Motorcycle Accident Claims
A Strategic Approach to Damages Recovery
According to the latest statistics from the California Office of Traffic Safety, 435 people died in motorcycle accidents in 2012, an increase of 4.6 percent from the previous year. Many more sustained serious injuries in motorcycle crashes and now live with life-altering disabilities.
The Rudman Law Firm, APC is exclusively a P.I. law firm. This means our lawyers and staff commit all their resources and experience to recovering damages on behalf of injury victims. Our attorneys have helped injured motorcyclists for the combined 75 years of their careers. We truly care about the rights of injury victims and constantly strategize ways to make the recovery process as fair and efficient as possible.
Our dedication goes beyond the courtroom. We often teach classes to other attorneys about recovering just compensation for injury victims. Our principal attorney sits on the prestigious Board of Governors and serves on the Executive Board of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA).
Importance of Establishing Fault
In California, a motorcycle operator that proves the fault of another driver may collect compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. However, if you are found to be partially at fault, your compensation will be adjusted by the percentage of blame attributed to you. For instance, if you sustained $100,000 in damages, but you were 10 percent to blame, your award would be reduced by $10,000.
Establishing fault is, therefore, crucial to bringing a successful damages claim and to having full and fair compensation awarded to you.
During our investigation, we analyze accident debris, skid marks, the condition of the bike and other involved vehicles, as well as the elements of the accident scene, in order to reconstruct what happened. We consult with experts on motorcycle mechanics and road engineering to help establish fault.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) determined that costs associated with motorcycle crashes totaled about $16 billion in 2010. The cost is actually much higher, since the GAO’s figure does not include such difficult to measure costs as long-term medical care and does not account for the peripheral costs to the families and employers of motorcycle crash victims. Individual financial costs can be devastating to a family at a time when the accident victim is trying to recover.
A motorcycle accident tends to cause severe injuries because a rider has virtually no protection if thrown from a bike. A motorcycle accident victim may be injured by his or her own motorcycle, another vehicle, or the hard surface of the ground. Common injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injures
- Ruptured and slipped discs
- Crush injuries to finger, hands and feet
- Fractured bones
- Road rash and burns
Our lawyers consult with economists and financial advisors to accurately calculate the losses associated with your diminished earning capacity. In addition, our experience helps us establish a significant value on an invaluable element, the quality of life.
Get Experienced Help with Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
The Rudman Law Firm, APC represents motorcyclists who have been injured in traffic accidents in Southern California. We assertively pursue claims to reach the maximum possible compensation for injuries.
For your free claims evaluation, call our Encino office at (818) 769-6969 or call our attorneys toll free at (844) 478-3626 / (844) 4RUDMAN. Your accident claim is handled on a contingency fee basis, so you do not have to pay us attorneys’ fees until we reach a settlement or win your case at trial.