Motorcycle Riders Are Vulnerable On Bay Area Roads:
At Allegiance Law, our motorcycle attorneys have the experience and the compassion you need to help you make it through all aspects of your motorcycle injury claim. Having handled many motorcycle accident cases, we are well versed in the nuances and obstacles presented in pursing these claims. We are experienced in getting our clients maximum recovery for their injuries.
Every year thousands of motorcyclists are killed on the road. There are many risks that are associated with riding a motorcycle. Many automobile drivers on the road simply do not pay attention to motorcycles until it is too late. This can result in injuries more severe than an individual would normally suffer from the same type of impact while being struck in a car.
Importantly, there is an unfair misconception that motorcyclists do not obey the rules of the road. Due to this misconception, a traffic officer who reports a motorcycle accident may make certain assumptions, which may place you at fault for the accident. However, an experienced motorcycle lawyer, like the attorneys at Allegiance Law, can guide you through the process and properly assist you in all aspects of your claim, including fighting a bad police report.
What Should You Do and Not Do If You Are Involved In a Motorcycle Accident?
Suddenly being involved in an accident can be frightening. The first thing to do is to stay calm and follow these tips:
- Check yourself for injuries and inquire if anyone else involved has been injured.
- Call the 9-1-1, even if the accident is minor.
- If the accident is minor, move your bike and the other vehicle to safety at the side of the road.
- Do not make any statements to anyone at the scene, other than the police.
- Obtain the names, insurance information, and vehicle information from all parties involved.
- Take pictures of the damage to your motorcycle, the vehicle involved, and of the accident site.
- Get contact information for any witnesses to the accident.
- Make notes about the facts of the accident while it is fresh in your mind.
- Contact your insurance company.
- Do NOT make any statements about the accident, unless it is to your insurance company or to the police. And, do NOT sign any documents before speaking with an attorney, unless it is for the police.
- Call our office.
What Is My Case Worth?
The goal of personal injury actions, such as a motorcycle accident, is to make the injured person “whole” through the award of money to compensate for injuries caused by the accident. The value of one’s claim is derived from both the economic and non-economic damages. These damages are known as special and general damages.
Allegiance Law attorneys will seek both special and general damages on your behalf. Special damages compensate the injured party for monetary expenses incurred due to the injury. This includes compensation for medical bills, cost of future medical care, loss of earnings, loss of future earnings, property damage, and out-of-pocket expenses. General damages compensate the injured person for non-monetary damages such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, and loss of consortium or companionship. Unlike special damages, the money value of general damages is less easy to quantify.
Be wary of a motorcycle accident lawyer that overinflates the value of your claim or promises you enormous sums of money upon your first meeting. Determining the value of your case will involve such things as careful review of your medical records, review of your employment records if claiming a loss of income, thoughtful in-depth interviews with you and your family members, and likely consultation with medical and other experts.
Settlement vs. Lawsuit:
Not all motorcycle accident attorneys are willing to file a lawsuit and to litigate your claim. Instead, some attorneys may insist on you accepting a quick settlement that may not reflect the true value of your claim. At Allegiance Law, our dedicated attorneys care about our clients and about the outcome of their claims. In many cases, our skillful motorcycle accident attorneys can reach a fair settlement for you quickly and efficiently without the need for filing an action with the court. However, if a settlement cannot be reached, our attorneys are experienced litigators that are not afraid to vehemently represent you in a personal injury lawsuit.
When Should You Contact A Lawyer?
Motorcycle accident cases can be complex and involve serious injuries. While the most important aspect is the physical and emotional well-being of the injured person and their family, it is important to keep in mind that there are strict time limitations within which one must act in order to protect their legal rights in such matters. These time limits, called the statute of limitations, vary depending on the type of legal action and also vary by state.
With that in mind, it is never too early to consult with a seasoned motorcycle accident injury attorney to understand your rights in pursing the matter against the negligent party. A reputable motorcycle accident attorney will not pressure you to make important legal decisions right away. Instead she or he will advise you on important time limitations with regards to preserving your rights, will walk you through the entire legal process, and will help determine the value of your claim.
You may contact Allegiance Law, experienced motorcycle accident attorneys, at (415) 404-6395. Or you may contact us by filling out the client inquiry form on this page.