Motorcycles provide a popular form of both recreation and transportation, but they carry an exceptionally high risk of injury to the rider when an accident occurs – over 95% of riders in a motorcycle accident incur an injury, with nearly half of those injuries classified as greater than minor. Due to the open quality of a motorcycle, injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident often result in severe injury, permanent physical or mental incapacity, or death.
Motorcycle Accidents in San Diego
San Diego County has one of the highest rates of incidents of motorcycle crashes throughout the State of California. A recent report shows that over 1,600 motorcyclists were injured in a single year in San Diego County.
In California, motorcycle accident deaths were 17% of all road fatalities even though only 3% of registered vehicle owners rode motorcycles. At The Goetz Law Firm, we understand the negligence and recklessness of many drivers who do not pay attention to motorcycles on the road.
Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Many motorcycle accidents occur when negligent automobile drivers fail to pay attention to the road and thereby do not see approaching motorcycles. Drivers who collide with motorcycle often say "I did not see the motorcycle."
Even though the auto driver may be negligent because many people dislike motorcyclists, the motorcycle driver is often blamed for the crash, and consequently offered little or no money in many cases. However, with an effective and experienced motorcycle accident lawyer, motorcyclists can get justice and a substantial personal injury recovery for their injuries.
Attorney Dean Goetz understands that the public's perception of motorcyclists is unfair and he fights every day for his clients to make sure they all receive justice and a fair recovery.
Below are some common motorcycle vs. auto accidents that usually result in personal injury to the motorcycle rider.
- Rear End Collision – If you're riding a motorcycle and are hit from the rear it is probably the auto driver's fault. Motorcycle accident studies point to these as one of the biggest dangers to motorcyclists, and the reasoning behind California's Motorcycle Lane Splitting Law - to help motorcyclists avoid this risk. Let motorcycles drive between lanes, and give them room, California Highway Patrol says, "Motorcycle safety studies have said that lane splitting, though unnerving to some drivers and apprentice motorcyclists, is safer than not splitting when done intelligently— principally because it reduces the risk of a rider being hit from behind while stopped in freeway traffic."
- Pull Out Collision — One of the most common types of motorcycle vs. car accidents occurs when an automobile driver pulls his car right out in front of an oncoming motorcycle. The motorcycle rider does not have sufficient time to stop so the collision occurs. This type of accident is almost always the fault of the auto driver. ·
- Drunk Driving Accidents — Despite the efforts that have been raised in recent years against driving under the influence, some people still make the decision to drive while drunk or impaired. If an intoxicated driver has injured you, you should seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
- Left Turn Collisions — Left turn collisions can be extremely dangerous and sometimes fatal to motorcyclists. These accidents occur when an automobile driver makes a left turn in front of an approaching motorcycle rider. The auto drivers often say they did not see the approaching motorcycle. The motorcycle rider has the right of way in these situations so the auto driver is usually found liable. Failure to see the motorcycle is not a defense.
Find a Personal Injury Lawyer Experienced in Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can be debilitating, and place an enormous financial and emotional burden on a victim and their loved ones. It is important to hire an attorney experienced in motorcycle injury cases because many people assume that accidents involving a motorcycle are the fault of the rider. Insurance companies know this and use this to their favor when offering a settlement to a motorcyclist.
Motorcycle accident injury cases require a knowledgeable California trial attorney because the attorney must fight any bias that motorcyclists may face from those investigating the accident as well as the jury if your case goes to court.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to someone else's carelessness or negligence, you need someone willing to fight for you. San Diego motorcycle attorney Dean A. Goetz knows that most motorcyclists are safe and cautious riders and motorcycle accident statistics support this. Dean is an experienced California motorcycle attorney and he has demonstrated results that he will fight for motorcyclists every step of the way.
How Much Will It Cost to Hire The Goetz Law Firm?
Nothing — unless you win. If you retain the Goetz Law Firm, there is no attorney fee unless a recovery is obtained for the motorcyclist If a monetary recovery is obtained for the motorcyclist, the attorney fee will be a percentage of the recovery.
If there is no recovery, there is no attorney's fee.
The up front costs of litigation will be paid by The Goetz Law Firm and these costs can be taken out of the recovery.
This means there are no up front legal fees or costs nor is the Client billed at an hourly rate.
Call (858) 481-8844 and talk to Dean Goetz directly, if you have any questions.