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Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Attorneys


A motorcycle accident is often a life changing event. Our Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers help riders who were hurt in bad collisions and spills on bikes. This means that we are the injury law firm you call when you or someone you love has gone through a devastating motorcycle accident.

Michael Ehline U.S. Supreme Court.
Attorney Michael Ehline. "The Motorcycle Rider's friend."

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Michael Ehline of ELFPI.com is recognized nationwide as the motorcycle rider's friend. Michael, as the firm's head, is a rider too. He knows it is the rare accident that is more destructive than on a motorbike.

Michael also knows how many close calls he has had dealing with LA drivers. He can place himself in your shoes. So you can be supremely confident you have located elite lawyers who ride.

Regardless of your motivation in hiring us, you will have the personal relief of knowing you are getting elite, dedicated legal professionals. In fact, our staff consists of agents who are looking out for the best interests of motorcycle accident victims.

Also, our tier-one litigators do so both in and out of court. Our "can do" attitude is exactly what you want.

Getting Down to Brass Tacks - Motorcycle Accident Victims are in a Class All Their Own?

You heard right. Motorcyclists are different. Patriotic, freedom loving Americans love the feeling of joy that riding brings to life. None would argue that thrill seekers and alpha personality types are more likely to ride bikes.

But as will be discussed, the risks are great when compared to a car with seatbelts and a roll cage. Also, the bias against riders can be hard to overcome in a court case. So in a personal injury case, motorcycle accident victims are in a class all their own.

What Makes Attorney Ehline Different?

Michael in an honorably discharged U.S. Marine. He understands more than most that motorcycles are an integral part of many people's lives. They are easy to store during deployments, cheap to buy and cheap on gas. You can lane split, and get around quickly.

He has been in a motorcycle accident himself and he knows the cards are stacked against most fallen riders in most cases.

  • Ehline uses his superior skill and knowledge of motorcycle law and riding experience to overcome the obstacles you victim's face.

Because of this, fellow travelers can rest extremely confident that our firm knows exactly how to deal with the insurers and police. Also, ELFPI is abreast of the cutting edge medical procedures available.

But even more pertinent, we can often help you get that care. In fact, these are the first quick steps to protect your legal rights. We are aware the pits and valleys of the law like the back of our hand.

So our professionals get down to bare brass tacks right away. And it matters not whether you walked away, or were "carried away" from the accident scene in an ambulance, we can help.

We understand that you may have sustained a temporary or permanent loss of mobility. Perhaps you lost use the use of an arm, wrist, leg or other limb? It happens.

Either way, we will fight tooth and nail against unscrupulous insurance companies and other defendants. This is key in these often complex cases. Rest assured, we know what you want. And we can deliver.


Highly Rated Injury Law Firm

With Millions Recovered in Verdicts and Settlements.

ELFPI Are Specialists In Motorcycle Insurance Claims.

We Are Recognized Nationally for Experience and Excellent Outcomes.

What is No Recovery No Fee?

What is the no recovery no fee promise? Simple, it means no recovery of money to you, no pay to us. We want to represent you. Our confidence in winning helps you deal with the uncertainty and frustration of a bad crash. Our solid, steadfast representation has won us numerous awards, and peer recognition in our industry.

So if our reputable attorneys can't win, we don't think we deserve to get paid.

That is the no recovery no fee promise. So if you were thrown off your bike and hurt during an accidental collision or crash in Greater Los Angeles, there is no out of pocket cost to hire us.

What are Some Steps We Take to Help Protect Your Rights to Money Damages?

We take many steps to help you get your life back on track. Money solves some of the problems you will face. Determining who is legally responsible for a traffic accident or casualty is the first step in getting paid.

Also, there could be many defendants, not just one. Beyond that, it depends upon the carelessness, among other factors, of the alleged wrongdoer(s).

To learn the truth, we think getting to the incident scene, interviewing witnesses and locking in testimony is an important step to take. So we go the extra mile and do this with due diligence.

We are in it to win it once you sig with us. And we stake our reputation, time, money, and paycheck on excellent outcomes as you will see below!

What are Some Other Reasons You Will Choose Us as Your Champion?

  • You want your motorbike repaired as soon as possible
  • You want a law firm local to Los Angeles County Courts
  • You need someone to find evidentiary holes in biased police reports
  • You deserve lawyers with thousands of successful cases from start to finish
  • You want to hire an award Winning Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • You want a former U.S. Marine running the Firm
  • You want convenient locations statewide
  • You Want lawyers with millions of dollars recovered
  • You want a free initial consultation
  • You want lawyers who advance costs
  • You want lawyers who ride. WE RIDE!

If this list of expectations appeals to your needs, then keep reading. We think there are other features about us that make us an even more attractive choice.

An Experienced Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Law Firm.

As noted above, our lead attorney is a rider. Michael Ehline also goes to the rallies, stays up on the latest bikes, and court rulings dealing with bikers, safety laws, etc. Michael Ehline understands the needs of the military clients who ride. And he gets why they use bikes more than cars.

After all, it is for obvious reasons. And these include ease of storage upon deployment (learn more about military motorcycle accidents here.). Also, Michael is a sympathetic, inactive United States Marine.

And wearing your orange safety vest, full faced helmet, heavy duty biker boots, and riding chaps don't ensure a scot-free escape. Things like padded leather jackets and gloves offer little protection when stacked against a large car, truck or bus slamming into a cyclist.

In fact, riders get lucky if they escape with mere:

  • Bruising
  • Scrapes
  • Black and blue marks

Many enthusiasts trying to get from point A to point B safely are killed or wounded in motorcycle collisions every day. Because of this, we have an experienced staff of legal experts with resources oriented towards traffic accident victims.

These people know exactly what they need to do to increase the value of your case. Also, whether you were following safety protocol or not, we can still help. So why not let the apostles of motorcycle law at ELFPI help you too?

Heavy Traffic and LA Motorcyclists - What are the Statistics?

Take a look at Los Angeles motorcycle accident statistics. After you do, it is hard to image why you would purchase a motorcycle, let alone ride one.

Statistics show a chance of a smash up is higher in the geographic area of LA. [1. The Hurt Report 1981] Riders don’t have a chance against the four-wheeled, steel beasts we call automobiles. In 2014, the California Office of Traffic Safety ("OTS") stated that motorcycle wrecks composed 1,773 of Los Angeles fatalities and death.

The OTS also says motorcycle deaths rose 153% from 1998 to 2007. So in just a 9-year span, large numbers of riders died. (Read More.)

  • Today, bike deaths are twice as high as they were in 1997.
  • As the costs of gasoline go up, more and more commuters buy motorcycles due to their fuel efficiency alone.
  • Unfortunately, riding safely in LA traffic requires years of experience.

In fact, motorcycles make up around 3% of the total vehicle numbers. But they account for 14% of commuter fatalities. 

According to the Insurance Information Institute:

  • 4,976 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2015.
  • This was up 8.3% over 2014’s total of 4,594.
  • Another 88,000 motorcyclists were injured.
  • This was down about 4.3% from 2014’s total. (Read More Here.)

What are the Risks of Rider Deaths Compared to Passenger Cars?

According to the United States Department of Transportation, the number of fatalities per vehicle mile traveled was 37 times higher for motorcycles than for cars. (Source.)

  • Per mile traveled, motorcyclists are about 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash
  • Motorcycle riders are 5 times more likely to be injured than a car occupant

Death or serious injury due to motorcycle use is no joke. In fact, those who suffer a sore back, skinned knee or whiplash are the lucky ones. (More statistics here.) The number of innocent lives taken each year is far too many. The increase in deaths is particularly alarming.

Are Motorcycle Deaths Going Up?

Yes they are! Although in some cases drivers are out on the road less, the number of motorcycle deaths increased. This is a matter of national concern for the 8.4 motorcycles on the road today. Each motorcyclist takes care of their vehicle and to keep themselves safe.

They Can't Always See You, So Riders Must Be Vigilant?

Other drivers are not always aware of two-wheel traffic. Blind spots and lack of experience often cause severe injury or death.

  • Drunk driving is also a perennial risk.
  • Distracted driving, in particular, is on the rise across the country.

What About Motorcycle Riding Risks in Los Angeles?

You probably guessed it. Yes, Los Angeles traffic is among the worst for riding accidents, especially during Rush Hour. So the very crammed traffic on the arteries, onramps, offramps and turnpikes are an accident waiting to happen.

In fact, the density of vehicles traversing the road means there is a high likelihood you could be the next motorcycle crash victim. Whether an L.A. city motorcycle collision or Santa Monica bike accident, you will likely suffer harm.

The City of Los Angeles could even be a defendant in your case. The city could be responsible for the jam or unsafe traffic condition that led to your accident. (Learn more about government claims here.)

And your doctors and hospital care providers need payment too. But while you heal, what about your injury claim? The wrongdoer should be forced to pay under our tort system.

Just be aware that the chances of getting hurt increase a lot when riding in LA. Does the above describe your circumstances? If so, make sure you have a lawyer on call. Read more about our committed, responsive team below.

  • Yes. We can help you get paid for your injuries and loss of use of your bike.

Using our motorcycle lawyers as your mouthpiece, as opposed trying to handle this yourself, or hiring an incompetent ambulance chaser, can keep you sane and out of jail.

  • Yes. Hiring us means you don’t “lose it,” or do something could regret later.

An angry biker might try and handle this the old fashioned way. Don’t do it. Let us be your legal sword, shield, and referee. This avoids self-help, like the days of the wild west. In a civilized society, the evil doer should pay for his transgressions in money damages.

We work with qualified experts to investigate your case and learn the finer points of your individual fact patterns. Our injury law firm has vast legal knowledge of the anatomy of motorcycle incidents.

 

What Types of Motorcycles Face the Greatest Risks?

Rider on a motorbike in Los Angeles, CA>
Motorcyclist in the LBC

Before going further, let's learn a few things about why these vehicles are so injury prone.

A motorcycle (also called a motorbike, bike, or cycle) is a two three or four wheeled[not in citation given] motor vehicle. Motorcycle design varies greatly to suit a range of different purposes: long distance travel, commuting, cruising, sport including racing, and off-road riding. Motorcycling is riding a motorcycle and related social activity such as joining a motorcycle club and attending motorcycle rallies. 

Obviously, there are many types of motorcycles, including superbikes, classic bikes. (Source.) Some bikes get equipped with competition cams and all manner of racing equipment. So some are going to be more risky to ride than others. Although motorcycle technology is making bikes safer to operate, bikes are still more dangerous than most small cars.

“Motorcyclists are a bigger and bigger percentage of deaths each year,”... (Source).

Cars, especially during rush hour, don’t always pay attention. Motorcycles are usually two-wheeled vehicles like a Ducati, Harley Davidson, or BMW that will usually eject the rider in a high, or even low-speed crash.

And this poses a different risk than a four or three-wheeled conveyance. We realize that most rider injuries happen near the bikers residence, and occur at intersections with only seconds for a rider to react.

What About Left Hand Turn Crashes?

Typically, this happens when a passenger car makes a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming bike. Sadly, this can force the biker into a head-on crash. Often, the side of a vehicle faces the rider. So the rider will T-bone the motor car. And this will launch the rider into the air. (Read more here.)

Is Riding Gear and Technology Helpful to Obviate Injuries?

Also, with motorcycles as with most two wheelers, no rider protection exists beyond the basic gear like boots, gloves, leathers, a helmet and reflective items. Even waterproof body armor won't stop prevent a full face helmet from filling with water after a slide out in the rain.

No enclosure or roll cage protects the biker's eyes, mouth or body exists as part of the vehicle's nomenclature. Stronger frames and EMS have helped improve safety. But no silver bullet exists. No matter how safe you drive, the surface streets are filled with peril. 

What Are More of The Many Risks of Riding Bikes?

When a person rides, they literally are taking their lives into their own hands. Small things like cold tires, or brakes can mean the difference between life and death.

Driver distraction and inattentiveness of others is responsible for most motorcycle wrecks and fatalities. In any event, a poor rider can easily get stuck in the blind spot of one or more other cars on the road. (Source.)

Close calls are standard for bikers. But they are not normally the rider’s fault. Even pads and helmets do little to protect riders in freak accidents.

  • Rider experience is also a key factor. (Read more.)

However, most accidents take place within 5 months of owning a newer bike, irrespective of how long a biker has been riding.

The mischief arising out of these collisions isn’t the same as that suffered in an enclosed passenger car. After all, cars have seatbelts and airbags.

Bodily injuries can vary from:

  • Ruptured discs
  • Road rash
  • Severe brain injury
  • Loss of life

Because we have a vast knowledge of tort laws, we can help guide you through the legal quagmire. Most of our clients complained that other attorneys either didn’t have the time, or the desire to explain the ropes. But we take the extra care to teach victims their rights, duties, and obligations.

Who Is At Fault to Pay for Your Accident?

In freeway and highway traffic accidents, state traffic laws, like the California Vehicle Code,[2. CA Veh. Code] provide the rules of the road. Also, violating these rules and then causing a collision could create a rebuttable presumption of negligence – aka negligence per se – and ultimate liability.

But in many situations, car operators could be liable for a mischance traffic accident. And this is true even if they were driving at, or below the posted speed limit. Of special interest, they can still be at fault.

And this is true even if they were obeying the traffic laws of the state. As discussed above, the government can also be named as a defendant in some cases.

What is Meant by Safe Speed?

Two Wheeled Vehicle Dangers. Unlevel road.
Misleveled construction zone. Example of typical dangers to a motorcyclist in LA

A “safe” speed and not the posted speed is what is required for a responsible driver. Another example would be a roadway defect, or foggy conditions, or cases where the sun is in the car driver’s eyes, impairing visibility.

Most of all, these road conditions would require extra care and caution when driving. So riders may need to pull over to the curb when safe. But they may simply need to drive slower. If not, the cyclist could cause a smash up or serious spill onto the roadway. Often bikers are thrown into a curb or fence.

Other times they fly through the air and land on a vehicle or inanimate object. So people get badly hurt. Thus, you need broad info on dealing with the insurance company. And you need to understand the idea behind indemnification. But the first thing you must do is lawyer up!

Want to Know Your Legal Rights?

Angelinos, whether they are a rebellious 1% er, black and white, independent, or motorcycle enthusiast, should be aware of their legal rights. As a service to you, Ehline will walk you through this arduous process, while guiding you every step of the way.

This promise includes advice about representation for mishaps on trail bikes and even mopeds. Whether you have injured yourself while riding operating a chopper, Vespa or scooter, don’t guess the value of your case! Don’t deal with an antagonistic liability insurance company’s adjusters.

  • Never speak to the other party's lawyers, while not with legal counsel.

Focus on regaining your excellent health, and let us focus on getting you justice. Ehline will help you understand the entire motorcycle accident insurance claims and legal process from start to finish.

Want Legal Advice Now?

At Ehline Law Firm, our staff of seasoned motorcycle lawyers in Los Angeles offer free phone consultations to injured tort victims. As discussed, we litigate surface street and roadway spills throughout the LA Basin. But valuating damages claims is just part of what we do. As noted above, we have recovered gigantic sums of money for tragically harmed individuals.

Since operators of other vehicles have a duty to look out for cyclists, they are liable for negligence if the distraction is the proximate cause of the damages and/or death. So if you or someone you know was in a bad motorcycle wreck, we should be able to confidently and gingerly handle your important claim.

After all, the odds remain stacked against the biker. The local Ehline Law Firm can help even those odds. But now you have a chance to get paid back your lost wages, ambulance, and health care costs. Also, these damages can include money for mental and physical pain and suffering.

So the choice is clear. Hire an average advocate for underwhelming results. No! You want to hire a Marine with a “do or die” mentality. Ehline is the ONLY choice. Call for a free consult 24 hours a day. How does that sound?

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