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Motorcycle Accidents

Central California Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

California is home to the most motorcycles in the United States with nearly 1 million bikes registered in the state. At Champion Law Group, we have specialized motorcycle accident attorneys ready to support the victims of motorcycle accidents, as well as their families. To serve you, we have multiple offices throughout Central California, including the Central Valley and Central Coast.

We always put the needs of our clients first. Our motorcycle accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. That means you will not have to pay any fees unless a recovery is made. We understand how difficult it can be to recover from an accident, not just physically, but financially as well. That is why we do not charge an upfront fee for our services.

In 2013, over 11,700 motorcycle riders suffered injuries and over 480 of those injuries were fatal. In the same year, there were 4,668 fatal motorcycle accidents throughout the U.S.. That means California alone accounted for a little over 10% of all motorcycle deaths in the US.

Central California is home to the deadliest highway stretch in the entire United States – – Highway 99. This highway spans from Wheeler Ridge to Sacramento, and through Fresno. Each year, we represent vehicle accident victims who have been injured along this dangerous highway.

We understand that a motorcycle accident has the potential to change lives drastically. Whether you want to pursue a case for your injury, or on behalf of a loved one, Champion Law Group’s experienced motorcycle accident lawyers in Central California can help you. To get started, call us at 1-800-715-4105 for a free consultation, use the live chat feature or complete the contact form on this page.

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Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries

A soft tissue injury is when “soft” parts of the body are harmed. These parts include the tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Soft tissue injuries can result in bruises, strains and sprains. An extremely common type of soft tissue injury is known as whiplash. This happens when a collision causes the head and neck to move back and forth in a violent manner.

While the effects of a whiplash injury could take a couple days to set in, it is extremely important to remember that symptoms can first appear several days after the accident. Common whiplash effects include:

  • Sharp neck pain
  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Back pain

While the state of California requires its motorcycle riders to wear a helmet, this by no means fully protects a rider from concussion, or even traumatic brain injury. Motorcyclists have a much greater risk of experiencing a concussion or brain injury as compared to vehicle occupants. Any head injury can have long term consequences. Concussions have both short term and long term effects.

Short-term effects of a concussion include:

  • Loss of consciousness (If it is for over 30 minutes, it is then considered a traumatic brain injury)
  • Not being able to think properly (brain fog)
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Fatigue
  • Being sensitive to light and/or sound

Long-term effects of a concussion include:

  • Cognitive decline, resulting in not being able to focus or properly recall memories
  • Increased irritability
  • Long-term sensitivity to light and sound
  • Irregular and disturbed sleeping patterns
  • Severe depression, PTSD and psychological problems
  • Changes in smell and taste

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Like concussions, traumatic brain injuries cannot always be avoided in a motorcycle accident, even with helmet use. Many Traumatic Brain Injuries affect a person’s speech capabilities, vision, concentration, memories, recollections, and emotions. It is possible for a person to sustain a traumatic brain injury and be forever changed both in ability, but in personality and overall life outlook. This can make life for them, as well as their family, extremely difficult.

Potential effects of traumatic brain injury include:

  • Comatose state
  • Partial to complete paralysis
  • Seizures, occurring only once or becoming a regular occurrence
  • Poor sleep patterns
  • Loss of desire for food
  • Inability to properly control bladder and bowel movements
  • Death

Bone Fractures
A bone fracture is a crack or break in the bone, usually caused by force. Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries involve broken ankles and wrists. Serious cases of bone fractures can lead to disfigurement, implants, and other types of intervention in order to heal the bone properly. Healing from a bone fracture usually takes a minimum of 2 months, but can take much longer for more serious fracture cases.

Nerve Damage
The entire human body has nerves that send messages between the brain and parts of the body. Nerve damage interferes with the central nervous system and brain functioning. Whether it’s a digital nerve, spinal nerve, or sensory nerve that is damaged, the following symptoms may occur:

  • Constant tingling sensation in the extremities, such as fingers and toes
  • Pain and sensitivity that is unusual
  • Difficulty Speaking
  • Weakness
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Lightheadedness
  • Having a hard time controlling bladder and bowel movements
  • Partial or complete paralysis

An amputation is a devastating consequence of a motorcycle accident. Having an amputation from a motorcycle accident typically means the limb was too damaged to save. Leg and foot amputations are the most common body part amputations caused by motorcycle accidents.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Not all accidents are caused by a single factor, usually there several factors which contribute to a motorcycle accident. Our attorneys have successfully handled over 100 motorcycle accident claims where the accident was caused by one or more of the below factors.

Exceeding the speed limit can impair a driver’s ability to judge distance and required braking distance. Auto accidents involving a speeding motorist can be especially destructive. Motorcyclists should try to stay away from, or drive passively around speeding drivers to avoid an accident.

Motorists Failure to See Motorcyclists
All too often drivers don’t see motorcyclists. It’s easy for a small vehicle like a motorcycle to fall into a driver’s blind spot while trying to pass. Drivers should always try to take the time to turn their head and look before turning, merging or switching lanes.

Lane-Splitting (Legal in California)
Lane-splitting is the act of driving in between lanes through stopped or slowed traffic. In August 2016, California law legalized lane-splitting for motorcyclists on the state’s roadways.  Motorcycle accidents frequently occur due to a combination of motorcyclist lane-splitting and motorist’s failure to see the motorcyclist coming within their vehicle’s range.

It is recommended to not practice lane-splitting even though it is legal. This is because it puts a driver at risk when it is not necessary. If you do practice lane-splitting, it should only be done in slow or stopped traffic, as well as at slow speeds.

Intoxicated Driver
Unfortunately, drunk driving is responsible for almost 1/3 of all auto accidents in the United States.  A motorcyclist can avoid most drunk drivers by simply not driving at night.

Motorcycle Accident Settlement Calculator

Motorcycle accident victims and their families may be entitled to multiple types of compensation. Types of compensation are detailed below.

Medical Expenses
You may be compensated for both past and future medical expenses related to your accident.

Wage Loss
Some accidents can cause severe injuries that keep you from being able to go to work. Lost work and pay can take a huge toll on your finances following an accident. You may be able to receive compensation for wage loss.

Pain and Suffering
This type of compensation goes beyond medical bill reimbursement and attempts to compensate the motorcycle accident victim for the severity and duration of pain and suffering caused by the accident.

Loss of Consortium
Family members of the motorcycle accident victim, such as a spouse, children and/or parents may be entitled to compensation for their own loss. This type of compensation is usually only available where the victim’s injuries are catastrophic, e.g., paralysis, amputation, or death. Loss of consortium is intended to compensate the victim’s loved ones for their loss of love, affection, companionship, comfort, society, or sexual relations that the accident victim was able to provide prior to his or her accident.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the Motorcycle Accident Lawyers of Champion Law Group now for a free and confidential consultation. Learn more about your legal rights and see if you qualify for compensation for your injuries or loss. Don’t wait as there are strict time limitations for making a personal injury claim in California.

Call us today at 1-800-715-4105, use the live chat feature or complete the contact form on this page. Our lawyers have handled over 100 motorcycle accident claims and we know how to obtain maximum compensation for victims and their families. Call 1-800-715-4105 now.

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