As a previous post on this blog discussed, there is a common misperception in Los Angeles County and throughout California that when a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, his or her injuries are somehow his or her own responsibility. Some people are quick to assume that a motorcyclist had to have been speeding or weaving through traffic right before an accident, and many people also equate not wearing a helmet with being responsible for a motorcycle accident.
It is unfortunate that this misconception sometimes spills over in to the courtroom, making it harder for a motorcyclist to get the compensation he or she deserves after an accident. After all, motorcyclists involved in accidents are often severely injured simply because they don't have the same protections from collisions as do drivers of other vehicles. Broken bones and even spinal cord or brain injuries are, sadly, too common among motorcycle accident victims.
One way an injured motorcyclist can fight this misperception is by contacting an experienced, knowledgeable and determined legal professional who can help them get the compensation they deserve for their claim, even taking the matter to trial if necessary. In this respect, our law office sees its job as quite simple: we take the time to investigate the reasons for the accident and to understand the full extent of our client's injuries. After that, we work hard to effectively explain our client's case to the insurance company, before a mediator and, as the final resort, before a judge or jury.
Going through a motorcycle accident is physically, emotionally and financially traumatic. However, the advocates at our law office work hard to clear up any common misconception about motorcyclists and make sure they get the compensation they both need and deserve.