Who needs a motorcycle accident attorney?
California motorcycle accidents killed 417 riders in 2011 and injured over 11,000 motorcyclists.
If you are in an accident involving one of the 800,000 registered motorcycles in California, you need an experienced motorcycle accident attorney representing you. The causes and mechanics of motorcycle accidents are different from car and truck accidents, so you need an attorney who understands how to investigate and present a motorcycle accident case.
The true extent of motorcycle accident injuries is often not known until months after the accident, long after most insurance companies will have closed their books on your claim. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer understands how to assess the total present and future costs of your injuries, increasing your chances of getting a fair settlement.
What are the most common motorcycle accident injuries?
The impact of a motorcycle crash, even a slow-speed collision, causes a variety of injuries. Many injuries do not show up until hours or perhaps days after the accident. Get a medical assessment as soon as possible after an accident and return to the doctor if new symptoms show up.
The most common injuries from motorcycle crashes include
- head injuries causing concussions and traumatic brain injury
- impact injuries causing headaches, dizziness, confusion
- connective and soft tissue injuries causing neck and back pain
- spinal disc injuries
- shoulder injuries including sprains and rotator cuff tears
- knee sprains and tears
- broken bones
- road rash, abrasions, cuts and bruises
- anxiety and depression
Even seemingly minor motorcycle accident injuries can lead to long-lasting pain and suffering and decreased enjoyment of life. Working with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who has a network of excellent medical providers helps ensure that you receive appropriate medical treatment for as long as it is needed.
Do I need to hire a motorcycle accident attorney?
When deciding how much they are willing to pay for your injuries, insurance companies consider whether you are represented by a lawyer, the lawyer’s history of settling motorcycle accident cases, and the value of those settlements. Claims evaluation software tracks this information, so you want an experienced attorney on your side.
An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer understands how insurance companies work. Insurance companies use claims evaluation software such as Colossus to decide how much they are willing to pay for the damage to your motorcycle or for a specific injury. They also use software tools such as DecisionPoint to evaluate your medical bills and make decisions about what claims they will pay.
Experienced motorcycle accident attorneys present your case in a way that will result in maximum valuation by the software programs. Experienced motorcycle accident attorneys also know the limitations of the software. They will fight for you to receive the full value of your case, which may include damages that a computer program cannot fairly evaluate.
How will a motorcycle accident attorney help me?
An experienced motorcycle accident attorney knows how to negotiate with insurance companies to get a fair settlement. You deserve compensation for direct expenses associated with the accident and also for the impact of the injuries on your future.
A motorcycle accident can affect your quality of life and your ability to provide for your family. Compensation for your injuries can protect both your family and your future.
Common damages that are recoverable in motorcycle accident cases include
- Medical care and related expenses
- Lost wages and future loss of earnings
- Property damage
- Emergency services
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Travel expenses
- Legal costs
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Value of household services
- Loss of consortium
The value of damages such as doctor bills and motorcycle repair expenses are straightforward. But there are also damages without an obvious price tag, such as pain and suffering, loss of future earnings, and value of household services. These losses are assigned a dollar value through the claims process.
Pain and suffering damages compensate an injured person for the reduction in his or her quality of life. After an injury, you may experience duress and loss of enjoyment in family, social, professional, and educational experiences, such as when
- pain prevents you from performing your regular job duties.
- you can no longer play ball or ride bikes with your child.
- your sexual relationship with your spouse is negatively affected (loss of consortium).
Unpaid tasks that keep a household running, such as yard work, housecleaning, cooking and shopping, laundry, and some caretaking of children and other family members, are called household services. Injured persons can be compensated for the value of the household services he or she provided before the injury, but can no longer provide. The tasks must still be done, so the family might have to pay for outside help, or a family member might take time off from work to keep the household running.
How much does it cost to hire an experienced motorcycle accident attorney?
Motorcycle accident lawyer fees vary by law firm, but in general, the firm receives a percentage of the award or settlement in a motorcycle accident case. The lawyers get paid after the case is resolved.
Cerritos Legal Services will provide a free confidential consultation to evaluate your case. Once we take your case, you pay nothing until your case is settled. Our law office provides personalized service including referrals to claims specialists and medical experts. Our team helps you and your family handle your affairs while your case is being resolved. We even work with doctors and specialists who can provide treatment on a lien-basis until your case is resolved.
Contact us today for your free consultation with a motorcycle accident attorney at Cerritos Legal: 562-865-9356.