Legal Help for Victims of Motorcycle Accidents
No two motorcycle accidents are alike. At best, they are a major inconvenience. At worst, they are horrific, traumatic, and even deadly. A non-fatal motorcycle crash can leave a person severely injured for years - even for the rest of his life.
A motorcycle crash also may leave you emotionally distressed and fearful.
The one thing motorcycle accidents have in common is that they are costly. Even a modest motorcycle crash can cost thousands of dollars in repair costs. Resulting medical bills and lost wages can make the sum even higher.
Motorcycle Accidents and The Law
A driver may be found negligent in a motorcycle crash for a number of different reasons, including:
- Not paying attention
- Disobeying traffic laws
- Driving too fast
- Driving too slowly
- Driving while drowsy or fatigued
- Being under the influence of alcohol
- Being under the influence of drugs (including, sometimes, prescription or over-the-counter medication
- Reckless behavior
Who is Responsible for Your Motorcycle Accident
California has a comparative negligence law. This means that all the parties responsible for the motorcycle accident are responsible, and all can be held for damages proportionally to their percentage of fault.
For instance, even if a negligent driver was only 1 percent at fault for your injuries, that driver would have to pay 1 percent of your damages.
Depending upon the facts of your case, the driver who hit you may not be the only party responsible for your injuries. Others who may be liable include:
- Local, state, or federal government (for unsafe road conditions)
- The manufacturer of your motorcycle
- The motorcycle dealership or seller
- The manufacturer of the vehicle that hit you
- The seller of the vehicle that hit you
- The owner of the vehicle that hit you (if someone other than the driver)
- A passenger in the other driver's vehicle
- A driver or pedestrian not hit in the accident
Liability in motorcycle accident lawsuits can be complicated. Your motorcycle accident attorney at Olan Law is experienced at investigating motorcycle accidents and ensuring that all those who are liable are held accountable.
Types of Damages You Can Recover
Victims of a motorcycle accident, and in some cases their families, may be able to recover compensation for:
- Physical injuries
- Emotional distress
- A wrongful death
- Medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Vocational training
- Motorcycle repair or replacement costs
- Damage to other physical property
The Cost of a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
The motorcycle accident attorneys at Olan Law take motorcycle accident cases on a contingency basis. This means that you pay nothing until your case is resolved.
Time Limits to File a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit
It is important to your case that you contact a motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible.
This permits us to begin investigating your case to ensure that all everyone liable for the motorcycle accident is revealed. It also allows us to interview witnesses before memories fade or people become difficult to find. We will begin collecting all evidence, before documents are lost, destroyed, or altered.
Most importantly, there are statutes of limitation (deadlines) by which you must file your lawsuit. If you miss the deadline, then you are giving up your rights to ever file a motorcycle accident lawsuit for the damages or losses you suffered.
Contact a Motorcycle Lawyer
Contact David Olan for a free, no-obligation consultation today.