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Glendale Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Serving Accident Victims Throughout the Los Angeles Area and across California

Southern California’s mild climate and generally sunny skies encourage the year-round use of motorcycles on our roads and highways. Motorcycles have become a common form of transportation and fun for thousands of Californians yearly. 

Motorcycle accidents are notably more common in California than in other states, reflecting California’s high population density, extensive road network, and favorable motorcycling conditions. Furthermore, motorcyclists have a higher risk of accidents and injuries than passenger car drivers and their passengers. 

For example, The California Motorcycle Study—Driver and Accident Characteristics, done by California's DMV, has shown the disparity between motorcycle and car accidents by revealing that motorcyclists had approximately twice as many accidents as car occupants.

At Hartounian, APLC, our capable legal team works intensively on behalf of motorcyclists injured in negligence-based traffic accidents throughout greater Los Angeles. Our firm has demonstrated competence in personal injury claims, as reflected in the millions of dollars in compensation we have secured for injured Californians in the region. 

Make an appointment to speak with one of our Glendale motorcycle accident attorneys in a free consultation by contacting us online or at (818) 463-1917

More About Motorcycle Accidents in Los Angeles

Motorcyclists are at a significantly higher risk for accidents than car occupants for various reasons. Motorcycles' inherent design offers less protection than cars, making riders more physically vulnerable in collisions.

Without the barrier of a car’s steel shell and lacking safety features such as seatbelts and airbags, motorcyclists can sustain severe and even catastrophic injuries when thrown from their bikes or when falling beneath them.

Motorcycles are smaller and less visible to car drivers, increasing the likelihood of being overlooked, especially at intersections or during lane changes. Their agility and speed also mean that riders need exceptional skill and constant defensive attention to maneuver safely. A common complaint by motorists who cause accidents involving motorcycles is that they “didn’t see” them in traffic. 

Motorcycle Accident Injuries

The heightened risk for motorcyclists extends to the severity of the injuries they are likely to sustain in an accident. Without the protective enclosure that cars provide, motorcyclists often suffer direct impacts in crashes. 

Some potential injuries include:

  • Brain injuries: Even with helmet protection, riders can suffer devastating brain injuries from the force of the impact during an accident.
  • Spinal cord injuries: These can result in partial or complete paralysis, affecting mobility and quality of life.
  • Broken bones: The force of collision can lead to multiple fractures, which may require surgeries and long-term recovery.
  • Road rash: Skin abrasions can be severe, sometimes causing nerve damage and necessitating skin grafts, leading to infection risks.
  • Internal injuries: Impact with objects or the motorcycle itself can cause internal bleeding and organ damage.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Every motorcycle accident is unique in its causes and circumstances. However, certain causes are more prevalent than others in these incidents. Speeding by either party increases the likelihood of an accident.

Many motorcyclists are injured in accidents when a car makes a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle. Potholes, slick surfaces, and debris can contribute to these accidents, as can malfunctions of motorcycle or motor vehicle components and parts. 

Finally, disobeying traffic laws, such as distracted driving, running red lights and stop signs, tailgating, improper U-turns, and failing to yield, all contribute to motorcycle accidents. These violations incur liability on those who commit them. 

Potential Compensation for Motorcycle Accident Victims

Victims of motorcycle accidents may be entitled to various forms of compensation to cover both the immediate and long-term effects of their injuries. 

Key areas for which compensation can be sought include:

  • Medical expenses: This covers emergency treatment, hospital stays, surgeries, medication, physical therapy, and any ongoing medical care related to the accident.
  • Lost wages: Compensation can be claimed for income lost due to the inability to work during recovery. Future earnings can also be claimed if the victim is unable to return to work or forced into a lower-paying job due to their injuries.
  • Pain and suffering: This encompasses compensation for the physical pain and emotional distress suffered as a result of the accident. The severity of the injuries and their impact on the victim's lifestyle and mental health play a role in determining this amount.
  • Property damage: Reimbursement for repairing or replacing the motorcycle and any other personal property damaged in the crash.
  • Loss of consortium: This relates to compensation awarded to spouses or family members for loss of companionship and support. This is a type of non-economic damage that can be claimed when a motorcyclist is injured or killed due to someone else's negligence. 
  • Punitive damages: In cases where the other party's negligent behavior was particularly egregious, the court may award punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer and deter future misconduct.
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Why You Need a Lawyer

In the wake of a motorcycle accident, it is crucial to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney whose responsibility is to ensure you fully understand your rights and seek all the compensation you are entitled to under the law. 

Insurance companies often attempt to minimize claims, especially in motorcycle accidents, by suggesting the rider's risky behavior contributed to the incident. At Site:BusinessName}, our skilled Glendale motorcycle accident lawyers understand these tactics and work to ensure that your rights are protected and you receive full compensation. 

We are adept at negotiating with insurers and can help counteract their attempts to sabotage your claim. With our dedicated legal representation, you can focus on your recovery, knowing your case is in capable hands.

Reach us via our online contact form or call (818) 463-1917 to request a free consultation today. 

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