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Know Your Legal Rights When You Have Been Injured
The feeling of being on two wheels on the open road is unlike any other mode of transportation and the only way to travel for motorcycle enthusiasts.
However, the openness of motorcycles leaves their riders at risk of serious and catastrophic injury in an accident. The Newport Beach motorcycle accident lawyers at Manning Law, APC help people injured in accidents caused by another person’s negligence or inattentiveness.
Common Motorcycle Accident Causes
Even the safest and most experienced riders are still at risk in an accident. Motorcycle accidents are often caused by inattentive drivers, who aren’t paying attention to their surroundings and don’t see the motorcycle.
Accidents may also be caused by road hazards, such as loose gravel and potholes, which result from the failure of state and local agencies to maintain safe road conditions.
Some of the many causes of motorcycle accidents in Newport Beach include:
- Driver intoxication
- Unsafe lane changes
- Failing to yield
- Distracted driving
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
California’s universal helmet law requires riders to wear helmets to reduce the risk of serious head injury or death. However, motorcycles do not offer the protection of the frame of a car, seatbelts, or airbags.
This lack of protection is the main reason riders are at higher risk of serious injury in an accident, compared with drivers and passengers in cars.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle riders are six times more likely to be injured in an accident.
Injured motorcyclists in Newport Beach often suffer:
- Road rash, cuts and scrapes
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Permanent disfigurement
How Much are Motorcycle Accident Settlements in California?
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Physical and rehabilitative therapy
- Future medical care and ongoing costs
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages due to decreased earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death (if a loved one was killed)
Establishing fault is essential to prevailing in your claim. Our Newport Beach motorcycle accident attorneys gather evidence to show that the accident was the fault of the other driver or another entity that failed to maintain roads or correct defective equipment.
We investigate your accident thoroughly, preserve evidence, interview witnesses, and obtain all records and police reports to establish fault and maximize your damages.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics for California
The NHTSA reported the following regarding motorcyclist fatalities in California in 2018:
- There were 488 motorcyclist fatalities
- 449 of those fatally injured were wearing helmets, while 30 were not; (the remaining number are unknown)
- It is estimated that in 2017 over 280 lives were saved due to helmet usage in California
- The most common age for motorcyclists fatally injured in California is 20-29 years old
What Damages Can I Receive Compensation For?When your injury is caused by the actions or negligence of another person, you can take legal action to recover costs resulting from your injury. We represent clients seeking damages for the following:
Past and future medical bills:Oftentimes medical bills can extend far beyond the individual's initial accident. The victim may require extended hospital stays, operations, and even regular checkups during their recovery process. If you were injured due to someone else's negligence, we will fight to ensure that you receive compensation for these expenses.
Rehabilitation:For injuries resulting in long-term side effects, it is important for the victim to be able to focus on their recovery and rehabilitation, rather than worrying about how they will pay for their recovery process.
Lost income:Most serious accidents will be accompanied by significant amount of time off of work. If someone else's negligence has rendered you unable to work, they should be held responsible for your loss of income during that time.
Mental anguish:Mental anguish can include various forms of depression and anxiety that someone may experience as a result of their accident, or even the loss of someone close to them.
Physical pain and suffering:This type of compensation can be pursued in regards to the physical injuries a victim has experienced and the pain and suffering that those injuries have caused them.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?Under California’s personal injury statute of limitations, you generally have two years from the date of your injury to file a civil lawsuit in court against the responsible party. If the at-fault party is a government agency, you have an even tighter deadline of six months. If you do not seek legal action within this timeframe, the court will likely refuse to hear your case at any time to the future and you will lose your right to seek compensation. These deadlines can sometimes be extended under specific circumstances, such as if the injured party is a minor, the injury or the cause of the injury was not immediately apparent, or the injured individual suffers mental or physical incapacitation due to the injury. Regardless, if you are unsure how the statute of limitations applies to your case, it is important that you get an attorney involved promptly to guard your legal rights.
If I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer, Will I Have to Go to Court?While going to court is certainly a possibility, many personal injury claims are settled out of court through negotiations between your attorney and the responsible party’s insurance company. A trial may only be necessary if these negotiations should fail, such as in circumstances where fault is disputed or if there is a disagreement over the value of your claim. Our attorneys prepare each case as if it were going to trial to give us the best positioning possible during settlement negotiations.
How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?Your case could take several months or even years to settle depending on the situation. The timeline of your case will vary depending on factors such as the severity of your injuries, the amount of medical treatment you need, complications of liability, and the level of cooperation of the responsible party’s insurance company.
How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?Your case’s value will be based on factors such as the severity and long-term impact of your injuries, the amount of medical treatment you need, the strength of evidence proving the other party’s liability, and the amount of insurance coverage available in your case. It is best to discuss your case with a skilled attorney to get a more accurate picture of your case’s potential value.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire Manning Law, APC?Manning Law, APC accepts all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no up-front costs for you. We only get paid if we are successful in your case.
How Do I Know Manning Law, Apc Is Right for My Case?Manning Law, APC offers free consultations, works on contingency, and has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of past clients. With more than 100 years of combined legal experience, we have what it takes to maximize your chances of securing the compensation you deserve.
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