Bakersfield Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Bakersfield Motorcycle Accident Attorney

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    Our firm maintains an impressive 99% win rate, even while accepting difficult cases other law firms have turned away.

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At The May Firm we strive to be involved and connected to our local community. For example, this past holiday season we had bicycle and Christmas tree giveaway’s dedicated for individuals in our community. Our goal is to be a positive force for good in the local community and give back in some small measure to those we can serve. We receive satisfaction and joy from serving our clients and will continue to look for ways to be of assistance to the community as a whole. We receive positive energy from the community when we are involved.

We have listed a few of the local organizations we support and look forward to growing our outreach in the future. If you have any suggestions for ways we can be of service or support, please reach out to us.

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Why So Many Accidents Happen In Bakersfield

Bakersfield is the largest city within Kern County, which encompasses more than 8,100 square miles. Bakersfield is conveniently located in the southern portion of the San Joaquin Valley, directly between Fresno and Los Angeles. The largest local employers are in the farming, agriculture and oil industries.

Unfortunately, this type of heavy labor can lead to a variety of personal injuries, especially trucking, farming and car accidents. The May Firm is here to help our clients get the justice they deserve. If you’ve been injured by no fault of your own, contact our office for a free consultation.

“My number one goal is to help others. When you step foot into our firm, you’ll be treated like family, period.”
Robert May, Attorney | Founder

Motorcyclists in Bakersfield have no less of a right to use area roads than anyone else. Unfortunately, sometimes it doesn’t seem like other motorists agree. Motorcycle accidents happen frequently in Bakersfield, resulting in severe and fatal injuries to bikers and their passengers. A motorcycle wreck can happen on any Bakersfield road, from the Golden State Highway to the winding streets of Hillcrest and Alta Vista.

Injured bikers and their passengers have a right under California law to receive compensation for injuries they suffer in a wreck caused by someone else’s wrongful conduct. The May Firm is here to help. We represent Bakersfield motorcycle accident victims and the families of bikers who died in senseless, preventable accidents.

For a free consultation about your rights after suffering harm in a Bakersfield motorcycle accident, contact the experienced Bakersfield motorcycle accident attorneys at The May Firm today.

The May Firm—Injury Lawyers for Bakersfield Motorcyclists

The May Firm was founded with one mission in mind: provide top-flight, personalized legal representation for victims of personal injury throughout California. Since then, we have stuck to our mission and built an award-winning law firm that puts clients first, treating them like members of the family.

Our focus on personalized legal service has gotten results for our clients, including in motorcycle accident cases. In one recent case, we secured $800,000 on behalf of a motorcyclist who suffered a lower back injury in a collision with a motor vehicle. Of course, we can’t guarantee that every motorcycle accident case we take in Bakersfield will have a similar outcome. But, we can promise to put the full measure of our firm’s considerable talents and resources into every client’s case, which is how we’ve built our impressive track record of success.

Bakersfield Motorcycle Accidents By the Numbers

Motorcycle accidents take a heavy toll in Bakersfield every year. According to UC Berkeley’s Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS), over a recent three-year period, 216 motorcycle accidents occurred within the Bakersfield city limits. Those crashes resulted in 17 fatalities and 235 injuries, and the vast majority of victims were motorcycle drivers. An overwhelming majority of the victims were young and male.

Motorcycle crashes happen all over Bakersfield, but some areas of town saw multiple accidents during those three years:

  • Highway interchanges along the Golden State Highway (Route 99), especially the interchanges with Routes 178 and 204;
  • Eastbound Westside Parkway where it loops around to merge with Truxton Avenue;
  • Oswell Street near the shopping centers just south of Route 178;
  • Kentucky Street near the Post Office.

Regardless of where a crash occurs in Bakersfield, however, The May Firm can help victims, and their families, investigate the cause, identify the parties at fault, and secure compensation to help injured riders pay for their care and rebuild their lives.

Common Causes of Bakersfield Motorcycle Accidents

At The May Firm, our representation of motorcycle accident victims typically begins with an investigation of how a crash happened. Our team examines the evidence, working with accident reconstruction experts if necessary, to piece together the chain of events that led to our client getting injured. We always keep an open mind about the potential causes of accidents because experience has taught us that crashes happen in many unexpected ways. Still, we also know to pay close attention to several common scenarios that account for many Bakersfield motorcycle crashes.

Failure of a Car or Truck to Yield to a Motorcycle

If you ride a motorcycle for long enough in Bakersfield, you will inevitably encounter the frightening experience of having a car or truck turn or pull out directly into your path, as if you weren’t there. These failures to yield the right of way to motorcyclists constitute some of the most common causes of dangerous, potentially fatal, wrecks. According to TIMS data, more than one-third of all motorcycle crashes in Bakersfield across three years involved broadside collisions—most of them undoubtedly bikes colliding with the sides of cars or trucks.

If it seems like drivers do not see motorcyclists when they turn or pull out directly in their path, often that’s because they don’t. Many drivers simply do not scan the road carefully enough for motorcycles, which have relatively small visual profiles compared to other vehicles. Other drivers see motorcycles but do not mentally register that they’re there, a phenomenon known as inattentional blindness.

Whatever the reason, however, there’s no excuse for car and truck drivers putting motorcyclists in danger by failing to yield the right-of-way. At The May Firm, we hold drivers accountable for their dangerous driving so that motorcyclists receive the money they deserve.

Merging into a Lane Occupied by a Motorcycle

Bakersfield motorcyclists also commonly confront a scenario in which a car or truck merges into their lane, threatening to sideswipe them or force them off the road. These dangerous situations tend to happen for the same basic reason that failure to yield accidents do: drivers simply do not check for motorcyclists or “see” them without seeing them. In either event, the ensuing accidents can put motorcyclists in danger of getting run over or being forced to steer off the road or into a collision with an oncoming vehicle.

Distracted Drivers

The age of smartphones has made distracted driving a scourge for Bakersfield-area motorcyclists. Drivers who read emails, send texts, or swipe through social media behind the wheel put themselves and others at extreme risk for a deadly accident. These behaviors are now illegal in California, but unfortunately, that does not necessarily stop Bakersfield drivers from engaging in them. Nor does it keep drivers from other distractions like eating and drinking, programming a GPS, or turning to talk to passengers in the back seat.

A driver who allows their attention to drift from the road for mere seconds can end up steering directly into the path of, or rear-ending, an unsuspecting motorcyclist, with predictably tragic and deadly consequences.

Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcyclists who get into accidents in Bakersfield can sustain a wide range of serious injuries. At The May Firm, we aim to help riders secure compensation no matter what their injuries. Our team can help with obtaining payment to treat:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that put riders in comas or leave them afflicted with severe cognitive, motor, or emotional impairments.
  • Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) that leave riders paralyzed, unable to live independently without expensive mobility equipment, and facing a lifetime of potentially enormous expenses.
  • Severe roadrash injuries, which can leave riders with a dangerous, burn-like wound embedded with road grime, facing a risk of deadly infection and sure to carry a disfiguring scar for the rest of their days.
  • Crushed or traumatically amputated limbs, the result of a wreck in which a vehicle runs over a biker who lays his ride down in an attempt to avoid a collision.
  • Fractures, dislocations, and orthopedic injuries that may heal in time with proper care, but can leave an injured motorcyclist contending with chronic pain and limited mobility.

In the worst-case scenario, these and other injuries can tragically take the life of a Bakersfield motorcyclist. In those instances, The May Firm has the experience and resources to represent the surviving spouse and family members of the injured biker in a wrongful death action.

How We Help Bakersfield Motorcycle Accident Victims

Under California law, individuals who suffer injuries in motorcycle accidents have the right to seek compensation from the parties at fault for the crash. The May Firm represents those individuals in lawsuits and other legal actions seeking damages from those at-fault parties.

Targeting the at-Fault Parties

Every Bakersfield motorcycle accident case we take has unique facts and circumstances. At The May Firm, we bring fresh eyes to every representation, taking the evidence at face value and following it wherever it leads. Our mission: to figure out whose wrongful, dangerous conduct caused a motorcycle crash that injured our client.

We do not always reach the conclusions we expect.

Still, in many Bakersfield motorcycle wrecks, our investigation leads us to conclude that these parties owe damages to our client:

  • The driver of the car or truck that collided with our client’s motorcycle;
  • The employer of that driver, if the crash involves a commercial vehicle;
  • A bar, restaurant, or social host that served alcohol to a minor, who then causes a motorcycle accident in Bakersfield;
  • A local road agency that failed to design, build, or maintain roads safe for motorcycling, or failed to warn motorcyclists of known dangers that made a road surface unsafe for riding (such as construction projects that leave grooved pavement or gravel behind);
  • The manufacturer of a motorcycle or motorcycle part, if a defect in its product led to a mechanical failure and a motorcycle accident.

As we said, our investigation of the causes of a motorcycle accident that injured our client doesn’t always lead us to the parties above. But, many do. Rest assured, however, that no matter who caused the motorcycle crash in Bakersfield that injured you or your loved one, our team has the experience and resources to identify them and to figure out how to make them pay what they owe.

Taking Legal Action for Compensation

The skilled, award-winning attorneys at The May Firm fight hard to ensure their clients receive compensation for injuries and losses caused by someone else’s wrongful conduct.

With the caveat that every case we take differs, our clients frequently have the right under California law to demand payment for:

  • Medical costs involved in treating motorcycle accident-related injuries, and health complications that follow from them, including the expense of hospitalization, surgery, and medication.
  • Non-medical costs that they would not have had to pay for had they not gotten hurt in a motorcycle accident;
  • Lost wages and income resulting from their inability to work, temporarily or permanently, following a Bakersfield motorcycle accident;
  • Physical pain, emotional suffering, and loss of quality of life and relationships resulting from the accident and the injuries they suffered.

In some cases, The May Firm can also make a successful argument to a California court to award punitive (or exemplary) damages to our client. Those damages aim to punish the party at fault for extreme or outrageous conduct that led to the motorcycle crash and our client’s injuries.

Skilled Representation Wherever a Case Takes Us

Many motorcycle accident cases we take at The May Firm get resolved through a negotiated settlement with the at-fault party’s liability insurance carrier. But we never assume that’s how a case will go. The lawyers at The May Firm prepare every case as if it will end up in a Kern County courtroom, being argued to a judge and jury.

By always preparing to advocate for our clients in court, we make sure that no matter what direction a case takes, we’re ready to put our best foot forward and make the strongest possible argument on our client’s behalf. Our opponents know that about us, which may help us settle so many of our cases for top-dollar results.

Knowledgeable, Hard-Working Bakersfield Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Motorcycle accident victims in Bakersfield, and the families of riders who tragically died in motorcycle wrecks, deserve compensation for the harm they have suffered. The May Firm wants to help them, as we have with other similar motorcycle-riding victims. Our team knows how to get results in even the most complicated and emotionally charged motorcycle accident matters.

If you or a loved one suffered serious harm in a Bakersfield motorcycle accident, contact The May Firm today online or call or text our Bakersfield office at (661) 244-9712. For a free, confidential, no-obligation case consultation, an experienced, knowledgeable legal professional will walk you through your rights and options for seeking compensation.

Do not wait to seek the legal help you need. You may have a limited amount of time to act before your valuable legal rights expire. The sooner you speak with a skilled attorney about your Bakersfield motorcycle accident, the stronger your chances of getting the money you deserve.

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