Tracy, CA saw 18 motorcycle collisions in 2019 according to UC Berkeley and the United States saw 5,172 people killed and 89,000 people injured in motorcycle accidents in 2017 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents can be especially serious since motorcycles lack the physical protection provided by a vehicle chassis or body. Motorcycle accidents can lead to being unable to live independently, permanent disability and even death. The seriousness of motorcycle accidents means that it is critical for those injured in a motorcycle accident to hire an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer like the lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP to protect their rights and ensure they get the compensation they deserve.
What To Do After A Motorcycle Accident
It is very important that you say and do the right things after a motorcycle accident because what you say and do can have a huge effect on your ability to recover compensation for your injuries.
The first thing you should do is contact emergency personnel like emergency healthcare and law enforcement. Wait for help to arrive if you need medical attention; don’t try to help someone else or do anything else if you’re hurt. Ensure that you and others are located safely where they won’t be hit by traffic. Be extremely careful not to say anything to anyone else at the scene which could even so much as hint that you’re even one percent liable for the accident. Even apologizing could impact your ability to obtain financial recovery.
Gather information regarding the accident’s cause and who may end up being held liable for the accident. Taking photographs can be very helpful. Photograph any vehicles at the collision scene before they’re moved if you can. Document license plate numbers of every vehicle involved in the collision. Get the name and insurance information of any drivers involved as well as any witnesses. Document company logos or names on commercial vehicles as well as their USDOT number.
Seek medical attention after the accident even if you don’t think you’re injured. Post-accident adrenaline can sometimes mask the pain of injuries. The symptoms of some motorcycle accident injuries can also sometimes not show themselves for hours or even days after the accident. It is vital for your ability to recover compensation for your accident that you have any injuries documented by a medical professional as soon as possible after your accident. Delaying or completely avoiding treatment can lead to defendants claiming there is a different cause of your injuries than your accident, negatively impacting your ability to obtain a financial recovery.
Never talk to to the insurance company representing anyone else involved in your motorcycle accident. Insurance companies representing other drivers will probably offer you a quick but tiny settlement which will be inadequate for your needs. It’s tempting to accept this offer but you can get much more by hiring a lawyer. To make things worse, insurance company adjusters are trained to bait you into saying things which can limit their financial liability. They will try their hardest to get you to say things which can lead to them paying you less. This is one reason why it is critical for you to hire an experienced motorcycle accident attorney after getting in a motorcycle accident. The lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen will deal with the insurance companies for you so you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries.
California Motorcycle Accident Law
You must file a motorcycle accident lawsuit in California within two years of the accident. This time limit is known as a statute of limitations.
Motorcycle accidents may be caused by defective bike parts, dangerous road conditions or reckless drivers. Anyone responsible for your accident can be held liable for your injuries, including drivers, pedestrians, your motorcycle’s manufacturer and even the city the accident occurred in. A motorcycle accident lawsuit can recover damages for injuries, medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, future medical bills, damage to your motorcycle, pain and suffering and more.
Family members can file wrongful death claims when their loved ones are lost in a motorcycle accident. These claims can cover expenses such as funeral expenses, burial expenses, compensation for loss of support and companionship and compensation for the loss of the deceased’s earning capacity.
Drivers can be held liable for damages in a motorcycle accident if they were driving negligently or if they were violating a traffic law when the accident occurred.
Tracy, CA Motorcycle Accident Experts
We’ve been representing motorcycle accident victims in Tracy, CA and throughout California since the founding of our firm in 1990. We’ve recovered over $350,000,000 on behalf of clients in that time, including motorcycle accident verdicts and settlements of $1,590,000, $625,000 and $500,000. Our lawyers possess over 70 years of combined legal experience. Our extensive experience in handling motorcycle accident cases means that we know the ins and outs of motorcycle accident cases. No aspect of your motorcycle accident case will surprise us because we’ve seen it all. We know exactly how to handle any factors or details involved in your case.
We are a contingency fee law firm. This means that we offer free consultations, there is no upfront cost to you and you will never owe us any money out of pocket. We only charge clients a portion of their financial recovery if and only if we obtain a recovery for them.
Our polite, professional staff will always return your phone calls or emails promptly. We ensure this by specializing in representing only injured plaintiffs and by limiting the workload of each of our employees. This ensures that our lawyers and employees always have the time and energy to give you and your case the individual attention that you deserve.
Call us today for a free consultation at (209) 937-0888 if you or a loved one was injured or killed in a motorcycle accident. You can also fill out the free case evaluation form, email us at email@example.com or chat with a live chat specialist.