Chula Vista Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Chula Vista Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Even if they’re minor, motorcycle accidents almost always result in serious injuries, from scarring and nerve damage to broken bones or even brain injuries. Our motorcycle injury attorneys in Chula Vista have a track record of helping injured motorcyclists and their families pursue compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, our goal is to pursue a settlement that will fully compensate you for your injuries. If needed, we will go beyond the insurance claims process and will represent your interests at trial. Call us at 1-800-GO-HARRIS to set up a free case assessment today.
Types of Motorcycle Accident Claims our Chula Vista Attorneys Handle
Our Chula Vista motorcycle accident attorneys represent victims in the following scenarios, among others:
- Accidents between motorcycles and cars
- Accidents between motorcycles and tractor-trailers
- Accidents between motorcycles and buses
- Accidents between motorcycles and pedestrians
- Claims against government entities
- Accidents involving defective motorcycle or auto parts
- Catastrophic injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents
- Alcohol-related motorcycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents resulting in wrongful death
How to Prove Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
In order to recover damages for your injuries, you will first need to prove liability on the part of the defendant – the person who caused the accident. Our motorcycle accident attorneys will help you establish that the defendant breached a “duty of care” owed to you as a fellow motorist on California roads and highways. Your attorney will also argue that this breach of duty directly contributed to your injuries. This breach of duty is called “negligence,” some of the most common examples of which include:
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while texting or emailing
- Making left turns without first checking for oncoming vehicles
- Unsafely changing or splitting lanes
- Driving while drunk, under the influence of recreational drugs, or while exhausted
- Knowingly driving a vehicle with a defective part or parts
Your attorney will gather evidence of negligence to build your case. The evidence will depend largely on the cause of the crash. For instance, if you faced a head-on collision with a driver who made an unsafe left turn, your attorney may hire an accident reconstructionist to show a judge or jury exactly how the crash occurred. On the other hand, if the driver who collided with your vehicle appeared to be intoxicated at the time of the accident, your attorney will likely order a toxicology report to confirm whether – and to what extent – alcohol might have contributed to the wreck.
Proving Your Damages in Chula Vista Motorcycle Accident Cases
A motorcycle accident can leave substantial financial distress in its wake, from overwhelming medical bills to lost income and vehicle repairs. These types of expenses are called “economic damages,” that is, items that you can objectively and concretely verify. However, you may also be entitled to recover “non-economic” damages, which are intangible losses – and thus, often much more difficult to prove. Some non-economic damages may include emotional distress, loss of consortium, injury to your reputation, and lingering pain and suffering. An experienced personal injury attorney can craft an argument to help you recoup non-economic damages. A particularly egregious incident like a collision with a drunk driver or a motorist who was fleeing from police may give rise to a claim for “punitive damages,” also known as “exemplary” damages. However, these tend to be rarer and courts generally grant them at their discretion. Speak with your personal injury attorney about whether to seek punitive damages in your case.
Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to Speak with a Chula Vista Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Offering decades of experience representing victims of motorcycle accidents, the attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers can help you determine the evidence needed to prove your claim. We will conduct a thorough investigation so that we can craft the strongest case possible before entertaining settlement negotiations with an adverse party. Should the defendant refuse to settle for a reasonable amount, we have the requisite trial experience to take your case to a judge or jury and will vigorously represent your interests in a court of law. To discuss your case in a free consultation, give us a call at 1-800-GO-HARRIS or send us a message online.