Learn about the differences regarding motorcycle vs car accident cases to find out what you need to know regarding your rights under the law in this video by Ventura motorcycle accident lawyer Craig Murphy.
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Car and motorcycle accident cases are significantly different. The reason is because the insurance companies and the insurance adjusters will automatically try and blame you for causing the crash. They will try and say that it was your fault for any number of reasons, whether or not it is true. They will always try to avoid their responsibility for the motorcycle crash that happens here in California. They know there’s a general perception out in the public that motorcycle riding is inherently dangerous.
Number two, they are different because the injuries that are involved in California motorcycle crash cases are often very significant and can be lifelong. You need somebody who has the skill and experience to go out and make sure that they can find all of the insurance coverage that is available to protect you for your lifelong injuries. Here is the other major difference in California that is different than car crash cases. In California, you can be primarily at fault for causing the accident, but if the other driver is partially at fault, you are entitled to compensation from them. In most of these cases, it is the motorcycle rider who has the most significant and severe injuries. If you have permanent, life-changing injuries, even though you were at fault for causing the accident, if the other driver was even partially at fault, you’re entitled to compensation from their insurance company.
The only way that you’re going to get compensated is to make sure that you have an attorney who has the skill and experience of dealing with motorcycle crash claims, here in California, on a regular basis. An attorney who rides a motorcycle and says, “We ride; we’ll get you the money you deserve,” is not what you want. What you want is a skilled and experienced trial lawyer who has a proven track record, that the insurance companies know will build your case so that they will be ready, willing and able to take your case to trial if necessary. Until then, the insurance companies will not take your California motorcycle crash case seriously, and you will not be fully and fairly compensated.
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