Motorcycle riders face real danger on California’s streets and highways. The most recent statistics available tell us that 414 people died in motorcycle accidents in our state in 2011, and thousands more were seriously injured. The experienced Fresno motorcycle accident lawyers at Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian are committed to the rights of motorcyclists to share the road equally with other drivers. When the negligent driver of a bus, truck, or automobile injures a motorcyclist, we hold that driver accountable and demand fair and full compensation for the victim. If you’re injured in a motorcycle crash, now or in the future, call our Fresno motorcycle accident lawyers at once and get the legal help you need to receive the compensation you deserve.
A HIGHER RISK
With more than 75 years of combined experience representing accident victims, the Fresno motorcycle accident lawyers at Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian know that motorcyclists and their passengers are more vulnerable than drivers and passengers inside cars and trucks. Motorcycles obviously lack safety devices like air bags and seat belts, so there’s a much higher risk of catastrophic injuries: amputations, brain damage, spinal cord injuries, and other serious, longer, and disabling damage.
WHEN THE GOVERNMENT IS RESPONSIBLE
State and county governments are charged with keeping the streets safe, clearing debris, and repairing potholes, cracked pavement, and traffic signs and signals. When a government agency may be responsible for a motorcycle-related injury, it’s imperative to contact an experienced Fresno motorcycle accident lawyer at once; a claim against a government agency requires more steps and earlier deadlines. If a defective motorcycle or auto part plays any role in your accident, it’s possible the manufacturer can also be pursued for damages. If you’re injured in any motorcycle crash, call Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian as quickly as possible. We are dedicated to recovering the maximum compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and additional damages.
What causes motorcycle accidents?
Inattention and visibility. Car drivers are notoriously blind to motorcycle riders. Lights, high visibility clothing and bike lanes are no guarantee of safety.
What should I do following a motorcycle accident?
Call the police for assistance. Next, make sure you get the necessary medical treatment. Don’t hesitate to insist on an ambulance ride to the hospital. If you are able, get the license and insurance information from the car driver. Photographs of the area and property damage would be great as well. In a perfect world, you or someone you trust would obtain a statement (by voice memo for example) from any witnesses; making sure to get their name and contact information.
How much compensation is available for a motorcycle accident?
The at fault driver’s automobile policy will cover the accident just like you were in a car rather than on your motorcycle.
When should I hire a motorcycle accident lawyer?
As soon as possible. You shouldn’t sign any papers or give a statement to the at fault driver’s insurance company without first consulting with an attorney–and remember, its free to do so! You can always sign those papers or talk to that adjuster later; after you to speak to a lawyer. It almost certainly isn’t in your best interest to give a statement or sign paperwork from the ‘other side’ without knowing your rights. You can be certain that any mistakes or errors you make in a statement will be used against you in any subsequent settlement negotiations or lawsuit.
Why do I need a motorcycle accident lawyer?
Peace of mind, having someone handle all the legal aspects and details while you concentrate on recovering from your injuries and getting better. Making sure that your case is treated fairly and completely by the insurance company of the person that caused your injuries. Making sure you are respected during the process of resolving your case.
Questions to ask a motorcycle accident lawyer
Do you ride a motorcycle? How often? When was the last time? Do you have any concerns about motorcycle drivers? How many motorcycle cases have you handled?
Let Our Motorcycle Attorneys Assist You
We are experienced Fresno motorcycle accident lawyers who keep flexible hours to meet your scheduling needs, and we return every call promptly. Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian serves clients in Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kingsburg, and Hanford counties. Our staff speaks Spanish and French, so don’t let a language barrier keep you from the legal help you need. Call Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian today at 559-277-7300 or contact us online to arrange an initial consultation.