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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 2014 statistics report that motorcycle riders are 27 times more likely to die in an accident and 6 times more likely to be injured. As an organization that is passionate about motorsports 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.

If you’ve been injured on a motorcycle by the negligence of another, call us at 1-844-MAYFIRM

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.

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In the Event of an Accident

If you are involved in an accident, seek medical attention immediately. Some injuries may not manifest themselves in the moment, and the pain from more blatant injuries may be masked 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.
  • In 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.

Preventing Potential Crashes

California offers some of the most dynamic motorcycle riding in the United States. The Beautiful coastlines, rugged mountain passes, lush redwood forests, and scenic deserts are enough to entice any type of motorcycle enthusiast to take to the road. Riding a motorcycle can be one of the most rewarding ways to experience this great state but unfortunately it can also be one of the most dangerous. Road hazards like debris or poor pavement, distracted drivers, and potential mechanical failure all risk factors that increase the possibility of a crash. Staying vigilant and riding defensively are of the utmost importance. The NTHSA cites that most multi-vehicle crashes involving motorcycles are caused when other drivers don’t see the motorcycle. Wearing bright visible clothing is advised, as is wearing a DOT certified helmet.

Be aware of state laws when riding a motorcycle in California. Riding a motorcycle requires a specific license certification and training, and licensing requirements vary from state to state. If you’re riding a motorcycle that is new to you, practice handling that vehicle in an enclosed or controlled area like an empty parking lot or uncrowded road. Unlike bicycle law, wearing a helmet is mandatory for motorcycle riders. Although splitting lanes is considered legal in the state, riders should proceed at their own risk. Driver awareness of motorcycles on the road is often questionable. Even though a driver may be 100% at fault in a crash your motorcycle offers much less protection than a car, often making the consequences of an accident much more dire. Obey the rules of traffic, stay vigilant, and don't take unnecessary risks.

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It is important to have the proper legal representation on your side if you’re involved in a motorcycle crash. Often wrongful blame is placed on the rider in a multi vehicle collision, due to the increased risk that comes with riding a motorcycle. Insurance companies are reluctant to side with the motorcyclist, and often times will attempt to place the full or partial blame on them. Don’t accept that blame and the legal repercussions that come with it.

Contact 1-844-MAYFIRM to schedule a free consultation with our award winning motorcycle accident lawyers. We’ll help determine the viability of your case based on your testimony and help you determine the best way to proceed. Working on a contingency fee means our lawyers are only compensated when your case or settlement is won, and our extensive experience and case history allows us to settle most claims out of court, giving you a faster resolution to your case and allowing you to focus on your recovery process. We factor in every possible expense when building your settlement: Medical bills, wage loss, property damage, and emotional suffering are all considered. Our goal is to help you put your life back in order to the best of our ability.

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