Attorneys Fighting for Motorcycle Rider’s Rights in Dana Point, San Diego and Los Angeles
For riders, seeking compensation after an accident can often be a challenge. At Neale & Fhima, we help our clients overcome the biases against motorcycle riders and fight aggressively to make sure that they receive fair compensation.
If you are like most motorcycle riders, riding is your passion. It’s something that you look forward to, and you maintain your bike in peak condition to make sure that it’s ready for the open road at all times. Unfortunately, most non-riders do not share a similar passion. They assume that riding a motorcycle is dangerous; and, when they hear about an accident, they assume that the rider must have been to blame.
As a result, if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to seek legal help for your claim to compensation. At Neale & Fhima, we provide experienced, aggressive representation for riders in Dana Point and throughout Southern California. Over the past 40 years, we have recovered more than $50 million in compensation for our clients, and we can help you win the compensation that you deserve.
Types of Motorcycle Accident Cases We Handle
While riders enjoy the same rights as all other motorists on the road, you wouldn’t know it from the way that some drivers behave in the presence of motorcycles. For most riders, the greatest danger isn’t their bike, but rather the other drivers on the road. We handle all types of Southern California motorcycle accidents at Neale & Fhima, and our attorneys regularly represent riders who have been injured as a result of driver mistakes, such as:
- Distracted driving – Texting behind the wheel is quickly becoming one of the most common causes of vehicle collisions. Talking on the phone, talking to passengers, eating, drinking, and using GPS and entertainment systems are all real issues, as well.
- Failure to yield – Some drivers have difficulty judging the speed of approaching motorcycles, and some drivers overlook motorcycles altogether. Failure to yield to oncoming riders often leads to severe collisions.
- Following too closely – Tailgating is a common problem that motorcycle riders face, as well. In highway traffic and on busy streets, drivers who don’t leave enough of a buffer often end up rear-ending motorcycles.
- Reckless driving – Speeding, weaving through traffic, driving drunk, running red lights, and other forms of negligent and reckless behavior are all common causes of motorcycle accidents.
- Sideswipes – Many drivers don’t check their blind spots, and those who do often aren’t thinking about looking for motorcycles (even though they should be). Oftentimes, drivers will change lanes suddenly and leave riders with no place to go.
Answers to FAQs about Motorcycle Accidents in Southern California
1. Can I recover money to repair custom work that was damaged in the accident?
Yes. Part of your claim will include a claim for property damage. At Neale & Fhima, we fight to recover the full repair or replacement value for our clients, including any customization.
2. Can I recover my medical bills and lost wages?
Yes. In fact, these are often two of the largest portions of motorcycle accident victims’ financial recoveries. When we take your case, we will make sure that you obtain a thorough medical diagnosis and work with medical experts who can help us determine how much your injuries will cost over the long-term. If you are unable to return to work or need ongoing treatment or therapy, these are factors that will affect the amount of compensation that you deserve.
3. What if I was partially at-fault in the accident?
Never assume that you were at-fault in an accident. Determining fault involves a complex legal analysis that should only be performed by an experienced attorney. However, even if you were partially at-fault, you could still be entitled to partial compensation.
4. What if I was lane-splitting when the accident occurred?
If you were lane-splitting at the time of the accident, you could still have a claim for compensation. The question will be whether you or another driver was negligent in causing the accident. However, lane-splitting alone is not enough to establish a motorcyclist’s fault in a collision in California.
5. How long do I have to file a claim for compensation?
In most cases (excluding medical malpractice claims and claims against government entities), under California’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims you have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim. However, waiting can hurt your case, and if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, then you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
Get Started with a Free Motorcycle Accident Consultation at Neale & Fhima
At Neale & Fhima, we offer free consultations, and we are happy to meet with you either in person or over the phone. Don’t let someone else’s mistake affect your life for years to come. To discuss your claim for financial compensation, call (888) 407-2955 or contact our motorcycle accident attorneys online today.