California’s scenic environment provides ideal riding conditions for motorcyclists. In fact, the state boasts the largest number of registered motorcycles in the country. With over 800,000 bikes traveling the roadways alongside California’s 26 million licensed car drivers, accidents are bound to happen. Unfortunately, auto drivers may not pay attention to the motorcyclists around them, leading to serious collisions. Motorcyclists find themselves at a disadvantage when colliding with an auto. Due to a motorcycle’s small size and lack of safety features like airbags, bikers can suffer serious injuries. If you were involved in a motorcycle versus car accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. At The Beliz Law Firm, we help accident victims in Long Beach, Riverside, and throughout Orange County. Here, we provide an overview of steps you should take to file a motorcycle accident claim. What Should You Do After a Motorcycle Accident? After an accident involving a motorcycle and car, you can act to give yourself the best chance of obtaining compensation. Take these steps as soon as possible: Seek medical treatment; Exchange driver license and insurance information with the car driver; Call the police to the accident scene and file an accident report; Take photos of the damage to your bike and the other vehicle; Take photos of the surrounding scene; Get the names and contact information of witnesses; and Call an attorney. Of course, you may not be able to take photos and speak to witnesses if you were injured in a motorcycle crash and need urgent medical care. In that case, see if a trusted friend could gather this information for you. An accident attorney can also help investigate your crash and gather critical information to support your claim. How Do You File a Claim? After filing a police report, you’ll want to notify your insurance company of the motorcycle and car accident. Whether you also file with the other driver’s insurance depends on who caused the accident. Even if you and the other driver both made mistakes that led to the motorcycle and car accident, you might still be able to receive compensation from the other driver’s insurance. If the other driver was responsible for your accident, you can file a claim with their insurance company. When you file a claim, an insurer will conduct these steps to evaluate your claim: Review the police report, Take a statement from you and the other driver (be wary of giving a statement to the other side’s insurance without an attorney representing you), Review accident evidence, and Offer you a settlement. While you should never rush to accept a low settlement offer, it is important to quickly file a claim. In California, you have only two years to file an accident lawsuit. However this timeframe may be shorten if the negligent party is against the government. Insurance companies usually require you to notify them of an accident immediately. Also, you must notify the DMV within ten days of your accident. What Should You Know About Insurance Claims? There are some things you should be aware of before filing an insurance claim. Acting carefully and consulting an accident attorney can enable you to receive more compensation. Don’t Talk to the Other Insurer Don’t give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company until after you speak to an attorney. The insurer may try to get you to accept blame for the accident, and a skilled attorney can help you avoid this trap. Understand the Extent of Your Harm Evaluate the extent of your motorcycle accident injuries and understand what medical treatment you need. If you are injured in a motorcycle crash, an insurer may try to get you to settle your claim before you know the extent of your medical expenses. Of course, this rushed claims process saves insurers money. Instead, you should not agree to a settlement until you understand your medical treatment expenses. Don’t Take the First Settlement Many bikers take the first settlement an insurance company offers, but that’s not the best strategy. Insurance companies goal after a motorcycle versus car accident is to resolve the matter as quickly as possible and settle it for the lowest possible number. You should think carefully about the settlement offer and consult an attorney if possible before you accept any settlement offer. How Much Money Can You Get for a Motorcycle Accident? The value of your motorcycle wreck depends on many factors. The first factor is the liability of the case. The stronger the case for negligence on the other driver, the greater likelihood of better compensation. If the other driver is 100 percent at fault is better for your case than if the other driver has partial fault. If you have negligence for the accident, this may lower the value of your case. The second factor is your damages. Damages are your injuries. Injuries from a motorcycle versus car crash maybe soft tissue injuries to your neck and back to broken bones to your legs to road rash to your arms to a traumatic brain injury. An injured person can receive compensation for past medical expenses, future medical expenses, loss of earnings, and loss of earning capacity. In addition, an injured person can receive compensation for pain and suffering. The third factor is insurance. Depending on the amount of insurance available factors into the value of the settlement. You can go after the negligent party’s insurance. Also if you have uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage, you may receive compensation through your own insurance policy. It’s hard to give an estimate of how much money you should aim for without knowing the specifics of your experience. An accident involving a motorcycle and a car that causes serious harm should provide significant compensation. 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Michael A. Beliz, Esq., established The Beliz Law Firm in the spring of 2011. Michael has been a practicing attorney since 2006 and worked for two of the most prominent plaintiff’s personal injury law firms in Southern California. He has extensive experience with personal injury claims and has worked on and handled hundreds of cases as an attorney in all types of accident and injury cases, including car accidents, pedestrian accidents and dog bites, and successfully recovered millions of dollars for his clients.
At the University of San Diego School of Law, Michael was a multiple-year recipient of the Delroy Richardson Endowed Law Scholarship and attained the high pass in Negotiation. In addition, he was a semi-finalist in the ATLA Intramural Mock Trial Competition. Prior to graduating from law school, Michael earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his undergraduate degree from California State University, Long Beach where he was a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society for Economics. Michael A. Beliz is admitted to the State Bar of California and United States District Court, Central District of California.
"I was referred to the Beliz Law Firm by a family friend and was not disappointed. I was a passenger in a vehicle that was hit by a drunk driver and when I needed the services of an attorney, Michael Beliz came to my work to discuss my options. He is very friendly and explains everything in effectively and in detail. He recommended a great chiropractor whom I then sought treatment from and who helped me recover from my injuries. Michael created an excellent report used in my case which allowed me to receive the maximum return in my settlement. I have already referred a family friend and recommended another long time friend to seek his services. God forbid I ever get in another serious accident, but if I do I will for sure contact Michael again to seek his help. He’s a great guy who does great work!"Y.R.
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Lake County, California (April 8th, 2019) – According to reporting from the Lake County Record-Bee, a 20-year-old man was identified as the victim of a deadly single-car accident that occurred Monday on the Nice-Lucerne Cutoff. Ruben James Foreman was riding as a passenger in the vehicle of an 18-year-old driver. Along with another unidentified juvenile, they were travelling in the northbound direction on the Nice-Lucerne Cutoff. At approximately 4:30 PM, the driver lost control of his Acura Integra and crashed into a wooden fence that was along the side of the roadway. Tragically, Foreman suffered devastating injuries in the wreck. Emergency service workers stated that he was unresponsive at the scene of the accident. He was later pronounced dead at a Lakeport, CA hospital. Neither the driver nor the juvenile passenger is believed to have suffered serious injuries in the crash. The California Highway Patrol does not believe that drugs or alcohol was a factor in the accident. Though, poor road conditions as a result of rainy weather may have contributed. This crash is still being investigated by the authorities. If you have any relevant information regarding the incident, you are encouraged to contact your local branch of the California Highway Patrol. At Beliz Law Firm, our Long Beach auto accident attorneys are strong advocates for the rights of injured victims in Southern California. If you or your family member was hurt in a traffic collision, please contact our law firm for immediate assistance. Disclaimer: The information here is general information that should not be taken as legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established between you and our attorneys by reading this article. This article should not be used as a substitute for legal advice from a qualified lawyer. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POSTKeep Reading
On Wednesday morning, a chain-reaction collision on Balboa Boulevard left debris spread for more than a block. At least four people suffered injuries in the crash involving a stolen pickup truck on a San Fernando Valley Street. The stolen vehicle was a Toyota Tacoma, one of at least 5 vehicles involved in the crash. Also damaged in the crash was a city parks and recreation truck. Aerial views of the Lake Balboa scene, show a pickup with heavy damage, and a wrecked Honda sedan. Witness reports say officers were in pursuit of the driver as he sped down the street. At one point, in the 6800 block of North Balboa Boulevard, the driver clipped another vehicle, starting the chain-reaction crash. The Tacoma then flipped and collided with a second car, sending it careening toward a Subway restaurant where the vehicle stopped just short of hitting a utility pole. Witnesses commented on the deafening sound of the crash and customers in the restaurant feared the car would crash through the building. Three people sustained serious injuries and one reported minor injuries. Two victims became trapped in their vehicles during the crash. Initial reports said one person had died, but Los Angeles police later corrected that statement. There were no fatalities. Police arrested the driver of the Tacoma at the scene. Police also arrested the passenger who led them in a chase through a McDonald’s parking lot, the man was wanted in connection with a burglary. If you’ve been injured in an accident, our car accident attorney can help you with any questions you may have. If you prefer to speak with Michael on the phone, please call us at (562) 452-3772. Contact us today to receive your free consultation. Source: NBC LA If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link.Remove Post Disclaimer: The information here is general information that should not be taken as legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established between you and our attorneys by reading this article. This article is attorney advertising and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice from a qualified lawyer.Keep Reading