San Bernardino Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle Injury Attorneys in San Bernardino, California
Motorcycle riding is widespread throughout the United States, but California takes the lead as the state with the most registered motorcycles, with over 700,000 bikes registered in 2020 alone. With many bikers sharing roads, highways, and streets, it’s not uncommon to encounter motorcycles daily. Despite the general safety measures and precautions that bikers and car drivers use while sharing the road, many motorcycle accident cases still leave many injured or result in fatalities.
Not all motorcycle accidents result in fatalities, but most bikers leave an accident scene with minor to severe injuries. Suppose you have suffered an injury in a motorcycle crash due to another’s negligence. In that case, our principal attorney, Daniel Setareh, at Setareh Law Firm may review your case and fight diligently to help ensure your rightful compensation is retrieved.
Understanding the Prevalence of Motorcycle Collisions in California
Overall, fatalities among motorcycle riders and passengers in the United States increased by eleven percent between 2019 and 2020. Additionally, most of the motorcycle fatalities in 2020 occurred during daylight hours, with good weather conditions, on urban roads, and while bikers were wearing helmets. In California, 902 motorcyclists in the San Bernardino County community were victims of motorcycle accident-related injuries and fatalities.
Accidents can happen pretty quickly and at any time, especially for motorcycles. Since the riding conditions are relatively different for bikers than for car drivers and motorists, it’s essential to take precautions when surrounding motorcycle riders. Many of the accidents that occur are not always attributed to drunk driving or reckless behavior but may be attributed to traffic violations and negligence.
Avoiding negligent acts behind the wheel can help maintain safer streets throughout California. Other factors contributing to motorcycle accidents include unsafe lane changes, speeding, left turns, and heavy traffic. If you are a motorcyclist that suffered injuries because of another’s negligence in a traffic accident, our legal team may be able to assess your case and help you file a claim.
Common Types of Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle injuries can vary among all riders involved in a collision depending on the severity of the collision. Due to the nature of their transportation, bikers are exposed to their surroundings and may be ejected from their motorcycles if a collision occurs. The dangers of experiencing a motorcycle collision are severe.
Common types of motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Head, neck, and back injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Road rash, burns, and lacerations
- Broken or fractured bones
- Paralysis or permanent disability
- Organ damage and bleeding
- Fatal injuries
With so much of the body exposed while riding a motorcycle, direct impact to the lower extremities and other body parts can lead to severe challenges. Typically, recovery times vary greatly depending on the injuries and other circumstances surrounding the accident.
You May Be Eligible to Recover Different Types of Compensation After an Accident
During the recovery period and in the weeks or months following the accident, medical expenses and varying losses can cause stress and hardship for the injured. By filing a claim, many find relief from the challenges that non-economic and economic losses may inflict on the injured.
Types of compensation to recover after a motorcycle accident may include:
- Non-economic damages
- Economic damages
- Punitive damages
For eligible family members of a motorcycle accident fatality case, the monetary compensation received aids in compensation for varying economic and non-economic losses attributed to the care and support a loved one was able to provide. With an experienced and knowledgeable attorney, many families and injured motorcyclists can file a rightful claim successfully.
Who May Be Held Liable in a Motorcycle Accident?
If you have ever been involved in an accident, you may have wondered who may be held liable and what the process looks like when taking legal action against negligent parties. Here are some of the parties involved that may have played a role in the motorcycle accident you were injured from:
- Vehicle drivers and owners
- Any negligent car, truck, or another type of driver
- Parts manufacturer
- Car or motorcycle maintenance company
- Local or state road and highway agencies
- Multiple parties or other drivers involved
A dedicated legal team of professionals that aids in compensation recovery for injured clients understand the legal resources necessary for a successful claim. By entrusting the right legal team with your case, you may gather the evidence and necessary legal advice that helps you feel at ease while your lawyer handles your claim.
What if I Wasn’t Wearing a Helmet?
Many motorcycle accident survivors have a common question when deciding to file an injury claim is how wearing a helmet may affect their case. According to California’s motorcycle laws, riding a motorcycle without a DOT-compliant motorcycle safety helmet is illegal. If you are injured in an accident, whether as a passenger or motorcycle operator without a helmet, you may share some liability in the negligence for injuries caused in a collision.
Nonetheless, motorcyclists have suffered severe injuries and fatalities while wearing a helmet, as this safety measure does not guarantee enduring damage in a collision. Your attorney may help you by analyzing all aspects of your case and standing up for your rights in an injury claim.
How California’s Comparative Negligence Rule Can Affect Your Injury Claim
California’s comparative negligence rule applies to all accidents and injury claims. Under this rule, multiple parties may share negligence in an accident, regardless of enduring injuries. This may result in a percentage of negligence on behalf of motorcyclists or other parties involved.
Regardless, if another’s actions are proven negligent, and they share a percentage or are entirely responsible for an accident that resulted in your damages, a skilled attorney may help your injury claim to improve your chances of recovering the compensation you are owed.
Our Attorney at Setareh Law Firm May Help You Recover Compensation by Filing a Personal Injury Claim
Motorcycle riding is enjoyed by many within California and throughout the San Bernardino community. At times, negligence and errors behind the wheel of a car or other vehicle on shared roads lead to severe injuries or fatalities for motorcyclists. Unfortunately, we cannot reverse the negative impact and severe damage many endure because of these collisions. Despite this, our team at Setareh Law Firm works diligently to help our clients recover the compensation they are eligible to receive when others’ wrongdoing has caused them harm.
We are available and eager to continue providing professional legal services for injured people within the San Bernardino community. By filing an injury claim with our English- and Spanish-speaking attorney, you may be able to recover and improve the future of your well-being following a motorcycle accident. To schedule your free consultation, complete a contact form or call us at (310) 659-1826.