Walnut Creek Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Trust an East Bay Firm with a Track Record of Success
A motorcycle rider seldom walks away from an accident. Moreover, injured riders may face the added burden of prejudice. The severity of their injuries and preexisting attitudes about motorcyclists make it critical for injured riders to seek out vigorous legal representation that overcomes such obstacles.
At Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook, our motorcycle accident lawyers have a record of success in motorcycle cases. We have obtained numerous substantial verdicts and settlements for riders who were seriously injured because of the negligence or misconduct of a car or truck driver. We believe that riders have the same rights as those enjoyed by drivers of other vehicles and we work to uphold those rights.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
In many cases, motorcycle accidents are caused by other vehicles on the road. With the rise of distracted and drunk driving, the roads are becoming even more dangerous for motorcyclists.
Our motorcycle crash cases have involved matters such as the following:
- Being hit by an intoxicated driver
- Other drivers not keeping a proper lookout
- Other drivers not double-checking their blind spot
- Other vehicles changing lanes without signaling
- Other vehicles forcing motorcycles off the road, into the ditch or up against the guardrail
- Other vehicles making right turns without stopping
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Injured riders suffer serious injuries such as:
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Road rash
- Multiple fractures
In many instances, they are permanently disabled, unable to care for themselves or ride their bikes. In other cases, they have a very long recovery period during which they are unable to work and during which they have a serious risk of infection.
What to Expect After a Motorcycle Accident
Knowing what to do in the aftermath of your accident can be overwhelming. You may be receiving an influx of calls and offers from your insurance company or the negligent driver's insurance company. You are also most likely juggling doctors visits and medical bills, while also trying to manage taking time off of work to recover. Knowing what to expect following your accident can help you understand what steps to take next. Here is the typical timeline of a motorcycle accident case:
Immediately following your accident you will need to get medical attention and most likely file a police report; you will be able to request this report later on to review for accuracy
You will then likely begin to receive letters and phone calls from the insurance company (either yours or the other driver's, or both); before speaking with either insurance company in detail, you should consult with a professional motorcycle accident lawyer
After meeting with your lawyer they will help you communicate with the insurance companies to request the proper amount of compensation after taking into account your injuries and other damages
If the insurance company accepts your demand, you can settle your claim outside of court; if they reject your demands, you will need to determine whether or not you want to settle, or pursue your case further to ensure you get maximum compensation
The claims process can be overwhelming and discouraging, but with our help, you can fight to get the compensation you deserve.
What Percentage of Motorcycle Accidents Are the Rider's Fault?
Evidence presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that motorcyclists are over-represented in fatal traffic accidents. In 2018 alone nearly 5,000 motorcyclists were killed.
When it comes to determining fault, research has shown that in multi-vehicle accidents the motorcyclist is only responsible in about 1/3 of accidents. Accidents most commonly occur as a result of motorists failing to notice the motorcyclist when attempting to make a left-hand turn at an intersection.
Begin Your Fight for Justice. Call Us Today!
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle crash, or a loved one suffered a wrongful death, contact our Walnut Creek motorcycle accident attorneys at Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook to learn how we may be able to help. With decades of experience and extensive resources at our disposal, we can provide capable help to those in need of compensation. Over the years, we’ve won millions on behalf of our clients.