Many San Pedro citizens may ride a motorcycle as a main form of transportation or as a hobby that allows them to enjoy the California weather. While many motorcyclists may take safety measures to protect themselves in the event of a crash, they can still sustain severe injuries when another driver acts negligently. If you or a loved one was harmed, a San Pedro motorcycle accident lawyer can help you seek justice.
While these accidents can happen in a matter of seconds, the outcome can take much more time. Between recovering from the injuries and handling a legal claim, you’re going to want experienced representation fighting for you to make sure your rights are protected. Frost Law Firm, PC will protect your rights and guide you through the personal injury process.
Motorcycle Accidents in California
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, there was a decrease in motorcycle fatalities from 578 in 2017 to 488 in 2018. Additionally, fatalities related to not wearing a helmet also decreased in this time, from 45 to 30.
However, motorcycle accidents and resulting injuries are still prevalent in San Pedro and the greater area of California. In 2018, Los Angeles County had a total of 5,010 for victims injured or killed in a motorcycle crash.
These accidents put motorcyclists through the hardship of suffering from injuries and incurring financial losses. An experienced San Pedro motorcycle accident lawyer can help you take the right steps to getting fair compensation for your injuries and help you move forward.
What Makes Motorcycle Collisions So Dangerous?
In a motorcycle collision, the rider may sustain serious injuries because they don’t have the same protection that a car offers. Instead of an autobody, seat belt, and airbag, the best a motorcyclist can have is a helmet and protective clothing. However, serious, life-threatening injuries can still occur even if a motorcyclist has taken precautions. Some of those injuries may include:
- Brain Damage. Often, there are two main impacts in a crash. The car hits the motorcycle, and then the rider will usually lose their balance and fall to the ground. In these instances, the rider could hit their head on the car or the ground which can result in their brain bleeding, swelling, or their skull could fracture.
- Paralysis. An injury that affects the motorcyclist’s spine may be severe enough to cause paralysis. If this occurs, the rider will need to adjust to living with their injury which could require medical equipment, continued future care, and their ability to return to work may be affected.
- Loss of Limb. This could occur in the accident or a limb could be so severely injured that it needs to be amputated.
- Burns. Motorcyclists can sustain burn injuries through road rash. These injuries happen because of the friction between the skin and the ground. Road rash may require skin drafts to treat.
When you’re seeking to recover for the injuries you’ve sustained, your lawyer will also look into how the accident happened. The other driver could have been reckless, like speeding or texting and driving.
The driver may also not have the experience of sharing the road with motorcyclists. They could incorrectly gauge how fast a motorcyclist is traveling and accidentally turn into them or cut them off while changing lanes. Some drivers may not even realize there’s a motorcyclist near them because they’re much smaller than other cars.
Your motorcycle accident lawyer in San Pedro will find out how your accident happened and how you were injured. Once we have all the facts of the case, we can begin to fight for you to get the recovery you deserve.
How Can a San Pedro Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help You?
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, you may find that the insurance company you’re dealing with may believe that you could have had something to do with causing the collision. This could be because of a bias against motorcyclists. When you have a motorcycle accident lawyer in your corner, you won’t have to worry about unfair blame being placed on you. Our attorneys will stand up to insurance companies that are trying to give you less than you deserve.
Your lawyer will seek full and fair compensation for your injuries and damages. Often, you may not know the full extent of your injuries after an accident. It can take time before you know how you were injured, how these injuries are affecting you, and how long it will take for them to heal.
Some injuries may not fully heal and will only heal up to a point. These factors can affect your compensation and our lawyers will be sure to understand the full scope of the accident so we can fight for you.
Your compensation can cover the following damages:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Diminished Earning Capacity
- Property Damage
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
Our lawyers will build a strong case to give you the best chance of getting the compensation you deserve. You shouldn’t have to worry about how you’re going to get the medical care you need when you’re unable to work. We’ll also include the damages of how your life has been affected while you’re living with injuries and the limitations they can put on your life. Your compensation can provide financial security that can give you peace of mind while you work on your recovery.
Learn About Your Legal Options with Frost Law Firm, PC
A San Pedro motorcycle accident lawyer from our law firm is ready to hear what you have to say about your case. Call us today for a free consultation. We can review what happened, how you have been affected, and we can discuss what you can do to get justice.
Our lawyers will be at your side every step of the way. If the other party involved in the case is not agreeing to a settlement amount that would properly cover the injuries and damages you’ve suffered, we’re also prepared to take your case to court if necessary. We have experience in fighting for our clients in the courtroom and can do the same for you.