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Long Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

In May 2016, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) estimated that motorcycle fatalities on American roads increased 10 percent in 2015 but fell 7 percent in California. Two years later, the GHSA reported that the 406 preliminary deaths in 2017 represented a 28.3 percent decrease from the 566 in 2016.

In November 2018, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported that California ranks in the top 15 of the 50 states in motorcyclist fatalities and motorcycle deaths in California accounted for 15.1 percent of total motor vehicle deaths in 2016. The bottom line remains that all motorcycle accidents are perilous business for the people operating motorcycles, and the effects can be extremely long-lasting in many cases.

If you suffered catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident in Long Beach, do not wait to find yourself a personal injury lawyer. Contact the May Firm as soon as possible.

Our firm represents clients on a contingency fee basis, so you do not have to worry about paying us anything until you receive a financial award. Call (866) 825-7909 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.

Causes of Long Beach Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles are far smaller than most other motor vehicles on the road. While the smaller size can be an advantage for operators in certain cases, it usually translates to crashes being worse for the motorcyclists than the other people involved.

Some of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes include, but are not limited to:

  • Failure to Obey Traffic Signs or Lights — People who do not obey posted traffic lights or signs are far more likely to cause collisions in intersections.
  • Driver Fatigue — A tired driver may not be able to react to sudden emergencies, but they are also more likely to simply fall asleep behind the wheel.
  • Speeding — When a person is driving too quickly, they are also sacrificing some of their ability to control their vehicle if they need to stop.
  • Distracted Driving — People can be distracted by a number of things within their vehicles or even some things outside of the vehicles. Distractions in virtually all cases are dangerous because they take the driver’s eyes off the road.
  • Reckless Driving — Under California Vehicle Code § 23103, reckless driving is defined as driving “a vehicle upon a highway in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.”
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of Alcohol or Drugs — Drunk or drugged driving offenses often result in arrests and criminal charges. You need to know that a driver’s guilt has to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, but proving civil reliability only requires a preponderance of the evidence, a far lower burden.
  • Medical Emergency — A driver could suddenly be the victim of some kind of medical episode that renders them incapable of controlling their vehicle.
  • Failure to Maintain Vehicle — When a vehicle owner does not adequately care for their vehicle, it could cause a number of possible problems that affect the way the vehicle functions.
  • Overcompensation — Overcompensation usually refers to excess force being placed on a steering wheel in accidents, usually leading to rollover crashes.
  • Defective Parts — Motor vehicle involve hundreds of different parts that need to be working seamlessly, but a malfunctioning part can easily cause issues that lead to crashes.
  • Following Too Closely (Tailgating) — The great risk of following another vehicle too closely is that a person will not allow themselves enough stopping distance in the event of sudden emergencies.
  • Defective Highways — A governmental entity may be liable for failure to adequately care for a public road when it does not correct a condition that contributed to or directly caused a collision.
  • Improper or Illegal Turns — Drivers who perform certain turns that violate the rules of the road are at greater risk of causing accidents with other drivers not expecting such maneuvers.
  • Inclement Weather — Even though the weather is generally pretty favorable in Long Beach, certain conditions can impact driving and all drivers maintain responsibility for exercising due care in such conditions.
  • Construction Zone Violations — Areas of roads where construction workers are present always provide some additional driving concerns that all drivers need to adhere to so accidents can be avoided.
  • Other Traffic Violations — It is possible for many other kinds of less common traffic violations to also cause certain accidents.

No matter what kind of accident you are involved in, do not be surprised when the other party’s insurance company very likely implies you were somehow at fault for your accidents. This is the technique taken by many insurers in the immediate effort to deny liability for any damages.

You are going to want to make sure you are working with an experienced lawyer so you can have the best chance of recovering all of the compensation you are entitled to. Never assume any lump sum settlement offered by an insurance company represents your only chance at recovery, as such offers are usually far short of what victims are actually entitled to.

Types of Long Beach Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcyclists simply do not have the same level of protection that is afforded to occupants of other motor vehicles. Instead, motorcyclists are subject to far more devastating levels of injury because of their exposure.

The result is that many motorcyclists will be hospitalized for long periods of time and amass enormous medical bills. On top of this, the same people will be unable to return to work for several weeks, months, or even years.

Some of the injuries motorcyclists may suffer include, but are not limited to:

  • Internal organ injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Burn injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Sprains
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Fractures
  • Muscle strains
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)

Motorcyclists are also much more likely to suffer fatal injuries in many accidents. The families of deceased parties can often file wrongful death lawsuits to recover damages for their loss of financial support.

Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Long Beach

Did you sustain serious injuries or was your loved one killed in a motorcycle accident in Long Beach? You are going to want to quickly find yourself an experienced lawyer to handle your case.

The May Firm are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has been named one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators. We can provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case when you call (866) 825-7909 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Call Us for a Free Consultation

Contact us to get started. It is important to have the proper legal representation on your side if you’re involved in a motorcycle crash. Often wrongful blame is placed on the rider in a multi-vehicle collision due to the increased risk that comes with riding a motorcycle. Insurance companies are reluctant to side with the motorcyclist and oftentimes will attempt to place the full or partial blame on them. Don’t accept that blame and the legal repercussions that come with it.

Call (866) 619-6679 to schedule a free consultation with our award-winning motorcycle accident lawyers. We’ll help determine the viability of your case based on your testimony and help you determine the best way to proceed. Working on a contingency fee means our lawyers are only compensated when your case or settlement is won, and our extensive experience and case history allow us to settle most claims out of court, giving you a faster resolution to your case and allowing you to focus on your recovery process. We factor in every possible expense when building your settlement: Medical bills, wage loss, property damage, and emotional suffering are all considered. Our goal is to help you put your life back in order to the best of our ability.

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