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San Diego Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration uses the term motorcycle to include any two-wheeled or three-wheeled motorcycle, off-road motorcycle, moped, scooter, mini bike, or pocket bike. While each of these cycles differ, one fact remains consistent. These vehicles afford riders far less protection than cars do. Any careless act on the road could kill or catastrophically injure a motorcyclist. The San Diego motorcycle accident attorneys at CaseyGerry know about these consequences first hand. For decades, they have been representing those who sustained injuries or lost a loved one on a motorcycle. If it happened to you, we can help. We are the best will it comes to all personal injury claims in San Diego.

Why Choose Us?

Our attorneys have dedicated their practice to helping injury victims and their families recover compensation for their losses. Offering high-quality legal services and maximizing financial recovery are our highest priorities, and we have secured billions of dollars in compensation for our personal injury clients. We have spent more than 70 years fighting for injured motorcyclists’ rights while making sure that negligent and reckless parties are held accountable.

CaseyGerry obtained a $5.4 million verdict against the U.S. government in favor of a motorcyclist involved in a serious collision with an on-duty U.S. border patrol agent. His injuries resulted in a leg amputation. The win was one of the highest San Diego motorcycle crash verdicts in federal court history.

In 2016, motorcycle-related fatalities in the state accounted for more than 15 percent of the total motor vehicle fatalities in the U.S. The same year, California saw 14,000 injuries and an 11 percent increase in motorcycle deaths from 2015. But if you are the one injured or the relative of someone killed in a motorcycle crash, the numbers don’t matter. What matters is the road ahead – the costs of care, pressure from the insurance company, tracking down police reports, and getting answers.

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Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents

Rear-End Accidents

Rear-end collisions are a major problem for motorcyclists who lack the protection of a seat belt or airbag. Injuries can be severe and, in some cases, result in the rider’s death. These accidents usually occur at stoplights, stop signs, and when:

  • A vehicle is tailgating.
  • Driver is distracted
  • Blind curves
  • There is traffic buildup

Left-Turn Accidents

When a car suddenly makes a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle, the rider often has no choice but to swerve uncontrollably or be hit. ‘Left turn’ accidents account for 36 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents. The most common reasons for left-turn crashes are:

  • Obstructed view while turning.
  • Inadequate surveillance (driving into blind spots).
  • Misjudgment of the motorcyclist’s speed.
  • Miscalculating the distance or “gap” across the intersection.
  • Illegal maneuvers, such as failure to signal or failure yield to the right-of-way.

Head-On Collisions

Head-on crashes are among the most catastrophic types of collisions. They occur when a driver veers into an oncoming lane or drives the wrong way on a one-way street and are mainly caused by a motorist’s negligent actions. Common reasons for these deadly wrecks include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving
  • Driver fatigue
  • Trying to beat a red light
  • Speeding or racing
  • Passing on a two-lane road
  • Swerving to avoid debris on the road
  • Losing control on a curve

T-Bone Accidents

Also referred to as side-impact or broadside collisions, T-bone accidents happen when the front end of a car hits the side of a motorcycle, or vice versa, and forms a “T.”

  • Failing to yield
  • Blind spots
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Running a red light
  • Low visibility since motorcycles are much smaller than other vehicles
  • Distracted or impaired driving

Lane Splitting Accidents

California is the only state that allows lane splitting, which means motorcyclists can ride between lanes of traffic moving in the same directions. Lane splitting can help motorcycle riders move past congestion, but there is a risk of an accident, often due to:

  • Distracted driving
  • Texting while driving
  • Abrupt lane change
  • Motorcyclist speeding and unable to slow down in time as a vehicle changed lanes
  • Swerving in and out of lanes
  • Weaving through traffic
  • Dangerous weather and low visibility
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

What Are Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in San Diego?

Some of the most common injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents include:

  • Broken Bones: Riders often suffer severe bone fractures due to the impact of the crash. Since they have little to no protection, broken bones often happen when coming into contact with a vehicle or hitting the ground. If the fracture is severe, surgery may be necessary to repair it.
  • Head Injuries: The force of a crash can cause a head or brain injury even if a rider is wearing a helmet, which can have long-term physical, cognitive, and psychological effects.
  • Lower Extremity Injuries: The legs and feet are particularly vulnerable in an accident. Injuries can include dislocated knees, broken bones, and road rash.
  • Whiplash and Other Neck Injuries: Whiplash and other injuries that damage the muscles, tendons, ligaments, or vertebrae in the neck, can cause severe and long-lasting pain, stiffness, headaches, vision and hearing problems, and also emotional issues.
  • Back and Spine Injuries: A serious back injury, including herniated or bulging discs, spinal fractures or even paralysis can occur.
  • Internal Injuries: The impact of a crash can cause internal organs to slam against one another, into other structures of the body, or be penetrated by a foreign object. Internal injuries often require surgery and can be life-threatening.
  • Wrongful Death: If the negligent actions of another party causes a motorcycle accident that results in the rider’s death, surviving loved ones have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.

How Do I Prove Motorcycle Accident Liability And Damages in San Diego?

There were 1,883 people killed and injured in motorcycle crashes in San Diego County in 2016 alone, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Motorcyclists regularly have to defend themselves against unfair stereotypes and biases. They are often assumed to be reckless and aggressive, which is why you need an attorney who will challenge these perceptions and stand up to false accusations and assumptions. Police report information is often critical in proving motorcycle accident liability. Experienced motorcycle accident attorneys will review the report and dispute any misrepresentations or misleading information contained in the document.

A common defense tactic is to blame the injured motorcyclist for the accident. However, even if you were partially at fault for the accident, you may still be entitled to financial recovery for your injuries and damages. California’s comparative fault law provides that fault will be allocated to the parties involved in the accident. After injuries and damages are calculated, the plaintiff’s compensation will be reduced by his or her percentage of fault. For example, if your injuries and damages were $50,000, and you were 50% at fault for the accident, you would recover $25,000 (50%) for your losses.

The Value Of Your Motorcycle Accident Claim in San Diego

The amount of compensation you will recover for your accident depends on the extent of your injuries and damages. Recoverable compensation for your motorcycle accident may include the following:

  • Medical expenses including ambulance, hospital, and treatment costs
  • Rehabilitation and therapy costs
  • Lost wages due to missed work
  • Prescription costs for pain management
  • Costs of future medical care
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and mental anguish

Fatal Motorcycle Injury Claims in San Diego

Unfortunately, too many motorcyclists suffer fatal accident injuries. If you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you might have a claim for damages against the responsible party. After the unexpected death of a loved one, surviving family members are left to cope with their grief and losses. Wrongful death claims can help survivors feel a sense of justice and closure. These actions also help family members attain financial compensation and security for the losses that they have suffered.

Our San Diego personal injury attorneys understand that losing a loved one to someone else’s negligence is a tragedy that no family should have to experience. We will handle your claim with compassion and respect while aggressively advocating for justice. Under a wrongful death claim, financial recovery may include funeral and burial expenses, as well as lost financial support, benefits, guidance, household services, and consortium.

If your loved one experienced losses as a result of the accident before he or she died, the estate might have a claim for damages under a survival action. The personal representative may file the action on behalf of the estate. Recoverable losses include medical expenses, lost wages, and in some cases, punitive damages.

How We Can Help With Your San Diego Motorcycle Accident Claim

The motorcycle accident attorneys at CaseyGerry are dedicated to helping clients navigate their way through the complexities of their cases, not just with top-notch legal support but also with compassion and understanding. With more than 70 years of experience, the firm knows how to identify the causes of a crash and protect our clients’ rights while they focus on recovery.

Contact a san diego motorcycle attorney today

Contact a San Diego Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today

If you were injured or a family member was killed in a crash in California, we welcome you to contact the experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at CaseyGerry. Call (619) 238-1811 or fill out the form below to get started. We can discuss what happened to you, the next steps, and what you can expect.

Under California law, injured motorcyclists have two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. For minors, that time frame starts on their 18th birthday. If the responsible party is a government entity, the victim only has six months to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit, regardless of whether he or she is a minor. It’s critical to protect your rights as soon as possible​​​​​​.

Please note: Our firm also specifically offers information about electric bicycle crash laws and injuries in our bicycle accident section.

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