Sherman Oaks Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
There are approximately 800,000 motorcycles in California—the most of any state. And it’s not surprising that hopping on a motorcycle is so popular in the Golden State. Our glorious weather and dramatic scenery make riding a bike a popular hobby. Riding to work or school will also seem like a pleasure.
Nevertheless, riding a motorcycle is full of risks. Motorcycles are less stable than four-wheel vehicles, and other motorists on the road might not drive with the same car when they come across you. Sadly, accidents are a fact of life in Sherman Oaks, like other neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley.
If you were hurt in a motorcycle wreck, contact El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers. Our Sherman Oaks motorcycle accident attorneys can review whether you have a right to compensation.
Determining Who Is At Fault for Your Sherman Oaks Motorcycle Crash
Our injury lawyers always analyze who is at fault for your motorcycle accident. Once we identify the person or entity to blame, we can request compensation for your injuries.
By far, most motorcycle accidents are caused by dangerous or negligent drivers. These motorists:
- Pass too closely
- Drive too fast for the conditions
- Run a red light
- Drive distracted
- Drive while intoxicated
- Refuse to yield
- Fail to check their blind spots, and
- Make illegal lane changes
In other accidents, a road defect could contribute to your crash. For example, a giant pothole in the middle of the lane could upend your bike, sending you flying. Or a dangerous shoulder could cause you to flip over once you ride onto the soft shoulder.
In those examples, the government usually has responsibility for keeping the roads safe.
California’s Comparative Fault & Motorcycle Crashes
Motorcyclists sometimes contribute to their crashes as well. For example, you might have been weaving in and out of lanes when you were clipped by a speeding motorist. Under these facts, both you and the driver could bear some of the faults.
Fortunately, California lets personal injury victims seek compensation even when they were negligent—provided they are not 100% to blame. Still, your compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault, which means you are likely to have uncompensated losses.
At El Dabe Ritter, we carefully review the facts to identify your share of responsibility for any accident. We have the skills to minimize your contribution so that we can maximize your take-home settlement.
Commonly Seen Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Sherman Oaks, CA
Sadly, our motorcycle accident clients in Sherman Oaks suffer some of the worst injuries our firm sees. There is a simple reason. Unlike the passenger in a truck or sedan, you have no barrier around you in a crash.
No airbags will stop your forward momentum, and no seat belts keep you strapped in place. Unsurprisingly, many victims suffer devastating injuries and pain, including:
- Nerve Damage: Any blow to the body can injure nerves, leading to weakness and numbness. Many bikers suffer nerve injuries in their arms and shoulders, which can make using their hand difficult.
- Fractures: Broken bones are very common injuries. You can suffer a break in your arm, leg, neck, ribs, or pelvis. With a comminuted fracture, the bone shatters into many pieces. Many victims need a plate or screw inserted to hold fragments together.
- Concussions: A traumatic blow to the head can lead to memory loss, headaches, and changes in your mobility and mood. Concussions are possible even if you were wearing a helmet.
- Abrasions: Any exposed skin that scrapes along the road can suffer an abrasion. Serious abrasions are called “road rash” and often require skin grafts and antibiotics to prevent infection.
- Back Injuries: Because the spinal cord runs through the middle of the back, and back injury could lead to intense pain and immobility. A spinal cord injury could result in paralysis.
Our recommendation is to immediately head to the hospital after an accident. Discuss any discomfort with a doctor and follow their advice.
Recover the Compensation You Deserve
Obtaining a fair settlement is hard work. Many people wrongly accuse motorcyclists of causing their accidents, even when the facts show a car driver is entirely at fault. Our Sherman Oaks motorcycle wreck attorneys will fully analyze all evidence to assemble a strong case in your favor.
But we need as much time as possible. There is no reason to delay reaching out to a lawyer. Our team can answer any question you have in a free consultation.
Our Sherman Oaks Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Are a Phone Call Away
Your choice of attorney matters a great deal following a motorcycle crash. This is not the time to learn the law or try to negotiate a settlement with a driver on your own. Our motorcycle injury lawyers in Sherman Oaks, CA will ensure you meet all deadlines, and we can aggressively negotiate for fair compensation if you contact us today.
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