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Bakersfield Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

There are a few reckless motorcyclists on the road—you’ve probably seen some weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds. But somehow, those few bikers give many people the impression that most motorcyclists are reckless.

But that’s not what we see.

When we meet injured riders, we hear about:

  • Drivers who didn’t see a motorcyclist coming
  • Drivers who didn’t yield the right of way to a motorcyclist
  • Road hazards that may not make much difference to the driver of a passenger car but can be catastrophic for a motorcyclist

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, you may have encountered the stereotypical opinion that bikers are irresponsible daredevils. Maybe it’s no big deal when you hear this from strangers you run into. But when it comes from the insurance companies processing your claim—or, worse, from a jury—it impacts you directly and unfairly.

In the eyes of the law, there’s no difference between a car and a motorcycle. And as a motorcyclist, you deserve justice every bit as much as the driver of a car. This justice includes a fair investigation and a reasonable settlement that provides the compensation you deserve.

Not every personal injury law firm has the experience to recognize and counteract the undercurrent of bias against motorcyclists. Chain | Cohn | Clark’s motorcycle accident attorneys have successfully settled or won verdicts of $1 million or more in multiple motorcycle cases.

Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? Get a Free Consultation

At Chain | Cohn | Clark, we believe everyone should have access to justice. That’s why our motorcycle accident lawyers don’t take any payment up front.

Instead, they’re paid on contingency. That means their payment is a predetermined percentage of your final settlement or jury award, and you don’t pay anything out of pocket during the claims process.

We also offer free, no-obligation consultations, so contact us today for a free review of your case.

Client Stories

It should tell you something that in a 2024 readers’ choice poll conducted by The Bakersfield Californian, Chain | Cohn | Clark was voted “Best Law Firm” and “Best Personal Injury Lawyer.”

But if you want to know what it’s like to have Chain | Cohn | Clark representing you in a motorcycle accident claim, our clients’ stories speak volumes. People like:

  • Carlos, a motorcyclist who suffered severe injuries when a driver cut him off and hit the brakes, causing a collision. “I met with Chain | Cohn | Clark, and they made me feel confident in the case. Everything was explained properly to me,” Carlos says. “They take good care of you. They understand where your family is at, where you’re at, and what you’ve been through. Everyone is very respectful, very professional, and they’re going to do anything and everything to help you.”
  • Pam, whose husband died in a motorcycle crash caused by another driver. “I was happy with what we settled on,” she says. “It’s not going to bring my husband back, but I’m glad this part was dealt with so easily for our family. It was a pretty smooth ride. I would tell other people you don’t have anything to worry about if you hire Chain | Cohn | Clark.”
  • Paula, whose husband was killed when he was hit by a police car. “The experience was like a roller coaster, with lots of ups and downs emotionally,” Paula says. “But everyone in the law firm helped me get through it. Everyone that I had contact with were all good people. I felt like I was with my family.”
  • Mark, who was hit by a car as he rode his motorcycle and was severely injured. “I don’t want to say that it was a pleasure doing business with the law firm because it was more than just business. It was a life-changing experience,” Mark muses. “I’m not the same as I was before the accident, but I’m alive and doing better than I would have without the care and attention provided by the firm.”

Case Results

At Chain | Cohn | Clark, our personal injury lawyers have garnered more multimillion-dollar case results than any other Kern County law firm. In all, we’ve secured nearly a billion dollars in compensation for our clients, including:

  • Motorcycle accident: $10 million: A vehicle did not allow our client enough room to merge onto the road. As a result, he and his motorcycle were hit by a crane, and he lost his right leg because of his injuries.
  • Motorcycle accident: $4.75 million: A truck driver who was parked on the side of the road pulled out in front of our client’s motorcycle. Our client crashed into the truck, was thrown 150 feet, and suffered severe injuries.
  • Motorcycle accident: $3.4 million: Our client was riding his motorcycle on Norris Road when a Kern County sheriff’s deputy made a left turn against a red light directly into his path. He collided with the patrol car and was killed. Chain | Cohn | Clark filed a wrongful death suit against Kern County on behalf of his wife. The case was settled out of court.
  • Motorcycle accident: $1 million: Our client was injured when a driver pulled out directly into the path of his motorcycle on Highway 119.
  • Motorcycle accident: $1 million: Our client was riding westbound on Highway 119 when a semi-truck driver drifted into his lane and struck him.

Local Motorcycle Attorneys

Bakersfield attracts quite a few big-city law firms that advertise that they’re local. They’re not.

Why does it matter? With an out-of-town firm, you’ll probably never meet your lawyer. And if you do meet your lawyer, it won’t be in Bakersfield.

Chain | Cohn | Clark has been in business in Bakersfield for 90 years and counting. We’re located at 1731 Chester Avenue—just a five-minute stroll to the courthouse.

Do you think an L.A. lawyer you’ve never met wants a court date in Bakersfield? No way. An out-of-town attorney might be tempted to push you into a quick settlement—just like the insurance company!

You can count on our attorneys to work toward a full, fair settlement for your claim—and, if necessary, to take the case to trial.

Six of our nine attorneys grew up in Bakersfield, making us a truly local law firm. Whether we’re at a conference table or in a courtroom, the insurance adjusters, opposing lawyers, and judges know and respect Chain | Cohn | Clark.

You’re better off when we’re on your side.

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What compensation is available in a motorcycle accident claim?

You can receive the same types of compensation for a motorcycle accident claim as you can for a car accident claim. There are two categories of compensation.

Economic damages reimburse you for things like:

  • motorcycle repair or replacement
  • ambulance bills
  • medical expenses
  • rehabilitation costs
  • lost wages

Noneconomic damages compensate you for the pain and suffering that result from your injuries.

How long do I have to file a motorcycle accident claim?

In California, you have two years from the accident date to file a motorcycle accident claim—whether the case involves another driver or a third party, such as a construction company. If a claim involves a government entity (e.g., a police department), you only have six months. We strongly recommend finding an attorney to represent you and filing a claim as soon as possible.

What happens if my motorcycle accident was partly my fault?

California is an at-fault state for car accidents, meaning whoever causes an accident is legally responsible for the resulting damages. However, California also uses a legal principle called pure comparative fault. Under pure comparative fault, more than one party can be held responsible for an accident.

Here’s a practical example. Suppose a car cuts you off as you’re riding your motorcycle—but you’re not wearing your helmet. A jury determines that your injuries were worse because you didn’t have a helmet on, and they declare you 20% responsible for the accident. If the jury awards you $100,000, you can only collect 80% of the damages (i.e., $80,000)—the percentage of fault assigned to the other driver.

Why Hire Chain | Cohn | Clark?

If you’re a motorcyclist, some people are ready to judge you responsible for your accident before they hear the details of the case. That’s why you need an experienced, local motorcycle crash lawyer who can:

  • Investigate and clearly document the details of your case, proving that you weren’t at fault.
  • Overcome any bias on the part of the insurance company.
  • Identify any third parties that may be fully or partially responsible for your accident (e.g., a negligent road construction company or government entity).
  • Build a convincing case and successfully present it in court.

Our Bakersfield motorcycle accident lawyers have proven time and again that they can do all of the above. In addition, you’ll meet your lawyer on day one and have access to your attorney throughout your case.

Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

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