Murrieta Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Temecula Bike Accident Attorneys
Motorcycle riders are exposed to all the dangers car drivers face, but without the benefit of seat belts and steel frames to protect them. Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries, and victims need compensation if someone else's actions caused the collision.
At Gibbs & Fuerst, LLP, we have more than 75 combined years of experience handling motorcycle accident claims in Southern California. We offer our clients a combination of compassionate, personal service and aggressive, knowledgeable representation. Our goal is to obtain full and fair compensation on behalf of injured people, whether through settlement negotiations or trial.
Motorcycle accident accidents can cause serious spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, burns and broken bones. They are sometimes fatal. When you need serious representation for serious injuries, call Gibbs & Fuerst. With offices in Murrieta and San Diego, we serve a large portion of Southern California.
Who is Liable for Motorcycle Accidents?
There are many potential liable parties in motorcycle accident cases. They include:
- Negligent drivers: The majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by negligent, or careless, drivers. Motorists do not always watch for bikers in the same way they do other vehicles and they often do not see them because bikes are so much smaller. Still, every driver is required to watch for all vehicles and when they do not, they can be held liable for a crash.
- Other motorcyclists: Crashes between two or more motorcycles are not as common as those that involve other vehicles, but they do occur. There are several reasons for these accidents. They include the beautiful, year-round weather in Murrieta, meaning bikers are on the road all months of the year, and the fact that bikers often travel together.
- Manufacturers: All manufacturers are required to ensure their products are safe for consumers to use, and that include manufacturers of motorcycles. When a bike, or any part of a bike is defective, the manufacturer can be held liable for paying damages.
- Property owners: Property owners are required to maintain their premises and keep them in a safe condition so no one becomes hurt. If a property owner, such as the owner of a private parking garage, does not comply with this requirement, they can be held liable for paying damages.
- Governments: Governments are responsible for maintaining certain areas, such as public roads, so no one becomes hurt. When that is the case, government entities can be held liable.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
The majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by negligent, or careless, drivers. The main causes of motorcycle accidents are as follows:
- Left turns: When drivers of cars and trucks make left turns, they look straight ahead to ensure there is no oncoming traffic. While these drivers look for larger vehicles, they often do not see motorcyclists because they are so much smaller. A driver then makes a turn and strikes a motorcyclist in the oncoming lane.
- Lane changes: Again, motorcyclists are much smaller than other vehicles. Drivers may try to change lanes, checking their blind spots as they do. Although motorists may see larger vehicles, they may not notice a biker is in their blind spot. A driver may then make the lane change, hitting the biker as they do.
- Impaired driving or riding: Any time a motorist drives while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it creates a very dangerous situation. Intoxicated drivers and motorcycle riders have both been found to cause serious accidents.
- Speeding: Speeding makes it more difficult for both drivers and motorcycle operators to slow down and come to a stop when necessary. Speeding also makes it more difficult to control vehicles. All of these factors can result in a serious accident.
- Lane splitting: Lane splitting is the act of a biker moving their motorcycle between two rows of slowed or stopped traffic. California law does not specifically address lane splitting, but bikers have been found negligent in the past for engaging in this behavior.
Working Hard to Prove Cases
Especially in motorcycle accident cases, the victim often faces a significant challenge separate from any law: the perception that the motorcycle rider must have at least contributed to the accident, and may have be fully at fault. Our Murrieta motorcycle accident attorneys work diligently to overcome this misconception. We build strong cases for compensation by:
- Hiring investigators
- Locating and interviewing witnesses
- Hiring accident reconstructionists
- Analyzing insurance policies
Our goal in every motorcycle accident case, as in all personal injury cases we handle, is to obtain the compensation our clients need and deserve. We help people recover for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Rehabilitation costs
Contact a San Diego Motorcycle Injury Lawyer
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, call our Murrieta office at 951-816-3435, or our San Diego office at 619-702-3505 for a free consultation. You can also contact our law firm online at any time and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We handle personal injury cases on a contingency basis; you pay no legal fees unless we obtain a verdict or settlement on your behalf.