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Motorcycle Accidents

"At 5:30pm Christmas Eve of 2017. I was in a motorcycle accident. not knowing I was hit buy a car until I woke up in a hospital bed ( I. C. U. ). Some of my injuries were left compounded femur, four broken ribs, broken right clavicle, and splenectomy. I was in no condition to deal with my insurance company or the other party's insurance company... 


So I emailed him... Throughout my early rehabilitation time Barry updated me on how the case was doing. And asked how I was getting along with my recovery which he was truly genuine and concerned. The insurance company of the other party had filed bankruptcy which freaked me out and Barry said not to worry.  I am very grateful to Barry and his honesty I truly recommend him to anyone in need of caring professional attorney."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Daniel H.

 Torrance, California

The injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents can be life-changing.  Frequently, leaving victims with brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, scarring, disfigurement and some form of temporary or permanent disability. There are dozens of motorcyclist fatalities every year in California. When motorcycle accidents are not fatal, they are often classified as severe. This means the injured party requires emergency medical attention. It may mean they need one or more life-saving surgeries. These conditions can result in staggering medical bills and an extended period of time of disability and lost wages. 


Proving Negligence & Liability After a Motorcycle Accident in California


It is extremely important to preserve evidence after the accident. Give your claim the best chance of resulting in a fair settlement by ensuring all the necessary information and evidence has been obtained and completed as soon as possible, while valuable evidence is still available.  The cause of your accident will be used to prove your case.  


Examples of evidence used to prove your case of negligence and liability:


  • Police report

  • Photos of the crash scene 

  • Eyewitness testimony


Strong evidence is needed to prove liability and damages.  Information and documentation might be erased or altered to cover up evidence of negligence. The less evidence you have to support your claim, the more challenging it will be to recover and protect your rights.  As an example, you may have been hit by a semi-truck (18 Wheeler). Consider the possibility the truck driver or trucking company might destroy black box data or alter the hours of the service in the logbook.  The footage from a surveillance camera might be erased before you have a chance to obtain a copy.  In addition, there are deadlines for filing personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in California.  If you wait too long, your case is at risk of being dismissed.


It is important to know the strength of your evidence will ultimately determine the outcome of your case. Proving that the defendant breached a duty of care owed to you also defined as "negligence", and this breach of duty contributed to your injuries is crucial.  


Common examples of negligence giving rise to a motorcycle accident claim include:


  • Drivers who speed 

  • Drive while distracted 

  • Follow too closely or tailgate

  • Drivers who make left turns without checking for other vehicles

  • Drivers who make unsafe lane changes

  • Drivers who get behind the wheel while drunk or fatigued 

  • Companies that manufacture defective auto parts


Most motorcycle accidents are preventable.  But negligence is a real problem, and it is responsible for most reported crashes in California.  When someone causes an accident while you’re riding, we can help.   If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, contact California Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Barry J. Simon for a Free Consultation to learn whether you have grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death claim.   

Call Toll-Free:  (877) 733-4393  Email: or complete the contact form.


Motorcycle Accident Statistics:


Motorcycle accidents are among the most deadly types of traffic collisions in California. According to a report issued by the California Department of Transportation, there are roughly 800,000 motorcycles making up only 3% of all registered vehicles in the state, yet they account for 26% of all fatal motor vehicle accidents. The California Department of Motor Vehicles reports that there were a total of 541 fatal motorcycle accidents in 2017, along with 15,527 that resulted in some form of injury. Statistically, a motorcycle rider's chance of dying in an accident is 26 times greater than the risk of death for an automobile occupant. According to statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following injuries are those that are most often sustained in serious motorcycle accidents.  


  • Leg and foot injuries: 30%

  • Head and neck injuries: 22%

  • Torso injuries: 20%

  • Arm and hand injuries: 18%

  • Shoulder injuries: 8%

  • Skin abrasions (road rash)

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Paralyzing spinal cord injuries such as paraplegia and quadriplegia

  • Crushing injuries

Additional Information from:


      LA Times

      CA DMV




If you or someone you know was injured in a motorcycle accident and the accident was caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another driver, you may have grounds to file a legal claim for compensation. Contact The Law Offices of Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Barry J. Simon to learn more about how you can obtain compensation for your pain and suffering.   Barry has over 35 years of extensive experience representing motorcycle accident victims.  

Contact us Toll-free  (877) 733-4393   Email or complete the Contact Form.  


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