Motorcycle Accident Attorney
The McClellan Law Firm has won 110 verdicts and settlements totaling $1 million or more each. Our reputation as a skilled and tenacious law firm precedes us. We are committed to going the extra mile on behalf of our clients. If you or someone in your family was hurt or killed in a motorcycle accident, a San Diego personal injury attorney from The McClellan Law Firm is the representative you want in your corner.
How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in the U.S.?
In the U.S., over 100,000 motorcyclists were injured in traffic accidents in 2008; an additional 5,000 were killed. Specifically in California between 1999 and 2008, the number of serious injuries and fatalities resulting from motorcycle accidents steadily increased. These have decreased in recent years, but the danger is still present.
The NHTSA conducted a study in which it discovered that motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in a traffic accident than the occupants of a vehicle. Other studies have demonstrated that in a vast majority of these collisions, the driver of the passenger car is either at fault or at more at fault than the motorcyclist.
Despite these compelling studies and unsettling statistics, insurance companies are quick to point the finger at motorcyclists in the wake of an accident. You need a lawyer to help even the playing field.
Motorcycle Accidents Can Be Costly in a Variety of Ways
Most motorcycle riders have minimal protection, making them more vulnerable to their surroundings on the road. Consequently, motorcycle riders can sustain serious injuries from even minor crashes. The costs of medical treatment quickly add up, from transportation to the emergency room and hospitalization to rehabilitation.
Most medical costs of motorcycle accidents are not actually paid out of pocket by accident victims, but rather by other motorists involved in the accident, the government, private insurers, and taxpaying public.
According to studies, a reduction in the quality of life represents 63 percent of the costs associated with motorcycle accidents. Motorcycle accidents that result in a lengthy recovery, permanent disability, or prolonged pain and suffering will contribute to a decrease in the victim's quality of life.
Establishing Fault for a Motorcycle Accident
Managing the aftermath of an accident can be difficult, especially if you have better things to worry about—like your recovery. Let The McClellan Law Firm handle all of the heavy lifting by giving us a call. We examine police reports, speak to witnesses, field questions from the insurance company and ensure that your case is trial-ready.
Although we will always try to negotiate a fair settlement, we will not hesitate to take your case to court if the other side is unwilling to offer what you deserve. Studies have shown that accident victims are usually able to recover three times more money when they are represented by an attorney. Do not delay in giving us a call.
Seek Maximum Compensation for Your Losses
Regardless of how experienced a motorcyclist may be, few things can protect them against the negligent actions of other drivers on the road. Not only that, but motorcyclists are also at a grave disadvantage when they are involved in a collision with a car or truck. For this reason, it is not uncommon for riders to suffer severe, and often catastrophic, injuries in an accident. This can result in costly medical bills, time spent out of work, and more.
We can help you seek compensation for all of your losses, including:
- Hospital bills and long-term medical expenses
- Loss of income and diminished earning capacity
- Physical pain and suffering and mental anguish
When you work with a motorcycle accident lawyer at The McClellan Law Firm, we will do everything in our power to secure the level of compensation that you deserve. We have been representing accident victims throughout San Diego, CA for more than two decades, earning us recognition as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®. Don’t settle for anything less than the skilled legal representation that you deserve.
Dealing with the Insurance Company After an Accident
After a motorcycle accident, it is imperative that you get in touch with an injury attorney. The insurance company may be quick to contact you for a statement, but you should avoid talking about the accident until you have spoken to your own legal representative. The insurance company is not on your side—they are only interested in protecting their bottom line, which means that they will want to settle your claim as quickly as possible, for as little money as they can manage. Make sure your rights are protected by involving our firm immediately.
Reducing Injuries & Fatalities from Motorcycle Crashes
San Diego residents know the weather here is wonderful for riding motorcycles—year round. However, motorcycle riding is not without certain risks. In recent years, safety enhancements have reduced fatalities among car passengers. However, fatalities in motorcycle accidents have continued to rise since 1997.
A comprehensive study of motorcycle accidents has shown almost all motorcycle accidents result in an injury. 45% of motorcycle accidents are serious. Sadly, due to exposure to outside forces and lack of overall safety equipment motorcyclists are 34 times more likely to die in a crash than drivers of passenger cars.
Given the inescapable physical circumstances, the risk to motorcyclists may be inherently greater than that to passenger car drivers, but motorcyclists can take precautions to reduce the risk of accidents and injury. Aside from the basic safe riding practices—not sharing lanes, using proper turn signals, wearing bright clothing, etc.—the number one thing that motorcyclists can do to help reduce serious accidents is use safety equipment.
Helmets and protective garments provide important protection for motorcyclists. Regular use of such equipment can mean the difference between bruises and more severe injuries. As anyone who has been involved in accident can attest, safety on the road and preventing injury is as important to an enjoyable riding experience as the bike itself. The best prevention is for everyone on the roads to watch out for motorcycles.
Take Advantage of a Free Case Evaluation Today
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