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Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Helping Recover Damages for Motorcyclists Injured in Crashes

If you or a family member were in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to file a legal claim to obtain compensation from the party who caused the crash. The Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers at Wisner Baum want to protect your rights and fight to maximize your compensation.

With years of experience representing auto accident victims, our seasoned trial lawyers provide clients with aggressive representation in court. To date, our efforts have earned more than $4 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients across all areas of practice.

Call Wisner Baum at (855) 948-5098 to begin. Our motorcycle accident lawyers in Los Angeles offer free initial consultations and same-day appointments.

Who Can File a Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Claim?

Due to the limited amount of protection that a motorcycle provides to its rider, crashes often lead to catastrophic, life-changing injuries, or even death. If the other party engaged in one or more of the following acts of negligence and caused you injury, you likely have grounds for a claim:

  • Ignoring traffic laws and regulations
  • Cutting off a motorcyclist
  • Tailgating a motorcyclist
  • Driving while distracted
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Failing to signal while turning or merging
  • Failing to check for motorcyclists when changing lanes
  • Opening a car door in the middle of traffic
  • Passing a motorcyclist without leaving sufficient room

If your accident was caused by one of these acts, speak to an attorney to see if filing a lawsuit is a viable option for you. An accident attorney may be able to recover damages for any injuries sustained, the cost of medical treatment, pain and suffering, emotional distress, psychological damage, lost wages due to time missed from work, property damage, and more.

If you are still unsure whether your injury warrants a claim, some common examples are:

Why Work with a Motorcycle Crash Attorney?

While motorcycle crash victims may file a claim with their insurance provider or in the civil justice system on their own, working with an experienced attorney can help level the playing field to ensure they receive the maximum compensation available. At-fault parties will use all of the resources at their disposal to limit their liability, so accident victims are best served with legal representation that understands the complexities of each unique case. Furthermore, an experienced motorcycle crash lawyer will investigate the crash and determine if other parties may be liable, thus increasing the potential value of the case.

When it comes to choosing a lawyer, there are many factors that set Wisner Baum apart from the competition, including the following:

  • Highly regarded among industry organizations: Super Lawyers®, the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, U.S. News — Best Lawyers®, and others have all recognized us for our skilled legal work.
  • Skilled negotiators with a proven track record of success: Our Los Angeles lawyers have advocated for injured motorcyclists for decades and have effectively recovered many multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements.
  • Extensive experience in a range of practice areas: We have represented clients in a variety of related practice areas, including truck accident litigation, bus crash litigation, and others, which means that we can effectively apply our adaptive legal knowledge to help strengthen your case’s strong points.
  • Respected by peers and former clients: Our attorneys are well-respected by our peers and past clients, and we would be happy to provide you with references so you can hear for yourself how we have helped countless clients seek justice.

To experience the peace of mind that comes with having an award-winning legal team in your corner, work with Wisner Baum.

California Motorcycle Accident Statistics

  • There were 10,597 motorcycle accidents in California in 2022, resulting in 8,632 injuries and 532 fatalities.
  • Los Angeles County had the highest number of motorcycle accidents in 2021, resulting in 133 deaths and 3,068 injuries.
  • The City of Los Angeles had a total of 942 motorcycle crashes in 2021, resulting in 53 deaths and 346 severe injuries.
  • California ranks #2 in the country for the greatest number of motorcycle deaths.
  • In California, there are 5.8 deaths for every 10,000 motorcycles.
  • In 2020, over two-thirds (67.2%) of all motorcycle crash fatalities occurred in urban areas, with 32.3% occurring on rural roads.

The Most Common Contributing Factors

According to a 2022 report from the University of California, Berkeley, the most common contributing factors in California motorcycle accidents include:

  • Speeding: 30.9%
  • Improper turning: 22.2%
  • Right-of-way violations by automobiles: 16.1%
  • Driving under the influence (DUI): 8.9%
  • Failing to obey traffic signals or signs: 4.4%

The Most Common Types of Motorcycle Crashes

According to the same report, the most common types of motorcycle accidents in California include:

  • Broadside collisions: 25.1%
  • Overturn accidents: 21%
  • Colliding with an object: 18.8%
  • Rear-end collisions: 12.5%
  • Sideswipe collisions: 11.5%

Motorcycle Helmet Laws in California

California is one of 18 states that require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets, regardless of age. More specifically, California Vehicle Code § 27803 requires all riders and passengers to wear a U.S. DOT compliant motorcycle safety helmet when riding a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle. 

Statistics show that wearing a U.S. DOT compliant motorcycle helmet can increase your chances of surviving a head injury by three times in the event of a crash.

Is Lane Splitting Legal in California?

Lane splitting is the act of riding a motorcycle between two lanes of traffic moving in the same direction. In 2016, California passed a law legalizing lane splitting for motorcyclists, making it the only state in the U.S. to have such a law. While several other states allow similar behaviors, like “lane filtering,” California is the only state where lane splitting is explicitly legal.

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Our Case Results

  • $10 Million Settlement A Major Foreign Plane Crash

    Wisner Baum obtained a $10 million settlement for the death of a passenger in a major foreign plane crash.

  • $14 Million Settlement A Major US Plane Crash

    Wisner Baum obtained a $14 million settlement for the death of a passenger in a major US plane crash.

  • $17.5 Million Settlement A Major US Plane Crash

    Wisner Baum obtained a $17.5 million settlement on behalf of a client who was killed in a major U.S. plane crash.

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    $10 million pediatric class action re false promotion of Celexa and Lexapro. Babies born to women who have used Lexapro and other similar medications such as Zoloft, Celexa, Prozac, Paxil, and Symbyax are at an increased risk for birth defects.

  • $8.5 Million Verdict Commercial Truck Accident

    Wisner Baum secured a $8.5 million wrongful death verdict against the food industry company, Tyson Foods, for the wrongful death of a young man.

  • $28 Million Settlement Defective Drug Class Action

    $28 million Paxil defective drug class action. A class action has been brought in the US territory of Puerto Rico against UK-based drug major GlaxoSmithKline.

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    Wisner Baum are not only amazing attorneys but more importantly, they are activists. They are about changing the systems which got us into trouble in the first place. They understand their role in the process of making change.

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