Southern California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Our attorneys are very experienced in litigating accidents involving motorcycles. In 2007, John Taylor and Dave Ring obtained an $18.6 million jury verdict on behalf of a motorcyclist who was injured when a vehicle turned left in his path. This verdict is believed to be the largest motorcycle verdict in California in 2007 and one of the largest personal injury verdicts in California for that year also.
Our lawyers at Taylor & Ring understand the prejudice that motorcycle riders face in a courtroom. Most jurors have never ridden a motorcycle. These jurors have a somewhat negative attitude towards motorcycle riders because, in their experience, they think of motorcyclists as speeding, reckless and lane splitting on freeways when the rest of traffic is grinding to a halt. Our attorneys effectively put these prejudices to rest in lawsuits by educating the jury that motorcyclists are usually more safety conscious than most drivers and take extensive training courses that normal drivers are not required to take.
Motorcycle riders usually sustain serious injuries
It is obvious that a motorcyclist in an accident is likely to sustain a very serious injury. The lawyers at Taylor & Ring are very experienced in handling cases involving the following motorcycle injuries:
- Head trauma or brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Serious orthopedic injuries
- Fractured pelvis
- Broken arms or legs
- Serious back injuries
Largest motorcycle accident verdict in California
In the case discussed below, trial lawyers John Taylor and Dave Ring represented a young man who was new to motorcycle riding and failed to obtain his motorcycle license. He had only been riding for four months when he was involved in a serious, life threatening accident. This motorcyclist did nothing wrong to cause the accident. He was proceeding straight, was going the speed limit, and was at a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of him. Yet, a driver making a left turn from the opposite direction turned directly in the motorcyclist's path of travel, causing a horrific accident. At trial, the other driver's lawyer tried to tell the jury about our client's lack of a motorcycle license. We successfully prevented him from doing so because the lack of a license had nothing to do with the accident itself. The defense lawyer simply wanted to poison the jury with that information. Our firm's lawyers know how to counter these tactics aimed at prejudicing juries against motorcyclists at trial. The jury in this case awarded our client over $18 million.
If you have a motorcycle accident or an injury caused in a motorcycle mishap, we are lawyers who strongly believe that motorcyclists have the right to share Southern California roads and freeways with other vehicles. We are well-qualified to handle your motorcycle case. Please call Taylor & Ring to discuss your situation.
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A law firm with an outstanding record of verdicts, settlements, and case results in its representation of seriously-injured people