Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Escondido
The prevailing climate in Escondido is one of the factors why it has become a breeding ground for motorcycle enthusiasts. The continued increase in the number of people who are into motorcycling is proof that the city is a magnet for bikers. No wonder why this trend also comes with an increase in the number of motorcycle accidents, but most of which are not the motorcyclist’s fault – accidents can occur due to many factors.
A lot of the cases handled by the team of Escondido motorcycle accident attorneys at Marino & Tye LLP arise from vehicles pulling in front of the motorcycle, vehicles tailgating or crowding a motorcycle, or vehicles not being able to see the motorcyclist. The consequences of such an accident can be fatal and often cause severe road rash. The pain endured by a motorcyclist at the emergency room while doctors utilize a wire brush to scrape and remove rocks, pebbles, and debris is unfathomable. Unfortunately, heavy scarring or plastic surgery and extensive physical therapy often follow.
Another factor that causes motorcycle accidents is when products have defects in design or when they perform in a manner inconsistent with the original manufacturer’s intent. More often than not, the dealership has some liability for the distribution of the machine, and often they assemble the bikes leading to liability exposure.
Delving into specifics, motor accidents can be attributed to faulty handlebars, faulty welds, loose nuts, and low maintenance. From Coast to Crest Trail to Lake Hodges, the paved terrain is a haven for bikers and bad equipment is a cause for many accidents. Come talk to us and find out how we will put our committed Escondido motorcycle accident lawyers to work for you after your motorcycle accident.
As a counsel to many riders of both street and dirt bikes, Marino & Tye LLP respects and understands the obstacles often encountered by motorcycle operators. The truth is, most motorcycle riders take extreme precautions, as the risk associated with it is well understood. Since motorcycles allow good maneuverability, oftentimes, the fault is due to another motorist’s lack of attention or outright negligence. While you have less protection from accident and injury when you ride a motorcycle than when you drive a car, that does not mean you are asking for or deserve to sustain an injury. Motorcyclists have the same rights as any other vehicle operator to enjoy the roads in Escondido and the surrounding areas.
Marino & Tye LLP – Home To Reputable Escondido Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Escondido residents and visitors who suffer injuries in motorcycle accidents deserve the best legal representation available to protect their rights and maximize the compensation that they receive from the individual who caused them the injury. At Marino & Tye LLP, we offer quality legal services with a focus on compassion and accessibility.
For thirty-five years in service, Marino & Tye LLP has provided the highest level of legal services to injured Escondido residents as well as visitors from outside the city. We have successfully recovered millions in compensation for our clients over the years, including hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of clients injured in motorcycle accidents, and tens of millions more in all sorts of other motor vehicle accident cases. While we cannot guarantee a particular result, when you hire our team at Marino & Tye LLP to handle your motorcycle accident case, you know you are getting legal professionals with a long and hard-earned track record of success.
At Marino & Tye LLP, we take particular pride in providing our clients with unparalleled professional service and attention. We take personal injury law truly personal. In every facet of our practice, we strive to always prioritize our clients’ needs. We want our clients to have undivided attention so we take a one-on-one approach to every interaction with them, from meetings to phone calls. We listen to what our clients have to say, answer their questions without using confusing legal jargon, and develop case strategies that fit what our clients tell us about their short, medium, and long-term needs.
We credit that approach not only for the great success in terms of financial gain recovered for clients, but also—and more importantly—for the positive feedback we have received from our clients about their appreciation for our warmth, class, and going above and beyond to show that we care and have their backs. We love our job because it allows us to make a real impact for people who have had their lives turned upside down by an injury or tragic loss from a road accident caused by other people.
Our Approach to Motorcycle Accident Cases in Escondido
The team at Marino & Tye LLP understands that no two vehicle accidents are equal, especially when those accidents involve motorcycles. We have to stay flexible and focused when we represent injured motorcyclists because, oftentimes, their injuries are serious and evidence to support their claims can be hard to obtain. We discuss below some of the tasks that we often perform when we represent a motorcycle accident victim or victim’s family.
Meeting, Listening, and Learning
While all of the tasks specified below vary from case-to-case, our dedication to meeting with, listening to, and learning from our clients never falters. At Marino & Tye LLP, our priority in all-new motorcycle accident cases is to sit down one-on-one with our new clients wherever is most convenient for them and listen to their stories. Of course, wanting to hear about the accident and injuries that brought them to us is just the beginning. We also aim to learn about our clients’ life achievements, goals, and dreams. In other words, we want to fully understand what makes life worth living for them, and how their injuries have affected those pursuits so that we can help them not just achieve a full physical recovery but also to move forward with their lives emotionally and financially.
As lawyers, we do not give a false sense of hope. If we, after the evaluation, see it with a dim chance, we let the client know right away. And, because law practice, like life, is complicated and ever-changing, sometimes, working with a particular case can include lots of challenges and hard work.
Investigating and Analyzing
As opposed to accidents that involve larger motor vehicles, motorcycle accidents do not always leave much evidence behind. There’s likely a damaged bike and perhaps some damage to the other vehicle (assuming another vehicle is involved,) but by and large, motorcycle accidents don’t leave the tell-tale swath of destruction that usually helps in the investigation process. In addition to that, when it comes to a motorcycle accident, the victim may have little recollection of the incident or have sustained such severe injuries that he or she can’t communicate effectively.
For lawyers who are new to this field, investigating a motorcycle accident might pose a serious challenge because of the limited evidence available, but not for the legal team at Marino & Tye LLP. From the moment a client hires us, without delays, we start to gather every possible piece of evidence that we can find from every available source. Meaning to say, the sooner that you come to see us, the better. As part of our practice, we consult police reports and insurance reports first, but our work does not stop there. We examine security camera footage, visit the accident scene, contact-tracing eyewitnesses, among others. We also often work with experts in the field of accident reconstruction and motorcycle mechanics to evaluate the account of the event that likely led to the accident.
We also take the time to investigate our clients’ injuries. We strive to understand the extent of the damage – how they got hurt, how badly hurt they are, what a full recovery will consist of, and what it will cost. We also consider the impact of the accident on our clients and their families.
Once we gather the necessary evidence, our team collectively analyzes it. What are we looking for? Although no case is the same, we’re usually looking for the following:
- The legal liability and ability to pay
- The probable damages
The above list is a simplification of a complex process. However, by the time we are done investigating and analyzing a motorcycle accident, we want to know who owes our clients money, who can pay for damages, and how much compensation that our clients deserve.
Demanding and Negotiating
Armed with the right information, we make a “demand” for compensation from the involved party or parties who we believe are legally responsible for our client’s injuries. In the majority of cases, that demand finds its way into the hands of an insurance adjuster, a person who evaluates the claim and determines whether the company is willing to offer a settlement, and if so, how much.
In many cases, our demand—along with some back-and-forth negotiation— results in a fair and reasonable settlement offer. The attorneys at Marino & Tye LLP have strong & effective negotiation skills, and we come to the negotiating table well prepared to back up our claims and defend against any attempts by the insurance company to skirt liability. Thus, while it’s true that lots of cases are settled before filing a lawsuit, the lawyer negotiating a settlement matters.
The art of negotiation requires knowing the case in every detail. That is where our hard work in investigating and analyzing a case often pays off. We carefully and thoroughly prepare our demands so that they can withstand scrutiny from insurance companies whose primary goal is to water down the compensation that our client deserves. Because that’s how we have always practiced, our reputation often precedes us in these negotiations. Insurance adjusters know when Marino & Tye LLP represents a motorcycle accident victim, our claims have strong factual and legal support.
Going to Trial
Not all motorcycle accident cases in Escondido concludes with a settlement, at least not immediately. Sometimes, insurance companies or defendants, specifically when there are personal or corporate assets on the line involved, turn down an offer for an adequate settlement. Instead, they choose to deny or dispute an injury claim. When this occurs, Marino & Tye LLP is ready to file a lawsuit on behalf of our clients.
When settlement negotiations stall, our priority is to help our client understand what filing a lawsuit will mean for them. Again, we never push clients into going to trial if it is not suitable for their needs and life situation – even if we feel it’s a winnable case. Indeed, going to trial is always the client’s decision first and foremost.
If a client decides to pursue litigation, then we’re ready to protect his or her rights in court. Marino & Tye LLP attorneys are trial lawyers by nature, training, and experience.
Getting Money Into Our Clients’ Hands
If negotiating a settlement or securing a jury verdict is successful, we make sure that we follow all necessary protocols to ensure that our clients receive their compensation as soon as possible. We understand how crucial it is to our clients to receive the compensation owed to them. We are not satisfied with our work until we have done our utmost to bring a case to a satisfactory resolution for our client.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
- When the driver of another vehicle fails to see a motorcycle and drives directly into its path
- A car cuts off or crowds out a motorcycle
- Dangerous road condition brought about by inclement weather or unfriendly terrain
- Defective bikes and bike parts; they put the rider at risk
No matter how your motorcycle accident happened, if you believe it was not your fault, you should seek the advice and counsel of an experienced Escondido motorcycle accident attorney. The team at Marino & Tye LLP can deliver that.
Here are some of the most common injuries that we help our motorcycle accident clients overcome:
- Spinal cord injuries.
- Traumatic brain injuries.
- Severe and disfiguring abrasions and lacerations
- Orthopedic and soft tissue injuries
The injuries above are just a sampling of the types of harm that can come to a rider or passenger in a motorcycle accident. We highly encourage anyone injured in such an accident to seek advice and counsel from an experienced motorcycle accident attorney in Escondido.
Calculating Damages in Motorcycle Accident Cases
Clients of Marino & Tye LLP who have suffered injuries and losses in motorcycle accidents usually ask about how much their claim is worth. Of course, that is a difficult question to answer straight-out without knowing the specific details of the accident and resulting injuries. Again, every accident is different.
Here are some of the factors that go into calculating how much compensation an injured individual should seek for their motorcycle accident injuries:
- The age of the victim, state of health before the accident, income, and family situation
- The financial resources of the party or parties who are legally liable for the accident
- The extent of the injury and an injured individual’s prospects for a full recovery
- The accumulated out-of-pocket costs associated with the accident and injury
- The impact of the injury on the victim’s livelihood, family situation, relationships, and enjoyment of life
- The potential difficulty in proving legal liability and damages
- The degree of fault of the motorcyclist for the accident
Hire the Right Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Since you have come to this page, you are probably interested in hiring an Escondido motorcycle accident attorney and have a lot of legal questions about your accident. The team at Marino & Tye LLP wants to help you and answer your initial questions, regardless of whether or not you end up hiring our firm.
Below are some tips about meeting your Escondido motorcycle attorney attorney:
- Take care of yourself first; seek medical help to ensure that you are safe and in good condition, as we want you to come to us well.
- While we do not expect a client to come to us with every piece of evidence that we need to build the case (because that is our job), we want our client to give
- head start if he or she collects as much evidence as possible before the first meeting.
- Be wary about questionable insurance practices and low initial settlement offer
- Leave as much stress as possible to your attorney as you are going through physical and emotional struggle already due the accident already
For inquiries, contact us at 1-760-741-7643.