Los Angeles’ Serious Motorcycle Injury and Accident Lawyer

derek pakiz attorney and paralegal at the reeves law los angeles working on trike caseFeatured in Newsweek’s Top 10 Trial Lawyers, The Reeves Law Group is a Los Angeles-based personal injury law firm that has been helping victims of tragic and catastrophic motorcycle accidents throughout Southern California for over 30 years.

Our team has recovered over $250,000,000 in verdicts and settlements, many of whom have been injured motorcycle riders.

If you or someone in your family have suffered some level of injury (whether relatively minor, or tragic and life-altering) and need to consult with an injury and accident lawyer that has riding experience, Call (800) 644-8000 or contact us today for a free consultation.

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  • $250,000,000+ Recovered for Our Clients
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  • No Fee Guarantee – No Fees Unless We Win

How Much Do We Charge for motorcycle-related accident claims? Our legal services are provided on a contingency basis. This means that we will not charge a fee unless your  case is won. If you are an injured biker or trike rider and want to seek compensation for your injuries, contact our law firm today to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney.


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Choosing the right attorney to represent you after a Moto crash

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When a person is involved in a moto or trike crash (or even a dirtbike or scooter!), the physical and financial damage can be extreme and the path to recovery can be hard. If you suffered from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident that you believe was caused by another party’s negligence, you will need an attorney with expertise in representing injured motorcycle riders and dealing with insurance companies.

A professional plaintiff’s lawyer will have a deep understanding of the legal process necessary to manage your case from start to finish. This will help you earn the financial compensation that you need to overcome the harm done by the motorcycle accident. If you lose a family member due to someone else’s negligence, your attorney can pursue a wrongful death claim.

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The Reeves Law Group is an award-winning law firm with an exceptional reputation throughout the Los Angeles legal community. Founder Robert Reeves holds a Superb Avvo rating of 10.0, while lead trial lawyer Derek Pakiz has been handpicked by Newsweek as one of the “10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys” in the USA. If you have been injured, contact Derek, our head trial attorney at The Reeves Law Group.

He has numerous highly successful motorcycle vs car accident cases under his belt.

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Read What Clients Have to Say About our  law firm

The Reeves Law Group is actually located in the building where I work, so that’s the main reason I chose them. My lawyer had a good response rate and is a super to the point type of guy. I was injured on a motorcycle and needed stitches in my leg. I am very satisfied with the settlement I received. Neil’s assistant Laura was really helpful and gave quick responses via email. I am overall very satisfied and would recommend The Reeves Law Group to anyone in a serious accident.

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Date Published: 08-31-2021


How The Reeves Law Group Can Help

As motorcycle accidents become more common in LA, it’s important to hire a professional attorney with experience dealing with insurance company representatives and catastrophic injury claims.

To prevail in your motorcycle crash claim, an attorney must be able to handle and understand the complexities of your case.

Your lawyer should manage all the following tasks:

  • Investigate the crash promptly and thoroughly
  • Preserve evidence from the motorcycle wreck
  • Locate witnesses to the accident
  • Obtain photographs of the crash scene
  • Establish the defendants’ fault
  • Inspect the vehicle and safety gear for potential defects
  • Protect you from filing deadlines and insurance companies
  • Sue all responsible parties
  • Hire the right experts
  • Recover your medical expenses and lost wages
  • Maximize your pain and suffering damages for your injuries

The Reeves Law Group has the legal expertise to negotiate with insurance company representatives and pursue maximum compensation for our client’s pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost income.

Pursuing Damages In Motorcycle wreck Cases

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Studies have shown that the losses from motorcycle wrecks can be 4 to 12 times higher than losses from other vehicular collisions. A professional motorcycle accident attorney can offer to help you recover many of the expenses from the motorcycle crash.

  • Medical Bills. Serious injuries sustained in motorcycle collisions can trigger astronomical medical expenses. For example, hospitalization at a trauma center for a head injury can cost upwards of $30,000 to $40,000. You may be entitled to recover the costs for any hospital stays, surgery, doctors’ visits, diagnostic tests, physical and rehabilitative therapy, and chiropractic care. You may be entitled to the costs of future medical care if your conditions require ongoing treatment.
  • Pain and Suffering. Motorcycle crashes may inflict a wide range of injuries, whether they be temporary, such as road rash, longer-term, such as broken bones, or disabling, such as a severed spine or head trauma and traumatic brain injury. The law allows for compensation for the pain and suffering associated with such injuries but does not provide a fixed formula to calculate the compensation. To recover the maximum amount from an insurance company that your injuries warrant, you will need the help of an experienced motorcycle attorney who has the knowledge and experience to best evaluate your motorcycle accident claim.
  • Wage Loss. If your injuries prevent you from working, then all your lost income may be included in any claim for recovery. Even if you used sick leave or vacation time during the recovery period, reimbursement may be available. What if your injuries leave you permanently disabled and unable to work ever again? In conjunction with an economist, a motorcycle accident lawyer can calculate your future losses and recover for your reduction in earning capacity.

What Should You Do After A Motorcycle Accident?

  • Escape Immediate Danger.The scene of a crash can be extremely dangerous. 62% of wrecks involve fuel leaks and spills that could turn into fires. Other drivers may not realize that an accident has happened and may be slow to reduce their speed or move around the crash site. Your first step should be to move to a safe place.
  • Get Medical Care. If you are injured, you should be taken to an emergency room for prompt medical care. Head and chest injuries are among the primary causes of death, so you should request immediate examinations that include diagnostic tests like X-rays and MRIs.
  • Report the Accident. Unless you are transported from the scene by ambulance, call the police and report the accident. A police report will document the facts of the wreck and will identify the parties involved, along with any witnesses.
  • Call a Reputable personal injury lawyer. Determining fault requires a detailed investigation that must be done before evidence and witnesses disappear. A personal injury lawyer who understands California law and how to build a case will manage your motorcycle accident claims from the outset, dealing with the insurance company, and will help in many different areas such as getting the medical care that you need.

Why Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen?

  • Driver Error. The most common motorcycle accident is when a passenger car turns in front of a bike, hits the motorcyclist while changing lanes, or runs into the biker at a stoplight. Common reasons for the driver not seeing the motorcyclist are speed, inattention, distractions, blind spots, and that the driver is looking for cars rather than motorcycles. Motorcycles can easily fit into blind spots and drivers looking for cars aren’t psychologically programmed to see motorcycles.
  • Faulty Equipment. Vehicle defects that slip past the motorcycle manufacturer can cause an accident or faulty safety equipment may fail to protect the travelers.
  • Dangerous Road Conditions. Poorly maintained roads, liquids that are leaked or spilled on surfaces, or improperly engineered streets and highways can lead to accidents and injuries.

Why Motorcycle Collisions Result In Severe Injuries

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Motorcycle accidents are generally considered the worst type of crashes since motorcycles can be driven at high speeds and do not offer their riders much protection. Researchers have noted that 98% result in injuries. Many accidents end in serious injury or death. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, there were approximately 5,096 motorcyclists that were injured and killed in Los Angeles County in 2016. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the division of the U.S. Department of Transportation tasked with road safety, has noted that a motorcycle rider is 8 times more likely to be injured and 37 times more likely to die in a crash than the occupant of an automobile in auto accidents.

In the past decade, motorcycle fatalities have doubled, in part due to more motorcycles being purchased each year, not only by younger riders who have less experience riding but, increasingly, by riders over 40 who have slower reaction times. Also, there is more congestion on our streets and drivers travel at faster speeds. Motorcycle accident victims are prone to catastrophic injury over other drivers of motor vehicles as 80% of them suffer fatal motorcycle accidents. Physical injuries suffered from a motorcycle collision can range from broken or fractured bones, spinal cord injuries, and brain injuries to fatal injuries.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Los Angeles

30% of all motorcycle injuries are to the legs and feet. 22% of injuries are to the head and neck. Serious injuries can be limited if the rider uses quality safety equipment. For instance, a helmet should cover the entire face, fit well, and be less than 5 years old. The glue that holds the protective material and motorcycle helmet together deteriorates over time and a poorly fitting helmet may come apart during a traffic collision.

Motorcycle injuries include:

  • Head Trauma
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Paralysis
  • Road rash
  • Stress and emotional pain
  • Chronic conditions and hedonic damages

Although punitive damages, aimed at punishing a party at fault, are rare in motorcycle accident cases, they may be appropriate in certain instances, such as when a driver who caused the crash was motivated by road rage or was driving while under the influence of alcohol.

For accidents where a fatality occurs, family members of the deceased may have a potential wrongful death claim. Consult with a professional law firm for legal advice if a death in the family was caused by a motorcycle crash.

Contact A local Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Attorney

The Reeves Law Group is known as a premier motorcycle accident law firm within the California legal community. Our experienced team is skilled in handling motorcycle injury cases and will fight for your rights.

Our Los Angeles law offices has won thousands of injury cases, recovered over $250,000,000 in verdicts and settlements for our injured clients, and have the resources to help you obtain the highest recovery possible.

Call (800) 644-8000 or contact us for a free consultation. We can schedule an in-person consultation in our Downtown LA office. We also make home and hospital visits for the convenience of our clients!

[Written by Derek Pakiz. Article updated on December 5, 2023]