Santa Clarita Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
What to Do If You Were Hurt in a Motorcycle Crash
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident in or around Santa Clarita or Los Angeles County, you need the experience, skill, and resources of a professional motorcycle accident attorney by your side. In the wake of the accident, you may find yourself facing severe injuries necessitating extensive medical treatment and ongoing rehabilitative therapy. Your injuries may even put you out of work for weeks or months. All of this can lead to serious financial hardships on top of the already difficult challenging of healing from your physical injuries and the trauma of the accident.
Once you have secured proper medical attention, reach out to a Santa Clarita motorcycle accident lawyer at the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson. We understand that any accident, including a motorcycle accident, can have an immense impact on a victim’s life. Because of this, we work hard to recover the maximum compensation for our clients so that they can move forward with their lives.
From our office in Valencia, we serve clients throughout SCV, the San Fernando Valley, and all of the Greater Los Angeles Area. Our attorneys provide legal services in English, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and Tagalog, and we offer contingency fees, meaning you do not have to pay any attorneys’ fees unless we recover compensation for you.
Call our office today at (661) 765-8484 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
The most common cause of motorcycle accidents is negligence. While there persists a false notion that motorcyclists are risky, dangerous drivers, the fact remains that most motorcycle accidents result from another motorist’s careless or reckless behavior.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in California include:
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Tailgating/following too closely
- Drunk driving
- Unsafe passing
- Improper turns
- Failure to stop at red lights/stop signs
- Aggressive driving/road rage
- Changing lanes directly ahead of a motorcyclist
- Distracted driving, including using a cell phone while driving
- Failing to check blind spots before merging/changing lanes
- Sideswiping motorcyclists who are lawfully lane-splitting
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Because motorcyclists lack the same protection as passengers in other types of vehicles—including seatbelts, airbags, and car doors and roofs—they are often severely injured when they are hit by larger, heavier vehicles.
Some of the most common injuries associated with a motorcycle accident include:
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Road rash
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
If another motorist’s negligent or wrongful conduct caused you or a loved one to suffer catastrophic injuries, our Santa Clarita motorcycle accident lawyers can help you fight for the fair recovery you deserve.
As your legal counsel, we can investigate your accident and determine how the at-fault driver’s negligence contributed to the accident that caused your injuries. Once we have established negligence, we can then work to prove liability and fight to get you paid.
California Motorcycle Laws You Should Know
Anyone who owns and/or operates a motorcycle in the state of California should be aware of several important laws regarding motorcycles and their operation.
California law requires all motorists, including motorcycle operators, to purchase minimum liability insurance. This type of insurance pays for bodily injury suffered by others in a crash, as well as for property damage.
Minimum liability limits for motorcyclists in California are as follows:
- $5,000 for property damage
- $15,000 for injury or death to one person
- $30,000 for total injury or death if multiple people are injured
Additional California motorcycle laws to keep in mind include:
- Anyone who operates or rides on a motorcycle in California must wear an approved motorcycle helmet
- Riders must first obtain a learner’s permit prior to receiving a motorcycle license; those under the age of 21 must have the permit for at least six months
- Motorcycle riders in California must apply for and receive a motorcycle license in order to operate a motorcycle
- Lane-splitting, or the practice of riding between lanes of traffic, is legal in California; this is the only state where lane-splitting is allowed
These are just some of the many important laws all California motorcycle riders should be aware of; make sure that you know and follow all relevant laws when operating or riding a motorcycle anywhere in the state. Failure to do so could be used as evidence of negligence on your part and could limit your ability to recover compensation after a crash.
How a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help You
A motorcycle accident lawyer can help injured victims recover the compensation they deserve, including lost earnings or lost potential earnings (if the victim is unable to work for a period of time or forever), pain and suffering, rehabilitation, and medical care, just to name a few.
At the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson, we take great care when investigating motorcycle accidents to preserve evidence that can help us win a case. Our team offers compassionate, personalized counsel and aggressive advocacy for victims and their families. We can talk to you during a free consultation to determine whether or not you have a viable case we believe we can win.
Contact Us Today
With personal injury cases, it’s always important to hire someone with experience in cases like yours. In order to learn more about what a motorcycle accident attorney can do for you and your case, reach out to our skilled motorcycle accident lawyers today. We serve Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita, Fillmore, Santa Paula, the San Fernando Valley, and all of the surrounding communities. We would love to hear from you and to be given the chance to represent you.
Call (661) 765-8484 or fill out and submit a free online case evaluation form to get started.