Riverside Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcyclists face an increased risk of injury on Riverside roadways. When you’ve been in an accident and are ready to file a personal injury claim against the person responsible for your injuries, contact a Riverside motorcycle crash lawyer.
If you have suffered severe injuries in a motorcycle crash, you’re looking at a long road to recovery. The last thing you need is to be brought down by the difficulties of increasing medical expenses and bills that won’t stop piling up. Seeking personal injury compensation for your damages may be the only way to keep your head above water while you regain your strength.
A Riverside motorcycle accident lawyer at Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP will work diligently to determine liability in your case and obtain a sizable compensation award that will make your recovery that much easier.
The Motorcyclist Stereotype
Unfortunately, motorcycle riders often get a bad reputation. Always being portrayed in the movies as rough, reckless daredevils certainly doesn’t help this image. That’s all it is, though—a stereotype. Still, too many motorcyclists find themselves surprised when the insurance company doesn’t treat them fairly.
For-profit businesses have one objective: to maximize profits. Paying out significant settlements for injured drivers, including bikers, is not a way for them to hang on to their money. That’s why the insurers are almost never on your side. If making use of the “reckless biker” stereotype is what they need to do in order to pay you less than you’re entitled to, then that’s what they’ll do.
This is the case with almost all insurance companies and drivers. We see insurance adjusters using comparative negligence inappropriately by trying to place blame on the injured person so their financial responsibility for your injuries decreases.
Luckily, our Riverside motorcycle accident attorneys are familiar with these dishonest tactics and will not allow the insurer to take advantage of this clichéd and false idea that motorcycle riders are a menace to the road.
Who and What Caused Your Riverside Motorcycle Wreck?
A number of individuals can be held accountable for causing a Riverside motorcycle collision. Probably the most frequently blamed is the driver of the vehicle who hit you.
Distracted driving, poor decision-making, aggressive driving, and driving under the influence are just a few ways drivers contribute to the high rate of motorcycle accidents. By speeding, following too closely, or making a sudden stop, they are putting the lives of motorcyclists in jeopardy.
Bikers don’t have the protection of thousands of pounds of steel surrounding them in case of a collision, and negligent drivers don’t take the necessary precautions when driving among motorcyclists to do their part in ensuring the bikers’ safety.
Another party often responsible for the injuries of motorcyclists is vehicle parts manufacturers. When a manufacturer fails to notify the appropriate authorities of a defective or faulty part, it can be held liable for your damages if that failure led to your motorcycle collision.
What’s worse is some manufacturers stand by their ineffective parts, misleading consumers to continue earning profits. These businesses could be found grossly negligent and potentially see criminal charges.
The local or state road authority also could be held accountable for your injuries in some cases. Government agencies are responsible for keeping the roads safe and clear. Debris, damage to the roadway, and road work can all pose a risk to Riverside motorcyclists. If the state or town is responsible, we will have six months from the date the accident occurred to file your claim for compensation.
Because there are so many different causes of accidents and potential at-fault parties, working with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Riverside may be the best way to make sure the appropriate parties are named in your personal injury claim.
Seeking Compensation for a Motorcycle Collision
When you are ready to file your claim, we will examine the extent of your injuries to determine an equitable compensation amount. To do this, we will work with your doctors to examine the impact your injuries have had and will continue to have on your life. Your damages could include the following financial and emotional hardships:
- Lost wages
- Hospital bills
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Medical equipment
- Home accommodations for your disability
- Loss of earning potential
- Home healthcare
- Replacement or repair of your motorcycle
- Mental anguish
- Cost of prescription pills
This is in no way an exhaustive list of damages. Punitive damages, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium can also apply after your Riverside motorcycle crash. The amount applied to each area will vary as well, depending on the severity of your injuries.
It’s important to note that you are under no obligation to accept the insurance company’s initial settlement offer, especially if you haven’t yet spoken with an attorney. Your Riverside motorcycle wreck lawyer from Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP will have the experience necessary to examine any settlement offer to make sure it completely covers all of your damages.
Riverside Motorcycle Accident FAQ
Along with pain and financial stress, motorcycle accidents bring up a lot of questions for victims who are considering filing a claim for compensation. We’ve answered some common questions below, but we’re happy to answer all of your questions in a free consultation.
What if a pothole caused my crash?
Potholes are a particularly common cause of motorcycle crashes in Riverside. If a pothole, road debris, or other road hazard causes a motor vehicle accident, the state or municipality may be found liable if it failed to clear the hazard.
Will I still have a case if I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
Because California law requires you to wear a helmet, you could be found at least partially responsible for any injuries affecting your head or face that could have been prevented if you had worn a helmet. While this may reduce your compensation, it won’t necessarily bar you from recovering damages altogether.
Do I have to go to court if I file a claim?
In many cases, we will be able to negotiate with the insurance company or negligent party to reach a fair compensation award without going to court. If the insurer is failing to make a reasonable offer and we are unable to reach an agreement, however, you should consider going to court to obtain the full value you’re entitled to.
What if the driver who hit me fled the scene?
If you were involved in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident, you likely filed an accident report with the police who, in turn, will likely pursue charges against the person who hit you. Once the offender has been caught, we will file a personal injury suit to obtain compensation for your injuries. We can also assist you as you try to locate the driver.
Call a Riverside Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Being involved in a motorcycle wreck is traumatizing enough without the added stress of complicated legal matters. You don’t need to go through the difficult process of recovering compensation alone.
Luckily, your Riverside motorcycle accident lawyer at Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP will handle the specifics of your case while you get back on your feet. Give us a call at 1-844-404-2400 or fill out the form at the bottom of this page to schedule a free consultation.