Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle collisions often result in serious injuries because of the lack of protection a motorcycle provides compared to a car or a truck. Despite all safety precautions, helmets and other gear cannot protect riders from broken bones, spinal cord injuries, or worse. The Sacramento motorcycle accident attorneys at our firm understand how important it is to protect oneself from financial burden after a collision that resulted from another person’s negligence.
From its offices in Sacramento and Roseville, California, Rosenthal & Kreeger, LLP has been defending injured motorcyclists for more than 25 years and with our record of superb results, you can be confident that your case is being handled by seasoned professionals.
The lawyers at Rosenthal & Kreeger, LLP understand how challenging life can be after a motorcycle collision, which is why our team is committed to helping our clients through the financial and legal aspects of their injuries so they can focus on physical and emotional recovery. Call (916) 774-7200 now to schedule a free consultation.
Why Trust Us with Your Motorcycle Accident Claim?
Rosenthal & Kreeger, LLP is committed to putting all of our resources to work for our clients throughout the entire process. Treating all clients as though they were a family member or friend is simply part of the process. When choosing a Sacramento motorcycle accident attorney to represent your family, it is important to focus on the results he or she has achieved and the approach that lawyer would take to your case. We are candid about both, so you can be confident in your choice.
We want each case to be successful just as much as our clients do, which is why we use all of our resources to help make each case a victory. We work with expert witnesses, accident reconstruction experts and other professionals to help strengthen every detail. If a collision was caused by a poorly constructed road or a mechanical defect in a vehicle, we find the answers.
Do I Need a Lawyer for a Motorcycle Accident?
If you have suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, then it’s in your best interests to start working with a Sacramento personal injury attorney. Generally, the sooner you can hire a lawyer, the better. California’s statute of limitations on personal injury cases only gives you two years from the date of your accident to file a claim before you use your right to compensation. Contacting an attorney within a week or two of the accident can give your claim the best chance of success.
Another advantage to hiring an attorney early is to prevent costly mistakes. Insurance companies can contact you before you even have time to process your accident – sometimes on the same day. Making a statement to an insurance broker or agreeing to a settlement offer can prevent you from receiving the full extent of your compensation and an attorney can help you avoid these problems.
What If the CHP or Police Report Says I Was at Fault?
A police report can be a helpful piece of evidence in a motorcycle accident claim, especially if the report determines that the other party is liable for your injuries. However, police reports don’t always rule in your favor and you may just be the at-fault party according to the cops. Thankfully, this doesn’t mean you don’t have a valid motorcycle accident claim.
Police reports can contain both facts and opinions. Details of when and where the collision happened are facts but an officer’s determination of fault may be inaccurate, especially since he or she didn’t watch the accident occur. Instead, the officer determines fault based on the accounts of the involved parties and evidence on the scene, which may lead to inaccuracies.
If the PHP or police report names you as the liable party, there are other ways to prove fault in your case. Evidence from the scene and witness testimonies can help determine the events of the incident and the court may rule differently from the police report during your claim. Our Sacramento motorcycle accident attorneys have the resources to investigate your case and correctly determine fault.
Who Is Liable in a Motorcycle Accident?
Like many other types of personal injury cases, liability in motorcycle accidents works under the laws of negligence: if a driver acts thoughtlessly or carelessly and harms another person, then the driver is liable for the victim’s injuries.
Often, motorists are negligent by not following the rules of the road, driving while distracted, or not paying attention for motorcycles on the road. Likewise, a motorcycle rider can also be the liable party if he or she also doesn’t obey traffic laws. Not wearing a helmet can also make the motorcyclist liable for any head injuries. If the accident occurred due to a manufacturing error, then the manufacturer will be liable.
It’s possible for the involved parties to share liability for a motorcycle accident. When this happens, the injured parties can still seek compensation but the court will reduce the final damages reward by how much the injured person contributed to the accident.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Since motorcycles don’t have enclosed cabs, there’s limited protection from injury during a collision. If the accident involves a passenger vehicle, a motorcyclist can suffer severe damages. Common motorcycle accident injuries are:
- Head and traumatic brain injuries
- Broken and fractured bones
- Road rash
- Spinal cord injuries
- Bruises, lacerations, muscle damage, and other soft tissue injuries
Injuries from a motorcycle crash can even be severe enough to lead to death, and motorcyclists who survive collisions may suffer from lifelong injuries. With so much at risk, it’s essential that you work with an attorney that can help protect your rights.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Sacramento Today
When a motorcyclist is involved in a collision, he or she often faces prejudices after the incident. Drivers often view motorcyclists as reckless risk takers and unsafe drivers. Our office does not accept the argument that a motorcyclist “came out of nowhere” or that the other driver simply “didn’t see the motorcyclist” – these are not acceptable excuses for the negligence of other drivers.
Through the years, our lawyers have succeeded in getting the best possible outcome for our clients, whether that was at the negotiating table or in the courtroom. Contact us online or call (916) 774-7200 to speak with one of our qualified Sacramento motorcycle accident attorneys and get started on your case today.
All personal injury claims are handled on a contingency basis, which means you pay no attorney fees unless you win.