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Motorcycle Head On Collisions

Obtaining Compensation In Motorcycle Head On Collisions

Motorcycle head on collisions are horrific events. Caused by a variety of reasons, they can involve two motorcycles colliding at full speed, or worse, when a motorcyclist collides head on with another vehicle. Head on collisions are rare compared to rear end accidents, but they are much more deadly. Regardless of whether a crash involved another motorcycle, a car or a truck, a motorcyclist will almost always end up in the worst position.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle head on collision in Los Angeles, you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim. California law protects the rights of motorcyclists to use the road, and if you were injured due to the fault of another person, you can claim compensation for your injuries and losses.

The Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers have decades of experience successfully litigating on behalf of clients involved in motorcycle head on accidents. We empathize with the difficulties you are facing, and we are committed to helping you get your life back on track.

What Causes Motorcycle Head On Collisions?

Motorcycle head on collisions happen due to a variety of reasons, including:

  • Poor Visibility: This is one of the most common causes of a head on collision. When both drivers and motorcyclists have a hard time seeing the road, there is a greater risk of drifting from their lane and impacting oncoming vehicles.
  • Loss of Vehicle Control: Head on collisions are rare and may occur due to loss of vehicle control. Loss of vehicle control can be caused by intoxication, mechanical failure or other vehicle defects.
  • Poor Road Conditions: When roadways are in a poor state, the risk of a head on collision increases. Vehicles may swerve to avoid potholes or damaged sections of the road and lose control.
  • Distracted Driving: Drivers may fail to pay attention to the road because they are texting, talking on the phone, or playing on the stereo.

Obtaining Damages In Motorcycle Head On Collision Suits

The process of recovering damages after a motorcycle head on collision begins with determining whether you or the driver was at fault for the accident. To determine liability, you need to ask: who wasn’t following the rules of the road.

For example, it is against the law to use your phone while driving. It is also illegal to drive above the posted limit. If the other driver was distracted or not following rules of the road, they would clearly be at fault for the accident. In some situations though, fault is less evident.

For instance, when visibility is poor and the other driver unintentionally veers into oncoming traffic, it may be difficult to blame them for the accident. In such instances, a victim may be able to file a claim against the authorities responsible for maintaining the road.

It is important to note that if you are partially at fault for the accident, it may affect your chances of recovering maximum compensation. The amount you can recover will likely be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault. 

Recoverable damages for a motorcycle head on collision include:

  1. Loss of Earning Capacity. This occurs when a motorcycle accident victim suffers an injury that impairs or decreases his or her ability to work in or advance in his or her profession.
  2. Loss of Income. Accident victims may be unable to work for a significant period of time. Damages for lost income are intended to compensate an injured individual for past, current and future lost wages and benefits. Whether an injured Individual worked part-time, full-time, or sporadically, they may seek loss of income damages.
  3. Medical Expenses. Victims are entitled to seek compensation for both past and current medical bills. This includes the cost of any future medical care they will need to recover from their injuries.
  4. Emotional Distress, Physical Pain, and Mental Suffering. Victims can recover compensation not only for physical pain, but for mental anguish, fear, grief, anxiety, depression, and humiliation.
  5. Loss of Enjoyment of Life. Motorcycle accident victims often suffer injuries that severely limit their quality of life. A loss of enjoyment claim can be made if a victim has drastically altered his or her lifestyle as result of a motorcycle accident.
  6. Loss of Consortium. A loss of consortium claim can be made when an injured spouse is no longer able to provide their uninjured spouse with comfort, care, love, assistance, protection, moral support, companionship and or sexual relations (or the ability to have a child).

Common Questions About Motorcycle Accidents

Our team of experienced motorcycle accident lawyers have created several resources tailored to motorcycle accident victims who have suffered injury or loss. To learn more, please visit:

Our Team is Here to Help

If you or a loved one has suffered a motorcycle head on collision, contact an experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer at West Coast Trial Lawyers today. Our attorneys will get you maximum compensation for your medical care and damages. Consultations are always free, and you only pay when we get you compensation for your injuries. You can reach our friendly staff today by emailing us at or by calling toll free at (213) 927-3700.

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