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Redding Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Helping people who have been harmed by others is all we do.
At Reiner, Slaughter 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, and people who have experienced life-changing injuries

How Our Redding Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Can Help?

Riding a motorcycle through downtown Redding or taking scenic trips to nearby destinations like Sonora, Angels Camp, or Pinecrest Lake can be an exhilarating experience.

However, motorcyclists face significant risks due to the lack of protection their vehicles provide. In the event of a multi-vehicle crash with a car or truck, riders are directly exposed to the environment, potentially leading to serious or even fatal injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, reach out to a Redding motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case and potential legal options.

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Why Choose Our Redding Motorcycle Accident Lawyers?

Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel, LLP, Team of LawyersWith over 40 years of experience, our firm has represented clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries, such as paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and amputations.

Throughout our history, we have secured more than $600 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients, including the largest single-plaintiff jury verdict in Shasta County history.

When you choose our Redding motorcycle accident lawyers, you can expect a seamless and supportive process:

  • Your First Contact With Our Law Firm: When you reach out to us, we will schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case and help you understand your options.
  • A Redding Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Contacts You: One of our skilled attorneys will personally contact you to gather more information about your accident and injuries.
  • We Provide an Initial Assessment: Based on your information, we will assess your case and advise you on the best course of action.
  • We Send a Demand Package to the Parties at Fault: If you have a viable case, we will send a demand package to the parties at fault, seeking compensation on your behalf.

Our legal team is committed to providing compassionate, personalized legal representation and fighting tirelessly to protect your rights. We understand what you are going through, and we know how to help. We even offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and help you understand your options.

5 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 crash. Some of the main reasons why motorcycle accidents happen include:

1. Negligent Driving

american board of trial advocates - Reiner Slaughter & Frankel - california injury attorneyA car or truck operator engages in negligent driving when they carelessly violate road rules. California road rules are intended to keep drivers, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians safe.

When a motor vehicle operator violates one of these rules, the chances of a severe 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

2. Intoxicated Driving

Motorcyclists in Redding face a significant danger when sharing the road with drunk or drugged drivers. Impaired drivers, with their compromised judgment and reaction times, pose a serious threat to motorcycle riders, who are more vulnerable due to their smaller size and lack of protection.

Under California law, driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher is considered intoxication, and convicted drunk drivers may face penalties such as fines and jail time.

However, the consequences extend beyond legal ramifications when an intoxicated driver causes a crash resulting in injuries, particularly when a motorcyclist is involved.

3. Poor Road Maintenance

Construction companies, cities, municipalities, and others responsible for road maintenance must act reasonably. 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 face civil liability for the accident victim’s injuries.

4. Distracted Driving

Russell Reiner, Personal Injury LawyerA person drives distracted 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 passengers in the vehicle

When a driver’s head turns for even a second or two, they might not see a relatively low-to-the-ground motorcycle, thereby striking it.

5. 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 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 the motorcycle rider to crash with another vehicle or a stationary object near the road.

As a result, the cyclist can suffer severe injuries from the crash. If that happens, the cyclist may be able to bring a product liability claim against the appropriate party.

Common Types of Injuries After a Redding Motorcycle Accident

national board of trial advocacy - Reiner Slaughter & Frankel - california injury attorneyDue to the lack of protection offered by motorcycles compared to other vehicles, riders are particularly vulnerable to serious harm in the event of a crash.

Some of the most common types of injuries our Redding personal injury lawyers assist clients with after a motorcycle accident include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI): Even with a helmet, motorcycle riders can suffer from traumatic brain injuries due to the force of impact in a crash. TBIs can range from mild to severe and permanent cognitive impairment.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis: The impact of a motorcycle accident can cause damage to the spinal cord, leading to partial or complete paralysis, such as paraplegia or quadriplegia.
  • Broken Bones and Fractures: Motorcycle accidents often result in broken bones and fractures, particularly in the legs, arms, ribs, and collarbone. These injuries can require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Road Rash and Severe Lacerations: When an accident throws a rider off their motorcycle, they can suffer from road rash, which is a severe skin abrasion caused by sliding across the pavement. Deep cuts and lacerations are also common.
  • Internal Organ Damage: The blunt force trauma experienced in a motorcycle crash can lead to internal bleeding and damage to vital organs such as the lungs, liver, spleen, and kidneys.
  • Neck and Back Injuries: Whiplash and other neck and back injuries are common in motorcycle accidents, causing chronic pain and limited mobility.
  • Amputation and Loss of Limb: In some severe cases, a motorcycle accident can result in the loss of a limb, requiring extensive medical treatment and prosthetics.
  • Disfigurement and Scarring: Facial injuries and severe lacerations can cause permanent disfigurement and scarring, leading to emotional trauma and potentially requiring plastic surgery.

If you or a loved one has suffered any of these injuries in a Redding motorcycle accident, our experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll these injuries can take on you and your family, and we are committed to fighting for the compensation you deserve.

In addition to motorcycle accident cases, our Redding personal injury lawyers also assist people with other types of injury accidents, including:

No matter the type of accident you’ve been involved in, our dedicated team is ready to provide the legal guidance and support you need during this challenging time.

Factors That Determine the Severity of Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Each motorcycle accident is unique, with its own set of circumstances. Although some people walk away from a motorcycle crash with minimal injuries, this typically occurs when the incident happens at lower velocities.

With every additional mile per hour of speed, either from the motorcyclist or the other vehicle involved, the likelihood of the rider sustaining severe injuries increases exponentially.

In addition to speed, several other elements contribute to the severity of injuries in a motorcycle accident, such as:

  • Ejection from the motorcycle: Whether the rider was thrown off the bike during the collision.
  • Secondary impacts: If ejected, whether the motorcyclist struck any other objects after being thrown from the motorcycle.
  • Protective gear: The quality and extent of the protective equipment and apparel worn by the rider during the accident.

Damages You Can Recover in a Motorcycle Accident

Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel, LLP, TeamIf the other driver caused the accident and your resulting injuries, you can pursue financial compensation for your losses.

The expenses associated with severe injuries can accumulate at an astonishing rate.

The following types of damages are commonly sought in personal injury cases:

  • Medical Expenses: This includes bills already incurred and projected future costs for treatment recommended by a healthcare provider.
  • Lost Wages: Compensation for time missed from work, including a loss of earning capacity if the injuries prevent you from returning to your usual job or working at all.
  • Pain and Suffering: Also known as non-economic or general damages, this compensation pays for the physical and emotional distress caused by the injuries sustained in the accident.

Pursuing a Wrongful Death Claim for a Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Tragically, many motorcycle accidents result in the rider’s death. In such cases, the deceased’s heirs may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent driver who caused the fatal accident.

Wrongful death claims can provide compensation for both economic and non-economic losses suffered by the deceased’s family.

What You Need to Know About Motorcycle Accident Claims

When it comes to motorcycle accident claims and lawsuits, strict time limits apply. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations. 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 later. Therefore, the sooner you get a lawyer involved in your claim, the better.

A skilled  Redding motorcycle accident lawyer at Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel can immediately begin investigating your motorcycle accident, well before the statute of limitations expires.

Negotiating with Insurance Companies

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 the insurance company has not offered fair compensation after several rounds of negotiations, we can file a lawsuit against the at-fault person and litigate your case in court.

Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Even after filing a lawsuit, we can still settle your claim. However, you may need 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 & Frankel to handle your case, you can rest assured that we will fully explore 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

Redding Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Russel Reiner, Redding Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

We hope you don’t need us, but if you do, the skilled team of attorneys at Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel is ready to help you get the compensation you need for your motorcycle accident injuries.

For your free case evaluation and legal consultation with a knowledgeable Redding motorcycle accident attorney, call us today at (530) 241-0290 or contact us online for more information.

We’re ready to help you pursue the justice and compensation you deserve.

Reiner, Slaughter, & Frankel, LLP – Redding Office

2851 Park Marina Dr STE 200
Redding, CA 96001
Phone: (530) 241-0290

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    Where Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen?

    • 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 & 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 & 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 & 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..

    ~ Sandra Padilla

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