Motorcycles are popular in Orange County and throughout California, and while most riders demonstrate appropriate care and caution on the road, it’s vital for every motorcyclist to understand the risks they face due to the inherent dangers of these vehicles. Unlike enclosed passenger cars, motorcycles provide little physical protection in a crash, and they lack the safety features found built into enclosed vehicles. Even if you are completely protected and following all safety rules, another person’s negligence can cause you serious harm. If you’re recovering from a motorcycle accident collision, you need experienced legal help.
While a standard passenger car has airbags, seatbelts, and a frame designed to absorb crash impact, a motorcycle does not shield its rider from the force of a collision. When a motorcycle accident happens, the motorcyclist not only faces the risk of injury from the primary impact with the other vehicle but also the secondary impact of hitting the ground. Even the highest-quality helmets and riding gear can only mitigate the damage from this sort of accident, not prevent injury entirely.
Zwick Law has years of professional experience in Orange County personal injury law, and our team is ready to provide the representation you need to navigate a motorcycle accident claim as successfully as possible. While these accidents happen for many of the same reasons that other vehicle accidents occur, the risk of severe injury and death is much greater in a motorcycle accident. If you or a loved one is struggling with injuries and economic losses caused by another driver in Orange County, the team at Zwick Law is ready to help with your recovery.
It’s possible to navigate your recovery efforts after a motorcycle crash by yourself without an attorney, but you face substantial risks in attempting this. First, you could overlook some of the types of compensation available to you, unintentionally settling for far less than you legally deserve. You could also make mistakes in the early stages of your case, potentially jeopardizing your ability to recover damages at all. Additionally, if you tried to handle your motorcycle accident case without an attorney’s assistance, you would be compelled to manage complex legal issues while simultaneously handling your medical needs.
Instead of risking your recovery or settling for less compensation than you deserve, have an experienced Orange County motorcycle accident attorney represent you in your recovery efforts. Your experienced attorney can not only make filing your claim easier, but they are likely to reveal channels of compensation you may not have known were available to you. They will help you meet all the procedural demands of your case. We want to ensure our clients get the most fair recovery possible, and we work hard to do so.
Zwick Law aims to help each client that we represent recover as much as possible in the shortest amount of time possible. The exact value of your motorcycle accident claim hinges on the severity of the damages you experienced and their long-term impact on your life. When you pick our firm as your legal representation, we will carefully review the details of how your accident happened, identify the driver or drivers responsible for causing it, and assist you in gathering the evidence needed to firmly prove their liability.
California upholds the fault rule for resolving vehicle accidents, meaning that whoever causes an accident is responsible for the resulting damages. Before obtaining any sort of recovery for your recent motorcycle accident through insurance and/or a personal injury claim, you must be ready to prove exactly how it happened and identify the party or parties responsible for causing it.
Motorcycle accidents occur for many of the same causes as other vehicle accidents. However, due to their small size, motorcycles are easier to miss in certain situations, making motorcyclists more vulnerable to suffering serious injuries in unexpected accidents. A few commonly reported causes of motorcycle accidents leading to legal disputes in Orange County include:
Whatever the cause of your recent motorcycle accident may be, your Orange County motorcycle accident attorney will assist you in gathering the evidence needed to prove liability. It’s possible for more than one party to bear fault for your damages, and the plaintiff in a civil suit could absorb partial liability as well.
The state upholds the pure comparative negligence rule, and this rule comes into play in any civil case in which multiple parties bear fault for the damages in question. If a plaintiff absorbs any measure of fault for the claimed damages, they will lose a percentage of their case award to reflect this. So, if you file a motorcycle accident claim against another driver but an investigation reveals that you are 25% at fault, it would result in losing 25% of the damages you secure from the defendant.
When you hire Zwick Law for representation in a motorcycle accident claim, we will immediately get to work gathering the evidence you need to not only prove who is responsible for your damages but also the full extent of those damages. If there are concerns about being partly responsible for your motorcycle accident, we will carefully review the evidence in play and look for every option for reducing any shared liability you hold for the incident. Our goal is to help you maximize your recovery however possible.
Every driver in the state must have auto insurance that includes bodily injury liability coverage and property damage liability coverage. This insurance comes into play when the covered driver causes an accident. At a minimum, their policy must provide at least $15,000 in liability coverage for bodily injury for each person injured in a single accident, and this must increase to $30,000 in liability coverage for bodily injury for all persons injured in a single accident. In addition, their policy must also provide at least $5,000 in liability coverage for property damage.
These coverage amounts may compensate for the losses in a minor accident, but if the victim suffered any severe injuries, they are unlikely to secure full compensation through insurance alone. Therefore, whether you anticipate resolving your motorcycle accident claim through just an insurance claim or you anticipate further legal recourse against the other driver, you have a better chance of recovering as fully as state law allows with an experienced Orange County motorcycle accident attorney assisting you.
Insurance carriers and their representatives can cause a lot of stress, and unfortunately, some of them engage in bad faith tactics to essentially bully claimants into accepting lowball settlement offers or justify the denial of legitimate claims. However, once an insurance company recognizes that a claimant has legal representation, they will be unlikely to attempt any unethical handling of the claim. Zwick Law is ready to confront the largest insurance companies on behalf of our clients in Orange County.
Once you recover as much compensation as you can through your auto insurance claim, the next step of your recovery will be to file a personal injury suit to recover your remaining losses from the driver who is responsible. Unfortunately, while the average person who experiences a personal injury in Orange County is typically able to identify immediately recognizable losses, they often struggle when it comes to assessing the full long-term impact of their accident.
Under the state’s personal injury statutes, the defendant who caused your motorcycle accident is responsible for your:
Once your Orange County motorcycle accident attorney has helped you calculate your total economic losses, you could discover that your claim is worth much more than you anticipated. However, state law also permits you to seek pain and suffering compensation.
The term “pain and suffering” may sound like it would be too subjective to translate to a monetary value, but nothing limits the amount of pain and suffering compensation you can claim for a motorcycle accident in California. Your Orange County motorcycle accident attorney can determine a fair figure based on the severity of your injuries and the scope of long-term complications you are likely to experience because of your accident.
If your injuries are expected to heal completely in the near future, your attorney may seek a pain and suffering arrangement that awards compensation for every day you spend in recovery. Alternatively, if your accident resulted in a permanent disability of any kind, your attorney is likely to seek a big lump sum of compensation on your behalf. Depending on the severity of your injuries, your pain and suffering compensation could form the bulk of your case award.
Zwick Law has years of experience representing victims of motorcycle accidents and other negligent acts or misconduct throughout Orange County. Our team will help you approach your case with peace of mind because we know the legal challenges you face as you seek compensation for your losses. We’ll guide you through the insurance claim filing process, and if you must file a personal injury case against the other driver, we will aim for maximum recovery under state law. We will work to settle the case quickly if possible, but we are fully prepared to go to court if necessary.
If there are grounds to file a personal injury claim against another party, you must do so within the state’s two-year statute of limitations. However, your recovery from a motorcycle accident is likely to require an auto insurance claim as well as a personal injury claim, and you have much less time to file your insurance claim. Therefore, it’s important to have an experienced Orange County motorcycle accident attorney representing you for this, and you should contact legal counsel as soon as possible after your accident.
If your motorcycle accident happened because of another driver’s simple negligence, it is unlikely that they will face criminal charges. However, if they caused catastrophic or fatal injuries, they could be charged with criminal negligence, and if they caused the accident through any illegal misconduct like driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they will face prosecution from the state and increased penalties if they are convicted.
If another driver injured you in a motorcycle accident they caused, state law dictates that they are liable for any and all economic damages they inflicted as well as your pain and suffering. Your Orange County motorcycle accident attorney can calculate the total economic damages you can seek from the defendant, and they will also help you determine a fair amount of pain and suffering compensation to reflect the severity of your condition after the accident.
It’s understandable to have concerns about the price of legal representation after your accident. However, Zwick Law takes personal injury cases on a contingency basis. This means you are not required to pay any upfront or ongoing legal fees. We only take a fee after we win your case, and our fee is a portion of the total compensation we secure on your behalf.
You might be able to resolve a very minor accident in Orange County solely through auto insurance, but if you suffered any severe injuries, you are likely going to need to file a personal injury claim, too. Success with your personal injury claim can ensure appropriate recovery from all the damages you suffered from your accident, including those not covered by the at-fault driver’s insurance. It is always worth pursuing full recovery from any personal injury, and the right attorney will significantly increase your chances of success with all your recovery efforts.
The attorneys at Zwick Law have years of experience handling all types of civil claims for our clients in Orange County, and we know how devastating a motorcycle accident can be for the victim and their family. If you think you have grounds for legal recourse against another driver in response to your recent crash, contact Zwick Law today to set up your consultation with an Orange County motorcycle accident attorney.