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Motorcycles are popular, but it is crucial for anyone who enjoys riding their motorcycle in Marin County to understand the risks they face every time they get on their bike. Even the most careful and attentive motorcyclists cannot always anticipate the actions of other drivers, and a motorcyclist faces the same risk factors as any other passenger vehicle driver. However, they do not have the same physical protection when an accident occurs. A motorcycle offers virtually no physical protection from crash impact forces, and many motorcycle accidents result in catastrophic injuries.
If you or a family member is injured in a motorcycle accident in Marin County, a motorcycle accident attorney is the best resource you can seek for guidance and support in the aftermath of this damaging event. The right legal team can reduce uncertainty and assist you in determining the best path toward recovering your losses. You could be entitled to recover much more than you initially expected, but it is vital to speak with an experienced Marin County motorcycle accident attorney right away after the incident to have the best chance of recovering as fully as the law allows.
Rush Injury Law has many years of experience helping clients in Marin County and throughout California with their personal injury claims, for example, those pertaining to motor vehicle accidents. Our team has represented many victims of motorcycle accidents in the past, and we know the legal challenges you are likely to face in your pursuit of recompense for damage suffered. Quickly securing legal representation you can trust after your accident offers the best chance of maximizing your recovery.
It’s vital for every rider to understand the unique risks they face while using their motorcycles. A few reasons for motorcycle accidents that generate complex legal proceedings include:
Ultimately, no matter how your recent motorcycle accident occurred, if someone else is responsible for causing it, you can hold them liable for the damage they inflicted on you and your family.
Every driver in California must have appropriate auto insurance coverage that meets the state’s minimum requirements. For example, a minimum coverage policy in Marin County must include at least 15/30/5 coverage, meaning $15,000 or more in bodily injury coverage for a single person, at least $30,000 in bodily injury coverage for all persons injured in a single accident, and at least $5,000 in property damage liability coverage.
Drivers are also encouraged to buy underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage. In the event an at-fault driver does not have insurance, this coverage option allows an injured driver to file against their own policy for some expedient compensation. Due to the fact that California has a very high rate of uninsured drivers, it is wise for all Marin County drivers to consider purchasing this coverage option.
After you have proven the accident you experienced resulted from another driver’s negligence or misconduct behind the wheel, filing an insurance claim against them is usually your first step toward recovering your losses. Having a Marin County motorcycle accident attorney help you with this will significantly improve your experience with the insurance claim process, reducing the chances of facing any unfair pushback against your legitimate claim.
If your damages exceed the coverage available through an at-fault driver’s auto insurance policy or if they do not have insurance, you can proceed with a personal injury claim against them to recover any and all outstanding damage they caused. A successful insurance claim may provide some coverage for your medical expenses and lost income, but a personal injury case can potentially help you recover the full range of the damage you suffered.
Most of the personal injury cases filed in Marin County generate from acts of negligence. Success with this type of case requires proving the at-fault driver was negligent in a manner that directly caused the crash in question and that your damages are the direct results of their negligence. In the event they caused the crash through any form of illegal misconduct, such as drinking and driving, they face criminal penalties from the state in addition to your civil suit, and it’s possible for this to influence your final recovery in various ways.
The damages available to plaintiffs in most California personal injury cases include:
Once you have an experienced legal team handling your case, you might be surprised to learn you can seek far more compensation than you initially expected. First, however, it is important to remember the state’s pure comparative negligence rule if you intend to file any type of personal injury case against another party.
When a plaintiff bears partial responsibility for a personal injury, the pure comparative negligence law allows them to still recover compensation from the defendant, but they lose a percentage of the case award equal to their percentage of fault for causing the accident. So, if you are found 25% at fault for your motorcycle accident, you would lose 25% of the final case award to reflect your shared liability.
When you have experienced legal counsel on your side, it is much easier to approach a difficult series of civil court proceedings with confidence. It’s natural to feel uncertain about your options for legal recourse and experience uncertainty and distress once you assess the economic impact your motorcycle has had. However, securing a Marin County motorcycle accident attorney to assist you with your case can remove doubt and help you reach much better results than you may have initially expected.
Rush Injury Law offers compassionate and responsive legal representation to clients in the Marin County area suffering in the aftermath of motorcycle accidents. We understand that the average person may not know what to do after this type of damaging incident, and unfortunately, many victims accept lowball settlements and overlook their available channels of recovery. Our goal in each case we accept is to help our client secure the greatest case award possible under state law. If you are reeling in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident that someone else caused, contact us today and schedule your case review with a Marin County motorcycle accident attorney.
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