When you've been involved in a serious accident, you need legal representation you can trust. Since 1982, Steinberg Injury Lawyers have provided clients just like you with the compassionate and respectful legal representation they need to get their lives back on track after a motorcycle or bicycle accident. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys will work diligently to help you and your family secure the largest possible financial award in the shortest possible amount of time, so you can repair or replace your damaged motorcycle or bicycle, get the medical treatment you need to recover from your injuries, and even arrange for counseling, if necessary, to help you emotionally bounce back from your ordeal.
Our clients can expect first-class, attentive service, regardless of which of our five Los Angeles area law offices they visit. We can even arrange to meet with you at the hospital or in your home, if desired. We're eager to answer your questions and promise to keep you up to date with any and all developments in your case so you're not left in the dark. Also, because our attorneys work on a contingency basis, we don't charge you a dime until your case is resolved.
Bicycle and Motorcycle Accidents in Los Angeles Differ From Other Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents
Any motor vehicle accident has the potential to be serious, but, because motorcyclists and bicyclists lack the protective exoskeleton enjoyed by the driver and occupants of passenger vehicles, motorcycle and bicycle accidents tend to be particularly dangerous and are often deadly. Because motorcyclists and bicyclists are not well protected, injuries faced by these riders can be far more severe, requiring extensive – and expensive – treatments, long recovery periods and even special mobility equipment.
Common motorcycle accident injuries can include:
- Head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain damage
- Neck and spinal injuries
- Road rash
- Temporary or permanent muscle damage, including paralysis
- Burst eardrum, often resulting in loss of hearing
- “Biker's arm” or nerve damage
- Leg injuries, including shattered bones and knees
- Intra-abdominal injuries
Bicyclists are also subject to many of the same types of injuries that motorcyclists face in an accident. They may also experience injuries such as:
- Bone fractures, especially in the forearms and wrists
- Back injuries, such as bulged or ruptured discs
- Fractured clavicle
- Dislocated joints
- Dental and jaw injuries
Proper Safety Equipment Can't Prevent Every Bicycle and Motorcycle Accident in Los Angeles
California is one of the many states that requires motorcyclists and bicyclists to conform to certain standards in the interest of safety. For example, California state law requires motorcyclists to wear a safety helmet “when riding on a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle.” Additionally, California law mandates that motorcyclists have liability insurance coverage to help pay for property damage and bodily injury resulting from a crash in which they were at fault. Minimum liability insurance coverage must include:
- $15,000 for the injury or death of one person
- $30,000 for the injuries or deaths of multiple people
- $5,000 for property damage
California also has specific safety equipment requirements for bicyclists. For example, bicyclists under 18 years of age must wear a helmet that is properly fastened and meets minimum safety standards. Bicycles must also be equipped with the following safety equipment:
- A white safety lamp that's visible from a distance of 300 feet
- A red rear reflector that's visible from a distance of 500 feet when in the headlamps of a motor vehicle
- A white or yellow reflector on each pedal, foot, or ankle, that's visible from the front and rear of the bicycle from 200 feet
- White or yellow wheel reflectors visible from a distance of 300 feet
However, because motorcycle and bicycle accidents are often caused by other motorists—rather than the motorcyclist or bicyclists themselves—safety requirements such as these are incapable of preventing all accidents.
Common Types and Causes of Bicycle and Motorcycle Accidents
It might be tempting to think that accidents and their causes are unique but, as personal injury attorneys, our lawyers see the same types of accidents again and again. For example, when it comes to motorcycle accidents, some of the most common types include:
- Head-on collisions
- Left-turn accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- T-bone or side-impact accidents
Common types of bicycle accidents include:
- Car door accidents
- Crosswalk accidents
- Left-turn accidents
- Right-turn accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Stop sign accidents
Though the types of accidents involving bicyclists and motorcyclists can vary, the causes behind such crashes are eerily similar. Common causes of bicycle and motorcycle accidents include:
- Aggressive drivers
- Distracted drivers
- Drowsy drivers
- Drunk drivers
- Speeding drivers
- Poor road design or conditions
- Motorist error, such as failure to see the motorcycle or bicycle, or failure to correctly judge the motorcycle or bicycle's distance or speed
Regardless, you shouldn't be forced to live with the aftermath of another motorist's recklessness. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine if you're able to pursue compensation for damages sustained in an accident.
Statute of Limitations in California Personal Injury Cases
California state law limits the amount of time a person has to file a personal injury case. These laws, known as the statute of limitations, let potential plaintiffs know exactly how long they have to file a lawsuit. In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years. Plaintiffs must file their lawsuit within two years of the date the accident occurred, or risk forfeiting their ability to have their case heard.
Hiring a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney
When considering whether to pursue compensation for damages following a motorcycle or bicycle accident, having a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney can make all the difference. At Steinberg Injury Lawyers, our accomplished attorneys can review your case, answer your questions and advise you on the best way to proceed. Our long track record of helping accident victims speaks for itself—call us today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss how we can help you.