San Bernardino Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
The most recent year for which data is available (2015), San Bernardino reported 105 motorcycle accident injuries and deaths. Victims of motorcycle accidents are more likely to suffer serious to fatal injuries than those in passenger vehicle crashes. Motorcycle accident law is one of our focus areas at Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP. If you or someone you love has injuries from a motorcycle crash in San Bernardino, we can help.
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How Can Our Attorneys Help San Bernardino Motorcycle Accident Victims?
If you’re dealing with serious personal injuries, expensive property damage, permanent scars, disabilities, the death of a loved one, or a complex case, retain an attorney. A motorcycle accident lawyer can transform your legal experience. Instead of filing your insurance claim, providing evidence and injury documentation, and proving your case on your own, a lawyer will do the legwork for you. You will benefit from the unparalleled resources, knowledge, and experience an accident attorney can give you.
Panish Shea & Boyle has helped motorcycle accident victims recover excellent settlements and verdicts over the years, including one groundbreaking $19,466,000 verdict for a motorcycle accident victim against a construction company. We achieve outstanding results through our commitment to client care. Our lawyers take client calls 24/7, answer questions honestly, and dedicate hours of time toward building the strongest possible case. When you retain our firm, you immediately improve your chances of securing financial recovery for your losses.
California Motorcycle Accident Laws and Rider Rights
All motorcycle accident victims deserve to know the rules and rights that may apply to their personal injury claims. In California, motorcyclists have all the same rights as other motor vehicle drivers. They can travel on all roads and highways in San Bernardino. Other drivers must keep a safe distance from motorcyclists, as they would with other drivers. In turn, motorcyclists have to obey all applicable roadway rules and traffic laws – including those that apply only to motorcycles, such as the lane-splitting law.
It is legal for motorcyclists to lane-split, or ride between two lanes of same-direction traffic in California. Motorcyclists must lane-split carefully and prudently, keeping to a speed limit that’s reasonable in relation to the speed of surrounding traffic. Although the California Highway Patrol took down its lane-splitting guidelines, law enforcement still expects motorcyclists to engage in this practice in regard to the safety of others on the road.
If you get into a motorcycle accident, you have the right to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver’s auto insurance company. You may file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurer, seeking damages for your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and more. The other driver, however, may hold actions such as lane-splitting or ignoring the state’s mandatory motorcycle helmet law against you, using it as evidence of comparative fault. Hiring a lawyer is the best way to protect your rights and maximize compensation in a motorcycle accident case.
What are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in San Bernardino?
Many things can cause motorcycle accidents in San Bernardino, California. Some crash causes, however, are more common than others. In the decades we’ve spent providing legal services to the injured, our firm has learned many of the most frequent reasons for motorcycle crashes. Most have to do with human error, such as distracted or drunk drivers. If any of the following caused or contributed to your recent accident, contact one of our attorneys.
#1. Driver Error
Motorcycles have always been at risk on the roads. Their smaller size makes them less visible to other motorists, increasing the risk of collisions. Texting and driving and other forms of driver distraction have contributed to these types of accidents. If a negligent driver causes your wreck, he or she might be liable for your damages.
#2. Unsafe Roadways
Loose rocks, potholes, debris in the road, construction equipment, and other roadway hazards pose more of a threat to motorcyclists than others. Motorcycles cannot drive over these types of hazards as easily, often resulting in single-vehicle accidents and serious motorcyclist injuries. The city or landowner could be responsible for crashes that stem from dangerous, poorly-maintained roadways.
#3. Defective Motorcycle Parts
Bad brakes, a tire blowout, or other dangerous and defective motorcycle equipment can cause accidents and serious injuries. It may be possible to file a claim against the part manufacturer, distributor, or seller in pursuit of damage recovery in these cases.
Identifying what caused your San Bernardino motorcycle accident is one of the first steps toward achieving compensation. Hiring one of our lawyers from the beginning can shed light on the most probable cause of your crash, as well as who could be legally responsible for paying for your property damage, medical bills, and other losses. We’ll investigate your accident, get copies of the police report, and take other necessary steps toward justice on your behalf.
How Can I Stay Safe While Motorcycle Riding in San Bernardino?
Despite the hundreds of negligent, reckless, and distracted drivers on California’s roadways, you can stay safe and reduce your risk of an accident by staying vigilant. Assume that other drivers don’t see you and won’t yield the right-of-way, not the other way around. Stick to the speed limit and only practice lane-splitting in a safe and prudent manner. Wear a motorcycle helmet at all times to reduce your risk of serious head and brain injuries.
Look out for common types of motorcycle accidents, including:
- Left-turn accidents
- Blind corner accidents
- Vehicles merging on top of you
- Rear-end collisions
- Underride accidents
- Car door collisions
- Slippery, wet, or oily road accidents
Unfortunately, you might not always be able to avoid a motorcycle collision. Sometimes, negligent drivers are simply too dangerous. If the worst happens, know you’re not alone. Our lawyers can assist you with every aspect of your claim.
San Bernardino Motorcycle Accident Attorney – Free Consultations!
Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP cares about San Bernardino’s motorcycling community. And their accident attorneys understand that every motorcycle accident is unique. You need an experienced, skilled lawyer investigating your recent crash for your best chance of securing compensation.
No matter what factors your motorcycle accident involves, talk to an attorney for free today at Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP. Our San Bernardino motorcycle accident lawyers are ready and waiting for your phone call. We’re here to talk you through the elements of your motorcycle crash claim.