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California Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Chuck Koro and Jim Romag are lawyers who ride and Partners in the law firm of Brown, Koro & Romag, LLP. They have been fighting for motorcyclists’ rights for decades. The law firm’s entire practice is dedicated to helping injured riders, so these Motorcycle Accident lawyers are tough, seasoned experts with unparalleled experience, skill, and tactical ability to help you maximize your recovery. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, don’t trust your case to someone who just dabbles, call the highly respected Original Attorneys Who Ride.
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California is a unique state for motorcyclists due to its lane splitting law. Lane splitting refers to the practice of riding a motorcycle between lanes of traffic, in order for the motorcyclist to pass slower-moving traffic. Although legal in California, it may be risky for motorcyclists. As a rule, the standard recommendation is riding no more than 10 MPH than adjacent traffic to be safe.
In California, all riders must wear a D.O.T. certified helmet. The state also requires motorcyclists to have EPA-compliant exhaust systems on their model year 2011 and newer motorcycles.
California motorcycle applicants under 21 years of age are required to complete a Basic Rider Course before they receive a motorcycle instruction permit. Motorcycle applicants 21 years of age and older are encouraged to take a motorcycle rider course but is not required. Please see the California DMV website for the most recent motorcycle laws in CA. Motorcycle Laws are constantly changing, and the CA DMV website would be your most up-to-date source.
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California Motorcycle Accident Attorney FAQ
How long will my California motorcycle accident take to resolve?
There is no definitive answer. It depends on the medical recovery time, the insurance company’s response time, the availability of the traffic collision reports, the available insurance, the fault issues and the number of involved parties.
Will you send me to your doctors after my motorcycle accident?
We do if the rider does not have medical insurance or is not getting the treatment that will fully document the injuries. Even if the clients treat through their own healthcare provider, we usually send them out for a full evaluation of their injuries with a specialist who will write a detailed report rather than just rely on the treating doctor’s chart notes.
How do we get the at fault driver who hit my motorcycle arrested?
That is up to law enforcement. This usually is the result of driving under the influence or road rage incidents.
Why do I have “patient responsibility” to pay my health insurance back after my motorcycle accident if I’m paying monthly premiums?
Patient responsibility is your deductible or co-pay, which would be your obligation for any medical services whether or not you were in an accident.
Why should I have to reimburse my health insurance company out of my settlement if I already paid for my health insurance?
Health insurance plans have subrogation language whereby they can seek reimbursement from the personal injury proceeds. With some rare exceptions, we can always get the reimbursement claim reduced.
What are Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorney fees? Do I have to pay any upfront fees to retain a California motorcycle accident attorney?
Do I have to pay a fee for the initial consultation after my motorcycle accident? There are no upfront fees for a consultation or anything else. If we don’t recover, you do not owe us anything.
I had a motorcycle accident; do I have a case?
This can’t be answered without more information. Call us for a free consultation and we’ll let you know.
In California, how long will it take for my motorcycle accident to reach a settlement?
How long will I have to wait for my money after you take my motorcycle injury accident case? There is no definitive answer. Contact us with your particular case.
What if I am injured in a motorcycle accident in California and I don’t have a motorcycle M1 license? Do I still have a case?
Yes, absent rare exceptions, your license status is inadmissible in court. This is not an issue for us.
What if I don’t have valid vehicle insurance at the time of my motorcycle accident?
In some states it can reduce your recovery. For example, in California a motorcycle accident victim cannot recover non-economic damages, sometimes referred to as pain and suffering damages. There are a few exceptions. For example, it does not apply in a fatality accident.
How often will my attorney speak with me after I hire your firm for my motorcycle injury case?
It depends on the activity of your particular case. We follow our clients’ medical treatment closely to determine if other medical personnel should be consulted. We timely inform clients of any significant developments and encourage them to call us with any questions. If we file a lawsuit, the communication increases, because there is much more activity.
I don’t have collision on my insurance policy (or I don’t have insurance at all), will the defendants insurance company get my bike out of impound?
Not usually. They will very rarely concede fault at the early stages of the case, meaning they will not incur the expense to get the bike out. If you do not have collision, it is best to get bike out before the storage charges mount to where it’s prohibitive to do so.
Should I take my bike to a repair shop after my motorcycle accident?
In California, If you have collision insurance, your insurance company will tow it to a repair shop. If you don’t, you are at the behest of the other party’s insurance company. They will usually not concede fault in the early stages and you do not want to run up a storage charge at the shop. Keep it in a secure place for the time being.
What makes you the best motorcycle law firm and better than the others?
We have been handling motorcycle accident cases exclusively since 1975. We’ve seen every type of accident and every injury. Our reputation is stellar with the insurance companies and defense lawyers. In fact, both have referred motorcycle cases to us. The insurance companies respect us and know we get the best experts, and they know we’re not going to take lowball offers.
How soon will I get to speak with a motorcycle accident attorney after I call, email or chat with the Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorney office?
Usually almost immediately or at most within the hour.
Where is the Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorney office?
We have offices in Southern and Northern California and affiliate attorneys in every state.
Are all the Russ Brown Motorcycle attorneys/employees’ Bikers?
No. We would not be able to fully staff our offices, but most of the lawyer’s ride or have ridden.
Will there be any money left for me after the hospital gets paid?
Always in our office if we retain the case. We have a department that negotiates reductions in the medical bills.
Will you refer me doctors, chiropractors, surgeons, specialists after my motorcycle accident?
If the client has medical insurance, we suggest that the client see doctors in that network first. Then depending on the injuries, we send the client out to specialists and for physical therapy.
Why is it taking so long to settle my California motorcycle accident case?
Delays occur for several reasons. The insurance company might take a hard stance on the fault issue in which case we might have to file a lawsuit, which further extends the timeline. The insurance company may not make an acceptable offer forcing us to file a lawsuit. The insurance company may question the nature and extent of the injuries. Settling a case quickly is not a good idea, especially before the client has reached maximum medical benefit from the treatment and we have a good idea whether there is going to be future treatment and future loss of income.
Can I get a loan after my motorcycle accident if I am injured and can’t work?
We work with companies that offer loans against the future settlement.
How frequently will I be updated regarding my motorcycle accident case?
We will keep you updated, and you can contact us anytime.
Does your firm handle property damage after my motorcycle accident and what can I expect?
We handle property claims as an adjunct to the personal injury case and do not charge for getting the bike damage paid for. We have a department devoted to getting the property damage settled. If you don’t have collision and the other party’s insurance is disputing liability, this can drag out for a while. They have no obligation to pay if they’re disputing liability until a jury renders a favorable award. On the other hand, if you have collision, property damage claims are settled in a reasonable amount of time.
When and why do I have to use my own UIM (uninsured motorist insurance) coverage?
Uninsured/Underinsured coverage is used when the at-fault party doesn’t have enough insurance to pay the full value of the case or when the other party doesn’t have any insurance, or if it is a hit and run and the other party is not identified.
Why is uninsured motorist insurance especially important for a motorcycle rider in California?
This insurance is critical. We see too many cases where we cannot get the full value of the case for our client because the at-fault party doesn’t have enough insurance or doesn’t have any insurance. I recommend riders carry at least $250,000 in uninsured/underinsured coverage. If you can’t afford that than get at least $100,000.
When do you send an investigator to the scene of my California motorcycle accident?
It varies. If it’s in an area where there are likely to be surveillance cameras, we will have our investigator canvas the area for video and potential witnesses. We often send our accident reconstruction expert to the scene to preserve the evidence.
How much money am I going to get for my motorcycle injury accident settlement?
It depends on the injuries, the fault issue, and the available insurance.
How much money can I sue for after my motorcycle accident?
In California, we do not put those numbers in the lawsuit. There is no limit, but if you are not reasonable, you will not get an offer. Once it is time to value a case, we make a demand high enough to leave room for negotiation.
The police department is putting me at fault for the motorcycle accident, can I sue them?
You can but it won’t go anywhere. You should not sue the officer. There is no case there. Moreover, the officer’s conclusion as to fault is not admissible unless the officer saw the accident or is an accident reconstructionist and actually reconstructed the accident. The fact that an officer’s conclusion is not always correct doesn’t necessarily mean the case can’t be won. Approximately 70% to 80% of our traffic collision reports are against our client but we take the overwhelming majority of those cases, as we can usually find a valid theory of liability on the other party. For example, in splitting lanes cases the traffic collision report frequently has our rider traveling at an unsafe speed. In most of those reports there is no physical evidence, such as skid marks, to confirm excessive speed and even if there is some speed, the other driver still violated the rider’s right-of-way.
Can you help me file for disability after my motorcycle accident?
If you’ve been working at a job that takes taxes out and pays into State Disability, you may qualify for State Disability Insurance, assuming you will be out of work for an extended period. To qualify you must meet the work history requirement. Our clients have no problem doing this on their own on the EDD website on the SDI page. With respect to Federal Disability which requires a significant injury, we work with a disability lawyer.
Can you get me in a vehicle rental after my motorcycle accident?
It depends on the circumstances. Call 1-800-4-BIKERS so we can explore.
Why am I being sent to collections after my California motorcycle accident?
Most likely because you did not pay your co-pays or deductible required by the terms of your health insurance policy. Why do insurance companies take so long to decide and respond after my motorcycle accident? There could be many reasons. Contact us so we can help.
Why does health insurance delay my case at the end? I have Medi-Cal is that a problem in resolving my motorcycle accident injury case?
After the case settles, they must do an audit to ensure all bills have been submitted. Medi-Cal usually requires 120 days.
What are subrogation rights relating to my motorcycle injury case?
Answered above. Health insurance plans have language whereby they can take a portion of the settlement for the funds they paid out. We can usually get reductions.
How do you put a value on my California motorcycle accident injury case?
We have seen every type of motorcycle accident and every injury. We know values better than the insurance companies.
How do you put a value on my motorcycle accident injuries?
Contact us so we can research a value on your motorcycle accident injuries
What should I provide my California motorcycle accident lawyer with after I have a motorcycle accident?
In the beginning, provide photos of your visible injuries. Some should include your face. If you were unfortunate enough to spend time in the hospital, even just a few hours, make sure you get a picture of you in the hospital bed. Also, take property damage photos including gear. If you can do so safely, take pictures at the scene. Provide copies of your Driver’s license and your Health Insurance card. We also need the declarations page of your insurance to determine the coverages you maintain but we can get that directly from your insurance company.
What’s involved in my motorcycle accident deposition?
You will be asked a host of questions including about your background, the facts of the accident, your injuries, and your current condition.
What happens in my motorcycle accident mediation?
The parties must mutually agree to mediation, and they mutually agree on the mediator. As such, most cases settle at mediation or shortly thereafter. Unlike a deposition your participation is minimal. You are there to discuss the offers with your attorney.
What is California Proposition 213 and why does the fact that I don’t have insurance limit my ability to recover money after my motorcycle accident?
Proposition 213 is now part of the Civil Code, and it precludes an injured party from recovering general damages sometimes referred to as pain and suffering. It was promoted by the insurance industry in the mid-90’s. The insurance industry has saved significant money over the years by not paying out the full value of the claims. There are some exceptions to this law.
What is wrongful death lawsuit?
A wrongful death lawsuit is a type of law in law that provides financial compensation to the successor of a person who died due to an accident that was the result of negligence of one or more people. The action for this death belongs to the immediate family members of the person who died and also known as distributes. The most of the common distributes are parents and if the person who died is married the spouses and his children. The lawsuit is only be brought in by the personal representative of the decedent’s estates or their legal representative. Every state in USA has its own wrongful death laws, which are the guidelines for filing a wrongful death lawsuit and how the case is tried in court. The law also dictates how evidence is presented, along with guidelines for monetary awards, and how they are distributed to the decedent’s heirs. Many times a wrongful death lawsuit can be a convoluted and lengthy legal battle with motions for discovery, and other motions that the presiding judge will rule on. Many times when an insurance company is involved and the evidence is strong enough to support the claims for the decedent, the most common step will be agreeing on a fair settlement for the decedent’s family. Accident statistics show that many people die in auto/motorcycle related accidents due to adverse traffic conditions and fast moving traffic, and another sad fact that is that more 85% of all motorcyclists involved in high speed accident die due to their injuries.
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California motorcycle applicants under 21 years of age are required to complete a Basic Rider Cource before they receive a motorcycle instruction permit. Motorcycle applicants 21 years of age and older are encouraged.