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California Accident Injury Trial Lawyers

When is Your Risk for a Motorcycle Accident the Greatest?

As with anything, the newer you are in the activity, the fewer skills you have acquired. The same is true for motorcyclists. They simply have not developed the degree of skill that an experienced rider, and consequently they are more prone to being involved in accidents. If involved in an accident, Paso Robles auto accident lawyers can protect your rights to recover compensation.

The Insurance Journal reports that studies show the first year of driving is the most dangerous for motorcyclists, and their greatest propensity for accidents is during their first month on the road. In fact, they are four more times at risk for having an accident during the first month. One study shows that nearly 57,000 motorcyclists filed crash claims, and of those 22 percent of motorcycle accident victims experienced accidents within the first month. Once the first month was behind them, claims dropped by one-third the second month, and by six months close to two-thirds. Supersport bikes are among the most dangerous motorcycles. They can reach close to 200 miles per hour and are very popular with young drivers. According to one consumer report, while the bikes were only 10 percent of registered motorcycles in 2005, they led to 25 percent of motorcyclists’ deaths. Excess speed and driver error were the largest factors in fatal crashes involving supersport bikes.

If you are involved in a serious accident, motorcycle accident lawyers in San Luis Obispo can help you deal with insurance companies and parties who are liable for your accident.

James McKiernan Lawyers works diligently to overcome biker bias and other obstacles so you receive fair compensation for injuries.

How High Can Costs Run in Serious Injury Cases?

When you or a loved one suffers a serious injury, dealing with financial hardship can be challenging. When someone else’s negligence caused the serious injury, injury victims in California usually have grounds to pursue a lawsuit and recover compensation.

Spinal cord injury is a serious injury that can run from $15,000 to $30,000 per year in medical costs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The estimated lifetime cost for medical care may total millions of dollars, anywhere from $500,000 to $3 million, based on the severity of the injury. Furthermore, these estimates only address medical costs and do not take into account the costs of lost wages and lost future income. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA), lifetime costs of care for someone suffering from a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be as much as $4 million. The average cost for TBI patients for medical and non-medical costs ― home modification, vocational rehabilitation, etc. ― runs around $151,587. One study showed that patients requiring long-term medical care and services, including medical rehabilitation had average costs of $196,460. For individuals who died as a result of TBI, medical costs were even greater, reaching an estimated $454,717 per fatality. Most people cannot deal with this expense unless they receive some kind of compensation.

Santa Maria personal injury lawyers offer a free evaluation to determine whether other parties are liable for your or your loved one’s serious injury.

When grounds exist to pursue a case, our clients at James McKiernan Lawyers can benefit from our expertise. We have over three decades of legal experience and a successful track record of recovering compensation for clients.


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