Have you recently been injured in a West Covina motorcycle accident? If someone else is responsible for your accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Glotzer & Leib, LLP to learn about the benefits of filing a personal injury claim for damages. The money you get from a lawsuit can help to cover costs for expensive medical bills, make up for lost wages, and compensate for the pain and suffering you’ve been forced to endure.
Our West Covina motorcycle accident attorneys know how devastating an unexpected motorcycle accident can be. As your attorneys, we will fight to make sure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries. With our help, you can maximize the financial settlement or award you receive. Call today to schedule a free consultation with our skilled legal team.
West Covina Motorcycle Accident Statistics
There are more registered motorcycles in California than in any other state in the country. It may not be surprising to learn that California leads the nation in fatal and injury-causing motorcycle crashes. Many of these accidents happen right here in Los Angeles County. In 2015, there were more than 4,400 motorcycle crashes in the popular metropolitan area.
Thanks to recent interest in the city, West Covina has seen a sharp increase in the number of motorcycle accidents in recent years. In 2010, there were 3 reported motorcycle accidents within West Covina city limits. By 2014, the number of injury-causing and fatal crashes had skyrocketed to 22, an increase of more than 400 percent.
In 2015, the year for which statistics are most recently available, there were 17 reported motorcycle accidents in West Covina. Despite this slight decline, it seems as though motorcycle accidents will continue to be a problem in the city for years to come. Increases in tourism, overall traffic, and motorcycle use in West Covina put riders in jeopardy.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists are 10 times more likely to suffer a serious or fatal injury in an accident than passengers in other vehicles. Even if a motorcyclist takes precautions by wearing a helmet, installing crash bars, and driving with extreme caution, the risk of harm is still significant.
At Glotzer & Leib, LLP, our attorneys have helped injured motorcycle accident victims recover compensation for a wide range of injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord damage
- Brain injury
- Degloving injury
- Severe burns
- Chest injury
- Catastrophic injury, and
- Wrongful death.
If you’ve recently been injured in a West Covina accident and someone else is to blame, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our skilled legal team to find out how we can help you maximize the financial settlement or award you receive. We offer a free consultation, so do not hesitate to call us now.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in West Covina
Motorcycle accidents happen quite frequently in California. In 2013, 480 motorcyclists were killed in California motorcycle crashes, and another 11,780 riders suffered accident-related injuries. Why are motorcycle accidents so common in California and West Covina? While accidents can happen for any number of reasons, certain causes are reported more frequently than others.
Rider Negligence: Motorcyclists are not alone when they are on California roads. Sometimes riders tend to forget they are sharing the road with larger, heavier vehicles and fail to ride with proper caution. Motorcyclists often cause crashes when they:
- Split lanes
- Change lanes rapidly
- Fail to use turning signals
- Fail to yield the right of way to other vehicles, bicycles, and/or pedestrians
- Do not wear proper reflective materials at night, and/or
- Operate a bike while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Motorcyclists have an obligation to obey all traffic laws and operate their bikes with care. Deviations from this duty of care can result in accidents and injuries.
Driver Negligence: Drivers have an obligation to navigate their vehicle in a way that does not put others in harm’s way. Aggressive, distracted, or simply negligent driving behaviors can put motorcyclists in serious jeopardy. Drivers often cause motorcycle accidents when they:
- Fail or refuse to yield the right of way to motorcyclists
- Are not paying attention to the road and fail to see motorcyclists
- Change lanes without notice, and/or
- Drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Dangerous Road Conditions: Sometimes accidents aren’t the result of motorcyclist or driver error. Rather, some accidents happen because dangerous road conditions exist. Dangerous road conditions may include:
- Broken or uneven roadways
- Obstructed or missing traffic signs
- Dangerous curves
- Debris and/or litter in the roadway
- Lack of safety barriers and/or rails, and/or
- Dangerous road designs.
Defective Motorcycles and/or Vehicles: Motorcycle accidents can also happen if vehicles and/or equipment is defective. In California, companies that produce goods (including motorcycles, passenger cars, and automobile components including brakes, airbags, and helmets) can be responsible for harm if their products are defective.
Damages Available to West Covina Motorcycle Accident Victims
If you’ve been injured in a West Covina motorcycle accident you may be entitled to compensation. At Glotzer & Leib, LLP, our attorneys will fight to make sure that you are able to recover all damages to which you are entitled. In most cases, you will be able to collect economic and non-economic damages.
An unexpected motorcycle accident can seriously jeopardize your financial stability. Accidents often result in injuries that require a lot of medical care and can force you to miss time at work. If your accident is serious enough, you may even suffer from a permanent disability that threatens your ability to continue working in the same capacity. Economic damages can be awarded to compensate for the financial consequences of your accident.
Our West Covina motorcycle accident attorneys will fight to help you recover economic damages for:
- Medical expenses
- Travel and lodging for medical treatment
- Nursing care
- Property repair or replacement
- Reduced earning capacity
- Disability, and/or
- Lost wages.
In California, economic damages are capped at your actual financial expenses. These can, however, include past, present, and future projected costs related to your accident and injury.
Sometimes an accident will cause you to suffer from injuries that don’t have a direct financial cost. Non-economic damages can be awarded to compensate for these hard-to-value injuries. Examples of non-economic damages include those for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of sexual relationships
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement, and
Unlike economic damages, California law does not typically place a cap on non-economic awards.
Statute of Limitations for Motorcycle Accident Cases
If you’ve been injured in a West Covina motorcycle accident you’ll want to act quickly. The statute of limitations for bodily injury lawsuits is only two years from the date of your accident. Put another way, you could be prevented from recovering compensation if you don’t file your legal claim within two years of your motorcycle accident.
There are certain exceptions to this rigid rule. If there is a reasonable delay in the discovery of your injury or if you can’t locate the person responsible for your injury, you may be able to extend the amount of time in which you can file a lawful claim. On the other hand, if you believe the government is responsible for your injury, you’ll have significantly less time to file a claim for damages.
You can make sure that your claim is filed within the applicable statute of limitations by contacting Glotzer & Leib, LLP immediately after your accident. Our West Covina motorcycle accident attorneys will investigate your case, determine all potentially liable parties, and make sure that your claim(s) are filed on time. Call us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more.
Speak To West Covina Motorcycle Accident Attorney Joshua Glotzer
Motorcycle accidents can change your life in the blink of an eye. If you’ve recently been injured and need help getting the money you deserve, contact Glotzer & Leib, LLP for help. Our West Covina personal injury lawyers will fight to protect your rights and ensure that you are fairly compensated for the harm you have suffered. Call today to schedule a free case evaluation with our skilled legal team.