California has the highest number of registered motorcycles in the country — nearly 800,000. With its scenic views and pleasant weather, it’s no wonder that the state is so popular with bikers. Unfortunately, having so many motorcycles on the road also means more motorcycle accidents.
In California, motorcyclists have the same financial responsibilities as motorists. This includes the requirement that riders maintain insurance to ride legally within the state.
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How Our California Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help After a Motorcycle Accident
At Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, P.C., we’ve been fighting for accident victims in San Diego, California, for over 25 years. We know the ways insurance companies try to manipulate injured victims to settle for less than their case is actually worth.
Our highly-skilled, highly-respected San Diego personal injury attorneys know how to protect your rights and fight for your interests. When you hire the motorcycle accident attorneys at Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, you can expect us to do the following:
- Conduct a thorough, independent investigation into the accident and possible causes
- Gather and review evidence, including surveillance footage, police reports, and medical records
- Identify and locate any eyewitnesses and get their statements
- Consult with leading experts who can testify on your behalf
- Ensure you’re kept informed and are involved in all major decisions
- Work with you as a team to develop a legal strategy
- Handle all negotiations with the insurance company
- Take your case to court and represent you at trial if a settlement isn’t possible
Give us a call to schedule a free consultation. We’ll review your case and help you understand all your legal options. Don’t hesitate to reach out today. The sooner we get started, the sooner you can get your life back on track.
What Are the Minimum Insurance Requirements for California Motorcyclists?
California mandates the following minimum levels of liability insurance:
- $15,000 bodily injury liability coverage for injuries to one person in an accident
- $30,000 bodily injury liability coverage for total injuries in an accident
- $5,000 property damage liability coverage
Keep in mind these requirements only include liability coverage for damage you cause to others. This coverage doesn’t protect you. While other types of insurance are not required for motorcyclists in California, it’s a good idea to consider additional forms of insurance when purchasing an insurance policy.
What Other Types of Motorcycle Insurance Are Available in California?
If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, it can be especially serious because you have no external protection. As a result, the injuries from a motorcycle accident are likely to be severe and may even result in death. That means steep medical expenses, lost income while you’re out of work, and other losses that can easily exceed the coverage available through the other driver’s insurance — and you’ll be liable for taking care of your own injuries beyond that amount.
Underinsured Motorist Coverage (UIM)
Purchasing underinsured motorist coverage provides you with coverage if the costs of your injuries exceed the coverage available through the other driver’s insurance. If your injury costs $50,000 and the other driver covers $15,000 through their insurance, you’re still left with $35,000 in bills. If you have underinsured motorist coverage, however, it will cover the remainder, depending on the amount you’ve purchased.
Uninsured Motorist Coverage (UM)
Uninsured motorist coverage is similar to underinsured coverage and pays out for your injuries if you were in an accident caused by a driver who was uninsured.
Do I Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
A motorcycle accident can be devastating, leaving you with severe injuries and a mountain of medical bills. No matter what insurance issue you’re dealing with after an accident, having an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in your corner can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
Contact Mission Personal Injury Lawyers for Help After Your Motorcycle Accident
At Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, we take pride in helping our clients maximize their compensation to cover their needs. Contact us online or give us a call to arrange a consultation with our legal team. We’ll review your case at no charge and help you determine your next steps.