According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,286 motorcyclists were killed in fatal accidents in 2016. This represented a 5.1% increase from 2015.
In spite of the numerous motorcycle safety campaigns, helmet laws, and technological safety advances, motorcycle accidents are still increasing at an alarming rate. In fact, motorcycle fatalities occur nearly 28x more frequently than passenger car fatalities – per vehicle mile traveled.
In California, motorcycle riders are at an increased risk of being involved in a fatal motorcycle accident. In 2016, 529 riders were killed – the second highest state to rank for motorcycle fatalities in the country. Only Florida’s motorcyclists were at more risk.
Sadly, motorcyclists in California often face an uphill battle when trying to collect the compensation they need to put their lives back together again. Even after a devastating accident, insurance companies don’t always want to play fair. They may offer motorcyclists a settlement that is just a fraction of what they need to truly recover. They may even pin some of the blame for the crash back on the motorcyclist – even when there is little evidence to support this claim. That’s why you need an experienced and skilled motorcycle accident law firm on your side from the very start.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists who are injured in an accident often sustain serious and life-threatening injuries. After all, motorcycles don’t offer reinforced steel cages and airbags as protection. Even in low-speed accidents, motorcyclists can suffer permanent disfigurement and trauma. Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries include:
Traumatic brain injuries
Spinal cord injuries
Soft tissue injuries
Foot and leg injuries
Internal organ damage
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30% of all motorcycle injuries occur to the leg and foot area and 22% occur to the head and neck area. In order to reduce the likelihood of suffering serious and catastrophic injuries, it is important for all bikers to wear a helmet, sturdy closed-toed shoes, and protective clothing when riding – even when it is not required by law.
Statute of Limitations for Motorcycle Accident Claims
In the State of California, motorcycle accident victims only have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. If your motorcycle accident involved a government entity, such as a police car or a city bus, your attorney must file an Administrative Claim within six months of the accident or your ability to file a lawsuit will be lost.
In certain cases, there are some exceptions to the statute of limitations. If you were physically or mentally incapacitated after the crash or if you are a minor that is under the age of 18, you may have more time to file your claim. It is important to speak to an attorney quickly to avoid missing any critical deadlines.
Contact Anthony Abbott a San Marcos Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you will most likely face a steep uphill battle when trying to collect the compensation you need. Insurance companies don’t always treat motorcyclists fairly, and they often have incorrect biases against bikers that could jeopardize your claim.
Our San Marcos motorcycle accident attorney Anthony Abbott knows how to negotiate with insurance companies to help injured bikers get the money they need. We offer all our services on a contingency basis, and we don’t get paid until you get paid. That’s our promise and we will fight aggressively for you from the moment you step into our offices.
With an office conveniently located in San Marcos, we offer legal services throughout the entire San Diego area, including San Marcos, Escondido, Encinitas, Poway, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, Del Mar, Pala Mesa, Rancho Santa Fe, El Cajon and more. Contact Anthony Abbott, Attorney at Law at (760) 471-2322 or fill out our confidential contact form for a free initial consultation and review of your case. We’re ready to fight for you.