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Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Attorney

More Than 40 Years of Experience in Injury Representation

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another, you need an attorney, because some insurance providers are not on your side. Their goal is to pay out as little as possible, so that they can preserve their own profitability. At The Law Office of Michael R. Loewen on the other hand, defending your best interests is our first priority. We strive to maximize your recovery and to fight for the compensation you deserve.

What Are the Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

Although motorcycle riders often have the stereotype of being "risky" and "reckless" riders, a majority of motorcycle accidents are not the fault of the motorcyclist. In fact, the negligence of cars and trucks are typically the ones to blame for a large number of crashes. Yet, motorcyclists suffer the vast majority of fatalities and injuries in these types of accidents. Riding a motorcycle is 35 times more dangerous per mile traveled than the risk faced by passengers of a conventional vehicles.

Common reasons for motorcycle accidents:

  • Drive too fast for weather conditions or over the posted speed limit
  • Drive while distracted, such as by texting, eating, or talking on the phone
  • Fail to look both ways when making a turn
  • Change lanes suddenly and unsafely such as by failing to use turn signals or to properly check for cyclists or other drivers before maneuvering
  • Ignore traffic signs including stoplights and yield signs

What Can a Lawyer Do to Help Me After a Motorcycle Crash?

The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be chaotic and overwhelming. Not only are victims suffering from severe injuries, but it can be challenging for victims to navigate the investigation process and dialogues with insurance adjusters.

At our law firm, we can guide clients through the entire process. From the investigations and paperwork, all the way to negotiations or a trial, we fight for you every step of the way. Our goal is to help you conduct thorough investigations, build a strong claim, and seek the highest possible compensation possible.

Motorcycle Accident FAQ:

What are some motorcycle accident statistics for California? The NHTSA reported that in 2018 there were 488 motorcyclist fatalities. While it is estimated that about 287 lives were saved in 2017 because of helmet use, that doesn't mean that those involved didn't sustain any injuries. The NHTSA also reported that in 2018 Sacramento county ranked #7 as one of the most dangerous counties in California when it comes to traffic fatalities.

What should I do after my motorcycle accident? If you have been involved in a motorcycle crash, it's important that you treat it the same way you would any other vehicle collision. First seek medical attention before gathering the information necessary for your case (contact information, insurance details, etc. from the responsible party). You should also seek legal representation as quickly as possible.

What are some of the most common injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents? Research conducted by the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine found that most motorcyclists when admitted to hospitals after their accident had suffered injuries to their upper and lower extremities. The next most common area that injuries were sustained was the head. A variety of different medical complications can arise from these types of injuries, from traumatic brain injuries to broken limbs and extreme road rash. Whether you have suffered a catastrophic injury or a minor one, it is important that you seek medical attention. You should also pursue compensation for any medical expenses if your injuries were caused by someone else's negligence.

Motorcycle Accident Case Statute of Limitations

Evidence such as pictures from the scene of the accident and witness testimony should be secured as soon as possible. According to California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1, surviving family members have up to two years to file a personal injury claim from the date of the accident. Our attorneys can help you navigate the days following your accident. In all personal injury cases, contacting an attorney as soon as you believe you have a case can help preserve evidence that can be helpful in your case.

Work with Our Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

If you were the victim of a motorcycle accident caused in whole or in part by another driver, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and the other losses you may have suffered as a result of the collision. Our lead Sacramento motorcycle accident lawyer is a motorcycle rider himself, so you can have confidence that we understand what you are going through, and we are prepared to aggressively and effectively protect your rights.

To schedule your free, no-obligation evaluation at our Sacramento law office, contact The Law Office of Michael R. Loewen today.