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Motorcycle Accidents

California Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

People ride motorcycles for many different reasons. Some enjoy the ride; others like the fuel economy. But even the most experienced veteran riders can be hurt in an accident. The motorcyclist usually loses in an accident between a motorcycle and a car. Contact Justin Palmer Law Group today if you need a California motorcycle accident lawyer. 

A motorcycle doesn’t have the protection offered by an enclosed vehicle, so injuries tend to be more catastrophic than auto accidents. The strong impact can force a rider from the motorcycle and lead to severe injuries, even with a helmet.

The at-fault driver of the auto will probably claim that they “didn’t see the motorcycle.” Unfortunately, that’s not much solace to the badly injured rider and his or her family, whose life has been upended. A rider may have injuries with lifelong consequences, such as paralysis or a missing limb. He or she may even be disabled and unable to return to work.

A seriously injured motorcycle rider will need financial compensation to help recover from his or her injuries and other compensation. Future income, or the absence of it, is also a consideration.

Motorcycle Accident Causes

Many accidents are preventable and caused by inattentive, distracted, or careless drivers. Drivers texting or talking on cell phones do not pay complete attention to the road.

Despite the widespread belief that motorcycle riders are “daredevils,” most practice motorcycle safety, are safety conscious, and obey the traffic laws. About 50% of motorcycle accidents occur because a driver failed to see the bike or misjudged its speed.

Crashes frequently happen when a car or truck is making a left turn. The driver fails to yield when turning in front of the motorcycle, and the rider cannot avoid a collision. A similar situation results when a larger vehicle turns unexpectedly in front of the bike or moves into the rider’s lane without realizing the bike is already there.

Weather conditions and road hazards can also cause a motorcycle accident and an incorrectly serviced bike. Our experienced personal injury lawyers can help you navigate your claim, reach out today. 


Riders who are injured have many of the same kinds of injuries as those in other accidents:

  • Lacerations
  • Skin injuries, including “road rash.”
  • Broken bones
  • Lost limbs
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Spine and neck injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Paralysis and other disabling injuries

Even with protective gear, you may still be seriously injured in the event of a crash.

Lane Splitting Is Legal Here

Unlike the other 49 states, lane splitting, or driving between cars in traffic, is legal and permitted in California.

The practice is both controversial as well as dangerous for motorcyclists. Guidelines from CHP indicate that a rider should go no more than ten mph faster than surrounding traffic and never over 50 mph.

Riders should always be aware of a driver’s blind spot, and drivers are not allowed to block a rider from lane splitting. Should a driver block a rider and cause an accident, they will become liable for the accident and the rider’s injuries.

Recovering Damages

Damages, or compensation, are the money you receive to pay your accident-related expenses and other monies. For a motorcycle accident, this can include:

  • Medical expenses, present, and future
  • Lost wages, present, and future
  • Property damage, including the motorcycle as well as other property
  • Other accident-related expenses
  • Pain and suffering

If you’ve received a phone call from an insurance adjuster who “just wants to help,” politely refer them to your legal counsel and say nothing else. No matter how friendly they may seem, the adjuster has one job: to deny your claim and ensure you never receive anything.

When Should You Hire A California Motorcycle Accident Attorney?

Immediately. If you have to file a lawsuit, your personal injury attorney will need plenty of time to investigate and build your case. They can gather all needed evidence before it becomes lost and file your case long before the deadline.

As a rule, you have two years from the accident date to file your claim under California’s statute of limitations. Miss that deadline, and you lose your right to sue and the compensation you would have received.

The exceptions are:

  1. Wrongful death, which is two years from the date of death and may not be the same as the date of the accident
  2. A governmental body, such as a city, municipality, or the state of California, has a statute of limitations of just six months.
  3. If the accident victim is a minor, a parent can sue on their behalf before they turn 18, or they can file within two years of their 18th birthday.

An attorney will also file your insurance claim on your behalf, negotiate with the insurance company, and work to get the compensation you need to fully recover from your injuries.

Motorcycle Accident Recovery In California

If you or your loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, our accident attorneys are ready to help you get the money you need to recover from your injuries. Let Justin Palmer Law Group handle the legal side, it’s one less thing for you to worry about while you heal.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and discuss your case with our California motorcycle accident attorneys.

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Why Choose Justin Palmer?

If you have been injured in an accident or your civil rights have been violated, you need an agressive lawyer who will fight for you. Justin Palmer is a compassionate and aggressive lawyer who will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve. He has a proven track record of success, and he will not rest until you get the justice you deserve. Contact Justin Palmer today to schedule a free consultation.

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