California leads the nation in motorcycle riders, with nearly 815,000 registered motorcycles in the state. Due to Los Angeles’ highway traffic, motorcycling is an attractive way to get around town for many Los Angeles residents, but it does not come without its risks.
In 2016, more than 5,096 motorcycle collisions resulted in death in Los Angeles County. In that same year, motorcycle accidents accounted for a whopping 15% of all motor vehicle accidents in California.
Motorcycle accidents are common in Los Angeles. Even when motorcyclists adhere to all the recommended safety precautions, accidents still happen.
Common road hazards such as slippery roads, potholes, and heavy traffic can cause disaster for motorcycle riders. Unlike traditional cars, motorcycles do not have a sturdy metal cage to protect passengers. The most minor of hazards can have horrible consequences.
Motorcycle riders are more likely to face serious injury and even death when in accidents. It’s important that you work with an experienced injury law firm.
However, motorcyclists are not always at fault when involved in an accident. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, Adamson Ahdoot LLP can help. We will review your case and fight for justice, so you can focus on moving forward with your life.
How Adamson Ahdoot Can Help You After A Motorcycle Accident
For you, or your loved one, this might be your first motorcycle accident. You are likely to feel overwhelmed by the legal process. At Adamson Ahdoot, we have the necessary experience handling complex personal injury cases, determining fault, combatting greedy insurance companies, and winning maximum compensation for our clients.
Motorcyclists involved in accidents are at high risk for injury and fatality, resulting in expensive hospital stays, loss of work, and unpaid bills. In most cases, it is a good idea to call a personal injury attorney after a motorcycle accident.
Sometimes, an accident is serious enough to leave you with lasting scars, disfigurement, disability, or loss of bodily function. Adamson Ahdoot can help you strengthen your case, parse through California law, fight insurance companies, and guide you through the tedious litigation proceedings.
Contact Adamson Ahdoot today at (800) 310-1606 to schedule your free consultation with one of our motorcycle crash attorneys.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents in Los Angeles are on the rise. Between 2003 and 2012, California saw an increase in accidents and fatalities by 23%.
Los Angeles holds the unfortunate distinction of a 49% increase in motorcycle accidents during the same period. Sadly, 59% of these accidents resulted in death.
Most motorcycle accidents occur when a rider is struck or otherwise collides with a car, truck, bus, or other vehicles. While the car passengers are often protected, the motorcycle rider does not have much to lessen the blow. On average, motorcyclists are up to 27 times more likely than other drivers to die in an accident.
The most common causes of accidents include:
- Left-turn accidents: Motorcycles are likely to be struck during right-of-way errors, misjudgments, and illegal left turns
- Inexperienced drivers: New drivers are among the leading causes of accidents. These drivers tend to make unsafe decisions, misjudgments, and drive more recklessly
- Not adhering to traffic rules and regulations: You have probably seen drivers weaving through traffic on the highway. Unsafe lane changes and failure to check blind spots can result in collisions
- Lane Splitting: Riding between two lanes is called lane splitting. While it’s illegal in many states, California is the only state to allow lane-splitting during stopped and slow-moving traffic
- Car doors: More often than you would think, car doors open in front of motorcycle riders. Colliding with these doors can have awful consequences
- Speeding: You’ve probably seen a number of vehicles speed on the freeway. Speeding is the leading cause of all vehicle accidents.
- Driving under the influence: Intoxicated drivers are a risk to others. Motorcyclists can also be hit by other drunk drivers. In these cases, the driver may be subject to criminal and civil liability
- Sudden stops: Similar to cars, making sudden stops on a motorcycle increases the likelihood of rear-end accidents. Rear-end accidents can be lethal to motorcyclists
- Dangerous road hazards and road conditions: Potholes, crumbling pavement, and road debris pose risks to all drivers. For motorcycles, these road hazards increase the driver’s risk of losing control
- Manufacturing defects: At times, a part on a bike fails and can cause the operator to lose control. The motorcycle manufacturer may be liable if a defective part is found to have caused an accident
Common Injuries Resulting from An Accident
Serious injuries are all too common for motorcyclists involved in accidents. Without the metal frame protection of a car, motorcyclists are left more vulnerable to serious injury, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken and fractured bones
- Road rash
- Internal organ injury
- Limb amputation and disfigurement
Traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries may leave victims unable to perform everyday tasks due to paralysis, loss of cognitive function, coma, and other issues. As tragic as death is, surviving motorcycle accident victims are often left with a lifetime of medical bills, mental trauma, and expensive treatment.
Road rash may sound like a seemingly benign ailment, but it can cause incredible discomfort. Road rash is a type of skin abrasion caused by the friction of bare skin colliding with rough pavement. It is a superficial injury that can be treated at home most of the time.
Because motorcycles are capable of reaching high speeds, road rash sustained in a motorcycle accident may be more severe. In some cases, road rash can take off several layers of skin. If this happens, the motorcycle rider may need skin grafts. The process of grafting skin is not pleasant and comes with a lengthy recovery time.
Nearly 98% of all motorcyclists involved in an accident have been injured in some capacity. Half of these accidents result in serious injury. About 50% of motorcycle accident victims will sustain an injury to their upper leg, low leg, knee, or ankles, while 13% of victims will injure their groin.
Receiving Compensation and Proving Damages in Your Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident
After your free consultation, an Adamson Ahdoot accident attorney will work closely with local law enforcement, contact witnesses, and speak with relevant experts to strengthen your case. In the state of California, legal codes allow for multiple parties to be found liable for a motorcycle accident.
If multiple parties are at fault, testimony will determine which party holds the largest amount of responsibility. Even partially responsible victims may still be entitled to some compensation.
If you feel you may be at fault in any way, it is important to contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney right away. Our team will work tirelessly to decipher all the details of your accident so that you can walk away from this horrible time in your life with renewed confidence.
Understanding California Law
California law rests on pure comparative negligence. After a full investigation into your case and arguments by your attorney, the plaintiff and the defendant will be assigned percentages of fault by the court. These percentages determine how much compensation each party is entitled to receive.
For example, if the court has set a $250,000 award, someone who is 25% responsible for their accident would receive $187,500 in damages (the remaining 75%).
If your case involves multiple at-fault parties, California law can hold each party separately or jointly accountable for the accident. In either event, all at-fault parties are responsible for repaying any economic losses or hardships incurred by the injured party due to the accident. As a personal injury law firm, Adamson and Ahdoot motorcycle accident lawyers are well versed in determining this kind of liability.
California law stipulates that all motorcycle riders are required to wear a helmet. Failure to wear a helmet when involved in an accident could be used as evidence to limit the liability of other parties, especially in cases of traumatic brain injury. You should note that not wearing a helmet does not automatically exclude you from receiving compensation for your motorcycle accident case.
At Adamson Ahdoot, you can be confident that your Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney is equipped with the litigation skills required to handle even the most complex cases.
After fault is determined in your case, you may be entitled to damages. In legal terms, damages mean the compensation paid to you by at-fault parties. A qualified motorcycle accident lawyer will guide you through the process of calculating your damages.
Calculating damages for your case may be based on several factors. Below are common issues to consider when calculating damages:
- Medical expenses: Including past and future medical bills, rehabilitation, treatments, and related healthcare costs associated with the accident
- Property Repairs: If your motorcycle has been damaged or totaled, the responsible party may have to pay the full cost to fix or replace your vehicle at its pre-crash value
- Lost wages: If you miss work, become disabled, or otherwise lose wages as a result of your injuries, a motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to help you recoup lost pay
- Non-economic damages: Pain and suffering, mental hardship, trauma, and distress may award you additional compensation
- Punitive damages: In addition to economic and non-economic damages, your case might warrant the court to award additional compensation to punish the at-fault party
Contact A Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Adamson Ahdoot is a perfectly sized law firm with the resources to handle new cases at any time while also maintaining a personal, compassionate, and thoughtful atmosphere for our clients.
We pride ourselves on being bulldogs in the courtroom, as well as thoughtful listeners to our clients’ concerns. We deal with the hard parts of recovery – like speaking with the insurance companies – so you can focus on other aspects. We aim to keep our motorcycle accident attorneys as approachable as possible so that you can feel comfortable calling us with questions about your case at any time.
At Adamson Ahdoot, we put people first. We understand that Los Angeles is a multi-lingual city, and we are proud to provide services to both English and Spanish-speaking clients.
With our firm’s more than 100 years of collective legal experience, you can trust that our skilled lawyers will use proven expertise to protect your rights. They will keep you informed every step of the way and help you overcome this challenging time in your life.
Call Adamson Ahdoot today to schedule your free case evaluation at (800) 310-1606.