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Trusted Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Sometimes bigger isn't always better. If you are looking for a trusted relationship with your injury lawyer, Phillips Law Offices, is a local firm emphasizing personal contact with our clients. We invite you to call us a (530) 265-0186 to speak with an injury attorney to answer any questions you may have. Phillips Law Offices are experienced trial attorneys handling motorcycle accident personal injury claims. Personal Injury Attorneys serving Nevada County, Placer County, from Grass Valley, Nevada City, Truckee and Tahoe City to Auburn, Roseville and Rocklin. Legal help for motorcycle accident victims.

Sometimes bigger isn't always better. If you are looking for a trusted relationship with your injury lawyer, Phillips Law Offices, is a local firm emphasizing personal contact with our clients. We invite you to call us a (530) 265-0186 to speak with an injury attorney to answer any questions you may have. Phillips Law Offices are experienced trial attorneys handling motorcycle accident personal injury claims.

Motorcyclists are at particular risk on roads and highways because drivers of other vehicles oftentimes fail to see motorcycles, yield the right-of-way to them or share the road through aggressive driving, distracted driving, inattention, fatigue, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or even lack of experience. If any of these factors are proved to be the cause of a crash that results in property damage or injury, the motorcyclist may be entitled to compensation. Although motorcycles only account for only 1.1% of motor vehicles involved in traffic crashes (2009 NTSA facts), they account for a higher proportion of fatalities. For obvious reasons, they are more likely to die than other drivers of motor vehicles. In addition, motorcyclist fatalities had begun to increase from 1997 for 11 years. Fatalities more than doubled. However, in 2009, there was finally a decrease, although the causes are not well understood. To read the 2010 and 2011data on Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State, click on this link - Governors Highway Safety Association .

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA):
•        Approximately 4,600 people died on their motorcycle in 2009 (That
•        25% of fatal motorcycle accidents crashes into a fixed object (2009)
•        56% of fatal motorcycle accidents in 2005 involved other vehicles


Poor weather and road conditions, a drunk or distracted driver or careless trucker can be deadly for a motorcycle rider. The majority of motorcycle accidents occur when the driver of another vehicle fails to see the motorcyclist before the collision. Motorcycles do not offer any protection during an accident, and the results could be fatal. Wearing a motorcycle helmet is the law in California, and for good reason.
Wearing a helmet saves lives. Helmets are one of the most important pieces of safety equipment for a motorcyclist. According to the NHTSA 2009 report, 1,483 lives were saved by the use of helmets, but if 100% of the motorcyclists in the U.S. had been wearing helmets, an additional 732 lives would have been saved that year. Although helmets (required in California) have proven to decrease the number of brain and head injuries, the rest of the body is still susceptible to serious or life-threatening complications. It is important to purchase a helmet that meets the U.S. Department of Transportation safety standards. Helmets that do not meet these standards include "skullcaps", "beanies" and "German army style" helmets. Other safety gear includes suits, gloves and boots specifically designed for riding a motorcycle.

Harry Hurt, Jr. was a professor at the University of Southern California in 1979 when he was commissioned to do a comprehensive study on the causes of motorcycle accidents, look at the effectiveness of safety gear and figure out what might prevent accidents and injuries. It remains today the only comprehensive study ever done on motorcycles. 

Motorcycle FAQ’s

Phillips Law answers questions about motorcycle accidents. We offer free consultations to discuss personal injury cases including motorcycle accidents, car crashes and truck accidents. If you have a question not answered here, please call our staff for help with your case today, I know you will find them supportive and helpful.


Question: A motorcyclist often has a reputation for driving recklessly. Is it difficult to prove a motorcycle accident was someone else’s fault?

Answer: If you lack proper evidence to prove negligence or fault, it may be difficult to prove your case. Any good accident attorney will have a team of investigators using the latest investigative techniques. The better your evidence, the more likely your chance is for proving fault.

Question: Is it wise to talk to a representative from an insurance company?

Answer: No, you should let your motorcycle accident lawyer speak to any insurance company representatives. Insurance company adjusters
typically offer low settlements. Your attorney will negotiate a fair settlement for you.

Question: Can forgetting to wear a helmet affect a motorcycle accident lawsuit?

Answer: No. The fact that you didn’t wear a helmet doesn’t affect your ability to
sue the responsible party for damages.

Question: Do I need to call the police when there is an accident?

Answer: A police report is a critical document that provides important information
to the insurance company and your attorney ( In California, every accident over $500
{most every accident}, must be reported) If you neglect to notify the police,
you will lose the opportunity to prove your case from the very beginning.


Help for motorcycle accident victims

If you or someone you love has been injured in a  motorcycle collision and are seeking legal assistance, the motorcycle accident attorneys at Phillips Law may be able to help.

As consumer justice attorneys, Phillips Law is dedicated to assisting and fighting for individuals who have been injured, disabled or had a family member killed in all types of vehicle or pedestrian crashes in Sacramento and the Gold Country area. We offer legal help and assistance in auto, truck, bus, motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian cases. We are a local firm emphasizing personal contact with our clients.

We invite you to call us at (530) 265-0186 to schedule a confidential, no-charge consultation to answer any questions you may have, or, if you prefer, you can e-mail us from the
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