Motorcycle accidents are among the most severe and dangerous accidents on the roads. Every year, motorcyclists face life-changing injuries, brain damage and death—often despite following all traffic laws. After an accident, a motorcyclist has the same rights as any other injured motorist, but insurance companies are quick to blame to biker or try to deny their claim. Don’t face this process alone. You need to talk to a Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer.
The Simmrin Law Group believes in bikers’ rights and we can help. Our hand-picked legal team includes some of the most respected lawyers in the state, and we know how to take on insurance companies. Most importantly, our firm will charge you nothing unless we win you money—guaranteed. Let us give you a free consultation. Fill out the form to the right or call us at 310-997-4688 and get your free consultation today.
What makes motorcycle accident claims different from other accident cases?
Every biker is intimately familiar with two facts:
- Any accident on a motorcycle poses a serious risk
- Other drivers tend not to see motorcycles, or drive aggressively around them
These two factors combine to make motorcyclists one of the most at-risk populations on the road. Statistically, a motorcyclist is 27 times more likely to be killed in a crash than someone in a car is. They’re also 5 times more likely to be injured. Even with a helmet, anything from a wipeout to a collision can be life-threatening. And the injuries of those who survive are often severe.
From the insurance company’s perspective, that means motorcycle accident claims are particularly expensive to pay out. And that means that the insurers will look for any excuse to downgrade, minimize or deny your claim.
What if the insurance company tries to blame me?
This is common, even the motorcyclist actually did nothing wrong. In Los Angeles and statewide, whichever driver was careless or negligent and caused the accident is the one at fault—and their insurance is supposed to pay for all costs. But insurers know that motorcyclists have a reputation as being “reckless” or lawbreakers, and they will use this bias to their advantage.
The best things you can do to protect yourself are:
- Do not apologize for the accident or accept any blame
- Do not give the insurance company a written or verbal statement
- Instead, get a lawyer as soon as possible
Your lawyer serves as a go-between so that the insurance company cannot talk to you directly, and cannot use your words against you.
A good lawyer will also launch their own investigation into the accident, gathering evidence before it’s lost and reconstructing what happened. Often, we can prove definitively that you were not at fault so that you get your claim paid.
What if I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
You can still recover money. However, riding without a helmet may affect your claim.
California state law requires that all motorcyclists and their passengers (and anybody on a chopper, Vespa, scooter, etc.) wear a helmet. Not wearing one means two important things:
- Technically you were breaking the law
- Your injuries are likely more severe than they would have been if you had a helmet
That doesn’t necessarily mean the accident is your fault… and it doesn’t mean you don’t have a claim… but it does mean your own legal “negligence” contributed to the severity of the accident.
As a result, you may get less money than you otherwise would. You may also be considered partly at fault for what happened, which would mean that your own insurance and the other driver’s insurance will have to share the cost of the claim. However, the law still protects you and a good lawyer can still help you recover money.
What if someone I love was killed in a motorcycle accident?
We’re sorry. This is one of the most difficult things a family can face, and we know that no settlement can ever make it better. We often help clients going through this situation, and our goal is that the money they recover will help them rebuild their lives as best as possible.
When your loved one loses their life in an accident, the immediate family has the right to recover compensation. This includes all of their medical costs and other costs related to the accident, but it also includes additional money for “wrongful death.” This money is paid in consideration of the loss of a spouse, the cost of final expenses, and the financial blow of losing the income that your loved one used to earn.
We don’t believe this money can ever make up for what happened. Instead, we simply hope it will give you financial safety after the accident.
How much money can I recover in a motorcycle accident claim?
You can recover 100% of all costs and damages caused by the accident. That includes both actual costs, like the price of going to the doctor, and less tangible damages that it’s hard to put a price on.
Here are examples:
- Hard costs: your settlement should pay for all of your medical bills, including medicine and ongoing care; the cost of repairing or replacing your bike; compensation for any missed work time and potentially compensation for a future loss of earning potential, if you won’t be able to work.
- Other damages: the law allows for very large cash settlements to accident victims who have suffered permanent injury, scarring, loss of a limb, a disability, severe pain or other serious losses. Wrongful death settlements also fall under this category.
The amount paid in motorcycle claims can be very large. It’s not uncommon to see settlements of over $1,000,000. Even smaller settlements are often hundreds of thousands.
Talk to a Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Free
When you call the Simmrin Law Group, we listen. We help you understand your rights under the law and what options you have. And, if you choose to hire us, we offer a simple promise: you owe us nothing unless we win you money. We believe this is the best way to offer zero-risk legal help when you need it most.
A motorcycle accident can already ruin a life. Don’t risk missing out on the settlement you deserve. Let us give you a FREE consultation. Fill out the form to the right or call us at 310-997-4688 and get your free consultation today.