Of all vehicle accidents, motorcycle collisions are amongst the worst, as they almost always end up with serious injuries or a fatality. As motorcycles have the potential to be driven at exceptionally high speeds and the riders have little protection, injuries take place in around 98% of all motorcycle accidents. The Sorkin Law Office, Irvine CA, handles many motorcycle accident claims in a sympathetic and timely manner.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that, a motorcyclist has an 8 times greater chance of being injured and a 37 times greater chance of being involved in a fatal accident than either the drivers or passengers in an auto accident.
In the past ten years the sad reality is that motorcycle accident fatalities have not just increased at a steady rate, but they have in fact doubled. This is partly due to the purchasing of more and more motorcycles annually. This buying frenzy is not just amongst younger people, but also those over the age of forty. California now has one of the highest rates of motorcycle accident fatalities and injuries throughout the entire United States.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you must get medical treatment immediately. The most common injuries that may cause a fatality are injuries to the chest and head which means a medical examination. The relevant scans and x rays should be conducted to conclude the severity of the injuries without any unnecessary delay.
If you have to be taken to hospital the police will most likely be at the scene of the accident. The person responsible should then be identified so that liability can be established. Of course, a motorcycle accident is not always caused by the motorcyclist even though police often want to push the cause of the accident onto that person.
Whether you were riding a motorcycle and you were injured by another vehicle and the accident was not your fault, or you were a pedestrian or other road user that was hit and injured by a motorcycle, you will need a California motorcycle accident lawyer as quickly a possible. Contacting Sorkin Law Office guarantees that the motorcycle accident will be thoroughly investigated and the person who caused the accident will be made accountable for the injuries and damage they have done.
Not all motorcycle accidents are straightforward and the person who is alleged to cause the accident will not readily admit liability. A thorough investigation needs to be carried out, including gathering evidence from the motorcycle accident site, interviewing witnesses to the crash, studying police reports and evaluating medical assessments and treatment options. The aim of a compensation claim is to try and minimize the burden the accident has caused and to try to get the victim back into normal life.
Legally, owners and drivers of vehicles who have caused the motorcycle accident are held responsible for any injuries. Additionally, if the motorcycle accident was found to be caused by a driver who was at work or was driving a truck or car owned by a company, it may be possible to get some form of compensation from both the driver and his or her employer, especially if there were any defects in the vehicle that caused the accident.
If you have been a victim of an accident involving a motorcycle in any way at all and it was not your fault you are legally entitled to file a claim for damages against the person or persons who caused your injuries. Those motorcycle accidents which tragically result in death entitle the family of the decedent to seek compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit. Others that have resulted in injury permit you to pursue a compensation payment that will cover the following:
The amounts will depend on the financial burden that the injury has inflicted on you. It is important to get a full medical assessment to include recovery periods and treatment options as you are not expected to pay for these, even if the healing period takes months or years. This is also the case with loss of income. If you are unable to resume full earning capacity then you will be compensated for loss of earning potential into the future as well. Punitive damages are sometimes demanded from the defendant by a court as a way of deterring the person from repeating the same incident. The victim may be entitled to some of this amount as well.
If you have been injured as a result of a motorcycle accident, it only takes a call to Sorkin Law Office in Irvine, CA to arrange a free consultation to discuss your situation and pursue a claim for compensation.