Motorcycles can be incredibly fun to ride, but they are also very dangerous in many ways. Every rider and motorcycle passenger must acknowledge the risks they face when they take their bikes on the road in L.A. The area is notorious for difficult traffic, aggressive drivers, and uninsured drivers, but motorcycles also lack the safety features found standard in most passenger vehicles.
If you or someone you love recently sustained injuries in a motorcycle crash because of another driver’s actions, you likely have grounds for a civil suit against the at-fault driver. Shaffer Law is a team of experienced legal professionals serving clients throughout Manhattan Beach in a wide range of personal injury cases, including those pertaining to motorcycle accidents and other motor vehicle accidents. Whether you need assistance filing your auto insurance claim, dealing with a difficult insurance adjuster, or determining further options for legal recourse when insurance can’t fully cover your losses, we can help.
Shaffer Law provides client-focused legal counsel in every case. We take time to learn each client’s unique needs and concerns regarding their personal injury claims. Motorcycle accident victims often sustain life-changing injuries that demand ongoing medical attention, and many are left unable to work and support themselves due to the severity of their injuries. Whatever your case entails, Shaffer Law will assist you in developing a uniquely tailored legal strategy for maximizing your recovery.
California upholds a fault-based system for resolving vehicle accidents. This means every driver must have an auto insurance policy that meets the state’s minimum coverage requirements. Every auto insurance policy must include at least $15,000 in bodily injury liability coverage for a single person, at least $30,000 in total accident liability coverage for bodily injuries, and at least $5,000 in property damage liability coverage. When a policyholder causes an accident, their coverage limits determine how much a claimant can expect if they must file an insurance claim naming the policyholder.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents often result in damages that quickly eclipse an at-fault driver’s available insurance coverage. This leaves the victim with few options aside from pursuing a personal injury claim naming the at-fault driver. When you need assistance navigating a difficult insurance claim process after an accident, a Manhattan Beach motorcycle accident attorney can help. They’ll guide you through the claim filing process and handle interactions with the insurance company on your behalf, ensuring your claim is handled fairly in a timely manner. Once you exhaust your recovery options through auto insurance, your Manhattan Beach motorcycle accident lawyer can then begin helping you build your personal injury claim to enhance your recovery.
Ultimately, hiring the right lawyer can have a tremendous impact on the outcome of any motorcycle accident claim filed in Manhattan Beach. Instead of attempting to manage your recovery and your legal affairs, your attorney can guide you through your case with confidence while you recover with peace of mind.
Motorcycle accidents occur for many of the same reasons as other motor vehicle accidents. Speeding, moving violations, and distracted driving are just a few of California’s most commonly cited causes of motorcycle accidents. However, the small size and unique construction of a motorcycle leave it vulnerable in many ways compared to most standard passenger cars. First, the motorcycle offers the rider virtually no physical protection in a crash. Second, the rider faces a severe risk of injury from the initial impact of the collision with the other vehicle and from the secondary impact of hitting the ground.
You would have grounds for a motorcycle accident claim if another driver caused your recent accident. However, when liability is unclear, it’s vital to consult an experienced Manhattan Beach motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. They will help you obtain the evidence to I.D. the party/parties bearing responsibility for your damages. Shaffer Law has helped many clients navigate difficult motorcycle accident claims, including those involving unclear liability and multiple defendants.
The personal injury laws of California allow a plaintiff in a motorcycle crash claim to seek full recovery from all economic losses sustained due to a defendant’s actions. The plaintiff has to accurately identify the party or parties they deem responsible for causing their damages and provide proof of the full extent of those damages. Additionally, the plaintiff has to prove that their claimed damages directly resulted because of the defendant’s negligence.
If you have sustained injuries in a motorcycle crash someone else caused, you can hold them accountable for the cost of all the medical treatment you need to heal from your injuries and manage your symptoms. If your injuries require extensive ongoing care, the defendant is also liable for these long-term medical expenses. If you cannot work, the defendant owes you compensation for your lost wages. If the severity of your injuries prevents you from returning to work, they face liability for your lost future earning capacity. Finally, California state law allows a personal injury plaintiff to seek compensation for their pain and suffering. Your Manhattan Beach motorcycle accident lawyer can review your economic damages and assess the severity of your situation to help you determine a fair amount to include in your claim.
Time is a critical factor in any personal injury case. California offers a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury actions and that may seem like more than enough time to file your case. However, it is always best to start building a personal injury claim as soon as possible with the help of an experienced attorney.
Shaffer Law has the experience and skills to help you determine fault for your recent motorcycle accident and hold the responsible party accountable for your damages. To discuss your case with an experienced Manhattan Beach motorcycle accident lawyer, contact Shaffer Law today to schedule your case review with our team.