Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Los Angeles is home to some of the most beautiful weather and scenic views in the United States, which makes it the perfect spot to ride a motorcycle! Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents still occur and can be devastating and often result in life-changing circumstances for everyone involved. All it takes is one distracted driver to cause a serious accident, regardless of the safety measures a motorcycle rider takes when sharing the road with other vehicles.

At The Barnes Firm, our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience helping motorcycle accident victims in Los Angeles and across the state of California. Our motorcycle accident attorneys understand motorcycle law and how to navigate it to help you get the best result possible for your case.


Thousands of people injured in accidents have trusted The Barnes Firm to help them get the best result possible.


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The Barnes Firm’s experienced motorcycle accident attorneys are trial-tested, and will do whatever it takes to win your case.

How a Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help

The team of trusted and experienced motorcycle attorneys at The Barnes Firm will work hard to help you get the best result possible. All too often insurance companies will not offer fair compensation after a motorcycle accident. The road to recovery after a motorcycle accident can be long, and insurance companies will often lowball motorcycle accident victims to pay out fast. Our team of Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys at The Barnes Firm will review your case for FREE, investigate every aspect of your accident, and help you get the best result possible – including the money you deserve to pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and more.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Los Angeles

Over 80,000 motorcyclists are injured in motorcycle accidents each year across the United States. In California, there are over 800,000 registered motorcyclists who take to the road each year. Motorcyclists are at a higher risk for injuries than other drivers because:

  • A motorcyclist and/or passenger on a motorcycle gets hit directly – a rider is not protected by a vehicle frame
  • Motorcycles have less stability
  • Motorcyclists are faced with direct exposure to weather conditions on the roads

Even when motorcyclists drive safely and practice caution, accidents can still happen. The team of motorcycle attorneys at The Barnes Firm have found that the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

Distracted Driving. According to the NHTSA, distracted driving claimed the lives of over 3,000 people in 2020. Distracted driving includes texting, talking on the phone, video calling, eating, smoking, reprimanding children in the back seat, fussing with technology in the car, or anything else that takes your eyes off the road. Often, vehicle drivers are not good at anticipating the speed and movements of motorcycles. Distracted driving gives drivers of vehicles less time to react, which could result in a driver crashing into a motorcyclist.

Left Turn Accidents. Left turn accidents account for over 30% of motorcycle accidents. These accidents generally happen when a driver in a vehicle mistakes the distance and speed of an oncoming motorcyclist at an intersection and makes a left-hand turn in front of the motorcycle approaching their vehicle. In many cases, the driver of the vehicle fails to evaluate the speed and distance at the intersection before making a left turn, causing a motorcycle accident to occur.

Speeding. In 2019, speeding killed 9,478 people in motor vehicle accidents. Speeding endangers everyone on the road, especially motorcyclists. A speeding car or truck needs more stopping distance, especially when behind a motorcycle. Increased speed can also lead to more serious injuries for the motorcyclist.

Driving Under the Influence. According to the NHTSA, one person is killed every 45 minutes in a DUI related crash. Driving under the influence is illegal in every state, and these crashes are all preventable. Driving a car or truck under the influence leads to severe impairment in vision and vehicle control. Motorcyclists have a higher chance of being hit by an intoxicated driver due to smaller profile than other vehicles.

Weather Conditions. Motorcyclist’s ride exposed to outdoor elements, which can include rain, sleet, hail, heat, wind, snow, and more. These weather conditions create dangerous road conditions for all drivers sharing the road and can leave motorcyclists more susceptible to being struck by a distracted driver.

Tailgating. Tailgating a motorcycle is extremely dangerous. The impatience of other drivers often leads to rear-end motorcycle accidents. Rear-end accidents commonly happen at red lights or stop signs, railroad gates, or in traffic when traffic comes to an abrupt or sudden stop.

Lane Splitting. As of August 2016, lane splitting is legal in the state of California. Lane splitting is the practice of motorcyclists riding between lanes of stopped or slow-moving traffic. Studies have shown that lane splitting can help reduce road congestion on busy Los Angeles streets and highways. Due to this, other vehicle drivers must be even more alert to their surroundings to avoid causing a motorcycle accident, especially when changing lanes while driving or coming out of a complete stop in traffic. Purposely blocking or impeding a motorcyclist in a way that could cause harm to the rider, or opening a vehicle door to impede a motorcyclist, is illegal.

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Motorcycle Accident Injures We Can Help With

Given a motorcyclist’s lack of protection from other drivers and road conditions, injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents can often be severe. According to the NHTSA, a motorcyclist is 26 times more likely to die in a traffic collision and five times more likely to be injured in a traffic collision. At The Barnes Firm, our trusted motorcycle accident attorneys have handled cases involving the following motorcycle injuries:

The most severe injuries are sustained when the point of impact is located at the front of the motorcycle. Proper protective gear, including a helmet that is fitted properly and worn correctly, can help reduce the severity of injuries. In California, every motorcyclist and motorcycle passenger are required to wear a helmet while riding. However, even with proper protective gear, motorcycle riders and passengers can experience catastrophic injuries in an accident. Our Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys can help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.

What to do After a Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident?

Many motorcyclists don’t know where to turn or what to do after being involved in an accident. The experienced motorcycle attorneys at The Barnes Firm are available 24/7 to answer any questions you have after a motorcycle accident. If you’ve been involved in or witnessed a Los Angeles motorcycle accident:

1. Get to Safety. Analyze your surroundings and get out of harm’s way and away from traffic. Your safety is the priority after a motorcycle accident. If you can, move your motorcycle off the road to avoid further collisions

2. Call 911. After getting to safety, call 911 to report the accident. Request an ambulance if necessary.

3. Collect Information About the Accident. Exchange information from the accident scene, including the other driver’s personal and insurance information. Take photos of the scene of the accident, and request that you get a copy of the police report before you leave the scene if possible.

4. Call an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney at The Barnes Firm. Our Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys are available to answer any questions regarding your case.

Our trusted motorcycle accident lawyers in Los Angeles will work diligently to help you get the best result possible. Not sure you have a case? Call today for a FREE case evaluation.

How Long Do I Have to Submit a Motorcycle Accident Claim?

In California, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is two years. This means you must file your claim within two years of your accident or injury discovery. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles, contact our experienced attorneys at The Barnes Firm as soon as possible. We can help assist in answering any questions you may have regarding filing a motorcycle accident claim in California.

Damages To Recover in Motorcycle Accidents

After a motorcycle accident, many people think they can only be compensated for medical expenses. Our Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys have the knowledge and experience to recover more than just medical expenses for your case. Damages we have recovered for victims of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damages
  • Lost future earnings
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Motorcycle repairs or replacements

At The Barnes Firm, we will work hard to make sure you are compensated for all your damages. Our motorcycle accident attorneys can help you identify and calculate your damages and fight to help you get the best result possible for your case.

Our Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Are Here to Help

As one of America’s largest injury law firms, The Barnes Firm has helped many clients injured in motorcycle accidents get the best result possible. Our Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys understand first-hand how quickly a motorcycle accident can happen and how unexpected the injuries can be.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles, contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney at The Barnes Firm. From the first conversation through to the final settlement, the trusted team of attorneys at The Barnes Firm will work hard for you every step of the way.

Call (800) 800-0000 today for a FREE case evaluation – it could be the best call you make.

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