Legal Responsibility for Motorcycle Accidents
A San Bernardino Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Determine Liability
Who can be held legally responsible for a motorcycle accident? There are many potential answers to this question, depending on exactly what factor or factors caused the collision in the first place. At Pacific Attorney Group, we strive to accurately determine cause and liability as swiftly as possible in order to pursue justice on our clients' behalf. Based on the circumstances surrounding your accident, we may be able to hold another driver, a motorcycle or auto manufacturer, a city or county government, a
trucking company or another individual or business responsible. Uncovering all potential sources of liability can help us seek maximum
compensation on your behalf.
When a San Bernardino motorcycle accident attorney at our firm takes on a new case, we gather all the evidence. We review police reports, look over physical evidence, talk to witnesses and collect any new evidence pertinent to the case. We may work to reconstruct the scene of the accident and the sequence of events leading up to the collision to determine exactly what occurred, using cutting-edge software, models, photographs or other means. We may involve expert witnesses in automotive design and repair, medicine, accident reconstruction, economics and other fields to prove the cause of the collision and the value of a client's claim.
Taking all these steps is essential if liability is to be properly assigned. In motorcycle accident claims, riders are far too often blamed for collisions they did not cause, sometimes due to the social stigma of riding a motorcycle. Motorcycle riders may be seen as reckless or may have the finger pointed at them just because of their appearance. Our lawyers get to the bottom of the matter to see who is accountable.
Establishing Fault and Proving Liability
How can fault be established and liability proven in a motorcycle accident case? There are a few primary factors that must apply in a personal injury lawsuit stemming from a motorcycle collision. We will need to determine the cause of the accident and prove:
- The defendant (at-fault party) had an obligation to the plaintiff (injured rider) to act in a certain way. All drivers have an obligation to obey traffic laws and to pay attention. Auto manufacturers have an obligation to produce correctly designed and properly manufactured vehicles. Cities and counties have an obligation to maintain safe roadways. These are obligations we may prove.
- The defendant breached this obligation. In a case where another driver caused the collision because he ran a red light while texting and driving, we can show that the driver breached his or her obligation to obey traffic laws.
The plaintiff sustained quantifiable injuries. This is where we may involve medical professionals economists and other expert witnesses, to show what physical
injuries, property damage, financial losses and emotional trauma our client may have experienced.
- The defendant's breach was the proximate cause of the plaintiff's injuries. We must then link the defendant's conduct to the plaintiff's injuries. We may show the events leading up to the collision and how our client was injured.
Injured in the San Bernardino area? Call a motorcycle accident lawyer.
Every case is different, so the exact procedure of establishing fault and proving liability may vary. If you would like to talk about your unique case, please do not hesitate to call our offices for a free consultation. We are here to help you seek the best possible result. Contact a San Bernardino motorcycle accident lawyer today!