Motorcycle Accident Lawyer!
How do I find a motorcycle accident lawyer?
The compensation for you in case of negligent driving by others is determined by the experience and skills of the motorcycle accident lawyers representing you. There are roughly 1.3 million Americans in law practice — almost 170,000 of whom are based in California. That difference from some attorneys is their experience handling particular cases within certain areas of their legal practice. I set up this website in part, to help folks like you connect to personal injury lawyers. Fill out the form or call now to be connected with a personal injury lawyer. My tip for you is to start a pain and suffering journal/diary immediately. In your diary be sure to log the location of pain, the scale of pain on a 1-10 basis, and what medicines you took for the pain.
Should I get a lawyer for a motorcycle accident?
In my opinion, it is important to think about not just seeking legal advice but to seek out a personal injury/injury lawyer. Motorcycle accidents are unique. During my motorcycle accident lawsuit, I switched from a corporate lawyer to an experienced attorney who specialized in personal injury law. The law firms that practice law specializing in injured victims provided a legal team that can help recover compensation faster and provided a stronger legal recourse to the damages I suffered. Motorcycle accident lawyers will be familiar with common motorcycle accident injuries, will have relationships with insurance companies, and will be seeking damages that will likely include loss of income, personal injury, and property damages. So yes, an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can make a large difference in actually indemnifying you. In my case, it meant retraining and a new career, more on that below.
What are the injury lawyer’s legal fees?
Most lawyers offer a free consultation. If you have suffered from a personal injury, I highly recommend having a professional injury lawyer give you a free case evaluation. Be sure to discuss specific fees with your attorney. Fees will often be based on a percentage of 25% – 35% if it goes to court is common. The good part is your lawyer will not be paid unless you are compensated.
How long does it take for a motorcycle accident settlement?
Be sure to contact your insurance company early on. Many insurance companies provide standard “no-fault” Accident Benefits immediately after an accident. Which means you might have a right to claim them regardless of who is at fault. These benefits often include coverage for medical expenses/treatments, disability payments, and death payments. For an insurance company to settle with you might take some time.
Insurance companies will sometimes pay Property Damages early on. Be sure if you are being paid for the property damages that any release you sign clearly says, “these are only for the property damages as a result of the accident on this date”. Property damages might include the vehicle, clothes, helmet, etc.
Personal injury settlements may take much longer as physical healing can be slow and permanent disability may have resulted from an accident resulting in the need for retraining (see my story below). Although this may take a longer period of time, an insurance company may make an offer to settle earlier on. It is important to discuss the pros and cons of any such offer with your lawyer/attorney.
How much is a motorcycle accident case worth?
Like most accidents, motorcycle accident settlements vary significantly based on the extent of the damages.
Physical property damages + Pain and Suffering + Loss of income + retraining (if necessary) + other damages based on your specifics.
What is the most common injury in a motorcycle accident?
- Head/Brain Injury – I hit in the head so hard it knocked me out
- Bone Fractures – Two broken bones, on the joint, which would lead to complications later.
- Spinal Injuries – The rear of the bike actually came up and hit me in the back.
- Neck Injuries – Major soreness
- Hip and Pelvis Injuries – see pictures below. My motorcycle accident lawyer introduced me to a new concept, “Loss of Consortium“. Damages such as this are why having an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer representing you is very important.
- Shoulder Injuries – My wrist broke but my shoulder went into the vehicle with my hand.
- Pain/Injury threshold my pain and suffering were pretty high.
My motorcycle accident and what I learned.
Have you had a serious injury? Are you experiencing pain and suffering? Note any headaches that might be associated with a more traumatic brain injury. Allow me to tell you my story about a motorcycle accident I had on my way to work.
I was working at Safeway in the grocery department, with lots of lifting stacking, stocking, etc. I actually met a friend in the morning. It was a nice summer’s day so I reached out to a buddy from the motorcycle community and we decided to ride our motorcycles to the park. I was working a later shift so this seemed like a nice way to spend the morning. The bike I was riding was a 1998 Kawasaki ZX-7, Burgandy in color.
My commute to work was about 40 minutes so I left the park pretty early and began my leisurely ride to work. I believe I was the only vehicle driving down a normally busy road. I saw a car ahead in the left lane oncoming and as I got close the car turned left in front of me! The driver of the car seemed to stop right in the middle of the road. The last thing I recall is looking right in the passenger’s window as persons confused face looking at me. Then splat! I’m a bug on a window.
Luckily I had a new Shoei helmet that took the hit. I was knocked out but still kneeling against the side of the car. Witnesses later told me that it looked like my neck and head had broken in the accident.
When I regained consciousness, I was still at the accident scene, leaned up against the vehicle of the negligent driver. There was total silence. I suspect most folks had already determined this was one of those fatal accidents that they see on the news. I lifted my head and looked behind me. At that point, the negligent party started to scream, “I’m so sorry”. Then I could see people start moving towards me.
I was up, but I was having a hard time getting my gloves or helmet off. A man reached out to try to help me get my gloves off. I pulled back. He said, “it’s ok I’m a nurse”. He took a glove off and we could see what I believed was a bone pushing up against the skin. At that point, the ambulance showed up. Funny enough, one of the ambulance folks was a buddy of mine. He told me motorcycle accidents are always serious accidents so an ambulance is always dispatched.
The next thing I remember was being in the hospital.
Victim: “a person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action.” (Source:Lexico)
I was now a motorcycle accident victim.
In fact, I was now an injured victim. As a motorcycle rider, people always assume you were speeding. At the hospital, I asked the police officer if he thought I was speeding. He said, “if you were speeding you would have gone right over the car”. Now I was wishing I was speeding!
As a result of the accident, both my radius and ulna bones in my left arm were broken where they connected to the wrist. This required surgery and a plate with three screws were attached to the bones to help them heal. Although broken bones would be considered fairly common injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident case, do injured riders sustain pubic bone injuries? In fact, a little lower and I’m not sure what might have happened!
As my head cleared and I was discharged from the hospital I knew this was going to be a long road to recovery. And this is when I began to think about how I would seek compensation.
I had insurance coverage that included Accident Benefits through my insurance company, those benefits provided a small weekly sum to replace my salary and they covered some medical expenses.
Advice from the best motorcycle accident lawyer
Keep a diary. I can’t remember who told me that but it was solid advice. Further, I kept a record of any medication I took and I kept the receipts. Pain and Suffering on a scale of 1-10, sleep pattern interruptions, basically anything related to the accident. I found my diary supported the medical-legal report provided by my doctor to the motorcycle accident lawyer, my insurance company, and the insurer of the negligent party.
My motorcycle accident conclusion
In the end, my motorcycle accident claim took a few years to settle. I had two operations on my arm. I went through two lawyers (first a corporate lawyer then an attorney who had dealt with motorcycle accidents). I suspect I was like many motorcycle accident victims, I could not return to my previous work. The injury so close to the wrist meant that heavy lifting would result in early painful arthritis, not looking forward to it.
My personal injury claim and all remaining damages from the motorcycle accident resulted in a payment of low six figures. My motorcycle accident attorney took her percentage (25-30%). After that, my mom encouraged me to invest that money and not ride motorcycles on the street again. That’s another story.
Feel free to connect with me or connect with a motorcycle accident lawyer from this page.