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Motorcycle Accidents

Modesto Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Advocating for the Injured in the Central Valley

Motorcycles are a popular alternative to other forms of transportation, but they also pose certain inherent risks. Because bikers and their passengers are relatively unprotected, even when wearing helmets and other safety gear, they are at risk of severe or even fatal injuries when they are involved in accidents with cars, trucks, and other vehicles.

Sadly, many motorcycle accidents are preventable. If you or someone you love was involved in a motorcycle accident in Modesto, you may be able to recover compensation if the other involved party acted negligently or recklessly. Our Modesto motorcycle accident lawyers can help. Turn to the team at Rancaño & Rancaño, APLC, for experienced and trusted representation in your personal injury case.

What makes Rancaño & Rancaño, APLC the right choice?

  • We've recovered millions on behalf of injured clients
  • We have more than 30 years of legal experience
  • No legal fees unless we win your case

Call Rancaño & Rancaño, APLC today at (916) 884-6554 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our motorcycle accident attorney in Modesto!

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Many motorcycle accidents result from another driver’s careless, reckless, or negligent actions. Often, bikers do not have adequate time to react, and, as a result, they can become involved in serious collisions that may leave them dealing with life-altering injuries.

Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Distracted driving (including texting/cell phone use while driving)
  • Drunk driving
  • Speeding
  • Tailgating and other aggressive driving behaviors
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way
  • Failure to stop at stop signs/red lights
  • Unsafe lane changes and turns
  • Opening parked car doors into motorcyclists’ paths
  • Dangerous road conditions
  • Defective roads/construction
  • Defective motorcycle parts or equipment

Regardless of the cause of the accident, if someone else was at fault, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, motorcycle repairs, pain and suffering, and more.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are more than five times more likely than automobile drivers to be involved in a fatal collision. Despite only accounting for two percent of all registered motor vehicles, motorcycles represent five percent of all fatal collisions in the United States.

Injuries commonly caused by motorcycle accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Amputation / limb loss
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Road rash
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, and wrist injuries

Recovering Damages in a Motorcycle Accident Claim

In the aftermath of a motorcycle accident, you can pursue compensation for various damages. These may include:

  • Medical Expenses: This encompasses all healthcare costs from the accident, such as hospital bills, surgical expenses, prescription medications, rehabilitation, and ongoing medical treatment.
  • Lost Wages and Future Earning Potential: If the accident has resulted in missed work or diminished earning capacity in the future, you may be entitled to recover lost wages and potential income.
  • Property Damage: Any damage to your motorcycle or other personal property resulting from the accident can be included in your claim.
  • Pain and Suffering: After a motorcycle accident, you may be eligible to seek compensation for the physical discomfort and mental anguish endured as a result of the accident and its resulting injuries.
  • Emotional Distress: Motorcycle accidents can deeply impact one's mental health, potentially leading to emotional challenges such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You have the right to pursue compensation for these emotional hardships caused by the accident.
  • Loss of Consortium: If the accident has impacted your relationship, leading to a decline in closeness, intimacy, or support, you may have the right to pursue compensation for the strain on your relationship.
  • Punitive Damages: When the at-fault party's actions display extreme negligence or misconduct, punitive damages may be awarded, intended to penalize the wrongdoer and deter similar behavior in the future.

Statute of Limitations in California for Motorcycle Accident Claims

In California, the statute of limitations for filing a motorcycle accident claim generally spans two years from the accident date. However, exceptions to this timeframe exist, particularly in cases involving government entities or minors. Act swiftly and consult with legal counsel promptly to protect your rights and ensure you do not forfeit the opportunity to pursue rightful compensation.

Contact Our Modesto Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today

The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be overwhelming, but you don't have to face it alone. At Rancaño & Rancaño, APLC, our dedicated team of attorneys is here to provide you with the compassionate support and skilled representation you need during this challenging time. With our experience and commitment to excellence, you can trust us to fight tirelessly for the justice and compensation you deserve.

With three office locations, we proudly represent injured motorcyclists throughout California’s Central Valley. Our firm offers services in English, Spanish, and Portuguese; reach out to us today to learn how we can help you with your claim.

Contact Rancaño & Rancaño, APLC, today to schedule a meeting with our motorcycle accident lawyer in Modesto!

Modesto Motorcycle Accident FAQ

Get Answers From Our Experienced Attorneys
  • Q:Do I really need an attorney for my motorcycle accident case?

    A:Most likely, yes. While there is no law requiring you to retain legal representation after a motorcycle accident, many studies have shown that injured individuals who hire an attorney have a far better chance of securing fair compensation. A skilled lawyer can fight on your behalf and handle the heavy lifting so you can focus on what truly matters during this time – your recovery.

  • Q:How long do I have to file a claim?

    A:In California, injured motorcyclists typically have two years from the date of the crash to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver. This time period is commonly known as a statute of limitations. If you do not file a claim within the statute of limitations period, you will lose your right to sue and will effectively be barred from recovering compensation for your injuries. This time period does not apply to insurance claims, however, as these typically must be filed within a few days of the crash to be eligible for coverage.

  • Q:What if I was hit by someone without insurance?

    A:Things can get complicated if you were hit by someone who was driving without insurance. If the at-fault driver does not have significant assets, you may not be able to recover any damages from that individual at all. You may be able to recover compensation through your own insurance if you have opted to purchase uninsured motorist coverage or a supplemental umbrella insurance policy.

Client Testimonials

Real Stories from Real People
  • “I would tell others if they're seeking legal professional help, that Rancaño & Rancaño helped me and that they can most likely help them in their situation.”

    - Jose
  • “There's many people that recommended me to go to Rancaño & Rancaño because they were in the same situation, and they helped them like they helped me in providing excellent service.”

    - Ancieto
  • “The office is always clean and welcoming. The receptionist is very professional and nice.”

    - Denise

Our Results Speak for Themselves

Millions Recovered for Injured Workers & Individuals
  • Workers' Compensation $2,264,827

    Juan Perez Vasquez v. Sonoran Roofing, Inc., CIGA, services by Sedgwick CMS

  • Workers' Compensation $2,172,000

    Sergio Cervantes v. Central Valley Painting, State Compensation Insurance Fund

  • Workers' Compensation $2,150,000

    Julio Calderon v. South Placer Roofing Co., Inc., State Compensation Insurance Fund

  • Workers' Compensation $1,925,000

    Armando Calderon v. A & A Cattle, Intercare Insurance Services

  • Construction Site Injury $1,750,000

    Martinez v. Unger Construction

  • Obstetrical Negligence $1,500,000

    Martinez v. County of Merced

  • Workers' Compensation $1,302,500

    Damian Sanchez v. MG Simms Painting & Decorating, The Hartford

  • Workers' Compensation $1,300,000

    Ociel Garcia v. Capital Builders, National Fire Union Insurance Company

  • Motor Vehicle Collision $1,300,000

    Walls v. Svenhard

  • Workers' Compensation $1,250,000

    Ramon Madriz-Mendoza v. Pacific International Steel, State Compensation Insurance Fund


Why Hire Rancaño & Rancaño, APLC?

When Your Recovery Matters, It Matters Who You Hire
  • On the Side of Workers

    Our firm is exclusively dedicated to helping injured workers and individuals receive the justice they deserve.

  • Experienced Support Staff

    Our firm is staffed by experienced legal professionals who have been helping us serve injured workers for many years.

  • Se Habla Español

    Our multi-lingual staff is proud to serve clients in both English and Spanish.

  • Experience on Your Side

    Our firm has been serving injured clients throughout California's Central Valley for 30 years.

  • A Reputation for Excellence

    We have received countless testimonials from happy clients since our law firm first opened its doors in 1989.

  • A Track Record of Success

    Our firm has recovered millions of dollars for injured workers and individuals.