Fatal Motorcycle Accident Representation In Southern California
Motorcycles are a popular mode of transportation in California. Unfortunately, California is one of the top states for fatal motorcycle accidents, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). While many motorcycle accidents are single-vehicle collisions caused by driver error, many other motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of another party. At the law firm of Martinez & Schill LLP, we are skilled in handling fatal motorcycle accident cases and all types of wrongful death lawsuits. Our Southern California motorcycle injury lawyers provide competent and compassionate legal counsel and aggressively pursue maximum compensation on behalf of our clients.
Fatal Motorcycle Accidents In California
Even though California has a mandatory helmet law that applies to motorcyclists, there are still hundreds of fatal motorcycle accidents in the state each year. Motorcycles provide practically no protection to riders in a collision. When hit by a larger vehicle, the results can be and often are devastating. Many motorcyclists die on impact, while others succumb to their injuries following medical treatment. In both cases, surviving family members may be entitled to financial compensation if another party was at fault for the accident.
Often in motorcycle accident cases, the defendant will argue that the motorcyclist shared responsibility for the accident. Even if the motorcyclist did have some liability in the accident, that does not mean that a case for compensation is impossible. California follows a system of comparative negligence. With comparative negligence, the court will factor in the percent to which each party was responsible for the accident. Any financial judgment awarded to the plaintiff is reduced by the percentage of the accident that the plaintiff was at fault.
Learn What Your Legal Options Are
If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident and you believe someone else should be held responsible, contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options. Our San Diego wrongful death lawyers will go over the circumstances of the accident and provide their knowledge-backed opinions on whether a wrongful death case is recommended. Our firm has offices in San Diego and Riverside, and we serve clients throughout Southern California. We handle our wrongful death cases on a contingency basis, so there is no cost to you unless we win. Call 619-512-5995 for our San Diego office or 951-290-3367 for our Riverside location.