Nationwide, more people are riding motorcycles than ever. The number of motorcycles on the road increased from 8 million in 2009 to 8.6 million by 2015. The Bay Area’s mild weather and spectacular scenery attract riders from across the country and foster a vibrant local community of bikers. Unfortunately, reckless car and truck drivers create an environment that transforms this otherwise safe form of transportation into a risky activity. The Law Offices of Richard J. Staskus has exclusively focused on personal injury law for the past four decades, and we are strong advocates for motorcyclists’ rights to share the road. If you’ve suffered injury in a motorcycle accident caused by another motor vehicle, we will hold the negligent driver accountable and fight to secure the compensation you deserve.
If you’re a motorcyclist, you appreciate the freedom of riding in the open air. But it’s just that freedom and exposure that increases the risk and severity of injuries if you are in a crash. Motorcyclists can suffer injuries such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, broken bones, crush injuries and road rash. Riders and their passengers are also nearly 30 percent more likely to die and five times more likely to be injured in a traffic crash than car occupants and the number of deaths has continued to increase. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,976 riders were killed in motorcycle accidents in 2015, an increase of 8.3 percent from the 4,594 fatalities in 2014.
California requires all motorcyclists to wear a helmet while operating or riding on a bike. Complying with this law benefits you in two ways. First, as statistics demonstrate, a helmet can save your life and decrease the severity of your injuries. And wearing a helmet can also help your legal claim. Defendants can argue that you are partially to blame for your injuries if you violate the law and ride without a helmet.
Your choice of vehicle does not affect your rights to share the road and to recover compensation from an at-fault driver. If you’ve been injured while riding a motorcycle, our firm may pursue damages for:
We settle most motorcycle crash cases out of court, which can help you to avoid a long, stressful trial. However, we are known for our tenacity in recovering the damages our client is entitled to and for being ready to take a case to trial if that’s a better option.
Motorcycle accident injuries can be severe and long-lasting. If your accident involves the negligence of another driver, the Law Offices of Richard J. Staskus in San Jose will fight for the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free no-risk evaluation with our Bay Area firm, call us at 408-606-9150 or contact us online. Under our contingency fee arrangement, you do not owe us attorney’s fees unless we recover compensation for you.