California Motorcycle Attorneys
Our motorcycle lawyers are fighters in and out of court. Our top motorcycle attorney, Michael Ehline, served as a U.S. Marine. Serving all counties and cities, we fight like lions.
For doctors, lawyers, and non-specialists alike, great enjoyment comes from riding. With the wind blowing in your face as you traverse the road, the smells of nature transition into the odors of large cities. Riding can become a spiritual experience for many.
A certain allure exists in seeing cars and slower vehicles disappear in your rearview mirrors. This all happens as you blow past the rat race. With this freedom comes considerable risk, however. Even vigilant riders can be smacked down at a moment's notice.
If this happens, dreams become a distant memory. But other pressing matters could take hold. Questions like "Who will help me cover all these legal problems? "Who will assist me in recovering compensation for my bike?" "What about money for my pain and suffering?"
Motorcycle Attorneys, Who Ride?
From the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to the Gaslamp District, in San Diego, if injured, you need a good lawyer. Thrown or knocked off your bike? Do you need legal help? Finding a lawyer who helps injured people and also rides motorcycles can mean the difference. Personal injury attorney, Michael Ehline rides. So he knows the daily hazards you face on the roads.
Road Trips May Leave Riders Injured and Vulnerable.
For example, road trips may take you away from home. If a motorcycle club member, rides could take you from San Bernardino to San San Francisco to Arizona. One wrong move by anyone, and you can drop your bike.
And that could leave you off-kilter, laying in a hospital ward. Is your ride in smithereens from the impact? Are you expected to be out of commission for many months? Could it be years?
But who do you call if injured and away from your support network and family? The motorcycle riders'' friend, Michael Ehline, fights to get you the most significant financial reward. And he quickly does this. He also makes strenuous efforts to get the grieving rider back on his or her repaired or replaced bike. And the firm's impressive verdicts and settlements show our resolve and results.
- The Lawyer Who Rides Bikes
- Filing the Case
- Ensuring the Largest Settlement
- First Steps To Take
- Distinguishing Between Car and Motorcycle Accidents
- Crash Impact Facts
- Performance Capabilities of Motorcycles
- Traffic Laws
- Bias Against the Type of Bike
- Lane Splitting Bias
- Traffic Collision Report Bias
- Preserving Evidence
- Rider Safety Courses
- Time To Resolve a Lawsuit or Insurance Claim
- Benefits and Pitfalls of Court
- Attorneys Ensure a Faster Resolution in Many Cases
- Wearing a Helmet
- Paying Attention
- Fleeing the Scene
- Payment for Custom Parts
- Getting Help
- Getting Paid Means A Good Lawyer
- Insurance Subrogation
- Types of Insurance Coverage
- Riding on the Defense
Hire the Lawyer Who Rides Motorcycles.
We are the lawyers you call because we are the lawyers who ride. And we know what you're experiencing. Most of all, we empathize with you. Because of this, we charge no fees unless a settlement comes to fruition. Also, we understand many frequently asked questions need right away. Accordingly, we answer our phone 24/7. We have answers for motorcycle accident victims.
Also, we stay by your side. So if you are down and out and need protection, we won't leave you in the lurch. Clients want a Greater Los Angeles motorcycle lawyer. For this reason, they want lawyers prompt at answering their questions. We do all of that. Plus, we fight aggressively for you every step of the way.
Our motorcycle lawyers are fighters in and out of court. Our top motorcycle lawyer, Michael Ehline, served as a U.S. Marine. Serving all counties and cities, we fight like lions. And we try to reason with the defendant's insurance company. But we do so maximize your payout under the law. In any case, contact us at (888) 400-9721 twenty-four hours a day.
What we do helps ensure the largest settlement in the shortest time. Checklist of Things We Do for Clients:
- File a case: To provide a rapid solution, we begin the affair within days instead of months.
- Settlement At Trial: At Ehline Law Firm, we will fight for the most significant compensation. We will even do so on the courthouse steps before the jury's return. We put your case together correctly from the start. And we will prove why you deserve this settlement.
- Settlement Instead Of Trial: Many times, we win because we investigate so thoroughly. That way, we can obtain maximum compensation. Above all, injured riders deserve money sooner rather than later. Settling avoids an expensive and unnecessary trial.
- Experience: If Ehline Law Firm represents you, we know your case has different elements from others. So your case must have different treatment than others. And it must get done cheaply, using whatever means necessary. To have your case handled poorly can expect a massive difference in the award. The idea remains keeping expenses to a minimum. At Ehline Law, we are continually accounting. So we control the costs. Because of this, we give you the most significant return.
- Who is Michael Ehline?: Michael has been a long time motorcycle rider. Also, Michael believes the victim of a catastrophic accident deserves the most significant settlement. A small pittance won't be enough for their injuries. We also want them back on their bike.
First thing's first. Get to the doctor or hospital right away. Also, get an MRI, X-Rays, or C.T. Scan, etc. Non-mentally disabled and non-comatose riders must act swiftly to protect their financial reward.
Accordingly, an impaired rider's conservator or guardian should:
To assist the attorney in building your case, keep the evidence. At any rate, don't break the chain of custody. For this reason, try to retain the crashed motorcycle. At least get the parts of it left behind. Show the jury you did everything you could to protect the evidence.
Accordingly, keep the damaged helmet, boots, gloves, and riding jacket. At the same time, place them in a hefty bag. Last, put it in a safe place. If impossible, takes steps to photograph the bike and gear.
- Taking Pictures.
Taking pictures of your injuries in a journal-like fashion helps a lot. Do this along with snapping photos of the incident scene. In fact, do so as fast as possible. Because of this, your lawyer and jury see what you saw, or didn't understand at the cataclysmic event.
And this remains critical because it helps establish causation, infra. If more robust and more powerful evidence could have been obtained and wasn't, the jury shall view the evidence you did produce with "distrust." (Evidence Code Sec. 412).
“A substantial factor in causing harm is a factor that a reasonable person would consider to have contributed to the harm. It must be more than a remote or trivial factor. It does not have to be the only cause of the harm.” (CACI Sec 430).
This helps determine the liable party for the bills and pain and suffering. All this comes from negligence rules. In 1996, the police reported approximately 67,000 motorcycle-related mishaps. And out of this number, 27,000 wrecks were single-vehicle collisions. These are called: "Single Vehicle Collisions."
Many spills that occur every year from bikers that lacked experience. Or these riders did fail to adhere to the operating limitations of the motorcycle. Motorcyclists need to be extra vigilant. And the biker has to be on guard at intersections.
Most collisions happen with other vehicles at the intersection. Statistics show that at least one-third of these involve drivers turning into the biker's path. So if rider error, the fault lies with the rider. But exceptions apply. In that case, unless a defective bike, pothole, or other condition caused it, it was probably the rider's fault. But if a supervening or intervening cause was a "substantial factor," responsibility lies with others.
Also, if the plaintiff rider has a partial fault, his damages award would be reduced. But this would be based on the "Pure Comparative Negligence" test. That means the injured person still gets something.
Getting Paid Damages.
Different resources might be available to a suffering victim for payment of medical care. But it can become confusing. So the plaintiff should understand available coverage by different insurances. Most of all, legal counsel can assist the injured victim in understanding what insurance covers.
Insurance companies may only pay part. Or they will preserve a claim for repayment. That would be from the insurance company(ies) involved.
Subrogation happens after the case settles. The way it works, is the insurance company will receive a part of the client's settlement to get paid back. Usually, it is in repayment for medical services the carrier paid in advance on your behalf. In some cases, the attorney may become obligated to set aside the disputed amounts in a trust account.
So this is no laughing matter if clients need their cash right away. And this remains one of many reasons why Ehline won't let you sign anything until you become informed.
Some of the insurances are:
- Medical insurance provided by the injured rider's company.
- Motorcycle insurance. Provisions in some motorcycle insurance policies will cover some medical costs.
- Medicare or government-provided insurance, in some cases, could be provided for the injured client.
- Workman's Compensation. A possibility remains that the motorcycle accident occurred on the job.
In the year 2004, 76,000 riders got injured in vehicle wrecks. And 4008 riders suffered fatal injuries. This research also showed around 1158 riders wearing helmets lived. And 640 other riders sustained fatal injuries. Many experts agree that helmets save lives and prevent head injuries. So many lives possibly might have been saved in 2003, had those riders been helmeted.
In defensive riding, the biker needs to be visible at all times. So a yellow or orange vest may be required for military service members while riding. Being seen by motorists making left turns remains vital. Because of the maneuver, other drivers may fail to see the motorcycle until it's too late.
So this leaves the biker to make defensive riding maneuvers to avoid accidents. Evasive action like this can cause loss of positive control over the bike. Another defensive riding problem the motorcyclist's face remains inclement weather. Road surfaces become slippery, as does debris on the pavement. Worse, obstacles can become obscured in more torrential rains and foggy conditions.
Damages mitigation remains essential. A jury wants to hear that the rider had prior training. The new biker should attend a motorcycle training course. The same goes for owning a gun. Don't use it unless you receive education in safe operations.
Riders must also depend on their helmet as well as their protective clothing. And it would be foolish to refuse eye protection. Statistics show safety glasses can lessen the severity of eye injuries and crashes. One bug can take out your vision in an instant. Wear goggles or lose an eyeball or worse.
A definite answer won't come easy. No one knows the amount of time it takes to recover damages. However, history shows the insurance company tries to pay little or no settlement. Or they will try to lower the amount the injured victim should receive.
Taking a case into court can take longer than a year before trial. And the Ehline Law Firm understands this. Ehline acts to file the suit in days in most cases. So rather than waiting years like some firms, we serve as swift warriors.
In fact, skilled and experienced injury attorneys prepare cases better. Accordingly, many can be settled without the long wait of trial. This occurs because of case preparation.
Finally, we prepare a way that leaves the defendant a few choices, the main one being to settle out of court. Of particular interest, it could cost them a higher price later, if they fail to pay early. So waiting to go to trial could hurt their bottom line. In fact, it could spoil their defense.
Distinguishing Between Motorcycle and Car Accidents.
Many apparent differences exist between motorcycles and automobiles. Weight difference has to be one of the essential variables when determining who will be hurt most. Autos weigh thousands of pounds in most cases. But the motorcycle generally weighs far less than even the smallest passenger cars.
The CDC recently divulged that in 2008, fatal accidents with motor vehicles like light trucks and passenger cars were lower than ever. But at the same time, killings of motorcyclists went to a record high. This was greater than twice the number of 1999 or 2008. This makes sense since cars are safer than bikes.
In the event of a fender bender, the driver of a conventional motor vehicle has a weight advantage. Above all, safety devices like seat belts and airbags protect the driver. But effective I-beams in the doors and a protective roof could also prove vital to surviving a terrible car accident. Overall, the car stays stable if compared to a bike. Because it travels on four wheels instead of two, one can see balance plays little role in a car wreck.
- Loud Pipes Save Lives.
Also, in traffic, it may remain unseen. Motorcycles remain difficult for inattentive drivers to spot in traffic. Have you ever heard the saying: "loud pipes save lives?" To the reason why. Riders want loud pipes to alarm drivers that a motorcycle is in the vicinity. Look out!
The performance and accident avoidance capabilities of motorcycles may help riders avoid wrecks. For one thing, a bike can stop faster. And bikes can prevent some accidents because of the ability to move in and out of situations with speed.
According to research and statistics, riders in a motorcycle accident wearing helmet decrease fatal injuries by at least 29%. The reduction of severe brain injuries stays around 67%. But to be fair, some states have repealed helmet laws. In fact, many riders no longer wear helmets at all. In the states the helmet law was repealed, only between 35% and 50 % of motorcyclists wear helmets. And even less wear other protective gear.
Riders need to remember their motorcycle helmet remains their first and only line of defense in an accident. And motorcycle injury statistics show that wearing a helmet can significantly reduce the risk of fatalities and brain injuries.
If the helmet is not a full-face helmet, wear eye and other face protection. Also, wearing long pants, a jacket, gloves, and boots can help to lessen injuries or avoid them if in an accident.
Be vigilant, always watching the road. Accordingly, watch for bumps, large cracks, holes, and other debris. Riders should prepare for motorists entering the road from side streets or driveways. Also, riders must watch the way for things like large cracks. So they must look out for debris, holes, and other road hazards.
Riders who are new to motorcycle riding should take a course. They must learn motorcycles and ride them safely. And all passengers should be licensed. Common sense dictates that bikers follow the laws of the road. And they should stay with the speed limits; statistics show that many riders in fatal accidents were speeding.
All things considered, riders should make sure their headlight stays on when it's foggy or dark outside. And it must always be working correctly. Plus, it should stay on in daylight hours, if possible. In fact, in many states, that's the law.
You don't want a biased police report complicating your efforts to get what you deserve. Much of the time, the officer assigned to investigate your traffic incident, has his or her notion of who's to blame.
At any rate, many cops blame riders without knowing the facts. Arguably, this can stem from the investigator's personal experiences. Regrettably, maybe he or she doesn't like motorcycles or bikers. Either way, it's not fair if it wasn't the rider's fault.
Another factor in their bias may be the type of motorcycle you ride. Some patrolmen see sports bikes as likely speeding, or too powerful for the road. Incidentally, some officers may look at Harley-Davidson or Victory riders as "Biker Gang" members.
Again, these unfair, preconceived notions against riders must be overcome with evidence. But the bias may get in the way of compiling an accurate, fair report. Afterward, Ehline will make efforts to amend the traffic report if possible.
Finally, if you were riding more than the speed limit, most officers hold you responsible for the ensuing wreck. In my opinion, this remains true if speed had nothing to do with it. But with all these cards stacked against your case, Ehline stands firmly with fierce resolve.
You may have been legal "lane splitting." But what if you are traveling faster than the rest of the traffic. If hit by a careless car driver, riders go flying through the air. The reporting officer will take statements of all parties. But mostly cops rely on the other driver for your speed estimate.
Most of the time, the driver of the car will say you were going too fast. But he was traveling slowly. Or he might have been stopped before the collision. So, in reality, the other driver knows nothing.
The reporting officer must do an exhaustive site inspection. So this means the police must interview ALL WITNESSES. Also, they need to measure skid marks. Otherwise, how do they calculate relative speed and reaction time? Failing this, police rely on the defendant's self-serving statements.
This being the case, the reporting officer will assess blame against you, the motorcycle rider. In most situations, however, the rider could not avoid the collision. So Ehline steps in to correct the record.
Fleeing the Scene?
On occasion, the defendant drives off without knowing he or she was to blame. But if you remained alert and got the license number, we can track the driver down. And that helps get you the compensation you deserve.
Getting Paid for Custom Parts.
In the Golden State, payment for custom work and aftermarket parts on a motorcycle could be possible. In most cases, the insurance company fails to understand motorcycle accidents. Mostly they try and pay less than the bike's worth. So riders must provide proof to the insurance company of fair market value First and foremost, making a record builds the case. Hold the insurer's accountable. That is what we do for you!
Failing this results in an inferior insurance company settlement. (Custom Parts "Getting Paid"). For this reason, you must understand motorcycle insurance claims and the duty to pay for repair or replacement. No doubt, you can hire us to handle these tasks. Make that call, and we'll do it all.
Proving the bike's worth. Some methods are:
- By getting letters from the motorcycle dealer and aftermarket parts dealer.
- Getting letters from the motorcycle community of which you are a part.
- Photographs and any other evidence of the worth of the bike.
Once a motorcycle rider crashes, the costs must be repaid by someone. And this includes the repair or replacement of the motorcycle. For example, aftermarket parts remain part of the equation. Of course, original parts increase the damaged bike's resale value. So fairness dictates a fair market price for the parts and bikes themselves as the outcome.
Other expenses include:
- Compensation for custom work.
- Medical expenses.
- Vehicle rental fees.
- Lost wages and future lost earnings.
- The loss of the title and tax if the motorcycle gets replaced.
It sounds impossible to receive fairness from an insurance company. But a prepared and experienced attorney makes this an obtainable goal. Fairness dictates that victims get a proper property damage settlement.
The Pizza Delivery Guy Example. Multiple Defendants and Sources of Recovery.
What if a Santa Monica employer hired an employee with a bad driving record. Assume the employer let him deliver pizzas in a company truck. You could even assume the pizza guy used his car.
But assume the employee driver causes a bicycle collision in Huntington Beach. In this case, the employer could be liable for negligent entrustment or negligent hiring. Either way, the corporation is on the hook.
For this reason, Orange County would be the filing court. After all, this is the situs of the accident. But it could potentially be filed in Los Angeles County too. This is the employer's primary business operations center. Are you getting this so far?
Deep Pocket Defendants.
Both above fact patterns require the negligent employer to pay you. And they are the ones with the deep pockets. Contrast this with suing a judgment proof, or penniless pizza delivery guy. Everyone must pay their share.
But the employer would likely pay for most. In fact, the boss could be forced to pay for all of the Huntington Beach motorcycle or bicycle accident.
Avoid Self Help.
The point is, under negligence law, everyone at fault pays their share in the money. This is a matter of public policy. Most of all, it avoids the "self-help" of the days of old – like the wild west. Back in those days, people dueled. Regrettably, they sought physical revenge as payment for personal injuries.
But without a good bicycle or motorcycle accident lawyer, you face a hostile insurance company. These malevolent companies increasingly treat valid insurance claims as "junk." Pernicious insurance adjusters will use words like "frivolous lawsuit." (e.g., the recent insurance company television campaign of "swoop and swat" T.V. commercials. See also political "junk lawsuit" speeches).
In any case, none of that propaganda comes from sound statistics. And politicians openly pander to big insurance companies. After all, lobbyists make great political donors. Mostly, the deceiving adverts taint potential civil juries. Ehline will act as your sword and as your shield.
Our attorneys will lay the proper foundation. For this reason, your case managers use sound statistics to educate the judge and the jury as to the true nature of your unique situation.
Standing Firm for Motorcycle Personal Injury Victims.
From here on, our team stands firm against the insurance company. In any case, its high paid trial lawyers and politicians cannot beat an educated fact finder. No doubt, a top motorcycle attorney at our firm can equal the score in your case.
Mour case would be desirable to Ehline Law Firm. To determine whether you have a claim against another, the following Jury Instructions will be helpful.
First, determine whether the owner, driver, or operator of the other vehicle was negligent.
If run over by a car and severely injured, you will need help right away. In any case, you will need money for hospital bills, lost wages, and loss of use of your motorcycle or bicycle.
So contact a licensed professional and get free legal advice. No doubt, we will keep it as a confidential communication. Therefore, it remains private and privileged. Also, our local attorneys travel statewide. So we can come to you right away.
And if we mutually enter into a legal, binding relationship, you will get prompt, attentive, caring support. And you will deal with experienced trial attorneys here. Also, you'll get help from our trained staff of legal secretaries and paralegals. Most of all, we treat you like a friend.
Getting Help for a Motorcycle Accident.
First, we are the best motorcycle attorneys according to our reviews online. Next, we are a cut above because of the Marine Corps values. So reach out to California motorcycle accident attorney, Michael P. Ehline, Esq. Call (888) 400-9721 today. From here on out, we will take care of your valid injury claims.