In an Instant: How Your California Motorcycle Ride Can Suddenly Turn Disastrous Due to Other Drivers’ Negligence
Fatal motorcycle accidents can occur so quickly. One moment you're simply cruising down the road and the next... everything changes for the worse. If that accident causes you catastrophic injuries or fatally injures your loved one, then it has permanently altered your whole world. It may also have had a devastating effect on your family's financial security.
A knowledgeable San Mateo motorcycle accident lawyer
can take on the legal system and/or the insurance companies to help you seek the financial recovery you need.
N.H. was one of those motorcyclists. The 21-year-old man was driving along a city street in northwest Fresno just before 5:00 pm one Saturday afternoon. Then, the driver of a nearby pickup truck decided to make a U-turn. The police said that they did not suspect the truck driver was drunk or high, but that he simply "misjudged the speed of the motorcycle," according to a Fresno Bee
And, in an instant, that led to the motorcyclist slamming into the passenger's side of the truck and N.H. dying at the scene as a result of his massive injuries.
For motorcyclists in the Bay Area, across California, and around the country, scenarios like this one play out far too often. In the most recent year for which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has statistics, more than 5,000 people died -- and another 80,000 were injured -- in motorcycle crashes. Additionally, motorcyclists and their passengers were, per vehicle mile driven, nearly thirty times
more likely to die in a crash than the drivers or passengers of cars, trucks, and SUVs.
If you've been seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident -- or you've lost a loved one in a fatal crash
-- you need a knowledgeable legal team with first-hand experience dealing with the many ways that motorcycle accidents are unique.
Understanding the Nature of Motorcycle Crash Injuries... and Cases
For one thing, the right lawyer can help
you in crucial ways to overcome the bias that often exists against motorcyclists. In far too many situations, eyewitness statements and/or police reports are slanted against the motorcyclist, unfairly painting them as speeding, reckless, and/or driving dangerously. The right legal team can do the complete investigation and discovery necessary -- including assessing "black box" data recorders and reviewing crash scene debris and skid marks -- to get a complete picture that may debunk the negative evidence against you.
In addition to winning the case, there's also the matter of getting a proper damages award. Given your enhanced degree of exposure as a motorcyclist, your accident -- even if you were wearing proper safety gear -- has a substantial likelihood of causing major harm from brain injuries
to broken bones to spinal injuries to disfigurement. Your ability to earn a living may be permanently altered, or you may never be able to work again at all. A skilled attorney will know how best to present your case to get you all the damages to which you are entitled.
The knowledgeable San Mateo motorcycle accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos have spent many years fighting for injured motorcyclists, motorcycle passengers, and their families. We know the special challenges you face because we've been successfully representing people just like you.
Get in touch with our helpful attorneys today to find out more about the legal options that exist for you. To set up a free consultation, contact us at 650-345-8484 or through our website.