Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Call a Sacramento motorcycle wreck attorney who is known for fighting for the rights of motorcycle injury victims.
Have you been injured in a motorcycle collision because of a negligent motorist? It’s incredibly unfair that, when you’ve been a careful driver, you must suffer the effects of another person’s carelessness.
But there is a way to hold the responsible party accountable for what he or she has done to you and your family: file for personal injury compensation.
A Sacramento motorcycle accident lawyer with Crowell Law Offices is ready to start on your case. We will do all the hard work, such as investigating the cause of your crash, identifying and pursuing the responsible party, filing the paperwork, negotiating with insurance companies, and taking your case to court if necessary, while you recover.
Common Causes of Sacramento Motorcycle Collisions
All motorists run the risk of being injured in a crash every time they hit the road, but motorcycle wrecks have a much higher likelihood of resulting in serious injury or death. Many motorcyclists do everything they can to decrease their risks, such as wearing helmets and other protective gear and driving defensively.
Regrettably, even the safest driver in the world can’t prevent every accident. No one can anticipate the moves of every other driver on the road, and if those drivers aren’t driving safely, they could injure you. Some common causes of motorcycle wrecks involving negligence in Sacramento are listed below:
- Speeding – Reckless driving is a major cause of motorcycle crashes. If another driver was speeding and you were injured, you can name him or her in your personal injury claim.
- Drunk Driving – Drinking and driving causes a large percentage of serious motorcycle crashes. Drunk drivers should be held accountable for the injuries and suffering they’ve caused.
- Dangerous Roadways – Unsafe road conditions are especially dangerous for motorcyclists. When a government agency has neglected to maintain the roads, you can sue the government to recover your losses. (Certain limitations will apply.)
- Distracted Driving – The increase in distracted driving is taking its toll on the roads. Distracted driving is an enormous danger to motorcyclists because they’re already difficult for other drivers to see.
- Failure to Yield – Many motorists don’t take proper care at intersections, and motorcyclists can be seriously hurt as a result.
Negligence Laws and Sacramento Motorcycle Crash Cases
In California, our negligence laws state that everyone is responsible for the harm they do to others, whether the harm was intentional or not. That means that, when you’ve been injured in a Sacramento motorcycle collision that was due to the negligence of the other driver, you can hold the at-fault driver accountable.
Filing a personal injury claim can allow you to recover the losses you’ve suffered. However, when suing a person or organization, you do have the burden of proof—you have to demonstrate that your injuries were the result of the accident and that negligence was involved.
Even when you’re negotiating with insurance companies, your best chance at a fair settlement offer is proving your case. Here are some of the types of evidence required to win most motorcycle crash claims:
- Witness statements
- Video evidence
- Police reports
- Medical documentation
Insurance Companies Aren’t Fair to Motorcyclists
When you file a claim with an insurance company, you are simply requesting to be reimbursed for the losses and suffering you’ve experienced because of an accident you didn’t cause. Unfortunately, the insurance companies don’t see it that way. They have trouble seeing injury victims through the dollar signs blocking their vision.
Insurance companies care about one thing: making money. They have a variety of ways of increasing their profits, and paying out fair settlements to Sacramento motorcycle accident victims isn’t one of them. Insurers will do anything they can to lower your payout, including blaming you for an accident you didn’t cause.
One of the worst tactics they employ is using the old “reckless biker” stereotype against injured motorcyclists. They try to claim that motorcyclists must be responsible for their own injuries because some are known as lawless thrill-seekers. How unfair is that? Not all motorcyclists are daredevils, and they shouldn’t be treated as such.
If you hire a motorcycle accident lawyer in Sacramento, you won’t have to worry about dealing with money-hungry insurance companies at all. Your attorney is more than a match for them. We’ll put them in their place while you concentrate on healing from your injuries.
Serious Injuries in Sacramento Motorcycle Crashes
Any injury you’ve sustained from your Sacramento motorcycle crash could qualify you to seek damages from the at-fault party. A number of injuries are common in crashes involving motorcycles:
Compensation for Your Serious Sacramento Motorcycle Crash
Motorcycle crash injuries have a way of impacting every aspect of your life. You could be suffering from intense physical pain, effectively eliminating your quality of life; your mobility could be hindered, possibly forever; emotional effects could linger for years; and the financial impact could wreck your bank account.
All of this has transpired because of another person’s selfishness and negligence. You have every right to seek damages for all of the losses you’ve suffered due to your Sacramento motorcycle collision.
A list of some of the losses you could have suffered—and for which you can seek compensation—is below:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Missed wages and disability
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of mobility
- Rehabilitation costs
- Medical expenses related to your accident
- Loss of the enjoyment of your life
Sacramento Motorcycle Accident FAQ
A Sacramento motorcycle wreck attorney from our office can answer any questions you have during a free consultation. For the time being, we’ve listed a few frequently asked questions below.
What’s the statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Sacramento?
The statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years from the date of the accident.
What’s the difference between economic damages and non-economic damages?
Economic damages are any losses you’ve suffered from your motorcycle wreck that are monetary in nature, such as missed wages, medical costs, and the cost of rehabilitation services. Non-economic damages are the intangible hardships you’ve experienced due to your accident, such as emotional trauma and physical pain.
Will I have to go to court for my Sacramento motorcycle crash?
In most cases, you won’t have to go to court when you file a personal injury claim against those responsible for your injuries. Negotiations with insurance companies can result in a fair settlement offer. If the other side refuses to pay a fair amount for your injuries, you might need to go to court.
Call a Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Attorney
You’ve suffered more than enough because of a negligent driver. A qualified lawyer from our office will see to it that you get the best possible outcome for your motorcycle crash case.
At Crowell Law Offices, we fight for injured motorcyclists, and we won’t allow insurance companies to withhold your compensation because of an outdated and unfair stereotype.
Get in touch with a Sacramento motorcycle accident lawyer by calling 916-303-2800 or filling out the form below. Get in touch with us, and you’ll be one step closer to the justice you deserve.