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. Our team of knowledgeable Fresno personal injury 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 get injured in a motorcycle crash, now or even in the future, call our motorcycle accident lawyers at once and obtain the legal help you need so you can collect the compensation you deserve.
A HIGHER RISK
With over 75 years of combined team experience representing accident victims, the motorcycle accident attorneys 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 a skilled 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, contact 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?
Visibility and inattention. Car drivers are notoriously blind to motorcycle riders. High visibility, lights, bike lanes, and clothing don’t guarantee safety.
What should I do if I’m involved in a motorcycle accident?
First, contact the police for assistance. The next step, be sure to get the necessary medical treatment. Never hesitate to accept or request a ride to the hospital in the ambulance. If you can, get the insurance information and license from the car driver. Any photographs of the area, along with property damage would be perfect, but only if you’re able. It’s usually impossible, but you or someone you trust could obtain a statement via a voice memo from any witnesses, but make sure to get their contact information and name.
How much compensation is possible for a motorcycle accident?
The driver who is at fault will need to have their automobile policy cover the accident, just as if you were in a car instead of on your motorcycle.
When should I hire a motorcycle accident lawyer?
It’s important to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Be sure not to sign any papers or even give a statement to the driver’s insurance company who is at fault, without first speaking to an attorney. Keep in mind it’s free to speak to an attorney. It’s fine to sign papers after talking to a lawyer. It’s never in your best interest to sign papers without first knowing your rights. Any errors or mistakes that you make in a statement could and will most likely be used against you in any subsequent settlement negotiations or even a lawsuit.
Why do I need a motorcycle accident lawyer?
Having a lawyer for a motorcycle accident offers peace of mind. It’s beneficial to have someone cover all the legal areas so you can focus on recovering physically and mentally. 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 motorcycle accident lawyers who work flexible hours to ensure we match our schedule to your scheduling needs. We also promptly return phone calls.. Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian serves clients in Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kingsburg, and Hanford counties. Our team speaks French and Spanish, so don’t let a language barrier concern stop you from getting the legal help you need. Contact Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian today at 559-277-7300 or contact us online to arrange an initial consultation.