Pasadena Motorcycle Accident FAQs
A motorcycle accident can be physically, mentally and financially damaging. Understanding the options for recovery, however, can help injured riders start to pick up the pieces, reclaim their lives and get on the path to compensation and justice.
California’s statute of limitations for car accidents is two years from the date of the accident. Only a few very narrow exceptions can extend this time. It is best not to delay meeting with an attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights.
In California, there are two main types of damages:
- Special damages. Those have an actual price or dollar value.
- General damages. Losses that do not have a specific monetary value, and so, they are a bit more difficult to calculate.
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Severe burns
Lots of personal injury lawyers charge a contingency fee. This suggests that if you receive a negotiation or win a damage award, you would pay a portion of that total up to your lawyer. There’s no conventional portion that lawyers earn, but it’s normally around 33% of what you recover. If you lose the instance or recover absolutely nothing, you will not need to pay attorney fees.
The single best way to find out if negligence contributed to your motorcycle crash is to contact a Pasadena lawyer at the Law Offices of Pius Joseph for a free, no obligations case evaluation.
That being noted, however, there may be some clear indications that negligence played a role in your accident, with only some of these potentially being another motorist:
- Being issued a traffic ticket after the crash
- Being arrested following the crash
- Apologizing for causing the crash.
Keep in mind, however, that other drivers’ negligence is just one form of negligence that can cause motorcycle accidents. A lawyer can help determine when other forms of negligence may have also been involved, helping accident victims identify – and go after – all negligent parties involved.
Occasionally a settlement will generate a higher damage award than a trial verdict as well as there will be fewer expenditures. A lot of injury attorneys will certainly try to work a claim out of court.
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Bicycle and motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Sports-related accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
You might be able to file a claim without an attorney if the instance is eligible for small courts.
You can file any type of insurance claim in small courts, as long as the amount of your compensation is less than $10,000. In California, a plaintiff might not file a claim that deserves more than $2,500 more than twice a year. A public entity or organization has a limitation of $5,000.
If you anticipate recovering less than $10,000, small courts could be a great option that saves you time and money, and permits you to recover your losses quickly. Most individuals represent themselves in small claims court without lawyers existing.
A concussion is the most common type of TBI. A concussion results when the brain is traumatized a result of sudden movement or an impact, typically happening as a result of a blow to the head or violent shaking of the head. It can take years for a concussion to fully heal.
In addition to a concussion, other types of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Contusion – bleeding on the brain that results from a direct impact to the head
- Coup-contrecoup – which occurs when the head is hit with such force that there is a contusion at the site of impact and on the direct opposite side of the brain (caused by the brain slamming into the skull wall)
- Diffuse axonal – caused by shaking of the head, such as is the case in shaken baby syndrome
- Penetration injury – which is the result of the brain being penetrated by an object
- Anoxia – which occurs when the brain does not receive any oxygen
- Hypoxic – which occurs when the brain does not receive enough oxygen
Yes and no.
If you were in a car crash that was the other driver’s fault, your insurer needs to work with their insurance provider to have your expenses covered.
But in truth, there’s just so much your insurance company can do. If the other insurer refuses to acknowledge the various other driver’s obligations, or if the insurance firms can not make an arrangement on how much your damages are worth, there’s absolutely nothing, even more, your insurer can do.
Your very own insurance provider might also make you a lowball offer to resolve your insurance claim. The less the firm pays in negotiations, the even more revenue it makes. Your insurance provider isn’t motivated to get you the most money; their motivation is to work out the case and also spend the least cash possible.
If the amount you’re being used by your insurer does not cover your expenses, a personal injury lawyer can help you take the following steps to seek extra damages or file a claim.
The types of compensation – and the value of a compensation award – vary on a case-by-case basis.
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Disability, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life
Picking an attorney is very personal, like choosing your dentist or doctor. You require to really feel comfy sharing personal details as well as be confident that your legal representative will be your strongest ally and advocate of what you require to recover.
The course of treatment that a patient will require for a TBI depends on the severity of the injury. For some mild traumatic brain injuries, a person may only require rest at home and the use of over-the-counter medications to alleviate pain. Depending on how serious the injury is, the patient may be advised to stop going to work, exercising, or engaging in other activities for a few days or weeks.
- Medical care
- Future medical care
- Lost income
- Lost future income
- Property damage
- Physical pain
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement or impairment
- Emotional distress
California law provides two years for motorcycle accident victims to pursue financial recovery in civil court. This means that these cases have to be filed within two years of the date on which the accident occurred.
It depends on how badly you were injured, how much property damage was involved and the nature of the negligence that caused the accident. While you can receive a case evaluation from one of our attorneys, in general, motorcycle accident cases tend to lead to higher amounts of compensation when:
- The injuries sustained were more severe.
- The injuries will prevent someone from being able to earn a living.
- There was more extensive damage to riders’ motorcycles.
- The negligent parties may be corporate entities (like a trucking company) with a history of negligence contributing to traffic accidents.
Not before you talk to an attorney to find out if the settlement offer is adequate. The reason that consulting with an attorney is important is that insurance companies:
- Do not necessarily have your best interests in mind
- Commonly make low-ball offers to accident victims in the hopes that injured people don’t know their rights and/or are desperate for payouts.
A lawyer can help you figure out when to turn down inadequate offers so that you are able to obtain the full amount of compensation to which you are entitled.
Yes, if you are serious about the success of your case and maximizing your financial recovery, it is necessary to retain an experienced attorney to oversee your case. With a lawyer on your side, you can be sure that your rights are protected and that you are able to secure the compensation – and justice – you deserve following a motorcycle accident.
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