Winnetka Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycles are popular in California for good reason – whether you like an adrenaline rush, the open road, beautiful scenery, or pleasant year-round temperatures, riders all have something that draws them to a bike. Unfortunately, if you end injured in a motorcycle accident, you’ll be nursing your injuries, paying astronomical medical bills, and repairing your motorcycle instead. The experienced Winnetka motorcycle accident lawyers understand you’re in a stressful situation and can help build a strong case to recover maximum possible compensation so you can get back to normal. Robert and Gary have spent over 45 years working with clients like you and achieving a success rate of over 98% in their cases. Contact us today to get started and see how we can help get you the check you deserve fast.Risk of Injury for Winnetka Motorcyclists
Motorcycle riders are at risk of accidents, injury, and death any time they take to the roads in and around Los Angeles, and Winnetka is no exception. Though a small area of Los Angeles with only around 55,000 residents, Winnetka is boxed in on all sides by massive, dangerous freeways and thoroughfares – the 118 to the north, the 101 to the south, the 405 to the east, and Topanga Canyon Boulevard to the west. This means almost every time a motorcyclist wants to go somewhere, they must brave one of these asphalt jungles and the often-distracted motorists on them. No matter if it’s on the freeways or the city’s streets, any moment of distraction or split-second lapse in good driving can be disastrous. Recently, a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a car at the intersection of Vanowen Street and Oakdale Avenue in Winnetka.What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Motorcyclists are well aware of the inherent risks associated with riding in California. According to the NHTSA, a motorcyclist involved in an accident is 28 times more likely to be killed and 6 times more likely to sustain injuries than the occupant of a motor vehicle. This is a major reason most riders exercise extreme caution and wear appropriate protective equipment at all times. Unfortunately, motor vehicle drivers don’t exercise nearly as much caution behind the wheel of a car; this has dangerous, potentially fatal results for motorcycle riders.Distracted Driving
Close to 80 percent of drivers say they at least occasionally text and drive, and the numbers on other distracted driving behaviors are just as shocking and concerning for motorcyclists and other drivers on the road.
- Close to 25 percent of motor vehicle accidents result from distracted driving
- Over 80 percent of drivers in the United States admit they do blatantly hazardous activities while they drive – this includes painting nails, steering the car with a foot, and even shaving.
- Since 2010, some 660,000 American drivers at any moment during daylight are either using their phone or handling an electronic device as they drive
In addition to distracted driving causing accidents, motorists exhibit a number of other unsafe behaviors that show they are not looking for motorcycles on the road or driving defensively. Motorcycle accidents can happen from:
- Unsafe lane changes
- Not checking mirrors when turning
- Not checking for approaching motorcycles when entering or exiting a road
- Poor road conditions from negligent government maintenance
Once you have established another party – whether it’s another driver, a repair shop, a vehicle manufacturer, or government agency – was negligent, you may be entitled to compensation for damages from your motorcycle accident. Courts understand the financial impact an inability to work, extensive medical treatment, and property damage repair can have on a victim’s future, so they may award compensatory damages to make you whole for injuries such as:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Lost wages and lost future earning capacity
- Scarring, disfigurement, and disability
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident, you may be overwhelmed and feel you don’t have money to hire attorney thanks to staggering medical bills, a physical inability to return to work, and expensive property repairs. Put your mind as ease, because the experienced Winnetka motorcycle accident lawyers at Walch Law take all our cases on a contingency fee basis. That means that because we believe everyone deserves the chance to recover for their injuries, we don’t get paid until you get paid. Contact us today to learn about ways Robert and Gary’s experience can benefit you and see why you want them in your corner.