As a motorcyclist, you experience your vulnerability on the road firsthand. You do everything you can to keep yourself safe. Yet, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motorcyclists and their passengers suffer exponentially more injuries than their vehicle driver and passenger counterparts when involved in an accident, and they are overrepresented in accident-related fatalities.
Contact Burneikis Law if you are involved in a motorcycle accident. Burneikis Law has years of experience handling motorcycle accident and injury claims, and we are here to stand by your side and make the upcoming insurance, claims, settlement or potential trial experience as simple, stress-free and streamlined as possible.
Motorcyclists are often victimized twice as the result of their accident - even when the accident was no fault of their own.
First, physical vulnerability means motorcycle riders and their passengers are prone to more serious and life-threatening injuries, longer hospital stays or time off work, or fatal injuries that leads to immense suffering for their surviving loved ones. On top of that, motorcyclists are victimized again by the system when their choice to ride a motorcycle is questioned by the opposing side and their lawyers.
This leads to the unspoken implication that the motorcyclist is somehow responsible for the accident and the resulting injuries, pain and suffering - even when the accident was absolutely no fault of their own. In some cases, this can lead to the opposing insurance company harassing the motorcyclist to accept far less than they should settle for.
It is essential that you align with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney from the very beginning, so you can focus on healing from the trauma, while our firm works to fight on your behalf.
You have 24 hours to file your accident claim with your motorcycle insurance carrier, but we recommend aligning with an Oakland motorcycle and accident/injury attorney first. There are several reasons for this.
While you may think of them as “your” insurance company, they are not necessarily working with your best interests at heart. Like any other business, insurance companies are working to remain profitable, and that means doing the minimum to cover your expenses, without compromising their bottom line. They ask questions that lead you to specific answers that they can use as evidence to discount your claims later on.
They also document your well-meaning and privacy-protected statements later on so as to potentially use them against you. “I’m doing fine, thank you…” or “I don’t quite remember” can be used to make it seem like you aren’t as injured or compromised as you actually are or that perhaps you weren’t paying attention on the road, etc. This is deceitful and our goal is to protect you from these unethical tactics.
Your accident/personal injury attorney works 100% with your best interest as our focus. Knowing exactly which phrases an insurance company can take from your statements and twist to their advantage, we know exactly how to help you learn what to say and what not to say - without being dishonest or compromising your ethics.
The weeks after your accident, you may feel like you are “doing fine” or like your world is falling apart. In either case, what we know 100% is that your body is still working hard to heal and come to terms with your traumatic experience.
If you’ve required surgery, a hospital stay, pain medication, etc., you are simply not equipped or prepared to handle the paperwork and conversations with your insurance company. These all require sharp executive function, which is simply not accessible to you in a state of shock, pain, stress, grief and all of the other emotions that follow a motorcycle accident.
When you hire a firm to represent you, we do the bulk of the paperwork and question answering, and facilitate the insurance process so you can focus on the most important thing – healing yourself.
If you were fortunate enough to walk away from your accident, you may have felt “more or less fine,” and believed the minor scrapes, aches and pains you felt would subside. However, we have witnessed over and over again how accident-related injuries often take days or weeks to emerge.
The effects can be debilitating and waiting to seek medical attention can have several negative consequences for you. The worst of these is that the “other side” will try to disprove that your injuries and pain are not accident related at all, but have emerged from a post-accident injury. We will direct you towards obtaining medical attention in order to ensure you receive the treatment you need.
While you may feel pain in specific locations, or feel very little pain at all, our office’s experience with motorcycle accident victims means we know and understand the potential injuries and we’ll make sure all of them have been examined or tested for by medical professionals.
Motorcycle accidents are most likely to experience:
As your Oakland motorcycle accident lawyer, I will help you schedule immediate medical appointments to ensure we have all of the proof and evidence we need to correlate your injuries and side effects to the event. Working year after year on these cases, we have also learned how a victim’s pain and suffering may emerge or reveal itself over time so that you know what to look and feel for, and so your medical expenses are covered today, tomorrow and in the future.
If you are a spouse or family member related to someone who died as the result of a motorcycle accident, reach out to a legal professional as soon as possible to ensure you are taken care of in this most poignant and painful time. You are not in a position to make long-term executive decisions while in a state of mourning, so your lawyer will work in that capacity for you, always keeping the big picture and your long-term future needs and goals in the forefront of our mind.
Because we spend our lives defending and standing up for accident victims every day, we’ve learned how their accidents can impact them for weeks, months and years down the road. Unfortunately, because insurance claims adjusters are working to close your case as quickly as possible, you may find yourself compensated for today’s expenses, without getting the compensation you’ll need down the road.
As a motorcycle accident attorney, we take a holistic approach to your case, getting the compensation to weather the immediate moment, as well as the upcoming and future possibilities that may require extra funds. This includes things such as:
If you were involved in a serious accident, your entire household is affected in numerous ways, and our job as your motorcycle accident law firm is to make sure that the whole picture is considered before any settlement or financial agreement is agreed upon. We make sure that You are always the priority, and not an insurance company or the defendant’s bottom line.
We are saddened to see how many motorcycle accident victims shy away from legal support because they are scared or anxious about having to be in the courtroom. This often results in insurance claims settlements that are tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars less than potential clients would have received with the help of competent legal representation.
Please Note: Upwards of 95% of motorcycle accident settlements take place outside of the courtroom. If you are in the nominal percentage of cases that require filing a legal claim and attending courtroom appointments, your legal team will do everything they can to minimize the mental and emotional stress associated with formal litigation. We will support you every step of the way, so you are never alone.
Contact Burneikis Law to schedule your 100% no-cost, no-obligation case assessment. I am always honest with my clients. If I do not feel you have a case, I will still make sure you have the tips necessary to move forward with your insurance claim in an informed way that respects your rights as the victim.
Contact us now to schedule your free case evaluation. To see if we are a good fit, call (510) 328-3238 today. Burneikis Law specializes in personal injury cases in Oakland, the greater Bay Area, and throughout the state of California.