Agoura Hills Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Agoura Hills offers great access to some of the most beautiful and challenging motorcycle routes in Southern California. One of your favorite places to ride is Kanan Rd. to the south, which offers beautiful vistas. But your last ride (ever?) didn’t go so well. As you were passing by Triunfo Creek Vineyards, some visibly intoxicated wedding guests veered into your lane and knocked into your bike, catapulting you into the road. You skidded along the pavement until you lost consciousness. Next thing you knew, you were laying in a hospital bed with an IV drip and a heart monitor.
The doctor said you were lucky to be alive. As you had suspected, the driver who hit you was drunk and taken into police custody. She’ll likely lose her license for a long time and may even serve time in jail, but what about you? Now that you’re in stable condition, it’s time to call a winning Agoura Hills motorcycle accident lawyer at Walch Law and put together an injury claim. This is a tough time—let us take on your financial and legal worries and get you paid for your accident. We are here to help and the sooner you call us the stronger your case and theWho’s at Fault for Your Agoura Hills Motorcycle Accident?
Since the motorist who struck you was arrested for driving under the influence, it shouldn’t be too difficult to establish fault for your injuries. However, having a skilled lawyer on your side can make all the difference. For instance, the other party’s insurance company may try to entice you with an early settlement offer that sounds good at first (you need the money, right?) but which isn’t nearly enough to cover the real costs of your losses. While you shouldn’t wait too long to file a claim, keep in mind that you have two years from the date of the incident in which to file a claim but evidence is always best fresh.
And if you are in an accident scenario in which liability is not so clear or you played a role in the accident, it is imperative you give us a call as we know how to argue down your role in an accident and make sure you are getting the most following an accident.
The driver owed a duty of care to drive in a safe manner, which does not include driving drunk. By exceeding the limit, becoming impaired, and causing an accident that resulted in your injuries, she breached that duty of care (or legal responsibility to act in a reasonable manner).
This breach is called negligence, which establishes her liability for your injuries and related losses. The elements of a negligence claim are:
- The defendant (at-fault party) owed a duty of care to the plaintiff (the injured party)
- The defendant breached that duty
- The plaintiff’s injuries were in fact caused by this breach
- The defendant’s actions were the proximate cause of the injury (if not for the careless driver, the accident never would have happened)
- The plaintiff suffered actual damages, such as bodily injury
You likely won’t be going to court for your claim but your Agoura Hills motorcycle accident lawyer will want to put together an air-tight claim in order to have the best possible leverage when it comes time to negotiate a settlement.Motorcycle Accidents and Damages
Your injuries are too numerous to list but you’ll need quite a bit of time to heal and get back to work. Getting back on your feet may take even longer, mostly likely with the help of regular visits to a physical therapist. You may never ride a motorcycle again, which would mean losing an important part of your life. Since you work in construction, you’ll have to find some other way to make a living until you regain full use of your body again.
The term damages refers to the monetary value of your losses that resulted from the other party’s negligence. Your medical bills are sky-high, including the cost of physical therapy, medications, visits with specialists, and of course that initial ambulance ride. But it’s also unclear how much medical attention you’ll need in the future. You’ve also missed out on several lucrative construction jobs.
Not all damages are so obvious, though. Your attorney will help you fully assess the value of your claim, but damages may include the following:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement or permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished future earning potential
- Loss of consortium (intimacy and affection)
You were seriously injured doing the thing you love the most, resulting in mounting medical bills, lost wages, and an uncertain future—all because someone decided to get behind the wheel after drinking too much. You can’t go back and erase the past but you can seek just compensation for your losses. Contact the legal experts at the Law Offices of Gary K. Walch, a Law Corporation and learn how they can help you. We know there are a lot of motorcycle accident lawyers out there but when you hire us you get experience with a winning track record. We pride ourselves on always being available to our clients and getting you paid the most as quickly as possible,