Advocates for Los Angeles Riders
The Insurance Information Institute estimates that approximately 8.4 million motorcycles were on the road nationwide in 2013. Motorcycle crash-related deaths and injuries declined from the previous year, but remained high — 4,668 deaths and about 88,000 injuries. However, shockingly, a biker is 26 times more likely to die and five times more likely to be injured in a traffic accident than an occupant of a car.
The Rudman Law Firm, APC has more than 60 years of combined experience in personal injury recovery. Our two offices in Los Angeles and Studio City serve riders throughout our Southern California communities who have been injured in motorcycle wrecks. By concentrating solely on personal injury practice, our lawyers are able to deliver effective, efficient representation that renders impressive results in mediation, arbitration and trial.
Proving Fault in a Motorcycle Accident Case
California is a fault accident state, meaning you have to prove the other driver was a cause of the accident to recover compensation from the insurance company or through litigation. If you are found to be partially at fault, your compensation is adjusted accordingly. For example, if the jury finds your damages to be $100,000, but finds the other driver to be 75 percent at fault, and you to be 25 percent at fault, your judgment against the at-fault driver will only be $75,000.
Our lawyers fully investigate the motorcycle accident cause to build a strong case for damages. We determine whether the other motorist failed to yield, swerved into your lane, was speeding or cut you off. We also investigate the potential fault of the city in allowing a dangerous condition of the roadway, such as potholes, road debris, missing street signs, dim lighting and uneven surfaces. Furthermore, we analyze whether a defect in the design or manufacturer of the motorcycle, or any of its parts, caused your accident.
Proving Motorcycle Crash Damages
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, helmets increase motorcycle accident survival by 37 percent and prevent injuries by 67 percent. Yet, even while wearing appropriate gear, you can still sustain serious injuries if you are thrown from your bike or caught between your bike and the roadway, a car or another object.
The most common motorcycle accident injuries we encounter are traumatic brain injuries, spinal damages, amputations, crush injuries, broken bones, burns and road rash. The types and amount of damages we pursue depend upon the facts of the individual case, but typically include:
- Medical bills
- Anticipated future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Disabilities and limb amputations
- Scars and mutilation
- Costs associated with your injuries
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Damage to your motorcycle
In addition, our team can help your family recover for wrongful death if your loved one was killed in a motorcycle crash.
Pursuing Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
Upon establishing at-fault parties and calculating damages, our Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers negotiate with the insurance companies for your fair compensation. Our goal is to get you the most compensation possible in the least amount of time, so you have the money you need to move on with your life. Although we aggressively pursue a just settlement, we do not hesitate to take your claim to trial if a fair resolution of your case cannot be negotiated.
Contact a Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Our Firm Today
The Rudman Law Firm, APC advocates for the rights of motorcycle riders in Southern California. If you sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident, our lawyers fight for your maximum compensation possible from the responsible parties.
To discuss your motorcycle accident claim free of charge, call our Studio City office at (818) 769-6969 or our Los Angeles office at (213) 375-3777 or call our PI firm toll free at (844) 478-3626 / (844) 4RUDMAN. Your accident claim is handled on a contingency plan, meaning you don’t pay attorneys’ fees until we recover.