When a car, truck, or SUV is involved in an accident, the drivers and passengers have the benefit of air bags, seat belts, and steel frames to prevent them from injury. When a motorcycle is involved in an accident, the only thing protecting the passenger is a helmet. Without the added protection offered by a larger passenger vehicle, motorcyclists often sustain serious injuries or are killed in the event of an accident. Common injuries sustained by motorcycle accident victims include brain & spinal cord injuries, burn injuries, amputations, crushed limbs, and broken bones. Many times when a motorcycle is involved in an accident, the driver will be killed, in which case the victim's family can file a wrongful death suit to sue the responsible party for damages.
When someone's negligence leads to a motorcycle accident, chances are the victim will suffer serious and debilitating injuries. Chronic pain and permanent disabilities often result from a motorcycle accident, and when a person suffers greatly on a daily basis, and struggles to perform basic tasks, compensation should be provided. People seriously injured in motorcycle accidents often have trouble getting back to work, and sometimes a disability will prevent them from returning to work entirely. In these situations, a personal injury lawyer can help get the victim compensation for lost wages for both the present and the future, greatly improving the chances of resuming a somewhat normal life after being injured.
Whether aggressive driving, poor road conditions, or traffic congestion leads to a motorcycle accident, a personal injury lawyer will thoroughly investigate the matter in order to determine liability. Once it has been decided who or what is liable for the accident, your attorney will take the proper legal actions to prove liability in court and will work hard to negotiate a settlement amount that will cover medical bills, rehabilitation & therapy costs, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard or Simi Valley, contact a personal injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus for a free consultation!