Motorcycle Wrongful Death Attorneys

Suffer a death on a bike?

Ehline Law Motorcycle Death Law Firm

Selflessly, compassionately, and unafraid, is how we deal with those in need after a devastating loss. Based in Los Angeles, California, Ehline Law Firm PC advances the financial interests of wounded clients who have lost a wage earner, partner, spouse or close loved one as the result of a roadway catastrophe on a motorbike.

It is no easy thing, dealing with the grief and depression, when the loss of the life of a close family member finally hits home. If your closely related kin was dealt death’s blow due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another, no amount of praying, or wishing can raise him or her from the dead. However, in some situations, you may have a statutory right to recover money damages in court. Although no amount of windfall can ever end your torment, it certainly can help lessen the overall residual effects of the loss.

Ehline Law | The Wrongful Death Motorcycle Lawyers

As proper heir, one can seek the loss of income, love, recover funeral expenses for the burial, and the graveyard ceremony, as well as the medical costs and hospital bills, etc. Some people never come out of their coma, even if they were able to survive the spill. But if they do, and die later, then the survivor has the right to seek compensation in court for all of the above.

Ehline Law Firm PC is faithful, zealous advocate when it comes to assisting families with a wide spectrum of personal injury and negligent death claims. We are devoted to facilitating these tragic claims on a fast track basis, so that our clients can attain remuneration for their wrongful death motorcycle loss and expenses.

We remain at your beckon call to prescribe solutions, give you pointers and tips, etc., so you are actually helping us prepare the case and making it stronger. In the end, the better the file is worked up, the better chances of avoiding a lengthy and costly jury trial, and relieving the financial hardship quickly and handily. We want to be your guide, and protector. In this way, the damaged party can try and emotionally heal, and the defendant(s) can be made to pay the price for their insolence.

What is a Motorcycle Wrongful Death?

Motorcycle use is up due to rising fuel prices, for amusement and necessity.A wrongful death on a motorcycle is defined as:

The negligent killing of a motorcycle rider of another by a person who had a duty to to exercise reasonable care towards the dead rider, and a breach of that duty actually caused the loss of life of the downed rider.

More than half of all casualties and deaths on motorcycles are caused by fellow motor vehicle operators, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety website. This is simply staggering.

There is a whole plethora of reasons people ride. When we do ride, we expect we won’t be struck by another vehicle or an unsecured load off of a flatbed truck, for example. But it happens all the time when we traverse the highways of California, especially the crowded areas like Greater Los Angeles. These tragic events are accelerating with disturbing frequency as the economy worsens.

At ehlinelaw.com, we recognize the hazards, duties and responsibilities of motorcyclists, as well as what they surviving families will need in the bitter end.  The last we want want as victims, is an under-performing sloth as a lawyer. Michael Ehline, lead counsel, is a hard core, inactive United States Marine.  We are Gung Ho attorneys!

When a motorcycle collision takes the life of a life partner, your kids, or parents, the heir could in fact have a right to get just and fair compensation by hook, or by crook. This is done by either negotiating a settlement, or filing a motorcycle wrongful death lawsuit at the court house.

What Can a Motorcycle Wrongful Death Heir Recover?

First, one needs to understand that even if the case falls under the umbrella of a negligence claim, courts and adjustors will reduce the value of the claim, based upon the comparative fault, if any, of the decedent. Non human factors like road conditions, may not have been deemed safe for the actual speed of the motorcycle, and that combined with the bad deeds of the other person, could have killed the rider. So once that is determined and the mandatory minimum degree of the negligence threshold is met, a survivor can seek indemnification.

Some of the potential things for which a victim can recover the almighty dollar for include:

  • Loss of past, present and future economic support.
  • Value of things like mowing the lawn, or doing dishes, that person did, that now needs to be replaced. (Commonly called “household services”)
  • Loss of love, sex, consortium, affection.

These are just some of the things that can be included as damages when seeking legal recourse. Ehline Law Firm PC can explain to the family what their options might be. The Ehline Law Firm PC is compassionate to the needs of the family that experienced a wrongful death motorcycle accident.

 

Primary Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

By far, the single greatest causes of rider deaths, is when an automobile strikes a motorcycle.  In fact, statistics show us that more than half of these incidents involves, one or more vehicles. The daily risk to riders cannot be overstated.

It could be a road rage driver, a woman putting on makeup, a man talking on his phone, and so on.  There are too many ways to die to even list.  more often than not, everyone on the road is in danger.  In particular, riders are especially at risk. Street racers are famous for reckless speeding, and running down bikers. But individuals driving while intoxicated is a leading cause of deaths on the highway as well.

Rider Experience Matters

In fact, the majorities of injuries to a rider occur when the bike is new.  This is true even if the rider has vast experience as a biker. So a new bike, coupled with unfavorable road conditions, can cause the operation to lose control of the motorcycle. Negligently maintained roads can cause potholes, or trash and objects in the street to take a bike down. These are not the only hazardous conditions that may exist.  There could be an oil spill, or even a poorly marked construction zone.  It could be a pre existing accident scene, wherein the police failed to safely mark off the accident area with signals flags, or flares. There is little time to distinguish all these terrible roadway predicaments.  This can all mean death to a rider.

Defective Motorcycle Claims

When a poorly manufactured motorcycle, or one of its component parts fails, such as a faulty brake or fuel system fails to engage or engages when it should not, this failure of the motorcycle also advances the risk of death to a rider.

The list of mechanical failures experienced by motorcycle riders are seemingly endless, but can also involve poor welds, bad tires, and more. (read more.)

IIHS Statistics on Motorcycle Related Fatalities

A total of 4,281 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2009. Motorcyclist deaths had been declining since the early 1980s but began to increase in 1998 and continued to increase through 2008. Motorcyclist deaths decreased by 16 percent in 2009 compared to 2008, but still accounted for 13 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths in 2009. In contrast, at 23,437, fewer passenger vehicle occupants died in crashes in 2009 than in any year since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began collecting fatal crash data in 1975.

[1. IIHS Website]

What To Do Following a Fatal Motorcycle Accident

When you are tragically affected by a fatal loss of a loved one, you cannot keep your eyes off the ball. You have to take rapid action to preserve the evidence and secure witness information. We go the extra mile to do all of the necessary things to build your case, while you are grieving.

Attorney Michael P. Ehline, Esq. has years of experience in serious accident insurance claims, and as an experienced motorcycle rider. Our law firm realizes this is an emotionally trying time for a family and offers free and confidential consultations, which can be done by telephone or in the comfort of your home.

We have an outstanding record for successfully recovering millions of dollars in wrongful death and serious injury cases. We will answer any and all questions, and without any obligation, pressure or fee. If you suffered and need a wrongful death motorcycle accident lawyer, and you think it was the caused by someone else’s misfeasance, nonfeasance, or malfeasance, reach out to Ehline Law Firm PC at 888-400-9721.