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When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle the results are often devastating. In many cases, the rider has suffered severe or fatal injuries due to their lack of protection on the road. Unfortunately, a motorcyclist does not stand a chance against passenger vehicles that weigh an average of three thousand pounds. 
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation.  At Child & Jackson Personal Injury Lawyers, our motorcycle accident lawyers will go above and beyond to help you recover the compensation you need to cover the cost of medical bills, lost wages, damaged property, and more. While you recover from your injuries, let the legal team at Child & Jackson Personal Injury Lawyers fight for your right to a fair settlement.

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How Can a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Help?

At Child & Jackson Personal Injury Lawyers, our motorcycle accident attorneys have extensive experience handling complex motorcycle accident claims. We know what it takes to uncover the truth and prove liability. 

During this difficult time, our legal team can help by:

Investigating the Accident

When investigating an accident, a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer on our legal team will investigate the incident to determine liability and build a strong case. 

An accident investigation will involve gathering evidence such as:

  • Police reports
  • Medical records
  • Medical bills
  • Video Photos of the accident scene, motorcycle damage, injuries, and anything that may have contributed to or caused the crash
  • Video footage
  • Witness statements
  • Expert testimony
  • Phone records

Your attorney will also consider road conditions, traffic, and weather conditions to determine how and why the accident occurred.

Negotiating with the Insurance Company

Once the accident investigation is complete, your motorcycle accident lawyer will send a demand letter to the driver’s insurer. This will start the negotiation process. Using their extensive experience, your attorney will negotiate with the claims adjuster to seek fair compensation for your injuries and damages.

Going to Trial

If a fair settlement cannot be reached, your trial-tested motorcycle accident lawyer at Child & Jackson Personal Injury Lawyers will prepare to take the case to trial. During this time, they will continue to negotiate with the insurance company. The majority of the time, these cases are settled out of court. An insurance company is often more willing to make a fair settlement offer once a lawsuit is filed.

Why Are Motorcyclists at a Higher Risk of Serious Injuries?

Motorcyclists are more at risk of serious injuries in an accident due to:

Lack of Protection

Unlike drivers in enclosed vehicles, a motorcyclist is exposed to the elements and has minimal protection in the event of an accident.

Size and Visibility

Motorcycles are less visible and smaller than other vehicles, making it easier for them to go unnoticed by other motorists.

Stability and Control

Motorcycles require a high degree of skill and coordination to operate compared to four-wheeled vehicles.

High-Risk Riding Behaviors

Some riders may use high-risk behaviors such as speeding, riding under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or weaving in and out of traffic.

Lack of Protection Gear

While helmets and protective gear can help reduce the severity of injuries in a motorcycle accident, not all riders wear them consistently.

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Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Common injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents can include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Road rash
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Broken bones/bone fractures
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Broken collarbone
  • Leg and arm injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Crush injuries
  • Amputation
  • Crush injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Facial Injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Dental injuries

What Types of Damages Can a Motorcyclist Recover After An Accident?

Motorcycle accident victims may be entitled to the following types of economic and non-economic damages:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Past and future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of consortium
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Permanent disability
And other accident-related losses.

What Are Common Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents?

Motorcycle accidents can occur due to rider error or negligent drivers. In California, common causes of motorcycle crashes include:

Unsafe Lane Changes

Because bikes are less visible compared to other vehicles, they’re more susceptible to accidents when motorists fail to check blind spots before changing lanes.


Excessive speed is a leading cause of motorcycle crashes, reducing reaction time and increasing the severity of accidents.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving activities can take the driver’s attention from the road, increasing the risk of accidents. 

Distracted driving activities include:

  • Talking on the phone
  • Texting
  • Eating
  • Applying makeup
  • Adjusting the radio

Failure to Yield Right of Way

Drivers failing to yield the right of way to motorcycles, especially at intersections or when making left turns, can lead to accidents.

Lane Splitting

Lane splitting, where motorcycles ride between lanes of slow-moving or stopped traffic, can be dangerous if drivers are not aware of motorcyclists.

Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol significantly impairs a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle, leading to an increased risk of accidents.

Road Hazards

Compared to other vehicles, road hazards pose a much greater risk and can significantly increase the chances of an accident. 

Common road hazards include:

  • Potholes
  • Uneven road surfaces
  • Debris
  • Oil spills
  • Gravel

Driver Inexperience

Inexperienced motorcyclists may lack the skills and awareness to ride safely, increasing their vulnerability to accidents.

Left-Turning Vehicles

Accidents often occur when vehicles turn left in front of oncoming motorcycles, misjudging their speed or failing to see them.

Unsafe Weather Conditions

Inclement weather can reduce visibility and traction, making it difficult for motorcyclists to control their bikes and increasing the risk of accidents.

Poor weather conditions include:

  • Rain
  • Fog
  • Snow
  • Icy roads

Mechanical Failures

Bike defects or malfunctions can result in accidents.

Common motorcycle part defects include:

  • Brakes
  • Tires
  • Steering

Aggressive Drivers

Aggressive driving behaviors such as weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, or road rage can escalate into accidents.

Contact Us Today

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, contact Child & Jackson Personal Injury Lawyers today to schedule a free legal consultation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have decades of experience fighting insurance companies for the compensation our clients deserve and can provide the dedicated and knowledgeable legal guidance and advice you need during this difficult time. Contact us today to schedule your free legal consultation.

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