Brad Nakase, Attorney
Brain Injuries from Motorcycle Collision
A motorcycle is a dangerous vehicle. Thousands of motorcyclists suffer serious wounds across California every year. Insurance companies try to blame motorcycle riders in accidents. Though in many cases, it’s the other driver who is responsible for the hit. It is crucial to retain an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to help you receive maximum financial compensation. Sure, you may handle the injury claim yourself, but it is unlikely you will get top dollar for your motorcycle accident injuries.
Attorney Brad Nakase is an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer who formerly defended insurance companies in severe and catastrophic accidents. He also rides a motorcycle, Honda CBR.
The most common and leading factor in crashes with a motorcycle is the failure of the other motorist to see the bike before the impact. This problem is so common that California has a program for educating the public about looking for motorcyclists. The project is “Share the road – look twice for motorcycles.”
When a persons is injured from a motorcycle accident injury, the injured person will probably be ambulated to UCSD Hospital Trauma Center. The injured person may file a lawsuit in Superior Court of California for the medical bills. Losses include lost wages and medical costs. But there are some requirements to meet.
In California, all vehicles must have liability insurance bodily injury and property damage. The minimum insurance amount is $15,000 per injured person and $30,000 per accident.
Sensible motorcycle riders often carry much more insurance coverage than this legal minimum. As a motorcycle rider himself, attorney Brad Nakase purchased the maximum Uninsured/Under-Insurance coverage (UM/UIM). When you’re in a motorcycle accident and seriously injured, $15,000 is nowhere near your medical bills.
If you have UM/UIM coverage on your motorcycle insurance policy it will cover you up to your policy limit, e.g., $500,000.
To recover money for injuries, an injured person must show:
An injured motorcyclist may seek reimbursement for economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are financial losses like lost wages and medical expenses. Non-economic damages include injuries, disfigurement, and physical and mental suffering.
Punitive damages are those that go beyond simple compensation and punish the responsible party. For punitive damages, an injured motorcycle rider must prove the liable person was grossly or willfully careless. If a bike rider has uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance (UM/UIM), the coverage pays money up to the insurance policy limit. In case of a motorcycle crash, calling a San Diego motorcycle accident attorney is an essential first step to protecting your rights.
Essential details to obtain at the crash site:
In case of a road crash, the most important thing is to get treatment for your injuries. Don’t try to tough it out, or you may find out later that you have suffered more severe injuries than you first thought. Delay in getting medical attention can hurt both your body and your case. Also, you must follow up with a doctor, as recommended during the emergency treatment. If you do not have health insurance, you might still receive medical care without paying for it up-front.
If you don’t have health insurance, attorney Brad Nakase as your motorcycle accident lawyer will refer you to a team of caring doctors who will treat you on a lien basis. Contact a personal injury attorney to discuss the possible options.
California is a pure comparative fault state. When you recover money for your losses, the amount you recover is reduced by your percentage of responsibility.
For example, if you were 30 percent at fault for an accident and suffered losses amounting to $100,000, the award would be $70,000 ($100,000 minus 30 percent fault).
For example, if a motorcyclist did not wear a helmet and suffered a severe head or neck injury, insurance companies could argue the motorcycle rider was at fault. If their injury was a broken leg, the fact that the motorcycle rider did not have a helmet on is not a considering factor when deciding responsibility.
Try not to give a recorded phone interview to the adverse insurance company following an accident. Even if you choose to give a phone interview, you must talk to a bike accident lawyer first. Many of the best motorcycle accident attorneys offer free consultations.
Do your homework before signing any contract with a lawyer. Spend a little time learning about the past cases of accidents involving motorbikes, and reading about former clients of an attorney. Referrals from family and friends can be a starting point, but it is essential that you feel comfortable with the motorcycle accident lawyer you are going to hire.
An excellent first step is to contact and consult a reputable motorcycle accident lawyer who defended insurance companies.
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