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Motorcycle Accidents

Northern California Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Serving Chico, Roseville & Sacramento

When choosing a lawyer to represent you in a motorcycle accident claim, it's important that he or she fully understands the circumstances and idiosyncrasies surrounding motorcycle accident cases. The Northern California motorcycle accident attorneys at our Chico, Roseville, Sacramento, and surrounding Northern California offices have extensive experience handling such claims and possess a thorough knowledge of not just personal injury law, but motorcycle accident litigation.

Mr. Larry Buckley has been riding for years, and this experience provides him with the unique insight necessary to establish the facts of the case and protect your rights. In fact, he routinely receives referrals from other attorneys for motorcycle accident cases, such is his expertise. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, we can help you file suit against the defendant to recover damages.

Damages and Eligibility

Like trucking accident cases, claims involving motorcycle accidents are unique; whereas trucks have a greater potential to cause damage, and thus require a higher standard of duty on behalf of truck drivers, motorcycles are at greater risk of receiving damage (and motorcyclists injury).

Though motorcyclists and motorists share the same rights and privileges, motorists should show greater care to motorcycles because motorcyclists are at much greater risk of injury in the event of an accident. If a motorist was negligent or reckless and caused injury as a result, he or she can be held accountable for damages.

Though each case is different, motorcyclists can typically recover damages for medical bills, future medical expenses, loss of wages, future loss of income, property damage, and pain and suffering. It may also be possible to recover punitive damages if the defendant can be shown to have acted in a woefully negligent or egregious manner. If your loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident, please accept our condolences. In the event of a wrongful death claim, the dependents or spouse of the decedent can also recover damages relating to funeral expenses, loss of household income, and pain and suffering.

We encourage you to contact our law firm today to arrange a consultation.Contact our law firm today to talk about your motorcycle accident case.

Establishing Liability

Obtaining the best possible recovery on behalf of our clients depends entirely on establishing liability in their case. The motorcycle accident attorneys at our Chico, Roseville, and Sacramento law offices work with top experts in their fields to analyze the circumstances surrounding a case and determine fault.

We routinely work with biomechanical engineers, physicists, accident reconstruction experts, accident investigators, forensic analysts, and even economists to discover the facts surrounding a case and determine appropriate compensation for damages. We go to great lengths to put our clients' cases up and are committed to providing exceptional, honest, informative legal counsel and aggressive representation.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

  • Cars making left hand turns
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Driving under the influence
  • Lane splitting
  • Stopping suddenly
  • Motorcycle defects

Unfortunately, many preventable motorcycle accidents occur due to the actions of inattentive and reckless motorists. Drivers frequently fail to show motorcyclists due care on the road - failing to follow at a safe distance, turning left in front of a motorcycle, changing lanes into a passing motorcycle or into a lane already occupied by a motorcycle, or simply failing to be aware of motorcycles - and their negligence can have catastrophic results.

As a motorcyclist, it's important to ride defensively, ride with protective gear, make yourself visible, and provide yourself with escape avenues in the event of an encroachment into your space. It's also important to ride safely for the environment, however. Remember, hazards that may pose no danger to an automobile, such as a pothole or slick puddle, can potentially result in a crash on a motorcycle.

How to Prevent Motorcycle Accidents

  • Slow down
  • Never ride between traffic or parked cars
  • Don't drink and drive
  • Make sure to keep up with your motorcycle's maintenance
  • Never share a lane with another vehicle
  • Keep an eye out for road hazards

Defendant's Duty

A motorist has a legal obligation to abide by all traffic laws and to show due care to pedestrians, bicyclists, and fellow motorists, including motorcyclists. Like pedestrians and bicyclists, motorcyclists are more vulnerable than vehicle occupants, and at greater risk of injury in the event of an accident. Because of this inherent risk factor, motorists should show greater care to motorcyclists than they would fellow motorists.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, per vehicle mile, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to be killed than automobile occupants. These numbers plainly illustrate the risks that motorcyclists face and the need for due care on the part of motor vehicle operators.

Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

At the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley, we work with our clients through every step of the process because we have an unwavering commitment to customer service. If you are seeking qualified, experienced motorcycle accident attorneys in the Chico, Roseville, and Sacramento area who are able to handle cases in State and Federal Court, statewide, then our firm is for you.

We encourage you to contact our law firm today to arrange a consultation. 

Motorcycle Accident FAQ

I was injured in a motorcycle accident, but I wasn’t wearing a helmet. Can I still recover damages from the other driver?

It depends. Even though it is against California law to operate a motorcycle without wearing a helmet, it is possible to get compensated for your injuries. However, not wearing a helmet does make it much more difficult to get compensated for a head injury. If you sustained a head injury in a motorcycle wreck, you must be able to show that your head injury would have occurred even if you had been wearing a helmet. This can be done with the help of an attorney, expert witnesses, and other resources our firm can help you secure.

I've been in a motorcycle accident and the at-fault party does not have insurance. What are my options?

You have two main options when you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident by a motorist who does not have auto insurance: you can file a claim for compensation with your own insurance company or you can file a lawsuit against the negligent party. At the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley, we can help you determine your legal rights and options so you can pursue the path to recovery that works best for you and your family.

What types of damages can I recover after a motorcycle accident?

You are owed any damages you experience due to the driver who hit you after being hurt in a motorcycle accident. Because your damages will be unique to your case, you will be owed compensation unique from any other motorcycle accident claimant’s. However, there are some standard forms of damage that most claimants pursue, including past and future medical treatment costs, past and future lost wages, pain and suffering, and permanent disability.

I wasn't wearing a helmet — can I still recover damages?

Not wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle is a bad idea. It puts you in severe danger of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in even a low-speed wipeout. It also puts your motorcycle accident claim in jeopardy if the other driver can prove that you didn’t have a helmet on when you were hit. Your liability would likely go up, which makes the likelihood of getting full compensation for your injuries goes down. Even if you are riding through a state that does not require motorcycle helmet use whenever your ride is in operation, you should put on a fitting motorcycle helmet anyway. You won’t regret it.

I was in a traffic accident when a car turned left in front of me while I was riding my motorcycle — who is at fault?

A majority of motorcycle accidents caused by a driver of a passenger vehicle are caused by those drivers turning left in front of an approaching motorcyclist. The root problem in many cases seems to be that drivers are “blind” to motorcycles because they’ve trained their eyes to look for and recognize the larger frames of cars, trucks, and SUVs. If you were hit by a driver who was turning left and you had a green light to go straight, then they are almost certainly fully at fault for your crash, which means you can sue them for 100% of your damages.

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