A motorcycle is typically a motorized two-wheeled vehicle that is registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles to be ridden by a single rider. It usually affords no roll cage or other protections to its riders or passengers.
A motorcycle accident is often a deadly or life-changing event. Our Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers help riders who were hurt in bad collisions and spills on bikes. So this means that we are the injury law firm you call to seek money damages when you or someone you love has gone through a devastating motorcycle accident.
Michael Ehline of ELFPI.com is recognized nationwide as the motorcycle rider's friend. Michael, as the firm's head, is a rider too. He knows it is a rare accident that is more destructive than on a motorbike.
Michael also knows how many close calls he has had dealing with LA drivers. He can place himself in your shoes. So you can be supremely confident you have located elite lawyers who ride.
Regardless of your motivation in hiring us, you will have the personal relief of knowing you are getting elite, dedicated legal professionals. Our staff consists of agents who are looking out for the best interests of motorcycle accident victims.
Also, our tier-one litigators do so both in and out of court. Our "can do" attitude is precisely what you need as a wayward consumer.
Getting Down to Brass Tacks - Motorcycle Accident Victims are in a Class All Their Own?
You heard, right. Motorcyclists are different. Patriotic, freedom-loving Americans love the feeling of joy that riding brings to life. None would argue that thrill-seekers and alpha personality types are more likely to ride bikes. But as will be discussed, the risks are significant when compared to a car with seat-belts and a roll cage.
Also, the bias against riders can be hard to overcome in a court case. So in a personal injury case, motorcycle accident victims are in a class all their own.
What Makes Attorney Ehline Different?
Michael is an honorably discharged U.S. Marine. He understands more than most that motorcycles are an integral part of many people's lives. They are easy to store during deployments, cheap to buy and cheap on gas. You can make lane splits and get around quickly.
Michael has been in a motorcycle accident himself. So he knows the cards remain stacked against most fallen riders in most cases.
Ehline uses his superior skill and knowledge of motorcycle law and riding experience to overcome the obstacles you victim's face.
Because of this, fellow travelers can rest extremely confident that our firm knows exactly how to deal with the insurers and police. Also, ELFPI is abreast of the cutting edge medical procedures available.
But even more pertinent, we can often help you get that care. In fact, these are the first quick steps to protect your legal rights. Because we are aware of the pits and valleys of the law like the back of our hand, our professionals get down to bare brass tacks right away.
And it matters not whether you walked away or were "carried away" from the accident scene in an ambulance, we can help. We understand that you may have sustained a temporary or permanent loss of mobility. Perhaps you lost the use of an arm, wrist, leg, or another limb? It happens.
Either way, we will fight tooth and nail against unscrupulous insurance companies and other defendants. Most of all, this is key in these often complex cases. Rest assured, we know what you want. And we can deliver.
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With Millions Recovered in Verdicts and Settlements.
ELFPI Are Specialists In Motorcycle Insurance Claims.
We Are Recognized Nationally for Experience and Excellent Outcomes.
What is No Recovery No Fee?
What is the no recovery no fee promise? Simple, it means no recovery of money to you, no pay to us. We want to represent you. Our confidence in winning helps you deal with the uncertainty and frustration of a bad crash. Our robust, steadfast representation has earned us numerous awards, and peer recognition in our industry.
So if our reputable motorcycle attorneys can't win, we don't think we deserve to get paid.
So if you were thrown off your bike and hurt during an accidental collision or crash in Greater Los Angeles, there is no out of pocket cost to hire us. That is the no recovery no fee promise.
“Most of all, my latest accident was an unforgettable experience. Sadly, my residual knee and ankle pain and need for a future surgery are constantly making me recall those terrible events of that auto v. motorcycle accident that contributed to my disability as a U.S. Marine combat veteran. I am emotionally scarred. The bottom line is that I was riding my motorcycle, obeying traffic signals, and minding my own business. As I was driving straight, I heard a loud impact, and was thrown from my motorcycle. When I regained consciousnesses, I discovered that I had been involved in a horrific car accident that was not my fault. …” Read More.
What are Some Steps We Take to Help Protect Your Rights to Money Damages?
We take many steps to help you get your life back on track. Money solves some of the problems you will face. Determining who is legally responsible for a traffic accident or casualty is the first step in getting paid. Also, there could be many defendants, not just one.
Beyond that, it depends upon the carelessness, among other factors, of the alleged wrongdoer(s). To learn the truth, we think getting to the incident scene, interviewing witnesses, and locking in testimony is a crucial step to take. So we go the extra mile and do this with due diligence.
We are in it to win it once you sign with us. And we stake our reputation, time, money, and paycheck on excellent outcomes, as you will see below!
What are Some Other Reasons You Will Choose Us as Your Champion?
You want your motorbike repaired as soon as possible.
After all, wearing your orange safety vest, full-faced helmet, heavy-duty biker boots, and riding chaps don't ensure a scot-free escape.
Plus, things like padded leather jackets and gloves offer little protection when stacked against a large car, truck, or bus slamming into a cyclist.
In fact, riders get lucky if they escape with mere:
Black and blue marks.
Many enthusiasts trying to get from point A to point B safely are killed or wounded in motorcycle collisions every day. Because of this, we have an experienced staff of legal experts with resources oriented towards traffic accident victims.
These people know exactly what they need to do to increase the value of your case. Also, whether you were following safety protocol or not, we can still help. So why not let the apostles of motorcycle law at ELFPI help you too?
Heavy Traffic and LA Motorcyclists - What are the Statistics?
Take a look at Los Angeles motorcycle accident statistics. After you do, it is hard to image why you would purchase a motorcycle, let alone ride one.
Statistics show a chance of a smash-up is higher in the geographic area of LA. [1. The Hurt Report 1981] Riders don’t have a chance against the four-wheeled, steel beasts we call automobiles. In 2014, the California Office of Traffic Safety ("OTS") stated that motorcycle wrecks composed 1,773 of Los Angeles fatalities and death.
The OTS also says motorcycle deaths rose 153% from 1998 to 2007. So in just nine years, large numbers of riders died. (Read More.)
Today, bike deaths are twice as high as they were in 1997.
As the costs of gasoline go up, more and more commuters buy motorcycles due to their fuel efficiency alone.
Unfortunately, riding safely in LA traffic requires years of experience.
In fact, motorcycles make up around 3% of the total vehicle numbers. But they account for 14% of commuter fatalities.
What are the Risks of Rider Deaths Compared to Passenger Cars?
According to the United States Department of Transportation, the number of fatalities per vehicle mile traveled was 37 times higher for motorcycles than for cars. (Source.)
Per mile traveled, motorcyclists are about 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash.
Motorcycle riders are five times more likely to be injured than a car occupant.
Death or severe injury due to motorcycle use is no joke. Those who suffer a mere sore back, skinned knee, or whiplash are the lucky ones. (More statistics here.) The number of innocent lives taken each year is far too many. Also, the increase in rider and occupant injuries are particularly alarming.
Are Motorcycle Deaths Going Up?
Yes, they are! Although in some cases, drivers are out on the road less, the number of motorcycle deaths increased. Last, this is a matter of national concern for the 8.4 motorcycles on the road today. Each motorcyclist takes care of their vehicle and to has to keep themselves safe as well.
They Can't Always See You, So Riders Must Be Vigilant?
Other drivers are not always aware of two-wheel traffic. Blind spots and lack of experience often cause severe injury or death.
Drunk driving is also a perennial risk.
Distracted driving, in particular, is on the rise across the country.
What About Motorcycle Riding Risks in Los Angeles?
You probably guessed it. Yes, Los Angeles traffic is among the worst for riding accidents, especially during Rush Hour. So the very crammed traffic on the arteries, on-ramps, off-ramps, and turnpikes are an accident waiting to happen.
The density of vehicles traversing the road means there is a high likelihood you could be the next motorcycle crash victim. Whether an L.A. city motorcycle collision or Santa Monica bike accident, you will likely suffer harm.
The City of Los Angeles could even be a defendant in your case. The city could be responsible for the jam or unsafe traffic condition that led to your accident. (Learn more about government claims here.)
And your doctors and hospital care providers need payment too. But while you heal, what about your injury claim? The wrongdoer should be forced to pay under our tort system.
Just be aware that the chances of getting hurt increase a lot when riding in LA. Does the above describe your circumstances? If so, make sure you have a lawyer on call. Read more about our committed, responsive team below.
Yes. We can help you get paid for your injuries and loss of use of your bike.
Using our motorcycle lawyers as your mouthpiece, as opposed trying to handle this yourself, or hiring an incompetent ambulance chaser, can keep you sane and out of jail.
Yes. Hiring us means you don’t “lose it,” or do something could regret later.
An angry biker might try and handle this the old fashioned way. Don’t do it. Let us be your legal sword, shield, and referee. Also, this avoids self-help, like the days of the wild west. In a civilized society, the evil-doer should pay for his transgressions in money damages.
We work with qualified experts to investigate your case and learn the finer points of the fact pattern in your case. Our injury law firm has vast legal knowledge of the anatomy of motorcycle incidents.
What Types of Motorcycles Face the Greatest Risks?
Before going further, let's learn a few things about why these vehicles are so injury prone.
A motorcycle (also called a motorbike, bike, or cycle) is a two three or four wheeled[not in citation given] motor vehicle. Motorcycle design varies greatly to suit a range of different purposes: long distance travel, commuting, cruising, sport including racing, and off-road riding. Motorcycling is riding a motorcycle and related social activity such as joining a motorcycle club and attending motorcycle rallies.
Obviously, there are many types of motorcycles, including superbikes, classic bikes. (Source.) Some bikes get equipped with competition cams and all manner of racing equipment. So some are going to be more risky to ride than others. Although motorcycle technology is making bikes safer to operate, bikes are still more dangerous than most small cars.
“Motorcyclists are a bigger and bigger percentage of deaths each year,”... (Source).
Cars, especially during rush hour, don’t always pay attention. Motorcycles are usually two-wheeled vehicles like a Ducati, Harley Davidson, or BMW that will usually eject the rider in a high, or even low-speed crash.
And this poses a different risk than a four or three-wheeled conveyance. We realize that most rider injuries happen near the bikers residence, and occur at intersections with only seconds for a rider to react.
What About Left Hand Turn Crashes?
Typically, this happens when a passenger car makes a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming bike. Sadly, this can force the biker into a head-on crash. Often, the side of a vehicle faces the rider. So the rider will T-bone the motor car. And this will launch the rider into the air. (Read more here.)
Is Riding Gear and Technology Helpful to Obviate Injuries?
Also, with motorcycles as with most two-wheelers, no rider protection exists beyond the basic gear like boots, gloves, leathers, a helmet, and reflective items. Even waterproof body armor won't stop prevent a full face helmet from filling with water after a slide out in the rain.
No enclosure or roll cage protects the biker's eyes, mouth or body exists as part of the vehicle's nomenclature. Stronger frames and EMS have helped improve safety. But no silver bullet exists. No matter how safe you drive, the surface streets are filled with peril.
What Are More of The Many Risks of Riding Bikes?
When a person rides, they literally take their lives into their own hands. Small things like cold tires, or brakes can mean the difference between life and death.
Driver distraction and inattentiveness of others are responsible for most motorcycle wrecks and fatalities. In any event, a poor rider can quickly get stuck in the blind spot of one or more other cars on the road. (Source.)
Close calls are standard for bikers. But they are generally not the rider’s fault. Even pads and helmets do little to protect riders in freak accidents.
Rider experience is also a key factor. (Read more.)
However, most accidents take place within five months of owning a newer bike, irrespective of how long a biker has been riding.
The mischief arising out of these collisions isn’t the same as that suffered in an enclosed passenger car. After all, cars have seatbelts and airbags.
Bodily injuries can vary from:
Severe brain injury
Loss of life
Because we have a vast knowledge of tort laws, we can help guide you through the legal quagmire. Most of our clients complained that other attorneys either didn’t have the time, or the desire to explain the ropes. But we take extra care to teach victims their rights, duties, and obligations.
Who Is At Fault to Pay for Your Accident?
In freeway and highway traffic accidents, state traffic laws, like the California Vehicle Code, [2. CA Veh. Code] provide the rules of the road. Also, violating these rules and then causing a collision could create a rebut-able presumption of negligence – aka negligence per se – and ultimate liability.
But in many situations, car operators could be liable for a mischance traffic accident. And this is true even if they were driving at, or below the posted speed limit. Of special interest, they can still be at fault.
And this is true even if they were obeying the traffic laws of the state. As discussed above, the government can also be named as a defendant in some cases.
What is Meant by Safe Speed?
A “safe” speed and not the posted speed is what is required for a responsible driver. Another example would be a roadway defect, or foggy conditions, or cases where the sun is in the car driver’s eyes, impairing visibility.
Most of all, these road conditions would require extra care and caution when driving. So riders may need to pull over to the curb when safe. But they may simply need to drive slower. If not, the cyclist could cause a smash up or serious spill onto the roadway. Often bikers are thrown into a curb or fence.
Other times they fly through the air and land on a vehicle or inanimate object. So people get badly hurt. Thus, you need broad info on dealing with the insurance company. And you need to understand the idea behind indemnification. But the first thing you must do is lawyer up!
Want to Know Your Legal Rights?
Angelinos, whether they are a rebellious 1% er, black and white, independent, or motorcycle enthusiast, should be aware of their legal rights. As a service to you, Ehline will walk you through this arduous process, while guiding you every step of the way.
This promise includes advice about representation for mishaps on trail bikes and even mopeds. Whether you have injured yourself while riding operating a chopper, Vespa or scooter, don’t guess the value of your case! Don’t deal with an antagonistic liability insurance company’s adjusters.
Never speak to the other party's lawyers, while not with legal counsel.
Focus on regaining your excellent health, and let us focus on getting you justice. Ehline will help you understand the entire motorcycle accident insurance claims and legal process from start to finish.
Want Legal Advice Now?
At Ehline Law Firm, our staff of seasoned motorcycle lawyers in Los Angeles offers free phone consultations to injured tort victims. As discussed, we litigate surface street and roadway spills throughout the LA Basin. But valuing damages claims are just part of what we do. As noted above, we have recovered gigantic sums of money for tragically harmed individuals.
Since operators of other vehicles have a duty to look out for cyclists, they are liable for negligence if the distraction is the proximate cause of the damages and/or death. So if you or someone you know was in a bad motorcycle wreck, we should be able to confidently and gingerly handle your important claim.
After all, the odds remain stacked against the biker. The local Ehline Law Firm can help even those odds. But now you have a chance to get paid back your lost wages, ambulance, and health care costs. Also, these damages can include money for mental and physical pain and suffering.
So the choice is clear. Hire an average advocate for underwhelming results? No! You want to hire a Marine with a “do or die” mentality. Ehline is the ONLY choice. Call for a free consult 24 hours a day. How does that sound?
Featured Client Testimonial - Car Accident Review - John F
Most of all, my latest accident was an unforgettable experience. Sadly, my residual knee and ankle pain and need for a future surgery are constantly making me recall those terrible events of that auto v. motorcycle accident that contributed to my disability as a U.S. Marine combat veteran. I am emotionally scarred. The bottom line is that I was riding my motorcycle, obeying traffic signals, and minding my own business. As I was driving straight, I heard a loud impact, and was thrown from my motorcycle. When I regained consciousnesses, I discovered that I had been involved in a horrific car accident that was not my fault. I was lucky to be walking on crutches, let alone surviving this mishap. The other driver apparently blew a red light and sideswiped me, causing me to lose control of my motorcycle, tossing me like a rag doll into the air. My helmet likely saved me from even worse brain injuries than I had already sustained. But my head gear was totally destroyed, and my bike ended up being a total loss. Right away I knew I had a terrible knee injury and broken ankle. Also, I was rattled and left totally and disoriented immediately after the accident. But then the adrenaline from my head concussion and my body hitting hard asphalt started to wear off in the hours and days afterwards. And this is when I started to notice short term and long term memory loss. But it gets worse, there was radiating pain in my neck and shoulder area, as well as lower back pain and stiffness. As my vertigo and headaches got worse, my headaches ankle and knee pain got worse. So at the end of the day, I ended up with friction burns, broken bones, a spinal cord injury, lacerations, and an exacerbated brain injury. And things kept getting worse day to day. Being a Marine, it didn't take me long to realize that I did not want a run of the mill civilian personal injury lawyer. I was calling around off of Google, Yelp! and billboard ads, just trying to find a guy I related to. To be honest, I just felt that a lot of these lawyers had big holes in their game. Luckily, I spoke with some fellow Marines who had legal problems and they referred me to Michael at Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC in Los Angeles, CA. I was seriously injured and unable to meet initially, so Michael opened a claim right over the phone and got started. He was a typical Marine infantryman. He is exactly who I wanted on a case. Michael was responsive, personable and trustworthy. I immediately knew I had hired a trigger puller and he did not disappoint me, not even for a minute. He even met me in Redondo Beach for our initial client meeting and bought me dinner and a beer. It was there that he further explained the case handling process, reminisced about the Corps., and laughed a bit about old times. I further realized what my role and his role would be in my case after that. I felt totally at ease by his do or die attitude. By this time he was able to update me on my case's status. He made sure I was attending physical therapy and doing my part to gather evidence and reduce my losses. Ultimately, my orthopedic surgeon could do no more for me. I needed to pay my doctors for things like MRI's, CT Scans, etc. With a bulging disc, chronic pain and debilitating knee injury, there was not much I could do anymore to earn money. So my day to day routines like walking a dog, doing dishes, going to work, etc., were all altered significantly. Not being able to drive was also problematic. And even after all my medical treatment, I feel that am still not at 100%. As an aside, I know things would be far worse if Ehline and his supportive staff hadn't led me through getting medical care on liens, etc. Obviously, hiring Ehline was the pivotal point in me getting the best care, legally and hospital-wise. Ehline helped me navigate my case and to place me at ease during this arduous process. Ehline dealt with all the red tape and shielded me from the insurance adjusters who treated me like a second class citizen and patronized me. Using this law firm as my sword and shield was the best choice I made since I was discharged from the Marines. I know that Michael and his wonderful team got me the maximum settlement under the law and this is what I deserved! I am now friends with Michael and am considering studying law under him on the California State Bar Law Office Study Program. When one door closes another one opens. I hope I never need Ehline for a car crash again. But I know I will tell Marine and Navy vets where to go when they need legal help.Thank you ELFPI for your leadership, guidance and friendship! Semper Fidelis. - John F. 5 / 5
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