Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Attorneys


[Content Updated 05/25/2021] A motorcyclist accident might result in catastrophic injuries and cost families a fortune. Common motorcycle accident injuries include anxiety, a wrongful fatality, traumatic brain injuries, a spinal cord injury, painful road rash, broken bones, mental health decline, and life-long physical/emotional pain.

In terms of real dollars, lost wages, expensive surgeries, repair bills, and unpaid medical expenses can bankrupt victims and families after a tragic motor vehicle accident. Since 2005, Ehline Law Firm in Los Angeles has professionally helped injured clients with thousands of motorcycle accident claims with automobiles as a motorcycle accident law expert.

A motorcycle accident attorney in Los Angeles will custom-tailor legal representation for each motorcycle rider to secure compensation benefits from the at-fault driver. Call our Los Angeles office at (213) 596-9642 to speak with one of our attentive team members today.

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But what makes Ehline’s team different and our client commitment better? 

  • We dutifully station dedicated Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers by your side.  (We provide consultations, explain applicable law and the potential risk).
  • We hold at-fault drivers accountable to pay plaintiffs full and fair compensation. 
  • We help foster a communicative, positive, trustworthy environment to improve the attorney-client relationship level.
  • We understand and work hard, using our experience to overcome the general obstacles of police bias against biker community injury cases.
  • We use our skill, strategically employing our law group to navigate multiple areas of local, state, and federal law.    
  • We will handle all auto accident claims with dedication. We do business on a no recovery, no contingency fee basis. We get nothing unless we win a result.
  • We strive to use our experience, impeccable reputation, and proven track record of success to further justice.
  • We generously support Southern California biker clubs, non-profit charity organization needs.

How Can Our Law Firm Assist With Los Angeles Motorcycle Accidents?

You and your loved one must understand no average settlement value exists, especially after suffering a head injury or fatalities. The best method of receiving accurate settlements is hiring a talented lawyer.

Here’s some information explaining how we offer help to fallen motorcycle riders build verdicts and settlements:

Case Evaluations And Evidence Gathering

Transportation accident lawyer, Michael Ehline in DC arguing before congress.One way insurance companies escape liability for auto accidents is by lulling claimants into not hiring injury law firm help. They’ll run out the clock, hoping the motorcycle rider won’t receive medical care or legal help. These villains promise you money if you’re “patient.” But how much is your case worth? Will your case yield a healthy verdict/result? 

We want to provide you with things like a free case evaluation. Assuming you retain our legal services, we will put our investigators to work for you. We will assist the wounded rider, proving their burden of fault. 

Our motorcycle lawyers will look for evidence of speeding automobiles, tailgating, lane splitting, unsafe lane changes, drugs, or alcohol consumption. Was someone texting, talking on a cell phone, eating, and weaving in and out of traffic? We will seek out info about dangerous road conditions.

Our office will gather your motorcycle accident data, including available police reports from the police officer(s), witness statements, and weather reports. We’ll hunt down valuable surveillance tapes identifying debris patterns, loose motorcycle parts

This information will help us pinpoint a defective part, an at-fault driver, threats, and more liable people, including their degree(s) of fault. After, our legal team can perform a proper motorcyclist v. car crash case evaluation. We’ll identify people financially responsible for paying your personal injury claim.

Insurance Company Negotiations

Your motorcycle law experts will negotiate with the insurance company to ensure you receive fairer indemnification. We won’t let the insurers convince you to accept a lowball settlement offer as you struggle to get by after a serious auto collision.

If the insurance company fails to offer you a reasonably fair damages value calculation, our law offices can seek private mediation to break the stalemate.  If negotiations fail, we can advance costs for filing a Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit near you, seeking better results.

Common Negligent Parties And Causes of Los Angeles Motorcycle Collisions

Two Wheeled Vehicle Dangers. Unlevel road.California is an at-fault state. Identifying who and what caused your motorcycle accident claim remains a vital first step toward obtaining financial compensation. Unlike “no-fault jurisdictions,” the negligent defendant(s) must pay their share. Victims are entitled to money for medical bills, repair or replacement parts, lost earnings, intangible pain and suffering damages, and losses. 

Here are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents and liable defendants:

  • An automobile driver. 
    1. Distractions. Inverse visibility issues occur when inattentive drivers only see negative space around motorcyclists instead of the actual riders.  A distracted driver of a private or public bus, truck, or passenger car making a left turn could knock you off your bike at high speed. A rear-end crash can kill a biker also.
    2. Illegal, reckless driving. Drivers must pay you and your loved one compensation for damages after breaking roadway rules. Texting, driving drunk, sudden stops, or road raging are illegal. Wrong-way driving, excessive road speeds, abrupt lane changes, and refusing to honor a rider’s right-of-way compound crashing risks. Negligent vehicle operators pulling into a cyclist’s path are deadliest because the automobile’s point of impact is the front of your bike. 
  • An employer. Companies along with government agencies have vicarious liability for bad employee acts.
  • A poorly designed/defective road. Motorcyclists are susceptible to crashing on improperly maintained or defectively designed public roadways with poor road conditions. Hazards include potholes, scattered debris fields left in parallel roads, and traffic lanes from storm drain runoff. Oil, mud, rubble, loose gravel, grass clippings, fallen tree branches, and animal carcasses cause crashes. Other severe risks to two-wheeled vehicles include running over a loose nail, screw, litter from an unsafe construction zone, or open utility hole cover grabbing your tire or wheel. You may have a negligent roadway maintenance dispute. Your lawyer may be able to pursue Caltrans, the County or City of Los Angeles, CA, or a private contractor.  
  • A defective product. Motorcycle designs cover daily commuting, long-distance travel, commuting, cruising, sporting, or off-road use. Sometimes bad motorcycle parts or another type of defect made the conveyance unfit for its use. The motorcycle manufacturer/equipment maker might be held accountable under product liability theories. (e.g., defective safety gear, bad helmets). Perhaps you crashed during motorcycle club (MC) formation riding? Maybe you experienced a brake failure, a pothole tire blowout, speed wobbles, or electrical malfunction? 

Compensation for motorcycle accidents is authorized by pursuing motorist negligence claims. (torts). But you will need a Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney with experience. You need lawyers giving dedication, holding people financially accountable for a motorcycle accident claim. Get a free consultation.

Common Injuries Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Take

Motorcycling social activities like joining a motorcycle club and attending motorcycle rallies help teach road hazard injury avoidance. But you can’t prevent all wrecks. But no one can predict a motorbike collision’s severity, with its few safety features, offering zero roll cage protection. A motorcyclist collision in LA might quickly become life-altering and severe. Los Angeles County has America’s busiest streets, with more registered vehicles than many states. 

According to the US Department of Transportation (USDOT):

“Per vehicle mile traveled in 2007, motorcyclists were 37 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash.” – US DOT

The motorcycle crash lawyers at Ehline Law accept clients suffering all types of permanent, severe, catastrophic personal injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), including CTE
  • Broken bones/fractures (a broken leg, hands, fingers, toes, ankles, etc.)
  • Spinal cord injuries, including tetraplegia/paralysis 
  • Bruising, scarring, disfigurement
  • Abrasions, cuts/lacerations
  • Lower extremity damage
  • Road rash/friction burns
  • Internal organ damage
  • Limb amputation
  • Fractured skulls
  • Wrongful death
  • Rib fractures
  • Avulsions

Survivors of motorcyclist wrecks may lose careers since they can’t work. Survivors ensure long-term physical and psychological injuries as a consequence of crashing. Did you crash, suffering severe brain damage, post-traumatic stress disorder, coma, etc.?

Have you experienced a motorcycle wreck that involved a Los Angeles-area motorist? Working with a local Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer from Ehline gets you an expert. We pressure the defendant to pay you more during the complicated claims process.

California Helmet Law, Head Trauma and Your Motorcycle Accident Case

Perhaps the most important safety feature for your well-being is wearing reinforced headgear. California law requires the motorcycle passenger, including all motorcyclists, to be snugly helmeted while motorcycle riding. Experts say wearing a federal DOT-approved helmet in compliance with California’s universal helmet law decreases motorcycle fatalities as well as serious collision injuries. Your other limited security features include motorcyclist riding gear. Wearing heavy clothing, leathers, heavy boots helps protect your limbs/lower extremities.

Consequences Of Failing To Wear Your Helmet

  • Criminal-Counts/Infractions

If you refuse to wear your motorcycle helmet riding in California, you are breaking traffic laws. You potentially face a traffic fine, notice to appear citation, vehicle seizure, licensure suspension. 

  • Civil-Helmet Defense

Helmet laws won’t automatically bar a victim from receiving intangible losses compensation. Just because you broke the law by leaving your head unprotected during a motorcycle wreck, other body parts get impacted too. To shift your motorcycle accident claim blame, a defendant may argue California’s pure comparative negligence law. They’ll use this technique to offset payments for eye, face, teeth, as well as head injuries. 

  • Pure Comparative Negligence  – Failure to Wear A Helmet Defense

The other side’s medical expert testimony must show your wound would have been reduced/avoided but for your illegal failure to wear a helmet. 

  • Who Pays What

The court will instruct the jury to determine the motorcycle accident victim’s percentage of fault for inflating their injuries. If someone failed to wear head protection, causing 50% of their harm, they would recapture 50% less compensation. Your motorcycle accident lawyer at Ehline Law Firm fights to counter these defenses.

Bias – Who’s At Fault For A Motorcycle Accident Claim While Lane Splitting?

Motorcyclist Injuries and AccidentsSince August 19th, 2016, California state is no longer neutral on the subject of motorcyclist lane splitting. Lane sharing is legal in all of California. This maneuver is the practice of a motorcyclist riding forward in between lanes with the direction of stopped or moving traffic flow.

  • Distinguished From Illegal, Reckless Driving

Traffic expert studies show that correctly sharing lanes riding motorcycles remain a safe transportation method. These professionals say lane sharing reduces road congestion as well as traffic accident cases. Many a police report has unfairly blamed the motorcyclist. Some cops automatically believe other biased motorists as the victim lays on the ground, unconscious. 

Popular culture depicting the biker lifestyle created a controversial, pessimistic view of most bikers. Many drivers view lane splitting as inherently dangerous to surrounding vehicle operators, including motorcyclists. Motorcyclists who recklessly lane split during high speeds under unsafe conditions increase road dangers to other vehicles. This riding risk can make bikers comparatively liable for their entire crash. 

If proof exists you were driving too fast, making unsafe turns, weaving recklessly, failed to obey traffic laws, you’ll get less or nothing. But experts say the majority of motorcyclists comply with California’s lane-splitting regulations. You need to protect your financial recovery in complex lane-splitting accident claims. You must get advice from a motorcycle accident lawyer in Los Angeles.

Compensation For All Your Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Claims?

Depending on the party at fault or the types of injury claims, we can get you money for a motorcycle accident injury claim. Did you suffer a catastrophic injury? Maybe you have a less extreme wound-like road rash? Did factors out of your control cause your partial or full impairment? Clients are entitled to totally fair compensation. Clients deserve to know their property repairs along with medical expenses get covered. 

The smartest way to understand your rights is by asking counsel questions during your consultation. When you receive your free consultation with your Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys at Ehline, we’ll thoughtfully answer your questions. 

A well-trained Los Angeles personal injury attorney from our office will assist the wounded motorcyclist. We will investigate, documenting the following damages:

Special Damages

  • Disability-linked expenses (nursing care, specialized transport, etc.)
  • Attorney’s fees, including out-of-pocket costs
  • Past, present, future medical bills
  • Past, present, future lost income
  • Rental car/Uber-Lyft charges
  • Bike repairs or replacement

General Damages

  • Mental-emotional issues
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost quality of life

Punitive damages get awarded rarely. Although a minor motorcycle accident case doesn’t always cause severe, catastrophic injuries, it can cost more than a major collision. A fatal accident tends to impact life more, making it worth more.  Talented motorcycle attorneys in Los Angeles find ways to settle your case after gathering reparations evidence, or they can let a qualified jury evaluate case information during the trial. 

A  jury will decide on intangible/tangible harm by determining the plaintiff’s nature and extent of injuries during the trial. We will help you receive a maximum financial recovery value for your severe motorcycle crash using proven negotiation tactics.

What Is Your Motorcycle Accident Case Statute of Limitations in California?

Time is of the essence! Depending on who’s at fault, plaintiffs must file their motorcycle accident cases before California’s statutory deadlines expire from injury discovery. Motorcyclists must lodge a government demand within six months. Civil lawsuits must be filed within two years of motorcycle accidents unless an exception applies. 

Generally, motorcyclists failing to bring a timely action for serious injury or a family member’s wrongful death are time-barred from pursuing recovery.  Once hired, your superlative, Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys will calendar your dates, protecting the statute. Our veteran partners/associates do more to speed up cases, streamlining the settlement process. We’ll gather evidence, identify at-fault drivers. We will meet the plaintiff’s car accident personal injury claim deadline.

Smart Safety Tips And Steps After A Motorcycling Accident in Los Angeles

The injured motorcyclist can take many innovative steps before hiring your Los Angeles, CA motorcycle accident lawyers to protect their rights. 

  1. Find haven. If capable, protect/shelter victims at the crash site, nearby safer concrete barrier, shoulder, sidewalk, sidestreet, or alleyway. 
  2. Give-get triage. You need to stabilize yourself, then check on others with casualties.
  3. Dial 911.* Without admitting fault, riders should report any fatality, bodily injury, or property damage with more than $1,000 damage to the California Highway Patrol or a local city police station. *(In fact, officers have no duty to protect a plaintiff or conduct a traffic accident investigation).
  4. Request medical evacuation. Ask for helicopter or ambulance EMT assistance in cases involving severe wounds. Even if you think you weren’t hurt, you must get directly to urgent care, a hospital, or see your doctor. This care helps your riding injuries heal, preventing insurers from arguing things like you weren’t hurt or got hurt elsewhere.
  5. Move or cordon off your damaged bike. If you’re not physically disabled, you must move your bike, including broken parts, from the street if you can’t try safely diverting motorists using emergency flares or hand signals, preventing further collisions.
  6. Obtain information. You must exchange financial responsibility (insurance policy number, agent contact phone number, etc.) information, identifying each other party.
  7. Snap photos. Taking iPhone images with your cell phone camera will geocode the location for later proof. Call a close friend or family member to snap pictures of a poor road, crashed bike, including the wreck scene area.
  8. Report motorcycle crashes to the insurance company. Generally, it would be best if you never gave statements to the at-fault party’s insurance representative before speaking to a lawyer. But you should factually report your accident within 24 hours of the wreck without incriminating yourself.
  9. Treat medically till completion. You must follow your doctor’s orders, attending physical therapy, taking your prescription drugs without treatment gaps, etc. The insurance company will ding you, claiming you exacerbated your injuries by not following your treatment regimen. 
  10. Collect/preserve evidence. Gather accurate documentary records showing your liability/damages assertions are valid.  This work can include securing your helmet for safekeeping, along with your riding gear, copies of your physical treatment medical expenses. Electronically storing iPhone/Android images for lawyer review helps win your case later.
  11. Contact your motorcycle accident attorney. Before you speak with adjusters at insurance companies, get legal help from Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. Our staff has handled hundreds of torts. We can serve your needs from the beginning, increasing your maximum compensation odds.

The insurer has expertise engaging in instances of deception, hindering your financial recoupment while optimizing insurance company profits. Your chances of winning a higher recovery will increase by retaining a motorcycle attorney from the beginning.  

An accident victim deserves the best representation. The professionals at our tier-one will carefully negotiate a risk with insurers, refusing to accept a lowball settlement offer on behalf of our clients. We understand the peculiar dynamics of being struck or ejected riding a motorbike.

Before your motorcycle crash claim gets too far along, you need to hire our team near you to protect your rights. Let us handle the settlement process.

Speak With A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles About Your Case

Speak confidentially with a Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney from Ehline’s offices about your unique accident claim problems today. Victims of devastating motorcycle accidents in Los Angeles, CA, can request a free case review and free consultation with our law offices 24 hours per day

In addition, choosing our legal services means we will collect no payment unless we win your California contingency case. A listening, trustworthy advocate at Ehline Law Firm, awaits your essential phone call at (213) 596-9642. Any injured motorcycle rider can use our online intake form for faster turnaround times. The help you need for all types of motorcycle wrecks is here.

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