle riders,
- Underestimate the speed at which a motorcyclist is traveling
The report also states that the failure of motorists to recognize motorcyclists in traffic is the main cause of motorcycle accidents.
If you were involved in a two-vehicle collision, there is a high probability that the car driver is to blame. Call our motorcycle accident lawyers to discuss your accident so that we can help determine if the car driver is liable.
Your Rights After a Motorcycle Collision
When a person drives carelessly, he can be liable if his actions cause a motorcycle accident. It is up to the motorcycle rider or his family members to file a lawsuit and prove that the driver was at fault.
Our attorneys can:
- File a claim on your behalf,
- Help you to put together a strong case,
- Negotiate with the insurance company, and
- Go to trial
Our San Diego motorcycle crash attorneys have experience taking these cases to court and winning. This gives you an advantage when litigating against the big insurance companies.
What Compensation is Available for Motorcycle Accident Victims?
Victims and their loved ones may be able to recover monetary compensation for all the following after a motorcycle collision:
- Medical expenses,
- Pain and suffering,
- Emotional distress,
- Lost income, or
- Wrongful death
Often times after an accident it can take months to understand:
- The full-scope of the injuries,
- How it will affect your ability to work, and
- How it will affect your lifestyle.
ITL’s top priority is making sure we assess your damages so that we can get you the long-term compensation you will need.
Insurance Settlements for Motorcycle Accident Claims
Often, your claim will never actually get to court because the negligent driver’s insurance company will offer to settle. It’s in your best interest to speak to a qualified accident attorney before accepting a settlement offer. Once you settle, it is final and you cannot change your mind.
Insurance companies usually attempt to settle for less than the victim should receive. They attempt to shift the blame to the motorcycle accident victim. Insurance companies are notoriously difficult to deal with and are known for taking a “deny, deny, deny” approach.
Our attorneys will advise you on what your claim is worth and help to negotiate a more favorable settlement to ensure you get the money you deserve. We will fight to get you the recovery you deserve and are prepared to go to trial if needed.
Speak To An Experienced San Diego Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
Our personal injury attorneys have a proven track record of successfully helping those injured in motorcycle accidents. Additionally, we have investigators and experts who know what to look for when building your case. We also know how to negotiate with the insurance company to help maximize your recovery.
Injury Trial Lawyers, APC has built a reputation as being a client-centered firm. We know that no two cases are the same, and give your case the attention it deserves. We offer a free consultation and get paid nothing unless you win.
Blog for Motorcycle Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents in San Diego and the Numbers Behind Them
- Can You Sue After Losing a Lost One in a Motorcycle Accident?
- Motorcycle “Lane-Splitting” Safety Study (Office of Traffic Safety)
- Motorcycle Safety Info from the California Highway Patrol
- California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System
San Diego personal injury attorney Curtis Quay can help if you have been injured in an accident. Curtis has a proven track record of success both in the court room and in settlement negotiations.
At Injury Trial Lawyers, APC we understand that after being injured you will have many questions regarding your rights and possible compensation. We have assisted many people throughout the years to get the compensation they deserve. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, call us today for a free consultation.