San Jose Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP – Call Us at (800) 900-0863

As the victim of a motorcycle accident that was caused by another party, you have the right to pursue compensation for all resulting damages. Our skilled San Jose personal injury lawyers at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP can help guide you through the process of presenting your claim and pursuing a personal injury lawsuit if necessary.

We can help you pursue the following types of damages:

  • Medical costs
  • Property repair
  • Wage loss
  • Pain
  • Suffering

For more information on our firm and the services we provide, call us today at (800) 900-0863.

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Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( NHTSA):

  • Approximately 4,957 people died in motorcycle accidents in 2012
  • 93,000 people suffered motorcycle accident injuries in 2012
  • 386 motorcycle riders died in accidents in California in 2011
  • 49% of fatal motorcycle accidents in 2011 involved other vehicles

Motorcyclists are more likely to suffer injuries in an accident than other motorists. This is due to the fact that they lack the protections passenger vehicles provide. There is no windshield, seatbelt, cushion, or other barrier. The rider is completely exposed to the environment and its many hazards. Most motorcyclists acknowledge the risks and strictly follow safe riding habits. Contrary to popular myth, they don't have a special predilection towards recklessness.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

The following types of injury are common amongst victims of motorcycle accidents:

  • Broken bones from colliding with the ground or surrounding objects
  • Brain damage, which can be prevented by wearing an approved helmet
  • Soft tissue damage (road rash) as the body experiences the effects of friction with the road's surface
  • Paralysis of arm movement (biker's arm) due to nerve damage from the fall
  • Facial disfigurement, which can be prevented by wearing a full-face helmet

Although an injury is nearly a guaranteed conclusion in a motorcycle accident, the chances of experiencing a serious or fatal injury can be significantly reduced by wearing appropriate safety gear, especially a helmet.

The Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Awareness of the common causes of motorcycle accidents can contribute to accident prevention. If you're a motorcyclist, it's highly advised that you read the information below to reduce your chances of being injured or worse:

  • Left turn collisions: Intersections with left hand turns present what is possibly the most dangerous situation for motorcyclists. T-bone motorcycle accidents at intersections cause serious injuries and fatalities every year. Drivers often do not see motorcyclists in their path when making left turns.
  • Rear-end collisions: While rear-end collisions are relatively minor when two motor vehicles are involved, they can be devastating to motorcyclists. Even a low speed collision can cause the motorcyclist to be launched off of his or her bike.
  • Dangerous road conditions: Debris, grooves, railroad tracks, gravel, potholes, uneven pavement, and other road hazards can cause a motorcyclist to lose control of his or her bike and get into an accident.

A knowledgeable attorney can help you investigate the cause of your accident and identify the liable party so you can get the compensation you need for recovery.

We Obtain Results for Injured Motorcyclists

At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, we have frequently won six and seven-figure settlements for our clients. Have us represent you and we will do our best to help establish that you are taken care of for as long as you need. Contact our San Jose offices today to learn more.

Motorcycle Accident Verdicts and Settlements

  • $1,000,000 Recovered: Motorcycle accident resulting in multi-level lumbar fusion.
  • $493,000 Recovered: Motorcycle vs. auto collision resulting in major shoulder injury
  • $475,000 Recovered: Auto vs. motorcycle collision on freeway resulting in severe injury to knee joint
  • Confidential - Motorcycle vs. auto accident where a double policy limit settlement was obtained for motorcycle passenger who sustained severely broken legs due to both the motorcycle and auto driver's negligence

∗Confidential settlements or settlements where Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP secured the maximum amount of insurance coverage available

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