Motorcycle-involved fatalities have more than doubled since 1997, with the national rate of motorcycle deaths 28 times higher than those involving motor vehicles. Such fatalities in Southern California in particular are more common than we would like to think. If you have been the unfortunate victim of a motorcycle crash or you know someone who is, you need to speak with an LA motorcycle accident lawyer.
You likely don’t know much about motorcycle law beyond what you’ve seen on TV. That’s why you need to connect with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Los Angeles who knows this brand of law inside and out. Because motorcycle accidents typically come with egregious and long-lasting injuries, you don’t want to be taken advantage of by the system and be left holding the bills.
Here are five things only a Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyer can tell you.
The warm weather in Los Angeles and elsewhere throughout California attracts motorcyclists throughout the year. Not surprisingly, the number of motorcycles owned by California residents increases each year proportionately with the amount of motorcycle accidents in this state. With more bikers in California than anywhere else in the country, your lawyer will tell you you’re at a higher risk for injury than anyone else, just because you live here.
Since you as a motorcyclist are more likely to suffer severe, life-altering injuries compared with drivers of passenger cars, your injuries must be evaluated, treated and documented promptly and regularly if you want to receive maximum compensation. Even if you notice little to no symptoms at the scene of the crash doesn’t mean you’re not injured. Never decline medical attention at an accident scene. It truly is better to be safe than sorry.
If you have been injured in a traffic collision, chances are very high that you were not the at-fault party that caused the crash. However, insurance companies still have biases against motorcyclists and continue to deem you a greater risk than motor vehicle drivers. There’s more chance, as a result, that your personal injury claim will be denied.
Even if your personal injury claim is approved, your motorcycle accident attorney in Los Angeles will warn you that your health insurance won’t be enough to cover most medical expenses and other damages. Also, the vast majority of motorists in California carry the minimum insurance coverage, so don’t be surprised if your insurance coverage dries up quickly, especially in a serious crash.
Your attorney will likely try to avoid trial at all costs. After all, it’s usually better to settle so as to avoid a long drawn-out, expensive trial. However, your attorney should be experienced and tenacious enough to be willing to take your motorcycle accident case to trial if the need arose.
Here at Power Legal Group, we are on your side. Rest assured our experienced attorneys will be straight with you and keep you apprised of all steps in the process. For a free, no-obligation consultation, contact us or complete our online form.