Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If you’ve been involved in a serious motorcycle accident or your loved one tragically passed away after a crash, you deserve justice. At Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, our Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer fights for the rights of motorcycle accident victims and their families.

Making Things Right

Over $175 Million Recovered on Behalf of Our Clients
  • Motorcycle Accident $2,300,000

    City employee causes collision with police motorcycle.

  • Motorcycle Accident $2,100,000

    Motorcyclist suffers brain injury in collision.

  • Motorcycle Accident $1,250,000

    Vehicle turns left in front of motorcycle, causing collision.

  • Motorcycle Accident $312,000 Settlement

    Rear-ended motorcyclist sustains knee injury.

  • Motorcycle Accident $250,000 Settlement

    Motorcyclist injured when vehicle changes lanes in his path.

  • Motorcycle Accident $200,000 Settlement

    Motorcyclist Suffers Torn ACL.

  • Motorcycle Accident $175,000 Settlement

    Motorcyclist injured in chain-reaction collision.

  • Motorcycle Accident $161,609 Settlement

    Motorcyclist injured when struck by left-turning vehicle.

  • Motorcycle Accident $100,000 Settlement

    Vehicle making U-turn collides with motorcycle.

Do I Really Need a Motorcycle Accident Attorney?

It is always best to have an attorney represent you in an injury claim. For those involved in a motorcycle accident, the insurance claims process and potential for a lawsuit are greater, and therefore even more complicated and confusing for the injured motorcyclist.

There is much more to handling a motorcycle accident case than simply negotiating a dollar figure with an insurance company.

Many legal details and statutes may bar you from any recovery for your damages. Furthermore, an injured rider often deals with medical liens from healthcare providers and emergency rooms. California lien laws are complicated and confusing, and those who are unaware of these laws often pay far more money from their settlement or judgment to their healthcare providers than is necessary.

Likewise, a person’s own insurance carrier may try to take a piece of their judgment or settlement, through a process known as subrogation. Without an attorney, people often pay far too much money to their insurance carriers. Scott J. Corwin fights for you not only to recover the maximum settlement, but also fiercely negotiates and settles any insurance subrogation claims or medical liens to minimize their effect on your recovery.

Be careful when deciding on your motorcycle accident lawyer — many lawyers look at insurance claims or medical liens as “your problem.” These lawyers consider their job complete once they get their fee from a settlement or judgment. Scott J. Corwin stays with his clients every step of the way — even after settlement or judgment — and ensures that his clients receive, and keep, the largest recovery possible for their motorcycle accident.

How Do I Choose The Right Motorcycle Accident Attorney?

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles, are undergoing a painful recovery, and are out of work, you will probably need help to get through your day-to-day obligations. Managing your injury claim will be even more difficult if you are feeling much worse for wear.

This is why finding the right motorcycle accident lawyer is the most important decision you can make following a wreck.

You should hire the person best qualified to handle a motorcycle accident claim with a proven record of accomplishment. But who will that be? Make a checklist of questions to ask a motorcycle accident attorney during an initial consultation so you can be confident you are making the right choice.

We suggest you include these questions in your checklist:

  • How long will my case take to settle?
  • How often will you communicate with me?
  • What experience do you have handling motorcycle accident cases?
  • How will my potential recovery be determined?
  • Will you send me regular updates on the status of my case?
  • Are there any liability issues in my case, and how will you handle those?
  • Can I receive a copy of my file if requested?
  • Will you give me adequate written notice of any important dates, medical examinations, or court appearances?
  • How long have you practiced law, and how many people have you represented?

Attorney Scott J. Corwin is an experienced and qualified motorcycle accident lawyer who helps clients throughout the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. He takes pride in providing personalized and compassionate legal counsel that puts your worries at ease. Scott is also a tenacious opponent when dealing with insurance companies. This combination of talents is exactly what you need to obtain the maximum recovery for your injuries.

Scott has recovered over $175 million and represented more than 3,000 injured victims. He has been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyers® member every year since 2007. His peers have honored him for his skills, assertiveness, and commitment to helping injured clients.

How Much Will It Cost to Hire a Lawyer?

California law requires a written fee agreement between any motorcycle accident lawyer and their client. This agreement describes the actual terms for retention of the attorney working on your case. The written fee agreement will contain language specific to payment of attorney’s fees, payment of expenses and any other factors that are necessary for adequate representation.

It is important that you read and understand all the retainer agreement’s terms before signing.

Our motorcycle accident law firm will fight aggressively for your case. We represent injured victims based on a “contingency” fee. There are no upfront attorney fees, and you won't pay anything until we win your case and receive the successful settlement or judgment. We will not take on your case unless we are confident that we can recover compensation for your injuries and losses.

What to Expect from Your Insurance Claim

Unfortunately, it is difficult to deal with insurance company lawyers hired to defend drivers responsible for injuring motorcyclists. These attorneys invariably try to place the blame on the motorcyclist, even when the other driver is clearly at fault. In motorcycle accident trials, these lawyers try to convince the judge and jury that the motorcyclist is at fault for not reacting sooner to an illegal left turn or failure to yield.

Making a strong case against these outrageous claims requires a high level of skill and expertise.

Also, remember that motorcycle accident data and statistics can be used selectively by the insurance company's lawyer against motorcycle riders. Sadly, insurance companies’ attorneys take advantage of this data against riders.

Insurers attempt to assign fault to the motorcyclist any way possible. The purpose of their finger-pointing is to divert a jury's attention from the real issue of who caused the crash, and therefore responsible for compensating the motorcyclist and/or their passenger for any devastating injuries suffered.

Make no mistake, this is the goal of all insurance companies — to pay out as little as possible. If you or a loved one is involved in a motorcycle accident claim or litigation, motorcycle accident lawyer Scott J. Corwin can help you fight for the maximum compensation you are entitled to.

Serious Injuries Require Serious Representation

Motorcyclists are far more vulnerable to serious injuries than motorists using other forms of transportation like cars, trucks, and SUVs. Without the protection of a metal chassis, seatbelt, and airbags, a motorcyclist can be permanently injured in even a relatively slow-speed crash.

Motorcycle accidents frequently lead to catastrophic injuries, such as:

  • Amputations: Severe damage to an arm, hand, leg, or foot might require it to be medically amputated later. Advanced prosthetics can help recover some lost mobility and dexterity after an amputation, but the consequences of the injury will always be permanent and life-changing.
  • Brain damage: Motorcycle helmets are crucial for reducing the risk of head injury in a motorcycle accident. But these pieces of safety equipment can only do so much. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are still inordinately common in this type of collision.
  • Fractures and broken bones: In an average motorcycle accident, the rider will be thrown completely off their bike and into the street. The impacts from landing and then tumbling can cause multiple bone fractures, which might result in permanent disabilities if they don’t heal correctly.
  • Neck and back injuries: Harm to the neck or back can instantly cause a life-changing injury. What might feel like a dull ache at first can gradually worsen to debilitating pain. If you think your neck or back was hurt in a motorcycle accident, then you should see a doctor immediately.
  • Paralysis: When the spinal cord is severed, it can cause paralysis. The body parts affected by paralysis depend on where the damage to the spine occurred. Paralysis of the legs is called paraplegia, and paralysis of all four limbs is called quadriplegia or tetraplegia.
  • Road rash: Road rash is a severe injury that is suffered almost exclusively by motorcyclists. It occurs when a motorcyclist skids across the asphalt, which destroys their skin and underlying tissues. Untreated, severe road rash can lead to fatal infections.
  • Scars/disfigurement: A severe injury can cause permanent scarring or disfigurement. If scarring is in a noticeable area like the face, neck, or hands, then it can be considered a catastrophic injury, especially if the motorcycle accident survivor feels self-conscious about their altered appearance.
  • Shoulder injuries: Falling off a motorcycle and onto your shoulder could cause it to break or slip out of its socket. Ample medical care, including hospitalization, could be required to ensure the shoulder injury heals correctly and does not cause a permanent complication.
  • Soft tissue injuries: Joints, and ligaments such as the ACL or MCL, are among the most vulnerable parts of the human body. In a wreck, they can be severely damaged and require specialized treatments to heal, such as surgeries and rehabilitative therapy.
  • Spinal cord injury: Complete damage to a section of the spinal cord that causes a severance of this bundle of nerves can result in total permanent paralysis. Even moderate or “mild” damage to the spinal cord can cause partial and/or temporary paralysis.

Regardless of the type of injury that you have suffered, Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation is prepared to take aggressive legal action on your behalf.

Call Today for a Free Consultation

Was another driver too distracted to see your motorcycle? Did they fail to afford you an equal right to the road? Our motorcycle accident attorney handle cases in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, San Diego, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties and throughout the state of California.

Learn more about your legal rights by requesting a free case evaluation from a Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney. Call Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation at (310) 683-2300 or fill out our online contact form today.

What Should I Do After a Motorcycle Accident?

  • Collect evidence & info. Get photos of the accident and injuries (mobile phone photos are fine). Get names and insurance info from all drivers involved. Obtain contact info from any witnesses.
  • Call your insurance company. Reporting the accident to your insurance agent is extremely important to your case.
  • Get legal help. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your legal options.
  • Obtain medical care. If you or a loved one was hurt, make sure to get proper medical treatment right away.
Do not:
  • Panic. Being in an accident is a horrible experience, but help is available. Take a deep breath and focus on completing the DO items.
  • Talk openly at the scene. Be careful about what you say. It is possible to damage your case by making a statement like, “I’m fine” or “I’m OK.”
  • Talk to neighbors about the case. Insurance investigators are trained to look for discrepancies in a story. Their job is to deny or minimize your claim.
  • Leave an accident scene. Unless there is a medical emergency, collect information if you are able, and wait for police to arrive.

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Where Do Motorcycle Accidents with Injuries Most Frequently Occur?

Accidents involving motorcycles frequently happen:

  • On freeways. Tens of thousands of cycles are on our interstates at any given time.
  • Making lane changes. California law allows motorcycles to move between lanes in heavy traffic. But other vehicles often refuse to yield right of way. Cyclists get caught between vehicles and serious injuries occur.
  • At intersections. Making a left-hand turn in Los Angeles is an adventure night or day. Either the turning vehicle or the oncoming vehicle may be at fault. After you are injured during one of these perilous moments, you need to hire astute, experienced representation.

Being hit by an Uber driver or colliding with a Lyft vehicle is increasingly likely due to rideshare cars’ prevalence on the road.

Don’t be ground down by a prejudicial legal system. Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer Scott J. Corwin protects the rights of injured riders throughout Southern California. Designated as a member of The National Trial Lawyers Association, Scott Corwin seeks maximum compensation for injuries and wrongful deaths on the highway.

How Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen?

Common causes of accidents between motorcycles and cars include:

  • Drugs and alcohol: Driving under the influence causes hundreds of accidents on Southern California roadways each year. If you suspect that the driver who struck your motorcycle was under the influence, call the police and then contact an experienced lawyer.
  • Sudden stops: When drivers follow too close and rear-end motorcycles, motorcyclists can be seriously injured.
  • Open doors: Drivers are responsible for checking to see that the path is clear when they open car doors into traffic. If an open car door caused your accident, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation.
  • Left turns: The law requires motorists making left turns to yield to other vehicles that have the right of way. This includes motorcycles. If you had the right of way in your motorcycle accident case, the driver making the left turn was at fault.
  • Intersections: Intersections are dangerous places for motorcyclists. If the other driver was speeding, failed to notice you at a red light or did not yield, we are prepared to take aggressive legal action on your behalf.

In some LA motorcycle accidents, the party at fault is not an individual driver. The liable party may be a municipality that failed to keep a street or road safe. Or it may be the manufacturer of a motorcycle part that failed at a pivotal moment.

Advocating for Injured Riders in Los Angeles

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 6,084 motorcyclists across the country lost their lives in 2021 due to motorcycle accidents, which is the highest statistic ever recorded by the IIHS. The data shows that motorcycle accidents account for about 15% of all traffic fatalities despite motorcycles making up only 3% of the vehicles used on American roads.

Other important motorcycle fatality statistics (2021) include:

  • 62% of fatal motorcycle accidents involved another vehicle.
  • 92% of fatalities were suffered by male riders.
  • 35% of fatalities were suffered by people aged 50 or older.
  • 38% of fatalities were suffered by a rider without a helmet.
  • 24% of fatalities occurred between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM.
  • 67% of fatalities occurred in urban areas, mostly on streets, not highways.
  • 29% of fatalities involved at least one intoxicated motorist.
  • Fatal motorcycle accidents are much more likely to occur between June and September.

If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle crash in Southern California and think another motorist or party caused it, you should consult with a motorcycle accident attorney in Los Angeles right away. Attorney Scott J. Corwin is a highly awarded legal professional who brings decades of experience and a long-standing reputation for success to his practice.

Let Scott J. Corwin Help You Recover What You Deserve

In any motorcycle accident – whether in Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Bernardino, Riverside, or anywhere else in Southern California – involving someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, it is important to know what you need to do in order to protect the legal rights of yourself and your loved ones.

The motorcycle accident law firm of Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation is here to help you understand the necessary steps to take to defend your legal rights and obtain the compensation you need for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.

Scott J. Corwin is a distinguished member of the Motorcycle Injury Trial Lawyers Association (MITLA).

You can count on Scott J. Corwin to give you the one-on-one attention you need and deserve after your accident. Your case will never be passed off to a less-qualified associate. Our attorney will listen to your story, explain your legal options, and then fight on your behalf to obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries.

Over $175 Million Recovered

On behalf of Our Clients

Attorney Scott J. Corwin is a skilled and highly awarded litigator. He is known for aggressively advocating for his clients and securing large settlements and jury verdicts on their behalf.

What Sets Us Apart

Quality Legal Representation Your Case Needs
  • Fast, Favorable Resolutions

    At Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, we understand the importance of securing a favorable outcome in your case, fast. More than 95 percent of our clients’ cases settle within 5 to 9 months, and our clients are very satisfied with the results (see our client reviews!). We only file lawsuits when absolutely necessary, such as in cases where the defendant disputes liability or refuses to pay for the full extent of our client’s damages.

  • Renowned Reputation

    With more than 30 years in practice and over $175 million recovered for his clients, Scott is known for his aggressive approach to litigation. Some of his accolades include:

    • Inclusion in the Southern California Super Lawyers® list since 2007, a distinction reserved for only the top 5 percent of all personal injury lawyers in the region
    • Named a “Top 100 Super Lawyer”
    • Named a Top 25 Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers in California by the National Trial Lawyers Association since 2010
    • Maintains a 10.0 Superb rating on Avvo

  • Personal Attention

    At Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, we believe in developing strong attorney-client relationships built on honesty, trust, and communication. As a client, you will always receive direct, personal attention from Scott; your case will never be passed off to an associate or paralegal. Instead, you can always rely on dedicated representation from a highly experienced and award-winning attorney who is ready to fight for you.

  • Zero Upfront Fees

    Our firm offers all personal injury and wrongful death legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means you do not pay any upfront or out-of-pocket fees or expenses. Instead, we only get paid if and when we recover compensation for you. In the unlikely event that we do not win your case, you do not pay a dime. We also offer free consultations, so you have nothing to lose in reaching out to our team today. Contact our firm 24/7 and we’ll get back to you within one business day.

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