Approximately 4,700 motorcyclists were killed on U.S. roadways in 2015, the last year a full set of statistics are available, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Thousands of other motorcyclists were injured, oftentimes seriously so, in accidents in the United States during that same time period. The rate of motorcyclist injuries and fatalities in the Greater Los Angeles Area is comparable to what is occurring across the nation as a whole, according to the California Department of Transportation.
If you are a motorcyclist who suffered injuries in an accident, you need to understand your legal rights, as well as what you need to do to protect these interests. A key step in the process of understanding and protecting your legal rights is engaging the services of experienced, capable motorcycle accident attorneys.
Motorcycle Accidents: Time is of the Essence
In the aftermath of a motorcycle accident, the clock starts ticking. This includes time frames associated with pursuing a claim with an insurance company as well as a significant deadline connected with pursuing a lawsuit.
Insurance policies include deadlines associated with filing claims, responding to requests for information, and related issues. If you should miss a deadline, you can put your claim itself into a state of peril.
California law includes what is known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is a law that requires a personal injury lawsuit to be filed within a specific period of time following an accident. This includes motorcycle accidents.
In California, as a general rule, a motorcycle accident lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of the event. Failing to meet that deadline likely results in you being forever precluded from pursuing a lawsuit to obtain compensation for your injuries and damages that you otherwise would be entitled to seek.
The issue with these deadlines underscores the need for motorcycle accident attorneys in the aftermath of an accident. You need to be proactive when it comes to engaging legal representation to ensure that you do not jeopardize your interests by missing deadlines.
Compensation and Motorcycle Accidents
Another primary area in which you need assistance from skilled motorcycle accident attorneys is in regard to compensation for your injuries. The compensation to which you may be entitled in a motorcycle accident case depends largely on the underlying facts and circumstances surrounding the collision itself. The nature and extent of your injuries also represent a prime factor in determining compensation.
With that noted, there are injuries, damages, and losses for which motorcycle accident attorneys commonly seek financial compensation on behalf of their clients. These include:
- medical bills and expenses
- pain and suffering
- mental anguish and emotional stress
- permanent disfigurement
- permanent disability
- property damage and loss
- lost wages
Our motorcycle accident attorneys will fight to ensure that you obtain appropriate compensation not only for existing or current losses, but also for those you reasonable can expect to face in the future. For example, odds are that as an injured motorcyclist you may face ongoing medical care and treatment for an extended period of time. You may endure chronic pain because of your injuries. You may not be able to return to work any time soon. Indeed, you may not ever be able to return to the type of work you enjoyed before the accident. These all represent the types of ongoing or long term losses for which an attorney can seek compensation on your behalf.
The first step in retaining a motorcycle accident attorney is scheduling an initial consultation. Contact The Ryan Law Group at 310-272-5689. Our attorneys charge no fee for an initial consultation regarding your case.