Few motor vehicle accidents are as devastating—or as deadly—as motorcycle crashes. Motorcyclists are simply no match for larger, heavier vehicles. As a result, they tend to suffer catastrophic or even fatal injuries when they are involved in traffic accidents.
At Ayala, Morgan & Buzzard, we recognize just how serious motorcycle collisions are. We also know that motorcyclists face many unique challenges when it comes to recovering compensation. From protecting your rights against the best interests of the insurance company to fighting back against common misconceptions about motorcyclists held by judges and juries, we have what it takes to effectively advocate for you. Our Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys offer highly professional, personalized legal services; learn how we can help you get back on your feet after a serious accident.
When you have been injured, you don't just need an attorney. You need an advocate.
What Is the Leading Cause of Motorcycle Accidents?
Generally speaking, negligence is the leading cause of motorcycle accidents. Like other motor vehicle accidents, most motorcycle collisions result from the actions of careless or reckless motorists.
More specifically, some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Texting/using a cell phone
- Failure to see motorcyclists
- Drunk driving
- Traffic violations
- Dangerous turns
- Unlawful passing
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Failure to check blind spots
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Cutting off motorcyclists
- Opening car doors into motorcyclists
Most motorcycle accidents occur during nighttime hours or inclement weather, and it’s common to hear motorists claim that they simply did not see a motorcyclist just before the collision. However, this is not an excuse. All motorists have a responsibility to keep an eye out for others on the road, especially motorcyclists. Failure to do so may constitute negligence and could serve as grounds for a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Because they are virtually unprotected—even when wearing approved motorcycle helmets and protective clothing/gear—motorcyclists often suffer severe injuries when they are involved in accidents.
Some examples include:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Internal damage
- Loss of limb/amputation
- Friction burns (road rash)
These and other serious injuries can have lifelong implications, from significant cognitive impairment to permanent physical disability. In very severe cases, such injuries will even prove fatal.
Compensation for Injured Motorcyclists
The physical, emotional, and financial impacts of a motorcycle accident are enormous. At Ayala, Morgan & Buzzard, we believe that you should not have to face the consequences of someone else’s negligence on your own—and the law agrees.
If you were injured or if someone you love died in a motorcycle accident, and someone else was at fault, you could have grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Filing a lawsuit allows you to seek compensation for specific damages, or losses, you have endured as a result of the other person or party’s negligence.
Examples of common damages in motorcycle accident claims include:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Current and future lost wages
- Lost income and employment benefits
- Lost or diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Disfigurement and inconvenience
- Lost quality of life
- Miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses
In some cases, it is possible to recover punitive damages. These are meant to punish the defendant for egregious negligence, as well as wrongful acts of intentional misconduct.
Let Ayala, Morgan & Buzzard Fight for You
After a motorcycle accident, the insurance company is likely to dispute or even deny your claim. We strongly urge you to avoid talking to any adjusters from the other person’s insurance provider, and you should never sign anything or provide an official statement without first speaking to an attorney.
When you turn to Ayala, Morgan & Buzzard, we will stand up for you. Our Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers are prepared to handle every legal detail—from gathering evidence to submitting paperwork to communicating with the insurance company and negotiating a fair settlement—so that you can focus on healing.
We offer compassionate, client-focused legal representation, coupled with an aggressive approach to litigation. Our attorneys leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of maximum compensation for our clients, and we are ready to fight for you.