Riding a motorcycle through San Bernardino County, CA is an exhilarating experience, so thrilling that you may not realize the high risk of accidents. According to data compiled by the California Office of Traffic Safety, the threat is very real. On average, there are more than 475 fatalities every year statewide. In 2016, there were 32 fatal and injury-causing accidents in Redlands alone. Victims and their families suffer losses that affect them physically, financially, and emotionally.
Our Redlands motorcycle accident lawyers at El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers understand the tragic consequences of a motorcycle crash, which is why we’re dedicated to helping you get the compensation you deserve as a victim. Please contact our office to set up a complimentary consultation with our team. We can explain more about your legal options after reviewing the details of your case.
HOW MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CLAIMS WORK IN CALIFORNIA
Most motorcycle crashes occur because of careless or reckless acts, which is termed “negligence” in the practice of law. You may be entitled to compensation if you can prove that the responsible driver breached the legal duty to drive safely, and this breach was a direct cause of the motorcycle accident in which you were injured. Examples of negligent acts by motorists may include:
- Failure to yield to a motorcycle rider;
- Distracted driving, such as using a phone to text, talk, surf the internet, or check emails;
- Drunk or drugged driving; and,
- Many other careless acts.
SEEKING COMPENSATION FOR YOUR MOTORCYCLE CRASH INJURIES
California requires all motorists to carry auto insurance to cover the losses of victims of vehicle collisions, including motorcycle accidents. Therefore, your first step in seeking compensation will usually be filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. You might think the process is easy, since the claims forms are relatively straightforward.
The problem is that insurers are businesses that seek to maximize profits and minimize losses. Your claim is a threat to these interests, so it may be met with rejection or a low counteroffer. In such a situation, you may need to file a lawsuit in court. A motorcycle accident attorney can help with the claims process and litigation, helping you recover the highest amount possible for:
- Your medical costs;
- Lost income;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional losses; and,
- Other monetary damages.
Note that there may be restrictions on your rights, as California has a statute of limitations on motorcycle accident cases. You must file a lawsuit within two years after the incident, or you’re forever barred from recovering compensation. Plus, California is a comparative negligence state, so your damages could be reduced if you were partially at fault in causing the injury-causing crash.
SPEAK TO OUR REDLANDS MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYERS FOR FREE
For more information on your rights as a victim of a motorcycle crash, please contact El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers. We can schedule a no-cost case evaluation to learn more about your situation. Our attorneys are prepared to protect your interests throughout the claims process, whether we’re discussing settlement with an insurance company or fighting for your rights in court.
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