Your First Call After a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accident lawyers who build better futures for injured bikers
Motorcycle riders have just as much right to use the road as motorists, but too many drivers don’t see it that way. When an accident happens, the excuses come fast and furious. “I didn’t see the motorcycle.” “You knew you were taking a risk.” Insurance companies love to indulge those arguments because they protect their bottom line. To them, an injured biker is just another claim for them to reduce or deny.
To us, you’re a person who has lost one of the most precious things in life: your health. The Swanson Law Group is proud to stand up for injured bikers and fight for the compensation you’re entitled to receive by law. If you’ve been injured, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced San Jose motorcycle accident attorney.
When motorcycle crashes happen, motorists are often responsible
Despite the stereotype of motorcyclists as irresponsible thrill-seekers, the truth is that far too many motorcycle accidents are caused by irresponsible motorists, not bikers. For instance:
- Left Turn Collisions: Cars often hit motorcycles when they turn left in front of or into a motorcyclist who has the right of way in an intersection. Motorists need to check twice for motorcycles before making a turn or changing lanes.
- Dooring: A motorist may open a car door into the lane a motorcycle is using, causing the biker to either hit the door or swerve into traffic and potentially hit something else.
- Rear-End: Motorcycles have a much shorter braking distance than cars, and they frequently must change speed to adjust to changing road conditions. Motorists who follow too closely often end up rear-ending bikes.
- Road Hazards: Motorcycles are particularly vulnerable to hazards, such as potholes and objects on the road. If the road itself isn’t properly maintained, bikers can be seriously harmed.
- Run Off Road: Not every motorcycle crash involves contact. If a car changes lanes or maneuvers in an unsafe manner, a motorcyclist may be forced off the road, causing serious injuries.
Because of their smaller size, motorcycles are often hit by distracted drivers. It’s easy for someone who is texting or talking to a passenger to overlook a bike until it’s too late. Impaired drivers – whether drunk, under the influence of drugs, or extremely tired – likewise often hit motorcyclists, because impairment affects perception. Other accidents are caused by failure to check blind spots before turning or changing lanes, or simple indifference to sharing the road.
The high stakes in motorcycle accident cases
Lacking the protection of an enclosed vehicle, motorcyclists can be severely hurt when they’re involved in a crash with a car. That’s why you should wear a helmet and leather clothing, but protective gear can’t prevent all injuries. We have represented motorcyclists with serious, life-altering injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI): While a helmet can provide some protection for the head, brain damage is still unfortunately common in motorcycle accidents. A TBI may require a lifetime of medical care and seriously affect your ability to work and quality of life.
- Neck, back, and spine injury: Damage to the torso in a motorcycle crash is often severe, leading to permanent injury, chronic pain or even paralysis.
- Biker’s arm: The natural reflex in a fall is to use the arms to break the fall or wrap them around the body to protect the internal organs. A biker who falls on their arm may sustain permanent nerve damage.
- Amputation: Serious damage to the arms or legs may result in loss of a limb, permanently changing the biker’s quality of life.
- Road rash: When a biker’s body hits the road, serious skin injuries can occur due to friction with the road surface. Road rash may require reconstructive surgery or painful skin grafts, and there is a serious risk of infection if dirt or gravel enters the wound.
A serious or permanent injury can have a radical effect on your life. It’s not just the cost of medical treatment. It’s the effects on your ability to work and support your family. It’s your home life, your capacity to take care of your kids and do the things you love. Health is a precious thing, and motorists who don’t share the road take it away. We fight for a better future for injured bikers.
Get a motorcycle accident lawyer with the experience to stand up to the insurance company
Insurance companies don’t treat injured bikers fairly. They know motorcycle crashes tend to result in serious injuries, which means more exposure to their bottom line. They also know that there is a bias against bikers as irresponsible and dangerous. That’s not true, and the insurance companies know it, but they’re happy to take advantage of that dynamic all the same. They will pull out all their tricks to take advantage of an injured motorcyclist: asking for burdensome amounts of information, questioning the extent of your injuries, even gaslighting you into believing the accident was your fault.
That’s unacceptable, and we know how to fight back. As soon as you hire the Swanson Law Group to handle your case, we’ll contact the insurance company and any other interested parties to let them know that you are now represented by counsel. From that point forward, they must send all further correspondence to us. We’ll protect your legal rights while you focus on healing. Our firm will launch an independent investigation to get to the bottom of your motorcycle accident and develop a robust plan to fight for the compensation you need.
We prepare every case we handle for trial – and in motorcycle cases, that means building a particularly airtight story that leaves no room for any bias to undermine your position. When the insurance companies see that we’re prepared to take them to court, knowing our reputation and track record of results, they usually cooperate. Being prepared for trial is the best way to settle a case for full value, because they know facing an experienced motorcycle accident attorney in court is the biggest threat to their bottom line.
If they won’t make a fair offer, though, we are ready to go before a judge and jury. Every step of the way, we’ll answer your questions and make sure you know what to expect.
A legal team you can trust to guide you down the road ahead
Our firm represents injured motorcyclists on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid if we win. You don’t have to worry about another bill. We put our own time and money into your case, including investigating, acquiring documents, taking depositions, and so on. If we win your case, our fee is a percentage of the money we recover for you, so you still don’t owe us a penny out of pocket. If we don’t win, we don’t get paid. It’s that simple.
The key is to get us involved early. Time can weaken your case as evidence disappears, witnesses forget what they saw, and important legal deadlines expire. Don’t go it alone after a motorcycle crash, get an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer on your side. We’d be honored to discuss your legal options in a free consultation.