Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you’ve suffered a motorcycle accident in California, you need legal representation. Richard Katz has ridden motorcycles for more than 30 years. He personally was involved in a bad motorcycle accident, years ago, he understands what you are going through.
Motorcycle accidents often result in severe injuries to the rider, often requiring hospitalization and rehabilitation therapy. Statistics show that most motorcycle accidents occur within 25 miles of home. The most deadly and frequent accidents occur at when a driver makes a left hand turn. The drivers of the car or truck often state they didn’t see the motorcycle. For reasons that they do not understand the motorcycle is “invisible.” This phenomenon is common knowledge in the motorcycle world. Unfortunately a rider usually only has moments to respond to the danger. Whether it is left-hand turns, unsafe lane changes or other negligent driving, we can help you. We have handled many cases in which initially the rider / client appeared to have been at fault but ultimately won the case.
Compensation for Victims of Motorcycle Accidents
The Richard Katz, a personal injury lawyer, knows you have questions about medical care, property damage, lost income and how long it will take to get a fair settlement. Richard Katz, is very familiar with motorcycle accidents and he will give you straight, simple answers about out-of-pocket expenses, medical payments coverage, property damage, and lost wages, and help you in completing necessary paperwork.
Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC shows that between 2001 and 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed and an estimated 1,222,000 persons were treated in a U.S. emergency department for a non-fatal motorcycle-related injury. The highest death and injury rates were among 20-24 year-olds, followed by 25-29 year-olds. More than half of all nonfatal injuries treated in emergency room departments were to the leg and/or foot (30%) or the head and/or neck (22%). Motorcyclist death rates increased 55% from 2001 to 2008. The number of nonfatal motorcyclist injuries that were treated in emergency room departments also increased, from nearly 120,000 injuries in 2001 to about 175,000 in 2008. If you were hurt or loved one was hurt or killed in a motorcycle accident call us. Whether it’s getting money for medical bills and motorcycle repairs or stepping in to deal with the insurance company or helping you get medical care or pursuing a wrongful death claim, we’re here to help get you back on your feet.
California law requires all ridders and car owners to carry liability insurance. The minimal coverages required for traffic accidents are $15,000 for personal injury to one person, $30,000 for personal injury to multiple people, and $5,000 for property damage. These small limits provide only little coverage, and in a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle injuries are likely to be greater. In fact, estimates in California show that up to 20 percent of drivers do not carry liability insurance. In such cases, we will file a claim for you using your uninsured motorist (UM) or underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage. With UM/UIM coverage, you are entitled to the same compensation you could recover from the negligent driver. In many cases after your UM claim is settled the insurance company will sue the negligent driver to recover the money paid to resolve or settle your claim.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident don’t make the mistake of believing that the insurance company for the negligent driver responsible for your accident will take care fairly take care of your claim. As well, do not make the mistake of believing your insurance company will treat you fairly. The sad truth is that most insurance companies only look to pay out the lowest amount possible and not what is a fair settlement for your injuries and damages. Hiring an experienced lawyer, like Richard Katz, will protect your rights and assure fair compensation.
Whether you experienced a simple minor spill or serious accident, you will likely have suffered personal injuries. Along with the personal injuries you will likely have suffered financial hardships. Legally you are entitled to be compensated for your losses, such compensation can include the following:
- Medical bills, past and future
- Lost wages, past and future
- Pain and suffering from physical injury, past and future
- Motorcycle repair bills
- Wrongful death
Free Legal Advice From a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident and you believe the other driver was at fault or partially at fault please call me. I welcome the opportunity to discuss your matter and to see if we can help you. Please call me at 626-796-6333. The consultation is free and we take cases like this on a contingency fee basis. A contingency fee means we only get paid if we recover money for you by way of settlement or verdict. If we do not recover any money for you, you owe us nothing. Call me and see what we can do for you here at the law offices of Richard Katz.
Richard Katz is based in Pasadena, CA, and serves the greater Los Angeles area. Neighborhoods we serve in Los Angeles County include: Los Angeles, Altadena, Alhambra, Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Diamond Bar, Duarte, El Monte, Glendora, Hacienda Heights, Irwindale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Puente, La Verne, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, Pomona, Rosemead, Rowland Heights, San Dimas, San Gabriel, San Gabriel Valley, San Marino, Sierra Madre, Temple City, West Covina, Walnut. Neighborhoods we serve in Orange County include Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Brea, Buena Park, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Santa Ana, Seal Beach and Yorba Linda. We also serve Riverside County.