Motorcycle riders put their lives at risk every time they get on the road. We say that because their body will be at the mercy of all the other drivers on the road. If their bike goes down in a tragic crash, then there is usually at least one serious injury, especially to the head, neck, or spine. Quite often, however, the impact of the human being against the road or against another vehicle is too forceful for life to be sustained, which results in the loss of a loved. When you lose a family member or a close friend in a motorcycle crash that wasn’t his or her fault, the aftermath can be particularly devastating because you’re left behind. The motorcycle victim is gone, and you are left suffering. You and your other relatives who have survived the deceased truly feel like victims. Your family deserves justice under California personal injury and wrongful death laws.
What Will Your Family Do?
We are San Diego motorcycle death lawyers who understand that there are medical bills and funeral expenses to handle. We know that, long after these arrangements are concluded and paid off, there will be a permanent void in your life. You don’t know how to cope with the sadness and confusion because the motorcycle accident was unexpected. What’s more, these kinds of senseless tragedies happen every day in our state. They are instances of one person’s carelessness or unsuitability to operate a motor vehicle claiming the life of another. As a surviving family member, you are within your rights to ask who should be held accountable and then it becomes your obligation to prove how the defendant’s negligence resulted in the preventable crash.
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A motorcycle accident can change the lives of the survivors. There are two major groups of people who might decide to bring a wrongful death claim on behalf of the deceased. The first group includes the deceased person’s surviving spouse, surviving domestic partner, or surviving children. The second group becomes relevant only if there is not a living descendant in the first group. This could include others who can prove that they were financially dependent on the deceased, such as a putative spouse, children of the putative spouse, the deceased’s stepchildren, and the deceased’s parents. Other potential claimants are surviving siblings of the deceased person. When you are a family member with a direct relationship with the deceased, you should hire a lawyer right away, but your claim may be affected by claims established by other survivors. If there is an indirect claim because you are the deceased’s parent, sibling, or other financial dependent in one of the secondary categories, then you still should be concerned that other family members are filing claims. The more people who bring claims on behalf of the deceased victim, the less money there will be to divide up among each survivor or dependent in the event of a settlement or a jury verdict.
The Law Gives Two Years to Take Action
In every state, there is a statute of limitations, or a time limit within which you must file a lawsuit for a personal injury claim. In California, you have two years from the date of the accident to start the lawsuit in the court system. If you wait until after the two years, then you may lose your right forever to claim damages. These might include funeral and burial costs, medical bills, and lost earnings. We understand that you are experiencing grief and loss because your relative was killed senselessly in a motorcycle accident. However, at some point, it makes sense to find legal representation and begin the long process of suing the defendant and his or her insurance company. Sometimes, we find that there is nowhere from which to seek damages, but applicable insurance policies are a good place to start.
You Need Legal Assistance
It is essential for a motorcycle death victim’s family to get proper legal assistance. We make it easy for you to contact our San Diego motorcycle death lawyers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We can help you and your family to understand the exact time limit in this case and to describe your legal options and rights as survivors or dependents of the deceased. This is a difficult time, but rest assured that you are not alone. Our consultation is free, and speaking with a lawyer does not place you under any obligation to sign paperwork or become a client for a wrongful death lawsuit. There are no guarantees that you and your family will make any recovery of damages as described above in this matter, but we will do our very best to help you seek justice under state law through the civil courts. We are aggressive representatives of the oppressed, which are people whose loved ones were killed through the negligence or intentional act of another human being. The only way to hold defendants accountable, except for criminal prosecution, is to sue them in court. That’s where we can help!
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