California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys | Injury Lawyers
California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Motorcycle accidents often result in life-changing injuries that cost a veritable fortune to treat. Some victims are sidelined from work for months while they recover, and the loss of income puts their financial security in jeopardy. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle wreck, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and other damages arising from the accident.
The California motorcycle accident lawyers at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers will assess your case for free to determine if you have grounds for a claim. Our attorneys know how important this case is to you and your family. We will compassionately represent your interests and aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve.
We have helped our clients recover more than $300 million in settlements and verdicts. Call us today at 1-800-GO-HARRIS to arrange a free consultation.
It is Important to Hire a California Motorcycle Accident Attorney Right Away
As if the pain was not enough, there’s a lot to do after a motorcycle crash to give your claim the best chance of resulting in a fair settlement. Many of these tasks need to be completed as soon as possible—while valuable evidence is still available.
You will need strong evidence to prove liability and damages, but much of this evidence might be erased or altered to cover up evidence of negligence. For example, if you were hit by a semi-truck, the truck driver or trucking company might destroy black box data or alter the hours of service log book. If a dashcam or surveillance camera recorded your crash, its footage might be erased before you have a chance to obtain a copy. The less evidence you have to support your claim, the more challenging it will be to recover fair compensation.
There are also deadlines for filing personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in California. If you wait too long, your case will most likely be dismissed.
The motorcycle accident attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers will guide you through every stage of the claims process from start to finish. We will help you avoid crucial mistakes early in the proceedings that would jeopardize your claim. We will explain the importance of avoiding social media websites, following your doctor’s treatment instructions, tracking your damages, and taking other steps to give your claim the best chance of success.
Proving Negligence & Liability After a Motorcycle Accident in California
As previously mentioned, the strength of your evidence will ultimately determine the outcome of your case. Our motorcycle accident attorneys will help prove that the defendant breached a duty of care owed to you, and this breach of duty contributed to your injuries.
Breaching a duty of care is also called “negligence.” Some of the most common examples of negligence that give rise to motorcycle accident claims include:
- Drivers who speed, drive while distracted, and engage in other illegal behaviors;
- Drivers who make left turns without checking for other vehicles;
- Drivers who make unsafe lane changes;
- Drivers who get behind the wheel while drunk or fatigued; and
- Companies that manufacture defective auto parts.
The evidence your motorcycle accident attorney will use to prove negligence and liability will depend on the cause of your collision. If your crash was caused by a drunk driver, for example, your motorcycle accident lawyer might use the police report, photos of the crash scene, toxicology reports, eyewitness testimony, dashcam footage, and expert witness testimony to prove your claim. If a commercial truck was involved, important evidence might include black box data, bills of lading, the Hours of Service logbook, and weigh station receipts.
With many decades of experience in legal practice, the California motorcycle accident attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers can determine what evidence will be needed to support your claim. We will get to work immediately and conduct a thorough investigation so we have the strongest case possible case before entering settlement negotiations.
Damages in California Motorcycle Accident Cases
Medical bills lost income, and vehicle repairs can add up quickly after a motorcycle wreck. These are called “economic damages,” which are objectively verifiable losses. Economic damages also include loss of earning capacity, home modifications, and other calculable losses you incurred due to your injuries.
You may also be entitled to non-economic damages, which are intangible losses such as emotional distress, loss of society and companionship, loss of consortium, injury to reputation, humiliation, and pain and suffering.
If the driver who caused your accident was fleeing from police, driving while intoxicated, or otherwise acting with fraud, malice, or oppression, exemplary damages (or “punitive damages”) might also be recoverable.
Contact Our California Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today!
The attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers understand how challenging it can be to move on with life after a serious motorcycle crash. We are here to provide you and your family with compassionate and aggressive legal representation through every stage of the claims process. Call us today at 1-800-GO-HARRIS or fill out our contact form to arrange a free consultation.