Motorcycle enthusiasts know that California is one of the best states to own and ride a motorcycle. The weather is conducive to riding for most of the year and the variety of topography keeps you from getting bored or seeing the same sights over and over again. With over 1.3 million registered motorcycles in California, it is clear that bikers are enjoying what California has to offer. Sadly, motorcycle accidents and fatalities are also on the rise in California. After reaching an all time low back in 1998, California motorcycle fatalities and serious injuries have been increasing each year since then. Motorcycle fatalities were down to 200 for the year 1998, however have been rising each year since then and are approaching the 500 number mark. Serious injuries have been rising as well over the last decade from a low of around 6,000 in 1998 to around 10,000 per year for the last few years. Motorcyclists also represent a disproportionate number of accidents compared to other forms of transportation. While bikers represent only 2.1% of all registered vehicles in California, they account for 9.4% of all traffic fatalities in the state. A motorcycle accident not only leaves you with damage to your bike – which may be your only form of transportation – but can leave you with serious or even life-threatening and permanent physical injuries as well. You may also suffer psychological trauma as a result of a motorcycle accident. So what legal options do you have if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault?
You may be entitled to receive compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. In the State of California, if the accident was not your fault, or your share of the fault (negligence in legal terms) was less than the other driver’s, then you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you have suffered. Damages is a legal term used to describe the injuries – physical and emotional – that you have suffered. In California, you may be entitled to receive both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are those things were directly caused by the other driver and are easily quantifiable. Examples of economic damages are: damage to your motorcycle; lost wages or income; medical bills; hospital bills; towing expenses and rental car expenses. You may also be entitled to non-economic damages. None-economic damages are harder to calculate. They include things such as: pain and suffering; loss of use; disfigurement; humiliation; disability; mental anguish and emotional distress. The value of your non-economic damages can be difficult to calculate as many factors go into determining the value such as the type and severity of any physical injuries you suffered, your age and general health before the accident and how the injuries may affect your future ability to earn a living or your future ability to engage in personal relationships.
If you have been involved in a California motorcycle accident, you owe it to yourself and your family to seek legal advice from an experienced motorcycle accident attorney immediately. If you were not at fault, then you have every right to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence. Contact California motorcycle accident attorney Emery Ledger at Ledger & Associates for a free detailed evaluation of your case at 1-800-300-0001 or online at www.ledgerlaw.com.