Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Orange County

Motorcycle accidents commonly result in catastrophic injuries, permanent disability, and an on-going need for medical care. Your life can be turned upside down. When a motorcycle is involved in a crash with another vehicle, the motorcycle rider does not have the benefit of airbags, seatbelts, or other safety mechanisms that cars have. After an accident, motorcycle riders are often not treated fairly by insurance companies because of stereotypes or biases against bikers. We can help you and your family protect your legal rights and stand up to the insurance companies so that you can get the full compensation that you truly need. If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to seek legal counsel experienced in motorcycle accident cases in order to best protect your interests. You may be entitled to recover damages that include medical costs, property loss, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact our attorneys at 877-529-3434.

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The attorneys at Beckerman Anderson APC have decades of years of combined experience in handling car accident claims. We’ve handled numerous types of vehicle accidents, including rollover accidents, commercial vehicle accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, head-on collisions, accidents caused by DUI drivers, and cases involving multiple vehicles. Contact our attorneys at 877-529-3434.

Our Firm Is Prepared to Take Insurance Companies to Trial

Auto insurance companies know which lawyers in California are willing and prepared to take them to trial to obtain fair compensation for their clients and which lawyers will not do that. In order to ensure that you obtain the compensation you deserve, it is critical to obtain a trial lawyer to handle your car accident claim who is willing to take your case to court.

Hiring a competent trial lawyer with a strong reputation will also help expedite the resolution of your claim. The threat of litigation from an experienced trial lawyer can often compel insurance companies to promptly pay the claims of individuals who are injured in car accidents. If the insurance company knows that the lawyer for the victim is unprepared to proceed to trial, they are less likely to promptly pay the fair value of a claim. Contact our attorneys at 877-529-3434.

What to Do Immediately After a Motorcycle Accident

The minutes following a motorcycle crash are often the most important when it comes to preserving evidence to give you the best possible chance of success. You need to know what to do when interacting with the other driver, witnesses, and the police.

Try to follow these steps if you get into a crash:

If you or someone else is seriously injured, call 911. Emergency responders can help minimize serious injuries, redirect traffic away from the crash, and gather evidence of the motorcycle wreck.

Assuming you are not seriously injured, you should document as much evidence as you can. Photographs are a great way to document the damages to the vehicles, the location of the vehicles, debris on the road, skid marks (or lack thereof), and injuries. Take pictures of all vehicles, injuries, road conditions, and even the weather. You can also ask emergency responders to provide you a copy of any reports they make. Be sure to get the other driver’s name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, and insurance company information.

If someone witnessed the accident, ask them for their name and phone number. You can provide that to the police and/or your attorney so a statement can be obtained from the witness.

If you were not taken to the hospital by an ambulance, you should still go to the hospital, an urgent care, or your regular physician after shortly after being released from the accident scene. Receiving medical care early can help reduce the severity of your injuries and establish evidence of your pain.

After tending to your injuries, and before you speak with the insurance company (even your own) you should consult with an attorney. Contact our attorneys at 877-529-3434.

Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents can be caused when a car driver makes a reckless lane change, is drunk or intoxicated, is distracted from texting or using a mobile device, or is speeding.

A person can even suffer a severe injury in a low-speed collision, such as a rear-end accident in a shopping center parking lot. Victims can sustain:

  • Neck and back injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Cuts, bruising, and lacerations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Permanent disfigurement and scars

Why It’s Important to Hire an Experienced Attorney

If an insurance company refuses to pay a claim, the injured person will be required to file a lawsuit. While the amount of time it takes to get to trial varies depending on the Court in which the case is filed, obtaining a trial date for a car accident claim can take more than a year from the time the lawsuit is filed. During this time, depositions will be taken, discovery will be conducted, and the factual and legal basis for the claim will be established. Even after a jury trial, it is possible that an appeal could be filed, which would require additional time to resolve. No one can guarantee how quickly an auto accident claim will be resolved, but hiring an experienced car accident attorney is the best way to obtain fair compensation in a timely manner.

What if I am Injured by a Self-Driving Car?

Self-Driving Cars or “Autonomous Vehicles” are a relatively new invention. But in their short existence, there have been high profile accidents caused by self-driving cars that resulted in serious injuries and death. Self-Driving vehicle accidents have occurred due to operator error, driver inattention, lack of appropriate vehicle reaction, sensor failure, and autopilot problems. A common occurrence has been vehicle sensors failing to recognize and react to other vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

In cases where the vehicle’s technology was defective and caused the collision, the manufacturer of the vehicle could be legally responsible. If that is the case, then you can pursue the manufacturer, dealer, owner, and/or operator for your damages. You may be entitled to recover damages that include medical costs, property loss, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

What if I am Injured by a Ride-Share Car, such as Uber or Lyft?

Uber and Lyft drivers carry liability insurance to compensate injured persons when the driver is on the job. The terms of the insurance policy is very specific and whether you can recover damages from a Ride-Share insurance policy depends on whether the driver is going to pick up a rider, has a rider in the car, or is simply waiting for a rider to hire them. To make things even more complicated, not all insurance companies will cover a rideshare driver on their personal policy, which is why it is important to talk to an attorney before speaking with the insurance company.

Therefore, it is very important to hire an experienced attorney to navigate the insurance policy. The attorneys at Beckerman Anderson APC have represented numerous clients against Uber and Lyft drivers and can help guide you through the process.

If your Ride-Share driver gets in an accident while you are a passenger be sure to protect yourself by documenting the accident. You should:

  1. Remain at the scene. Do not leave the accident scene unless you are injured and need medical care. If so, call 911.
  2. Take photos of the vehicles, license plates, and visible injuries.
  3. Get the driver’s name, insurance information, address, and phone number.
  4. Get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
  5. Take a screenshot of your app to prove you were in the car.
  6. After tending to your injuries, and before you speak with the insurance company or the Ride-Share company, you should consult with an attorney. Contact our attorneys at 877-529-3434.

If you are hit by a Ride-Share driver be sure to protect yourself by documenting the accident. You should:

  1. Remain at the scene. Do not leave the accident scene unless you are injured and need medical care. If so, call 911.
  2. Take photos of the vehicles, license plates, and visible injuries.
  3. Get the driver’s name, insurance information, address, and phone number.
  4. Get the Ride-Share passenger’s name and phone number.
  5. Get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
  6. After tending to your injuries, and before you speak with the insurance company or the Ride-Share company, you should consult with an attorney. Contact our attorneys at 877-529-3434.

Just as in any accident, an injured person may be entitled to recover damages that include medical costs, property loss, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

With our experience protecting the rights of individuals harmed by the negligence and misconduct of others, Beckerman Anderson, APC, will zealously represent you if you have been injured. Our attorneys have collected millions of dollars for injured victims. If you’ve been injured and need the help of an accident attorney to get you the compensation you deserve, call (877) LAW-3434.

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