Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to serious injury in an accident. If you or a loved one has suffered harm due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Call (888) 335-7477 to schedule your free consultation or contact us online today.
Motorcycle accident lawyers have the resources necessary to investigate and prepare your claim while you focus on recovering. The at-fault party and their insurance company will be looking out for their own interests. A skilled attorney will ensure that you are adequately compensated for your injuries, even if that means taking your case to trial. Many motorcycle accident lawyers do not require payment upfront and will work on a contingency fee basis. That means you will only pay legal fees once you’ve won.
The leading factors that contribute to motorcycle crashes in Pasadena include:
Drivers who are speeding can have difficulty seeing a motorcycle, and by the time they do, it may be too late to slow down. When motorcyclists exceed speed limits or drive too fast for road conditions, their chances of getting into an accident significantly increase.
When drivers are distracted by their phones, passengers, eating, changing the music, etc., they put motorcycle riders in life-endangering situations.
Drivers who are drowsy are slow to react, have a decreased attention span, and compromised judgment, all of which can easily lead to an accident.
Drivers or motorcyclists with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.10 percent or higher are seven times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident.
When motorcyclists lack basic riding skills, they can quickly lose control and crash. In addition, environmental factors such as loose gravel on the road, debris, or potholes can affect a rider’s ability to handle their vehicle.
In contrast, some motorcycle accidents may not involve another vehicle and can occur due to a defective design or mechanical part. In those cases, the manufacturer could be liable for any resulting injuries. Similarly, if an accident was caused by an issue with the roadway, a government entity may be responsible.
Victims injured from motorcycle accidents have the right to pursue two types of damages, known as economic and non-economic. Economic damages include calculable injury-related expenses, such as medical bills, property damage, and lost wages.
Non-economic damages are subjective, such as physical and emotional pain and suffering. For an attorney or jury to measure non-economic damages, various factors will be considered. For example, the extent of your injuries, the effect on your day-to-day life, your age, the degree of the defendant’s negligence, and others are all considered.
The state applies the rule of modified comparative negligence. This means that a victim’s damages are reduced by their percentage of fault in causing the accident. However, if found 51 percent or more at fault, they are unable to collect any compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you have legal options. Call Ramsey Law Group to speak to a Pasadena Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in a free consultation.