It is no secret that those involved in a motorcycle accident have a high incidence of being injured. Motorcycles lack the standard auto constraints such as airbags and seatbelts, so people riders involved in even minor collisions can have catastrophic injuries. According to a sobering statistic from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), deaths due to motorcycle accidents in 2014 resulted with 27 times more frequency than other vehicle fatalities. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important that you call a personal injury lawyer right away to speak to a professional who specifically understands motorcycle accident laws in California. Here at Johnson Attorneys Group, we are experienced in handling motorcycle accident cases.

We are committed to protecting your rights and recouping your losses so that you or the person you love can focus on recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

  • Driver error: Statistically speaking, the most frequent motorcycle accident happens as a result of vehicles turning left in front of bikes. Other driver-error-related accidents include, but are not limited to, vehicles hitting bikes while switching lanes or at stop lights, and blind spots plague vehicle drivers who are not trained to see motorcycles on the road.
  • Faulty Equipment: Though less common, accidents can happen as a result of safety failures or general vehicle malfunctions. A California personal injury lawyer may seek compensation if essential motorcycle safety functions fail such as the brakes or tires.
  • Poor Road Conditions: Road design and road condition often impact motorcycles long before other vehicles. As such, local government officials are required to post signs making motorists aware of potential road conditions that could become hazardous. Roads that are poorly lit, or improperly maintained raise the risks of a motorcycle accident. In the event of a motorcycle accident as a result of poor road conditions, it is paramount that a motorcycle accident lawyer gets involved with the case as quickly as possible.

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Motorcycle Accident Liability

Proving liability for a motorcycle accident depends on whether the other party’s negligent actions were the cause of the crash. There must be evidence that demonstrates that the crash would not have occurred had the other driver not been present on the road. To prove negligence, four elements must have occurred:

  • Duty--meaning the driver at fault had a duty to ensure the safety of fellow drivers sharing the road.
  • Breach of duty--meaning the driver at fault failed to uphold his or her duty to ensure the safety of fellow drivers sharing the
  • Causation--meaning the accident involving the motorcycle was caused directly by the at-fault driver's
  • Damages--meaning the motorcyclist suffered damages as a result of the accident. These damages can include personal or property damage or death. A skilled motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to assess whether the four elements exist and negligence can be

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What a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Do for You

  • Gather evidence: A personal injury lawyer knows what evidence to gather, whether in the form of accident scene photos, surveillance videos, or police reports that will create clarity and work in your favor. The right motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to help you gather evidence from necessary
  • Interview witnesses: Personal testimony can be hugely beneficial in filing a lawsuit. Motorcycle accident lawyers are specifically skilled at interviewing eyewitnesses and documenting first- hand accounts to prove your
  • Review medical records: If you or your loved one was injured as a result of the motorcycle accident, a trained motorcycle accident lawyer can review pertinent medical records with your permission to prove
  • Handle the insurance company: A motorcycle accident lawyer can handle all insurance matters on your
  • Recover compensation: Johnson Attorneys Group motorcycle injury lawyers possess a deep knowledge of motorcycle law and know how to fight for your rights. Our goal is fighting for your rights so you can focus on your

You may be compensated for:

  • Damage to property (including repairing or replacing the bike)
  • Lost wages and future income
  • Pain and suffering/emotional distress
  • Past, present, or future medical bills
  • Rehabilitation and/or therapy costs
  • Rental charges
  • Various accident-related costs and out-of-pocket expenses

 

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California Motorcycle Accident Attorney FAQ

To operate a motorcycle in California, you must have a motorcycle permit. To operate any two-wheeled motorcycle, you’ll need a Class M1 license.
All motorcyclists in California are required to have liability insurance coverage, but in addition to this basic coverage, it's wise to obtain additional forms of coverage. Below are the types of motorcycle insurance available in California: Liability insurance Comprehensive and collision coverage
  • Total loss coverage
  • Optional equipment coverage
  • Trip interruption coverage
  • Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage
  • Towing and labor coverage
  • Guest passenger liability
Motorcycle insurance is required in California. The state mandates that you purchase a minimum amount of liability insurance for your motorcycle. The minimum levels of liability insurance coverage include:
  • $15,000 Bodily Injury Liability coverage for injuries to one person in an accident
  • $30,000 Bodily Injury Liability coverage for total injuries in an accident
  • $5,000 Property Damage Liability coverage
Yes, California law requires motorcycle drivers and passengers to wear a helmet at all times while operating a motorcycle in the state. A driver wearing a helmet may still be ticketed if his or her passenger is not wearing a helmet. To comply with federal laws, helmets must have:
  • A thick inner liner
  • Riveted chin straps attached to the shell of the helmet
  • Weigh at least three pounds
  • Must not protrude more than two-tenths of an inch from the shell of the helmet
While face and eye protection are recommended, they are not mandatory.
No, motorcyclists are not required to wear protective clothing under California law. However, the proper clothing can protect you from injury in the event of an accident. Examples of protective clothing, include:
  • A snug-fit long-sleeve jacket
  • Long, thick pants
  • Over-the-ankle boots or closed-toe shoes that are high and sturdy enough to cover and support your ankles
  • Gloves made of leather or other durable materials
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you should take the following steps:
  • Check for injuries and contact the authorities.
  • Be sure to obtain a copy of the police report for your records.
  • It's also important to visit a doctor even if you don’t feel injured after the crash. Sometimes injuries do not show up immediately, but a medical professional can make a full assessment of your condition following an accident.
  • Make certain to keep records of all treatment and recovery details as these may be important for your claim.
  • The next step is to contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. Do not speak with an insurance company or sign anything without first consulting an attorney.
Do not accept any offers and do not sign anything from the insurance company without first speaking with a California motorcycle accident attorney. Insurance companies will often try to offer you far less than what you are owed because their top priority is to spend as little time and money on your case as possible.
Yes. Without the representation of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer, insurance companies might make contact with you directly, and since they are trained to protect their best interests, this could mean a loss of rights on your behalf, especially if you unknowingly sign something that they didn’t completely explain to you.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer at Johnson Attorneys Group to Discuss Your California Motorcycle Accident Case Today

If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to contact one of our California motorcycle accident lawyers. Someone from our office specifically competent in California motorcycle law is ready and able to review the details of your case for you to see if we can help. Our goal is to allow you to focus on recovery while we fight for what was lost. We have won thousands of cases and have the necessary resources to help you reach the highest recovery possible. Call today!