Alameda Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcycles are understandably a popular mode of transportation. They offer a lot of freedom that many people find enjoyable. Unfortunately, this freedom can have devastating consequences if you’re involved in an accident. Motorcyclists lack the protection that vehicles offer, making riders more vulnerable to serious injuries. The aftermath of an accident for a motorcyclist can leave them with debilitating injuries that prevent them from working.

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to recover monetary compensation through a personal injury claim. To be able to file a personal injury claim, there must be another driver who is liable for the accident. An Alameda motorcycle accident lawyer can look over your case and determine whether there are legal grounds to pursue a personal injury claim. You deserve fair compensation if you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence. At Karns & Karns, we are dedicated to helping injured motorcyclists recover the compensation they are owed.

Most Common Causes of a Motorcycle Accident

Despite common misconceptions, motorcyclists aren’t the reckless and careless drivers they’re made out to be. In fact, riders are typically the safest people out on the road, and most motorcycle accidents are caused by an inattentive or bad automobile driver. The top common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

Unsafe Lane Changes

Drivers risk colliding with motorcyclists when they fail to check their blind spot or signal when changing lanes.

Car Doors

These accidents occur when a driver opens their door without looking while parked in the path of an oncoming motorcycle.

Speeding

Speeding reduces a driver’s chance of seeing and reacting to other drivers or motorcyclists in time to prevent a collision. 

Driving Under the Influence 

Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol can’t always respond in time or be aware enough of their surroundings to prevent accidents.  

Sudden Stops

Stopping too suddenly or abruptly can result in rear-end accidents.

Left-Turn Accidents

Misjudgment of distance or right-of-way errors can lead to an accident when making a left turn.

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How an Alameda Motorcycle Accident Can Protect You

Like most personal injury claims, a motorcycle accident claim relies on proving liability. However, in most motorcycle accidents, insurance companies rarely pay out the benefits owed to a motorcycle accident victim. Insurance companies will use negative biases against motorcyclists and argue they are partially to blame or refuse their claim. At Karns & Karns, we have substantial experience dealing with insurers who seek to unfairly blame motorcyclists involved in an accident. Insurance companies will often argue:

  • The motorcyclist should have seen the car in time to avoid a collision.
  • The motorcyclist was speeding or driving recklessly.

These arguments, even if untrue, can be used against a motorcyclist, preventing them from getting the compensation they need and deserve. Karns & Karns is are dedicated to helping motorcyclists get full and fair compensation for their injuries. We know and understand the biases that may be used against our clients and we are ready to defend them and their best interests, all the way to the courthouse. 

Motorcyclists don’t have the same protection as drivers inside enclosed vehicles, leaving them vulnerable. The lack of protection from an enclosed vehicle means they’re at higher risk of severe, debilitating, and even fatal injury. Our Alameda motorcycle accident lawyers are skilled negotiators, creative problem solvers, and tough litigators prepared to pursue your best interests in any situation.

Proving Negligence in an Alameda Motorcycle Accident Claim

In order to have legal grounds to pursue a personal injury claim in Alameda, you must be able to prove that someone else acted negligently and that their negligence was the cause of the accident that led to your injury. To prove negligence in a personal injury claim, you or your attorney must:

  • Established duty of care: The legal obligation all drivers have to take reasonable steps to avoid harming another person.
  • Breach of duty: The driver failed to take reasonable steps to prevent harming you.
  • Causation: Their actions or inactions were the approximate cause of your injuries.
  • Damages: How much your injuries and other losses amount to. 

It’s important to remember that in California, comparative negligence can apply. Under comparative negligence, the injured individual can file to recover damages, but a percentage of established liability will reduce their damages.

Many insurance companies will attempt to argue comparative negligence even though the motorcyclist is not to blame. A trusted and skilled motorcycle accident lawyer can help make sure you are not falsely blamed for an accident that wasn’t your fault and help ensure you receive total and just compensation.

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

Accidents happen when you least expect them and can leave you disoriented at best, and potentially much worse. However, the steps you take immediately after an accident can significantly impact your personal injury claim. It’s important to remain calm after an accident and do the following:

  • Get to safety
  • Do not remove protective gear
  • Call 911
  • Seek medical attention
  • Take pictures and videos of the accident, injuries, and property damage
  • Contact an attorney
  • Report the accident to your insurance, but do NOT give a statement or speak with the other driver’s insurance until speaking with an attorney

Motorcycle accidents can be devastating for motorcyclists. Your priority should be getting to safety and getting the medical attention you need. However, it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. While the last thing on your mind is money, especially if you’ve suffered severe injuries, the sooner you start the personal injury process, the better. An attorney can help get your bike fixed, pause your medical expenses, and find top medical care so you can focus on recovering while they pursue your legal right to compensation.

Skilled Alameda Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Karns & Karns

The motorcycle accident attorneys at Karns & Karns are experienced and trustworthy California trial attorneys who have successfully represented thousands of clients and have helped them receive settlements and verdicts of millions of dollars. At our firm, we know the negative biases that insurance companies can use against injured motorcyclists and we work tirelessly to build strong counter-arguments for our client’s best interests.

If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver, you are entitled to fair compensation. At Karns & Karns, we are here for you. Schedule a consultation at (888) 381-8044 or fill out our contact form.

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