The city of Fresno is a busy and ever-evolving place. Home to over 525,000 residents, Fresno’s population has grown by over 35,000 people in the last decade. It’s no shock that in a bustling city like Fresno, the roads are equally busy. Unfortunately, busy roads and high traffic lead to vehicle collisions that can be devastating for those involved. Motorcycle accidents can be particularly devastating, as motorcyclists are prone to more injuries than occupants of a passenger car or truck. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

Luckily, the Fresno personal injury attorneys at OnderLaw are here to help. With over 19 years of experience representing clients in motorcycle accident cases, OnderLaw is well equipped to provide you with counsel and help you pursue compensation.

If you’re ready to take the next steps toward seeking justice in your motorcycle accident case, don’t wait one minute longer. Call OnderLaw today. We’ll connect you with one of our attorneys for a free, confidential case evaluation, and you can begin seeking the compensation you deserve.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

After suffering the injuries and expenses of a motorcycle accident, you may find yourself in a difficult place. It can be hard to know what the next steps are to get money for expenses from a motorcycle accident, especially if you are acting on your own. With an OnderLaw attorney, you can trust that your case is in excellent hands. Our personal injury attorneys are highly qualified to guide you through the process of building a motorcycle accident case.

Not only that but our lawyers are well acquainted with both the local and federal legislation surrounding motorcycle accidents. We’re prepared to offer you the same award-winning legal care that has come to be associated with OnderLaw lawyers.

At OnderLaw , we believe in handling each case with hard work and dedication. When you choose one of our personal injury attorneys, you’re choosing our time-tested strategies, wealth of experience, and wide network of connections.

Our attorneys are committed to easing your burden by handling your accident-related communication for you. Rather than leave you to manage discussions with the insurance companies and other parties, making yourself susceptible to accidental admission of guilt, our attorneys will handle all communication on your behalf.

Why Choose OnderLaw ?

Since our founding in 2002, OnderLaw has been garnering acclaim for our hard work. We’ve been honored by the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents, LLC™, as well as the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. In 2017, we were recognized by as having one of the Top 50 Jury Verdicts in the U.S. for all practice areas.

James G. Onder, our founding attorney, has been protecting clients’ rights for decades. His success in personal injury and class action law has led to an illustrious career. Since graduating from the St. Louis University School of Law in 1988, Onder has served as co-chair, co-lead counsel, and co-liaison for many cases, bringing in over $8 billion in awards and settlements. Onder’s commitment to excellence is what has allowed OnderLaw to flourish, providing only the best legal counsel to those in need.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle riders are exposed to greater hazards than other road users because their vehicles are more difficult to see in traffic and because there is little to protect them against a collision with another vehicle. The accidents motorcycles are involved in can cause their riders severe injury and expensive damages. Causes of motorcycle accidents can include:

  • Aggressive driving
  • Roadside construction
  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Drugged driving
  • Mechanical failure

Types of Motorcycle Accidents

As you might expect, there is a wide range of accidents in which motorcycles might be involved. In as busy a city as Fresno, any of the following types of motorcycle accidents may occur. These collisions may involve the motorcycle and a stationary object or another vehicle. Examples of types of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Dooring accidents
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Turning accidents
  • Head-on collisions
  • Single-vehicle accidents
  • Multiple-vehicle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents

Common Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents

If you were involved in a collision while riding your motorcycle, you likely were injured. Since the only protection you have is probably your helmet and your leathers, and since it’s probable that you were flipped from your bike on impact, your injuries could be severe. A few examples of injuries that could result from a motorcycle accident include:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal damage
  • Contusions
  • Burns
  • Paralysis
  • Fractured teeth or jaws
  • Facial injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Organ damage

Compensation for a Motorcycle Accident Claim

After a motorcycle accident, you’re probably feeling the strain of mounting medical bills. You may also be worried about how you’ll provide for your family’s regular bills if your injury has prevented you from working. The lawyers of OnderLaw can help you prepare your claim or lawsuit for compensation.

In order to make an appropriate settlement demand to the insurance company, you and your lawyer will need to determine the amount of compensation you’re entitled to. Compensation, or damages, is determined based on a series of factors. You may be eligible for compensation for the following types of damages:

  • Economic damages are most often expressed in fiscal terms. These can be the medical costs, property repair expenses, or lost income you face as a result of a motorcycle accident. To keep track of these costs, keep copies of everything: receipts for repairs, your medical bills and records, and your timecards or paystubs.
  • Noneconomic damages are intangible costs associated with the pain and suffering a motorcycle accident can cause. Examples of these costs are emotional trauma, anxiety, PTSD, loss of mobility, loss of enjoyment of life, or loss of companionship. Since there are no specific dollar amounts attached to these losses, your attorney can help you figure out the value of this portion of your claim. To help document these losses, you might keep a journal. Write about how your injuries affect your daily life, how you feel, and about anything in your life that changes as a result of your injuries.

Proving Negligence in California

In California, liability is determined based on a party’s level of negligence in causing the crash. Under California law, everyone is responsible for what they do and for any injuries they cause when using their property. When someone fails to exercise ordinary care in their actions, and someone is injured, they are negligent. When the court finds that a driver involved in a crash was negligent, that driver will be liable for the damages of the injured party.

The state of California is also a pure comparative negligence state. This means that, even if a motorist is determined to be liable for 80 percent of the accident, they may still be entitled to recover compensation for 20 percent of the damages they incurred in the accident. This means that if the jury determines you’re entitled to $25,000 of compensation but also finds that you were 20 percent at fault for the crash, you’re still entitled to 80 percent of the amount of damages you incurred.

Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Lawsuits in the State of California

It may be that settlement negotiations with the at-fault driver’s insurance company break down, and we need to file a lawsuit to obtain the compensation you deserve. When you hire OnderLaw , we can watch the clock for you on the deadline for filing a lawsuit. Even if negotiations drag on, we can file a lawsuit to protect your right to go to trial at a later date.

Depending on the nature of your motorcycle accident, there are several timelines to consider when filing a lawsuit.

  • If you are seeking compensation for personal injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident, California’s statute of limitations requires that you file a lawsuit within two years of the date of the accident.
  • If you are seeking compensation only for property damage caused by a motorcycle accident, the state gives a three-year period in which to file a suit.
  • If you’ve been involved in an accident involving a government employee or government agency, the state provides a period of six months in which to file a claim.

If you miss the statutory deadline and file your case late, the court will most likely dismiss your lawsuit. If that happens, you will lose your right to pursue compensation for your losses in court.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

The University of California at Berkeley Safe Transportation Research Education Center estimates that in 2017, there were 2,317 severe injuries and 491 fatalities as a result of motorcycle accidents in California.

The California Office of Traffic Safety reports that there were 474 fatalities caused by motorcycle accidents in 2019 in the state of California.

In 2019, there were 5,014 fatalities caused by motorcycle accidents in the United States, according to a report from the Insurance Information Institute.

Need a Lawyer? Call OnderLaw Today

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle collision, you are well acquainted with the stress such accidents can cause. Let today be the day you seek compensation in your motorcycle accident case. Don’t allow a lack of legal know-how or financial means to keep you from pursuing the restitution you deserve.

Call OnderLaw today to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation. We’re committed to fighting for justice in each case. Let us do the same for you.