Simi Valley Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle riding is an enjoyable but dangerous activity, but in Simi Valley, where distracted drivers and speeding motorists are everyone on the roads, disaster can strike at any time and result in devastating motorcycle accidents and catastrophic injuries. You may not know what to do afterwards, but Simi Valley motorcycle accident lawyers Robert and Gary Walch can help. As soon as you hire us, we’ll start fighting for you because we understand how much a settlement check and a sense of closure can help you recover and rebuild your life. The team at Walch Law has a more than 95% success rate for our clients, and that’s who needs to be in your corner if you’re involved in a motorcycle accident. Call us and get started today!Is Simi Valley Dangerous for Motorcyclists?
Motorcycle accidents are particularly dangerous because motorcycles are much smaller than regular motor vehicles and offer riders and passengers much less structural protection in a crash. Though they can happen anywhere, Simi Valley’s busy streets and freeways are frequently the scene of severe accidents and fatalities thanks to distracted driving and motorists failing to check for motorcycles when performing traffic maneuvers. 20 victims were injured and killed in motorcycle accidents in 2017. More recently, a motorcyclist was killed in April 2019 on Texas Avenue in a collision with a vehicle, and in January of the same year a rider and their passenger suffered catastrophic injuries when a vehicle turned in front of their motorcycle on Tierra Rejada Road.Who Might Be Responsible for My Motorcycle Accident Injuries?
Any party whose wrongful conduct contributed in any way to your accident and injuries may be liable. Though in most motorcycle accidents the at-fault party was the driver of a motor vehicle, it is not always the case. Depending on the circumstances, possible defendants may include motorcycle or part manufacturers, government entities responsible for maintaining and designing roads, and repair shops.Can I Still Recover if I Might be Partly Responsible for the Accident?
Even if you were partially at-fault for causing the motorcycle accident, you may still be able to recover some compensation for your injuries from other parties involved who were also to blame. Simi Valley, like the rest of California, operates under the theory of comparative fault. Under this theory, the judge or jury will look at the facts of your personal injury lawsuit and decide how much blame each party bears for the accident and assign you a percentage. The amount you can recover will be reduced by the level of fault you were assigned by the court; this means if you receive a $2 million dollar award of damages but were found 50% at fault, you only recover $1 million dollars.What Should I Do After My Motorcycle Accident?
You may not know exactly what to do after a Simi Valley motorcycle accident, but it’s likely you’ll need medical treatment. Even if you think you weren’t hurt, you should see a doctor as soon as possible to see if you have hidden injuries and document the cause and severity of your damages. Additionally, it’s a good idea to:
- Notify law enforcement and cooperate with officers responding to the scene
- Get a copy of the completed accident report
- Photograph the accident scene, your motorcycle, any evidence like road defects, injuries, traffic signals, and skid marks
- Get contact information from any witnesses and everyone involved in the accident
- Notify your insurance company
- Avoid admitting fault, apologizing, or giving recorded statements to anyone until you’ve spoken to a Simi Valley motorcycle accident attorney
Motorcycle accidents are traumatic events, so the idea of making big decisions and pursuing a personal injury case quickly after you’ve been injured or lost a loved one is normal. However, you shouldn’t wait too long to contact a Simi Valley motorcycle accident attorney to file your lawsuit. In California, you usually have 2 years from the date you were hurt to begin your case – extensions on this statute of limitations is rare, and not filing before the deadline means you lose the right to seek compensation in court. In a few cases, such as when you want to sue a government entity for their role in your accident, you have only six months from the accident!Contact Us to Get Started
It’s important you move quickly to protect your rights and your case for recovery. If you don’t think you can afford to hire a personal injury lawyer, think again! At Walch Law all our cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, so you pay nothing until we win your case and you get compensated for your injuries. When you call today to schedule your free, no obligation consultation we will answer your questions, explain the process, and help put you on the road to recovery.