Helping people who have been harmed by others is all we do.
At Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer, and Frankel, we tend to meet our clients after tragic events. Our Redding Motorcycle Accident Lawyers have represented people who have lost loved ones in heartbreaking circumstances, people who have experienced life-changing injuries, and families whose children have been abused.
How Our Redding Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Can Help?
Riding a motorcycle on a nice day through downtown Redding can be very pleasant. Motorcyclists might also take rides from Redding to Sonora, Angels Camp, or Pinecrest Lake, or they might gather at The Running Iron or The Brave Bull in town to discuss their biking passion with other like-minded people.
Wherever you travel, the reality is that motorcycles are dangerous vehicles and do not offer their riders significant protection. Unlike drivers and passengers in cars and trucks, motorcycle riders do not have a metal outer shell or covering that surrounds them if they are in an accident. Consequently, a motorcyclist has direct exposure to the environment around them. If a car or truck collides with their motorcycle, they can fall to the ground and suffer serious and sometimes fatal injuries.
California state law requires that cyclists wear helmets when riding their bikes. However, when a cyclist strikes the ground hard, their helmet can crack, and they may still suffer a serious head injury.
Although there are some other potential causes, most motorcycle accidents happen because of driver error and negligence. If you or someone you love has suffered an injury in a recent motorcycle accident, you should speak with knowledgeable legal counsel about your case as soon as possible.
The experienced Redding motorcycle accident attorneys at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel understand the potential for serious injuries when riding a motorcycle. They also understand that car and truck drivers often behave in a negligent and distracted manner on the road, bringing about serious collisions.
Your lawyer can investigate the circumstances of your motorcycle accident and determine who or what caused it. Your attorney can then pursue an insurance claim so you can recover the monetary compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
Our skilled team of lawyers has recovered over $350 million in compensation for victims of motorcycle collisions and other serious accidents. Please speak with us today for a free consultation about your legal matter. Alternatively, you can use the texting feature on this page.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in and Around Redding
While motor vehicle driver error plays a significant role in most accidents between cars/trucks and motorcycles, it is not the only cause of a motorcycle collision.
Some of the main reasons why motorcycle accidents happen include:
Negligent driving maneuvers – When a motor vehicle operator gets behind the wheel of a car or truck, they owe other drivers a duty of reasonable care. Specifically, they must follow all road rules and operate their vehicles prudently and carefully under the circumstances. A car or truck operator engages in negligent driving when they carelessly violate road rules.
The purpose of California road rules is to keep drivers, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians safe. When a motor vehicle operator violates one of these rules, the chances of a serious crash increase exponentially. Some of the most common types of negligence that can lead to serious motorcycle crashes include failing to yield the right-of-way at a traffic intersection, speeding, tailgating, carelessly weaving in and out of traffic, and similar violations.
Intoxicated driving – Another unfortunate cause of motorcycle crashes in Redding is drunk driving. Drugged driving – or operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating drug – can also lead to one of these crashes. Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or greater is per se intoxication under California law. If they sustain a drunk driving conviction, they can be subject to criminal penalties, including fines and jail time in some circumstances.
In addition, if they cause a car crash that leads to one or more injuries, they can incur civil liability. This means that their insurance company will have to step in and provide the necessary coverage. Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs can lose control of their vehicles. Because of blurred vision, they may not stop in time to avoid crashing with a motorcycle. In short, drinking and driving never go together and can be a recipe for disaster—especially when a motorcycle is in the vicinity.
Poor road maintenance – Construction companies, cities, municipalities, and others responsible for road maintenance have to act reasonably under the circumstances. When there are large potholes in the road or grooved pavement, such as at a construction site, a motorcycle rider can easily fall to the ground—especially if they are operating their vehicle at a high rate of speed. If poor road maintenance causes or contributes to a motorcycle accident, the responsible party can be subject to civil liability for the accident victim’s injuries.
Distracted driving – Distracted driving is a type of motor vehicle negligence. A person drives in a distracted manner when they fail to pay attention to the road, such as when they turn their head. Other distractions in the vehicle can include GPS devices, cell phones, other electronic devices, loud music, and even passengers in the vehicle. When a driver has their head turned for even a second or two, they might not see a motorcycle that is relatively low to the ground, thereby striking the motorcycle.
Defective motorcycle parts – Just as other motor vehicle operators owe a duty of care to operate their vehicles safely, motorcycle part manufacturers must perform the necessary tests and checks before making their products available for purchase. If a motorcycle part or component—such as a steering mechanism or braking system—is defective, it can lead to a serious accident while out on the roadway.
For example, the braking system might give out while the motorcyclist is on the road, causing them to crash with another vehicle or a stationary object near the road. In either case, the cyclist can suffer very serious injuries from the crash. If that happens, the cyclist can bring a product liability claim against the appropriate party.
If you have suffered injuries in a motorcycle crash that likely resulted from negligence, you have legal options available to you. The skilled team of Redding motorcycle accident attorneys at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel can explore your legal options and help you decide on the best plan to pursue monetary damages in your case.
Motorcycle Accident Claims
When it comes to motorcycle accident claims and lawsuits, strict time limits apply. In California, a motorcycle accident victim only has two years from the date of their accident to take legal action. If the injured cyclist does not file their claim or lawsuit in two years, they cannot pursue monetary compensation and damages for their injuries at a later date.
Therefore, the sooner you get a lawyer involved in your claim, the better. The skilled legal team at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel can immediately begin investigating your motorcycle accident and bring your claim or lawsuit promptly—and well before the statute of limitations expires.
Once we file your claim with the at-fault person’s insurance company, and assuming it accepts fault for the accident, we can begin negotiating on your behalf. Settlement negotiations with insurance companies can sometimes take significant time, as the insurance company will do everything possible to limit the payout in your case. They do this to keep as much of their money in-house as possible.
However, our aggressive legal team will zealously advocate for your interests and bring out the strengths in your motorcycle accident case. If, after several rounds of negotiations, the insurance company has not offered fair compensation, we can file a lawsuit against the at-fault person and litigate your case in court.
Even after filing a lawsuit, we can still resolve your claim through settlement. However, it might later become necessary to take your case to a jury trial or an alternative dispute resolution proceeding, such as binding arbitration or mediation. When you allow the skilled legal team at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel to handle your case, you can rest assured that we will fully explore all of your settlement and litigation options and help you decide on the best option for your case.
Talk to a Redding Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today About Your Legal Matter
The skilled team of attorneys at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel is ready to help you pursue the compensation that you deserve for all of your accident-related injuries. For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a knowledgeable Redding motorcycle accident attorney, please call us today at (530) 241-0290 or contact us online for more information.
Motorcycle accidents can happen just about anywhere, including on highways, country roads, parking lots, parking garages, and private roadways/driveways. These collisions may also occur at traffic intersections where the motorcycle stops.
For example, a car or truck operator might be speeding and fail to slow down in time, striking the motorcycle in the rear and potentially dislodging the cyclist from their bike.
Other traffic intersection accidents happen when the vehicles are moving in adjacent directions. For example, a driver might run a stop sign or red traffic light, colliding with a motorcycle in the middle of the intersection. Head-on motorcycle accidents commonly occur on roadways where there is one travel lane in each direction. A careless motor vehicle driver who is distracted or intoxicated can easily cause their vehicle to cross the centerline, striking a motorcycle head-on.
Finally, in busy highway traffic, a sideswipe accident between a car or truck operator and a motorcycle can occur. The motor vehicle operator, for example, might not be paying attention and cause their vehicle to drift over into another travel lane, dislodging a cyclist from their bike.
These accidents on busy highways, country roads, or intersections can lead to serious and debilitating injuries. In almost all motorcycle collision cases, the cyclist suffers injuries rather than the at-fault driver of the car or truck.
If you suffered injuries in one of these types of motorcycle accidents, the knowledgeable legal team Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel is here to help you. Our legal team can do the necessary investigative work to determine the true cause of your accident. We can then file the appropriate claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
What Are Common Motorcycle Crash Injuries?
Motorcycle accidents in and around Redding can lead to debilitating injuries and other consequences. High-speed motorcycle accidents are the most likely to result in serious injuries and sometimes fatalities. The injuries that a motorcycle accident victim might suffer depend on many factors.
Those factors include the force of the impact, the speeds of the vehicles, the location of the accident, and whether the cyclist wore any protective motorcycle gear, including a helmet. Cyclists who ride without a helmet are extremely prone to suffering traumatic head and brain injuries in a crash. Other potential motorcycle accident injuries include fractures, broken bones, soft tissue injuries, cuts and scrapes, scarring, internal damage, and death in the worst accident cases.
If you suffered any of these injuries in a motorcycle crash, the knowledgeable team of Redding personal injury attorneys at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel can start working on your case right away. Make your first step after the accident to seek all of the medical care and treatment that you need to get better.
While you are doing that, our legal team can begin assembling a demand package and obtaining the necessary documents, including copies of your medical bills and records to date, lost wage documents, police reports, and witness statements.
Once you complete all of your treatment, we can forward the demand package to the insurance company and negotiate on your behalf. If the insurance company refuses to compensate you fairly for the injuries you suffered in your accident, we can litigate the case in the California state court system and pursue compensation for you there.
I was in a terrible auto accident, but the attorneys at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel were very caring and listened to what I had to say. They kept me updated on what I needed to do and what was happening. I always felt they were working their very best for me. They were very successful in my case..