Some people can’t resist the thrill of riding a motorcycle on the road. However, that thrill can come at a price. If you are in a motorcycle accident, your life can change in an instant. You could suffer from injuries that impact you for years to come.
Often, motorcycle riders aren’t responsible for their accidents. Even the best riders can be victims of negligent car or truck drivers. Here at Bauman Law, we want to hold those drivers responsible. With a Bakersfield motorcycle accident lawyer, you can work towards getting the money you deserve.
What Does a Bakersfield Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Do?
Getting compensation for your accident requires you to take action. Often, the insurance company is responsible for giving you money for medical bills and repairs. However, they might not give you the money you need to cover your expenses.
That’s where an attorney can help. If necessary, they can negotiate on your behalf. They can work with the insurance company to get you a fair payout.
In some situations, a lawyer can file a personal injury lawsuit. A type of civil lawsuit, a personal injury claim holds a negligent or reckless driver responsible for their actions. The other party could give you a settlement that includes money for pain and suffering, medical bills, and more. If they don’t offer you a settlement, you could resolve the situation in court.
Unfortunately, many individuals have a bias against motorcycle riders. However, that bias shouldn’t keep you from the money to which you’re entitled. Your decision to ride a motorcycle does not give other drivers the right to put you at risk. With the help of a lawyer, you can get what you need to move on with your life.
The Impact of a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents can cause thousands of dollars. If you are in a motorcycle accident, you could suffer from a variety of health issues. Most commonly, victims experience knee injuries, traumatic brain injuries, concussions, and chest pains. The injuries could cause disfigurement or permanent disabilities.
Even with all the right equipment, you could suffer from a serious injury. Because motorcycles are so small, they don’t handle collisions well. They offer riders little protection, and a little impact can be disastrous.
In Bakersfield, there were 65 motorcycle accidents in 2015 that resulted in serious injuries. But injuries aren’t the only problem. After an accident, victims need to deal with medical bills, motorcycle repairs, and other complications. The financial stress can be overwhelming. Sometimes, victims also suffer from anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.
Many other accidents results in fatalities. For instance, one Bakersfield motorcyclist was thrown from his motorcycle when he hit two rocks. He didn’t survive, along with several other motorcyclists last year.
If a loved one was a victim of a fatal motorcycle accident, you are entitled to compensation. You don’t need to struggle alone to pay medical bills and funeral costs. Our law firm can file a wrongful death claim for you. If the claim is successful, you could receive compensation for damages.
When is the Other Driver Responsible?
If you want to receive fair compensation for your accident, you might need to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, you can only do so if someone else is responsible for the accident. In many cases, the responsible party is the other driver. If the driver was negligent or reckless, they could owe you compensation for your damages.
Proving negligence isn’t always easy. Here are some common examples of negligent behavior that could cause an accident:
1. Texting and Driving
Recently, texting and driving has been a major problem on the roads. If a driver is too busy looking at their phone to watch the road, they could cause an accident.
Driving over the speed limit could cause another vehicle to hit you. If speeding is the cause of your accident, the other driver is responsible. You could seek compensation for their reckless behavior.
3. Poor Road Conditions
In some accidents, another driver isn’t negligent. But that doesn’t mean negligence wasn’t the cause of your accident. Another party, like a construction company or government agency, could be liable. This is often the case with accidents that involve potholes and other poor road conditions.
Working with Bauman Law APLC
Were you a victim of a motorcycle accident? If so, you have the right to seek compensation. Our law firm wants to help you obtain the money you deserve. By contacting us, you can be one step closer to a brighter future.