Van Nuys Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Your goal was to get out of Van Nuys early enough to beat the usual 405 traffic gridlock on your way to Mulholland Dr. for a ride on your new Harley. But you know how life is; first you had to take care of a few things around the house, then you couldn’t find your riding gear, and then you got a call from your mom right as you were about to leave the house. Once you got onto the freeway, it was a parking lot. But it moved fast enough for the car behind you rear-end you, sending you flying over the car in front of you.
It could have been much, much worse, but your injuries were still quite serious. You have a compound fracture in your right arm, a dislocated shoulder, and other scrapes and bruises. Sadly, your beloved Harley-Davidson is ready for the junk heap. For now you’re still nursing your injuries but soon you’ll want to call a top Van Nuys motorcycle injury lawyer at Walch Law to explore your legal options. We know this time is confusing which is why your obligation-free initial consultation with us is designed to answer all your questions about a motorcycle crash lawsuit, how we can help and how long you can expect it will take. Call Robert and Gary Walch today!
Motorcycle accident injuries tend to be quite severe, often leading to fatalities, which is why it’s so important to understand what to do in case you find yourself in this situation. The following is an overview of motorcycle accidents, how liability is determined, the various types of damages you may claim for your injuries, and more.Who’s at Fault for Your Van Nuys Motorcycle Accident Injuries
The driver who hit you wasn’t paying attention, which is common when people are stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic for long periods of time. He certainly didn’t mean to hit you but he should have taken more care. His duty of care, or legal responsibility as a motorist, was to leave a safe following distance behind you and to keep his eyes on the road. By failing to drive in a reasonably safe manner, he breached this duty, resulting in the accident that caused your serious injuries.
The breach of his duty of care was an act of negligence, which establishes his liability for your injuries and related losses. To prevail in your claim, you’ll have to show the following elements:
- 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
While nearly all injury claims are resolved out of court through settlements, it’s still important to approach this as if it could go to court in order to have adequate leverage when negotiating with the other party. Your Van Nuys motorcycle accident lawyer understands this and will help you build a strong claim.Claiming Damages for Your Van Nuys Motorcycle Accident
Compound fractures take a while to heal and there are sometimes complications from dislocated shoulders. Sometimes it just takes a little while to fully assess the long term impact of certain injuries, while some injuries aren’t even detected until later (particularly head and neck injuries). An injury also may impact your ability to continue in your occupation. So you should avoid accepting any early settlement offers, which may not account for the full value of your losses.
You have two years from the date of the accident (or from the date in which a given injury is discovered) in which to file your claim. Some damages are obvious, such as medical bills and lost wages, but other 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)
Skilled attorneys aren’t cheap but they more than make up for it in their professional approach to claims and, ultimately, helping you get the highest possible compensation for your injuries. Your Van Nuys motorcycle accident lawyer will help you both fully assess the nature of your injuries and address the various areas of your life that may have been affected.Call a Top Van Nuys Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
There’s nothing more disappointing than not being able to do the things you love because someone else was careless. Thankfully you have the right to be compensated when your injuries are caused by the negligence of another party. Get started today by calling the legal experts at the Law Offices of Gary K. Walch, a Law Corporation. The sooner you called the sooner we can get started getting you paid!