Santa Barbara’s beautiful weather and resort town vibe create a perfect setting for motorcycle riding. Motorcycles are frequently operated on Santa Barbara roads and are especially convenient when it comes to parking because motorcycles park for free in parking garages. Motorcycle riding is popular in Santa Barbara and across the state of California, which unfortunately means that motorcycle accidents occur on a regular basis in Santa Barbara and across the state as well.
Motorcycle accidents typically happen suddenly and they are over within seconds. Unlike the accident itself, resulting injuries and damages from motorcycle accidents may last for a very long time and sometimes require years of medical treatment and rehabilitation. Motorcycle accidents sometimes leave riders with permanent disabilities or sometimes injuries are fatal. Santa Barbara motorcycle accident attorneys know that these injuries can be life changing and devastating and when motorcycle accidents are caused by someone else’s fault, injured parties and their loved ones deserve to be compensated for the losses they have sustained.
Motorcycle accidents can occur in a number of ways. Single vehicle accidents are often due to poor road conditions such as loose gravel, potholes, and cracks in the road. Other causes may include lack of signage alerting motorcycles of dangers ahead such as sharp curves and poor lighting making the road difficult for motorcycles to see at night. Two vehicle accidents often occur because other drivers do not see motorcycles and turn in front of them, strike them from behind, or hit them when making a lane change. Dooring accidents are also common when parked car occupants open their car doors into the path of a motorcycle.
Motorcycle injuries can be extremely serious and sometimes deadly. It is important to wear protective gear including clothing, gloves, and helmets, but even with those protections, motorcyclists are still incredibly vulnerable to injuries when accidents occur. Injuries frequently include road rash, infections, broken bones, lacerations, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.
When a motorcyclist dies in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, depending on the circumstances of the case, there are two causes of action that may be brought. Wrongful death claims may be made by close family members in order to recover for their own losses due to losing a loved one. Survival actions are sometimes brought on behalf of the estate to recover for the injuries and damages sustained by the decent before he or she died. In some cases, punitive damages may also be recoverable in a survival action.
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident, contact a Santa Barbara motorcycle accident attorney at The Compass Law Group, PC to discuss your claim. Our motorcycle accident attorneys want to see that you and your family recover for all of your injuries and damages including lost wages, lost future earning capacity, property damage, pain and suffering, medical bills, and wrongful death.
Hiring the right personal injury attorney can often make the difference between getting the maximum settlement to account for your medical care, damages and lost wages or getting short changed or even having your case dismissed completely.
Have you been injured an accident due to the negligence of others? Contact the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at the Compass Law Group, PC because finding direction after an accident means having a great Compass on hand.