Motorcycle Accidents

For a motorcyclist, there is rarely such a thing as a minor accident. Motorcyclists are completely exposed. Even in low-speed collisions, motorcyclists often fly off their bikes. When motorcyclists are involved in higher-speed accidents or collisions with cars, the results are often catastrophic.

At Girardi | Keese, our experienced personal injury attorneys represent motorcycle accident victims throughout California.

We have two offices, in Los Angeles and San Bernardino. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, please call us at 800-401-4530.

Sharing The Road With Motorists

Most motorcyclists know the challenges of sharing the road with other motorists. Many things that motorists do (or do not do) can put motorcyclists at risk:

  • Failing to look before changing lanes
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Failing to give motorcyclists a full lane
  • Failing to signal a turn
  • Tailgating

In general, when drivers do not pay enough attention to motorcyclists riding on the road with them, accidents happen. These individuals can be held liable when their actions or negligence results in injuries or death.

What causes motorcycle crashes in Southern California? In Los Angeles County alone, according to a regional public news report (KPCC), the number of motorcycle crashes saw a 49 percent increase in the years 2003-2012. And, in 2012, far more motorcyclists died in crashes while riding – a 59 percent increase – as compared to just two years earlier. What could account for this? KPCC cites a handful of possible factors: the fact that "it's always motorcycle season" in SoCal; more inexperienced riders (as well as riders who push the limits) on the roads; and higher gas prices that provide an economic incentive to ride a motorcycle rather than drive a car or SUV.

Motorcycle Accidents Often Result In Serious Injuries

Motorcycle accidents are among the most devastating. The cyclist almost always flies off of the motorcycle on impact. This can result in serious, life-changing injuries, including:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury and paralysis
  • Compound bone fractures
  • Amputation
  • Disfigurement
  • Road rash

When an accident is caused by another person's mistake, the victim should not have to worry about the financial ramifications of the accident. Accident victims may have medical needs that span a lifetime. Compensation should be sought to cover every expense – medical or otherwise – associated with the accident.

What is traumatic brain injury? Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is common in motorcycle crashes. Even if the rider wore a helmet, an impact at almost any speed will cause the brain to move inside the skull, leading to a concussion. (Concussion severity will vary from accident to accident.) In serious cases, blunt force trauma may cause bleeding and the necessity of emergency medical intervention. TBI in its mildest form can lead to temporary headache and dizziness, among other symptoms; severe TBI can lead to permanent cognitive damage (a vegetative state), coma or death. TBI is common in motorcycle crashes because the only thing separating the rider's head from outside forces is the helmet – and sometimes not even that.

Pursuing Maximum Compensation For Injured Motorcyclists

Every accident is different, and every victim has unique needs.

At Girardi | Keese, we take every case seriously and pursue maximum compensation on behalf of our clients. We stand up to the largest insurance companies in the United States to ensure that our clients' rights are protected.

Depending on the unique circumstances of your case, you may be eligible for compensation to cover:

  • Doctor bills
  • Hospitalization
  • Medical devices
  • Rehabilitation/physical therapy
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage

When you work with us, you have a voice and a team of attorneys behind you. Your case will get the attention and resources it needs as we look for every opportunity for compensation. We will account for your current and long-term financial needs.

Helping Family Members After A Motorcycle Death

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, there were 527 fatal motorcycle accidents in 2014 and 489 fatal motorcycle accidents in 2015 in California.

A motorcycle accident that results in a death is a tragedy that affects the whole family. Surviving family members may be left with many bills – which is compounded if the victim was an income provider for the family.

Although compensation cannot take away the grief, it can help loved ones move on financially following an accident and loss. Compensation may be available to cover:

  • Hospital and other medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Funeral expenses

It is advisable to speak to an attorney after a fatal motorcycle accident to learn about your specific options.

The broadside motorcycle crash: In Los Angeles County, KPCC says that the "biggest killer" of motorcyclists is the broadside, which speaks for itself. Drivers making a turn at an intersection, for example, who at that intersection must yield the right-of-way, turn into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist. Other common crash types, according to the California Highway Patrol, include hitting an object on the road, being rear-ended, laying down the bike, and sideswipes (which is a risk in lane splitting).

Motorcycle Accident FAQs

How much is my case worth? The value of your case depends on many factors. Our attorneys will seek maximum compensation on your behalf, to account for your current and long-term financial needs. We have recovered billions of dollars on behalf of our clients.

Do I need an attorney? It is highly advisable to work with a lawyer in your motorcycle accident case. Although it may be tempting to accept the initial offer from your insurance company, it may be much less than your case is actually worth.

An experienced attorney can help with all aspects of your case, from investigating the accident and dealing with your insurance company to determining the financial impact of the accident and seeking justice in the courtroom.

How much does it cost to hire an attorney? It costs nothing to talk to one of our attorneys about your accident. We invite you to take advantage of our free consultation. If you hire us, you pay no upfront costs: We get paid only if you do.

Questions? Get Answers In A Free Consultation

We offer a free consultation to answer your questions about pursuing a motorcycle accident claim. Please complete our online contact form or call 800-401-4530 to reach our Los Angeles or San Bernardino offices.