Motorcycle riders are more vulnerable than other types of motorists and suffer much more severe injuries and deaths when an accident occurs. Despite their reduced visibility relative to cars because of their size and having only one headlight, motorists’ failure to notice motorcycles on the road is no excuse for conduct such as a sudden lane change which may endanger motorcyclists or cause them to crash. Motorcycle and scooter riders have the same legal rights as those enjoyed by car and truck drivers, but unfortunately prejudice and negative attitudes against them exist in the minds of many juries and judges who are predisposed to find motorcyclists at fault. It is therefore important to hire an aggressive and knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney familiar with the unique issues involved in motorcycle accidents, who will work relentlessly to overcome those prejudices and obtain for you the maximum compensation that you are entitled to.
What an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can do for you
It is especially important to talk to a qualified motorcycle injury lawyer as soon as possible following an accident. Failure to do so can result in the loss of evidence crucial to the claim. It is therefore best to contact us immediately after an accident so we can conduct our investigation right away before physical evidence is lost or witnesses’ memories fade.
Types of damages recoverable in motorcycle accident claims
- Medical costs (past & future), including that covered by insurance or out of pocket
- Pain and suffering
- Lost earnings
- Mental anguish, PTSD, depression, anxiety
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of spousal relations
- Property damage
- Punitive damages in cases in which the driver was drunk or hit and run
Do you really need a motorcycle accident lawyer?
The other driver’s insurance company will typically attempt to make you believe you do not need to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer. The insurance company will promise that they will pay you adequate compensation after they finish their investigation. Do not be fooled. This is almost always an attempt to take advantage of you by taking a recorded statement, having you see their own doctors, delay conducting your own investigation, and otherwise build their case against you.
Then after much delay, they will typically offer you an unfairly low settlement. Do not let this happen to you. In fact, it is best not to have any communication at all with the other party’s insurance company. Leave all communication in the hands of an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.
Contacting a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles
If you are in need of a personal injury attorney you should contact Ken Behzadi immediately to learn more about your rights and the legal system process.