california motorcycle accident lawyers

Due to increasingly congested roads and highways, motorcycle drivers and their passengers are at an even greater risk than ever before to be involved in a potentially fatal collision.  Motorcycle collisions can cause significant injury to a rider due to the lack of protection.  Yearly, more than 70,000 people are injured in motorcycle accidents, and several thousand of those die due to the accident.  It is very important for all motorists to be educated on how we can reduce this number, and what to do if you are involved in an accident.  

Motorcycle accidents can occur for a number of reasons, including driver negligence. Negligent acts that may result in an accident include the following:

  • Neglecting to pay appropriate attention to other drivers
  • Driving under the influence
  • Underestimating the motorcyclist’s speed or distance
  • Failure to see the motorcyclist
  • Panicking and stopping in the motorcyclist’s path
  • Relying on the judgment of another driver, who also fails to see the motorcyclist
  • Swerving in front of a cyclist
  • Cutting off motorcyclists at intersections
  • Failing to follow posted speed limits
  • Failing to yield when necessary
  • Failing to leave sufficient room between vehicles
  • Failure to see a motorcyclist changing or entering lanes


These injuries and deaths can be significantly reduced if motorists and motorcycle operators took a few basic safety measures.  Some of these precautions are seemingly common sense but the safety of our public roads is up to every driver, regardless of vehicle.

 Taking Precautions

Listed below are a few things that motorists can do to try and lessen the number of injured motorcyclists.  

*Truck, car, or SUV drivers should consider a motorcycle’s limitations in regard to road conditions and weather

*If a motorcycle is slowing down to approach an obstacle in the roadway, it is important for a vehicle around them to slow down as well in order to leave ample space

*passenger vehicles must leave the same amount of space when passing or traveling behind a motorcycle as they would for vehicles relative to their cars size.

Considering these things can help reduce the amount of motorcycle accidents that happen on our road ways, but more than likely there will always be instances where accidents occur.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident and do not know where to turn, you can contact Edelman Law Center.  Our dedicated team of personal injury attorneys are familiar with situations involving motorcycle injuries and fatalities and are more than able to assist you.     

Why Is It Important to Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

If you or a loved one have been injured in a crash, an attorney can explain your options for potentially obtaining compensation for medical bills and other losses, such as time off work.  If the motorcyclist was not at-fault, they may be able to seek damages from the party negligent in causing the crash.  Injured riders are not limited in the damages they may seek, and it is common to seek compensation for pain and suffering.  By contacting a skilled personal injury attorney at Edelman Law Center you are sure to get the attention you deserve. Your case may be more complicated than it seems, though.  By contacting an attorney immediately after the incident, the attorney is able to begin collecting information and evidence to support your claim.  Motorcycle accidents lawsuits fall under the category of personal injury, which in turn is based on the theory of negligence. In other words, your attorney will have to prove that the other driver in the accident was at fault because he or she failed to exercise a reasonable standard of care. In order to do so, your attorney will conduct an investigation to learn more about the incident, including whether the other driver followed traffic laws, paid attention to his or her surroundings, was driving under the influence etc.

 Building your case

In order to help build your claim, your attorney may:

  • Investigate the other motorist’s driving history
  • Recreate the accident scene
  • Review medical records
  • Consult specialists and experts
  • Gather scene and police reports
  • Contact insurance companies on your behalf
  • Gather witness statements
  • Photograph the scene

Some other instances that cause motorcycle accidents other than another person’s negligence would be a product issue, and known as product liability.  If a defective product was the cause of the accident than your attorney will consider dealing with the manufacturer in order to gain compensation for your injuries.  Some examples of what defects you may be able to file a product liability case for are defective tires, brakes, accelerators, and defective fuel systems.  In these circumstances, the attorney will have to investigate things a bit differently.  Your attorney may work with forensic experts to determine whether:  

  • The defective motorcycle or part was “unreasonably dangerous”
  • The motorcycle was being operated as intended
  • The motorcycle’s performance had not changed since its initial purchase

 dealing with insurance

Insurance companies can be very difficult to deal with and if you have been involved in an accident than the last thing you are going to want to deal with is an insurance company.  Your main goal should be to recover so that you are able to get back to your normal life.  By hiring a dedicated attorney from Edelman Law Center, you will have the peace of mind that your attorney will be doing everything in their power to get you the compensation you deserve.  After your accident, your attorney may contact the responsible party’s insurance company on your behalf to try and negotiate a settlement for costs incurred because of the accident. He or she will use information collected during some of the processes listed above to recover compensation for your expenses. If negotiations with insurance companies prove to be ineffective or unsatisfactory, you may be able to pursue legal action against the negligent party with the help of your attorney at Edelman Law Center.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident and need assistance, contact one of our skilled personal injury attorneys at Edelman Law Center today.  We have the experience and determination to help you recover the compensation that you rightfully deserve. 877-897-7228

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