At Kalfayan Merjanian, LLP, our Huntington Beach motorcycle accident lawyers put in the time, resources, and attention to detail to provide the highest level of personalized legal representation to our clients. If you or someone you know was involved in a serious motorcycle crash, we want to hear from you. To arrange a free, fully confidential consultation with an experienced Huntington Beach motorcycle accident attorney, please contact us today.
Motorcycles are Disproportionately More Likely to Be Hurt in a Crash
With less protection, motorcyclists face disproportionate risk of injury from accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 78.3 percent of motorcycle accidents result in an injury to the rider. Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Road rash;
- Biker’s arm;
- Broken bones;
- Back injuries;
- Concussions/traumatic brain injuries (TBIs);
- Internal organ damage; and
- Spinal cord injuries.
An Overview of California’s Motorcycle Accident Laws
If you were hurt in a motorcycle crash in Huntington Beach, it is imperative that you know your rights. Motorcycle accident claims are controlled by state law. Here are three key things to understand about the motorcycle collision laws in California:
- Motorcyclists Must Wear a Helmet: In California, all motorcyclists are required to wear a safety helmet. Motorcycle helmets help to prevent brain injuries. Even if you were not wearing a helmet at the time of an accident, you can still file a claim and seek compensation for your injuries.
- Statute of Limitations for Most Motorcycle Accident Claims: In California, there is a statute of limitations for motorcycle accident injury claims. A statute of limitations describes that amount of time an individual has to settle their claim or file a lawsuit after a collision. Failure to settle a claim or file a lawsuit will prevent an injured individual from the ability to seek compensation for their injuries. Therefore, any claim against a negligent defendant should be settled or a lawsuit filed prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations. It’s always a good idea to consult with a lawyer immediately after a crash as the statute of limitations could be as little as six months after the date of the collision.
- Liability is Based on Fault: California is a fault-based motorcycle accident state. An injured victim has the right to hold all parties that caused their accident through careless or reckless conduct legally liable for their injuries.
What Type of Compensation Can Be Recovered in a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
Motorcycle collision claims are notoriously complex. Following a serious collision, an injured motorcyclist is entitled to seek to the maximum available compensation to pay their bills and support themselves financially. Depending on the specific circumstances of the case, motorcycle accident victims may be able to claim financial compensation for:
- Property damage (motorcycle repair/replacement);
- Ambulance fees and emergency room care;
- Hospitals bills and other health care costs;
- Physical therapy and rehabilitative treatment;
- Loss of current and future wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Disability or disfigurement; and
- Wrongful death of a family member.
We Represent Motorcycle Accident Victims on a Contingency Basis
A motorcycle accident can change your life in a matter of seconds. The last thing you need to worry about is another bill. At Kalfayan Merjanian, LLP, we represent motorcycle accident victims on contingency. This means our firm does not charge fees unless we help our clients secure financial compensation.
Call Our Huntington Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
At Kalfayan Merjanian, LLP, our Huntington Beach motorcycle accident attorneys are compassionate and skilled advocates for injured victims. Contact our law firm today to get your no-cost, no-obligation personal injury consultation. We represent motorcycle accident victims in Huntington Beach and throughout Orange County, including in Fullerton, Garden Grove, Irvine, Santa Ana, and Anaheim.
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