Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Protecting a Motorcyclists Legal Rights After an Accident with a Los Angeles
Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Between 4,500 and 5,000 motorcyclists are killed in roadway accidents
annually in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration. Tens of thousands more motorcyclists are injured
in accidents each year. Oftentimes, these bikers sustain serious injuries
in accidents. Motorcyclists are injured and killed on Los Angeles roadways
at a rate generally in proportion to the national average. Because of
the congestion of some LA roads, the rate can run a bit above the national average.
A sizable percentage of accidents involving motorcycles are caused because
of the negligence of other drivers. When a motorcyclist is injured due
to the negligence of someone else, obtaining a qualified, experienced
Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer, like an attorney from The Doan
Law Firm, is crucial.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
There are several common causes of motorcycle accidents caused because
of the negligence of another driver. One of the primary causes is a distracted driver.
Time and again, a distracted automobile driver fails to see a motorcycle
or give way to a motorcyclists legal right-of-way. There are a variety
of reasons why distracted automobile drivers end up causing collisions
with motorcyclists. These include:
- talking on phone
- talking to a passenger
- looking in vanity mirror
- using navigation device
An intoxicated operator of an automobile represents another type of situation
in which accidents are caused involving motorcycles. This includes not
only automobile drivers who are above the California legal limit but also
people who are operating their cars in what commonly is referred to as
a "buzzed" state. Buzzed driving technically is below the legal
limit, but the automobile driver is operating a vehicle after drinking.
Contributory Fault of Motorcyclist
There can be situations in which a motorcyclist somehow contributes to
an accident. With that said, the primary cause of an automobile and motorcyclist
collision is something the car driver did negligently or incorrectly.
The mere fact that a motorcyclist somehow may have contributed to an accident
does not mean that the bike rider is not entitled to compensation for
injuries if the automobile driver is primarily at fault.
This type of situation can be complicated. It is a type of issue that a
Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer can address. Indeed, the legal
team at The Doan Law Firm is well versed in these types of situations
involving questions about comparable negligence in a motorcycle accident case.
Compensation for Motorcycle Accidents
The specific facts and circumstances of an accident caused by another person's
negligence dictates the type and amount of compensation an motorcyclist
may be entitled to in an accident case. The reality is that an injured
motorcyclist is likely entitled to compensation for different types of
losses. This compensation includes:
- medical bills and expenses
- pain and suffering
- lost income
- permanent disability
- emotional suffering
- property damage
Oftentimes, an injured motorcyclist is entitled to not only compensation
for current losses, but future ones as well. In order to qualify for compensation
for future losses, an injured motorcyclist must be able to demonstrate
that certain types of problems are reasonably expected to continue into
the future. For example, an injured person may continue to suffer lost
income in the future.
In some cases, a motorcyclist may be awarded what are known as punitive
damages in an accident case. Punitive damages are awarded by a court to
an injured person if the conduct of the negligent person is particularly
egregious or reckless. Punitive damages are designed to provide an injured
individual with additional compensation because of the recklessness. In
addition, punitive damages are intended to punish the person primarily
responsible for an accident due to his or her conduct.
Retain Qualified Legal Counsel
The process of retaining a Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer at The
Doan Law Firm begins by scheduling an initial consultation by calling
424-334-0000. The telephone is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week,
52 weeks a year, even on holidays.
An attorney from the firm can schedule an appointment any time at an injured
person's convenience. In addition, an appointment can be scheduled
at the offices of The Doan Law Firm, at an injured person's home,
or even at the hospital.
An attorney will provide an overview and evaluation of an injured motorcyclist's
case. Different strategies will also be presented. The Doan Law Firm does
not charge a fee for an initial consultation with an attorney from the firm.
Fees for a Motorcycle Accident Case
The Doan Law Firm charges what is known as a contingency fee in a motorcycle
accident case. No fee is charged unless and until the firm obtains a settlement
of judgment in favor of the injured motorcyclist.