San Jose Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
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
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Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (
- 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
- 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
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
∗ - 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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