Careless drivers and road hazards pose a constant risk to motorcyclists. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by someone else, you deserve fair compensation and accountability from those responsible. Turn to the Folsom motorcycle accident lawyers at The Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC for help. Our legal team has more than three decades of combined experience handling motorcycle accident cases. Attorney Travis Black is a former police officer and insurance adjuster who knows how law enforcement investigates motorcycle accidents and how insurance companies defend themselves. He’s also a rider himself, so he brings personal appreciation for what riders go through.
Together, our team has a proven track record of success. We have secured millions of dollars in compensation for our clients throughout California. We understand the difficulties of recovering from a motorcycle accident, and we fight to maximize the payments our clients receive.
As a first step, we offer free consultations wherever and whenever is most convenient for you. And you’ll never owe us a dime unless and until we win compensation for you. Contact us today to speak with a knowledgeable Folsom motorcycle accident lawyer in a free case review.
Understanding Why Motorcycle Accident Cases Are More Complicated
Riders injured by motorcycle accidents often find that these claims are much more complicated than average car accident cases. That’s because motorcycle accident cases have unique challenges, such as:
- Motorcycle riders suffer more serious injuries. Because they are not protected by a vehicle body or other safety features common in passenger vehicles, motorcycle accident victims often suffer catastrophic, life-altering injuries. The serious injuries that riders often suffer in a crash require extensive and expensive medical treatment. This means that a rider may be entitled to a larger amount of compensation, and they may still be undergoing treatment when they file their insurance claim or lawsuit. When a rider is still in treatment for injuries when pursuing a claim against the at-fault party, their lawyer will need to account for future expected medical and rehabilitation costs.
- At-fault drivers may lack sufficient insurance coverage to compensate injured riders. Motorcycle riders often require significant compensation for devastating injuries, and many drivers have insufficient insurance coverage to pay that amount. That’s because many drivers in California carry only the minimum liability insurance coverage. This isn’t enough to pay for tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost income. As a result, some injured riders can file an uninsured/underinsured motorist claim with their own motorcycle insurer, adding more work to an already complicated claims process.
- Insurance companies try to blame the injured rider for the accident. Unfortunately, insurance companies (even the rider’s own) often try to reduce their financial liability for a motorcycle accident by shifting some of the blame for the crash onto the rider. At-fault drivers and insurers may rely on stereotypes about motorcycle riders as reckless, speeding motorists. If this happens in a motorcycle accident case, the rider and his or her attorney may need additional evidence to establish conclusively that the rider bears no fault for causing the accident.