California Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcyclists understand the inherent risks that come with sharing the road. The California motorcycle accident lawyers at The May Firm understand this because they ride motorcycles. They understand why people ride and we understand how other drivers are the largest danger posed to motorcyclist.
A bike offers much less protection than a car which makes any accident a greater threat to the rider. NHTSA’s 2016 statistics report that motorcycle riders are 28 times more likely to die in an accident and 6 times more likely to be injured. As an organization that is passionate about motor-sports and specializes in motorcycle injury law, the California motorcycle accident lawyers at The May Firm understand the level of support you need to get well and get your life back in order after surviving a crash.
We know the risks that riders take on by choosing to ride a motorcycle, but we also understand why they do it. We understand that getting an adrenaline rush and being safe don’t have to be mutually exclusive ideas. Whether you’re a casual enthusiast, or only live a life on two wheels, The May Firm has the case proven experience to support you should an accident occur.
Motorcycle accident litigation is different from automobile collisions, and our expert team understands the nuances between the two. We’ll work to get you the highest financial settlement possible for your case, at no out of pocket cost to you. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning the compensation for our services is entirely based on getting you the settlement you need.
Often we are able to settle out of court, giving you faster access to funds and allowing you to better focus on your physical and emotional recovery. It is likely your insurance company will actually work against you to minimize the payout for your accident. Riding a motorcycle is perceived to be an inherently risky activity for high risk individuals and as such, insurance companies will make every effort to make the rider appear at full or partial fault.
The May Firm motorcycle accident lawyers look past these common stereotypes to build a highly personal case with the best chance of getting you the proper financial compensation and medical care. If you’ve been injured on a motorcycle by the negligence of another, call us at 1-(866) 619-6679.
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In the Event of a Motorcycle Accident
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, seek medical attention immediately. Some motorcycle accident injuries may not manifest themselves in the moment, and the pain from more injuries may be hidden by the rush of adrenalin following the crash. It is extremely important to have a checkup with a medical professional so that a baseline for your health can be established. Getting medical attention following a crash also helps us build a stronger case for you by giving us more evidence regarding the extent of your injuries.
In the wake of a crash, the rider has many issues to address to get their life back in order. Major concerns include personal injury, property damage, loss of wages if work is missed, and pain and suffering. The May Firm works with you to set a plan in motion towards your recovery. We rely on our business relationships with the medical community to assist you with getting ongoing medical care and physical therapy after the accident.
Motorcycle related injuries can include skin trauma like road rash, head, neck and spine injury, lacerations, and broken bones, and the recovery process can take a significant amount of time. We work with medical partners in the community on a lien basis, so regardless of your insurance plan you can get the care you need. Their payment towards your ongoing care is factored into your settlement cost, making it one less bill to worry about as you regain your health and strength.
Motorcycle Injury Statistics
Avoiding a crash on a motorcycle largely depends on your skills as a rider. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s finalized 2013 report reveals some eye-opening statistics
- In 2013, 4,668 motorcyclists were killed.
- There were an estimated 88,000 motorcyclists injured during 2013.
- Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclist fatalities occurred 26 times more frequently than passenger car occupant fatalities in traffic crashes.
- 25% of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes in 2013 were riding their vehicles without valid motorcycle licenses.
- n 2013, motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were found to have the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers than any other vehicle type: 27% for motorcycles, 23% for passenger cars, 21% for light trucks and 2% for large trucks.
- Motorcycle riders killed in traffic crashes at night were almost four times more frequently alcohol-impaired than those killed during the day.
- NHTSA estimates that helmets saved 1,630 motorcyclists’ lives in 2013, and that 715 more could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets.
- In States without universal helmet laws, 59% of motorcyclists killed in 2013 were not wearing helmets, as compared to 8 percent in States with universal helmet laws.