Many people rely on motorcycles as their primary choice of transportation. Unfortunately, because their riders are exposed and less visible to other drivers, motorcycle accidents can be severely dangerous, leaving their victims in need of serious medical and financial attention.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. The distress, trauma, and costs motorcycle collisions cause can be overwhelming for those affected. Fortunately, the San Francisco personal injury attorneys of OnderLaw are here to help. We’ve been protecting the rights of motorcycle accident victims for over 19 years, reaching favorable outcomes for them in both settlements and trials.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, give us a call today. We’ll schedule a free, confidential case evaluation with one of our top-rated personal injury attorneys. Don’t let the devastation of a motorcycle accident keep you down any longer. Call us today to begin seeking the justice you deserve.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

Handling a motorcycle accident claim on your own is no easy process. Between documenting the damages and your injuries and dealing with the insurance companies, filing a suit on your own can be very difficult. With the help of an OnderLaw attorney, you can rest assured your motorcycle accident case is in the most qualified hands. Since 2002, we’ve been protecting clients’ rights, winning impressive settlements and awards.

At OnderLaw, our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to providing you with excellent legal counsel. This dedication goes beyond what other firms offer. We walk alongside you through each step of the legal process to make sure you feel safe and supported as you seek compensation for your motorcycle accident. A big part of this is the way we handle client communication. At OnderLaw, we manage all communication on behalf of each client so that they can avoid accidental admissions of guilt and focus on their families and careers while we seek restitution for them.

Why Choose OnderLaw?

When you choose OnderLaw, you’re choosing years and years of success. We’ve been recognized for our excellence on both the local and national level, receiving a 5.0 (superb) rating from Martindale-Hubbell Peer and Client Review Ratings and being invited into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Recognition like this is just one example of the high standard at which OnderLaw operates.

Personal injury attorney Matt O’Grady is a tremendous part of our success. O’Grady has been winning settlements and awards in personal injury cases since he joined OnderLaw in 2008. Having been nominated to Missouri Super Lawyers for three years, O’Grady’s legal prowess and commitment to excellence are a part of every case he takes on. Not only this but in 2019, O’Grady was nominated to the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys for his notable work in personal injury cases.

Types of Motorcycle Accidents

There are several types of accidents in which motorcycles may be involved. Most motorcycle accidents put the motorcyclist at a greater risk than the occupants of passenger vehicles, as they are less protected than those in a car or a large truck. A few examples of types of accidents our clients have been injured in include:

  • Single-vehicle accidents
  • Multiple-vehicle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Rear-end accidents
  • Rollover accidents
  • Lane splitting accidents
  • Dooring accidents
  • Left-hand turn accidents
  • Head-on collisions

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

In as active a city as San Francisco, it’s no surprise that there are many hazards present to motorcyclists on the road. These hazards can come in a variety of forms. A few examples of some common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

  • Roadside constriction hazards
  • Weather conditions
  • Drunk driving
  • Drugged driving
  • Vehicle malfunction
  • Distracted driving
  • Road rage incidents
  • Parked vehicle doors opening into the path of an oncoming motorcycle

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Along with the many types of motorcycle accidents comes a wide range of injuries. These injuries range in severity and may entitle you to compensation in your motorcycle accident case. If you have one or more of the following injuries, you may be entitled to reimbursement for your medical costs and other losses. A few examples of such injuries are:

  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Burns
  • Concussion
  • Brain damage
  • Neck trauma
  • Contusions
  • Organ damage
  • Paralysis
  • Disfigurement
  • Amputation

If you have sustained injury from a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Compensation for Motorcycle Accident Claims

Determining how much compensation you’ll receive is contingent upon several factors. There is more than one type of compensation to which you might be entitled, depending on the circumstances of your motorcycle accident.

  • Economic damages: Compensation for these losses includes the cost of anything measurable in fiscal terms. The cost of medical care, loss or future loss of income/wages, and the cost to repair any property damages are included in this category. To best determine the amount of your economic damages, keep copies of all medical records, track your medical expenses, repairs costs, and paystubs/timecards.
  • Noneconomic damages: Noneconomic damages cannot be measured in fiscal terms. These losses are intangible, and hiring an experienced attorney would be the best way to obtain all compensation of this sort you may be entitled to. Such damages include loss of mobility, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of companionship, and emotional trauma. To keep track of noneconomic damages, document your thoughts and feelings, how your injuries have impacted your daily life, and any therapy/counseling you receive as a result of your accident.

Proving Negligence in the State of California

Determining liability is another important factor in building your motorcycle accident case. In the state of California, liability is determined on a pure negligence basis. This means that a motorist will be considered liable to the same degree to which they’re found to have been negligent in causing the accident. Negligence is careless or reckless behavior, whether it’s intentional or outrageous, at the time of the accident.

Because California is a pure comparative negligence state, this means that even if you are found to have been 90% negligent, you may still be entitled to compensation for the 10% of the accident for which you were not found liable.

Of course, with an OnderLaw attorney, you can trust that we are doing our utmost to gather evidence, build strategies, and investigate your circumstances so that you obtain the compensation you deserve.

The Statute of Limitations in California

In order to file a lawsuit, you must observe your state’s statute of limitations for vehicle accidents.

  • In the state of California, victims of motor vehicle accidents are given two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit.
  • If you’re looking to file a lawsuit only for property damages caused by an at-fault driver, the state of California provides a three-year window to do so.
  • If you’re filing a lawsuit against a government employee or entity for property damages or personal injuries, you have six months from the date of the accident.

Any attempts to file a lawsuit outside of this timeline will likely be dismissed, and you will lose your right to pursue compensation in court.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

The California Office of Traffic Safety reported that in 2019, there were 474 fatalities as a result of motorcycle accidents in the state of California. 28 of these fatalities included motorcyclists who were not wearing helmets.

The University of California at Berkeley’s Safe Transportation Research and Education Center reports that in 2015, 12,844 motorcyclists were injured in motorcycle accidents in the state of California. The same report finds that because California has more registered motorcyclists than any other state (over 800,000), its number of incidents is the highest in the nation.

In 2019, motorcyclists were almost 29 times more likely to die in motor vehicle collisions than passenger car occupants, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Motorcycle Accident FAQs

If you still have some questions concerning your motorcycle accident case, a few of the questions our clients ask most often have been answered for you here.

What should I do if I’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident?

First, check to make sure whether anyone involved is in need of serious medical attention. Then, take photos of the scene, including images of any bodily injury or property damage. Avoid talking to the other driver except to exchange insurance information to avoid an accidental admission of guilt. Call one of our attorneys to discuss your circumstance and determine the best course of action to take in your motorcycle accident case.

What if I’m partially liable?

Because California is a pure comparative negligence state, even if you’re found to have been 95% negligent, you may still be entitled to compensation for damages for the 5% of the accident for which you are not liable. To best estimate your level of liability, discuss your case with one of our personal injury attorneys.

How much does it cost to hire one of your attorneys?

At OnderLaw, we believe in providing every client with the legal care they deserve. Part of this commitment is that OnderLaw functions on a contingency-fee basis, meaning that we will not charge you for the legal services we render until we have reached a favorable outcome for you in your motorcycle accident case. Once a settlement or award is secured, an agreed-upon contingency fee will be subtracted to cover the cost of OnderLaw ’s legal services.

Need Help? Call OnderLaw Today

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact one of our attorneys today to discuss your case and schedule a free, confidential case evaluation. Don’t allow one more day to pass before you seek the compensation to which you’re entitled. With OnderLaw, your journey to justice begins today.