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  • We won’t settle for less than the maximum value for your case
  • 30 combined years of legal experience 
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HHJ Trial Attorneys proudly serve victims who have suffered from serious injuries. HHJ is one of San Diego’s premiere personal injury law firms. We’ve obtained over ten million dollars for our clients within the last 4 years alone and have been voted the Best Litigation Firm for the last 3 years through the San Diego Union Tribune. All three partners have been voted as Super Lawyers and have received coverage from local and national news outlets.

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Lorenza AquinoLorenza Aquino
23:47 25 Jun 24
Best office for your personal injury needs. They have the best attorneys !!!
Adriana GuevaraAdriana Guevara
23:31 19 Jun 24
This law office helped me with my fall that I had in the mall. They helped me with doctor visits and insurance. I liked how they treated me and the patience they had with my case.
Jason RuthJason Ruth
01:56 18 Jun 24
I was rear ended in an auto accident. The other driver fled the scene. My auto insurance decided they wanted to be of little help. They lied, denied me medical coverage, and strung me along for 5 months before finally totaling my vehicle. I was left in a medical/ auto limbo with no one to help since my insurance wouldn't answer my calls/ emails. It wasn’t until HHJ trial attorneys got involved that my insurance started providing the coverage they were suppose to from the start. Kamil Robinson from HHJ was there every step of the way to explain things and answer any questions no matter what time of day. First and foremost he made sure I received the medical care I needed and made sure my auto insurance held up their end of the bargain. Kamil along with Freesia Farris really helped me navigate and move past an unpleasant situation I was dealt. If it wasn’t for HHJ the outcome would have been a lot different. Thanks again Kamil and everyone at HHJ!
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17:43 16 Jun 24
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Dave HDave H
18:31 06 Jun 24
Kamil and the team at HHJ were a pleasure to work with. He was very responsive and was always easy to get on the phone. He was really good about walking us through the process and explaining our options and next steps. They were all very professional and attentive. I would definitely use HHJ again.
Erickson GanapinErickson Ganapin
16:11 29 May 24
I recently had the pleasure of working with HHJ Trial Attorneys for a motor vehicle accident I was involved in, and I couldn't be more impressed. Adam Hepburn and his team demonstrated exceptional professionalism, expertise, and dedication throughout the entire process. They were proactive in communication, keeping me informed every step of the way, and their attention to detail ensured that my case was handled with the utmost care. I highly recommend HHJ Trial Attorneys for anyone in need of reliable and effective legal representation.
Jordan EnrightJordan Enright
14:57 08 May 24
Michael Hernandez is the real deal when it comes to holding 'the other guy' accountable. As a colleague of mine, I've seen firsthand how Michael tackles complex situations with precision, ensuring accountability and getting great results for his clients. His dedication and care for his clients are top-notch. If you need someone who will fight for you and get the job done right, Michael Hernandez is your guy.
paniz allamehpaniz allameh
21:57 22 Apr 24
I consulted with Emma for an employment issue. I was under a lot of stress and she was absolutely kind, patient and compassionate and listened to all the details of my issue. Although this was not a topic of their practice, she spent time providing me several resources that could help me and get me started. I felt cared for by her welcoming communication and not rushed even though she knew she wouldn’t be able to help or make money from my case, that didn’t prevent her from supporting me and give me recommendations. Thank you Emma 🙏
Khala BarkusKhala Barkus
19:33 25 Sep 22
Michael and his team were so great during this entire process. They helped me to get a pretty significant settlement from my case and they were never delayed in any of the processes. I am confident that had I not "fired" the first attorney that I started to work with and called HHJ trail attorneys, I would not have gotten the results that I got with HHJ. You can't go wrong with working with these guys to settle your case.
TylerTyler
21:09 25 Aug 22
Michael and the HHJ staff were extremely helpful from the start of my case less than a year ago. From the time I had my accident, to having doctor appointments set up to the final conclusion, it couldn’t have been a smoother process from beginning to end. Michael is very detailed and organized and always has your best interest at heart. He is very responsive and is always on top of it. I didn’t have to do much other than show up to my doctor appts and respond with info that was needed. I would without a beat use Michael and his team again if needed. HHJ is the best in Southern California!
Claudia LopezClaudia Lopez
21:41 08 Jul 22
Mr. Adam Hepburn and his firm, HHJ Trial Attorneys, took on our legal case. Mr. Adam Hepburn came recommended, luckily. We can't thank Mr. Adam Hepburn and his firm for their stellar work throughout our entire legal case. If I had any questions or concerns, Mr. Adam Hepburn would quickly address my concerns either via email, cell phone or even on text. Mr. Adam Hepburn was very truthful, thoughtful when explaining the facts of my case, and extremely professional. If you're on the fence with hiring Adam Hepburn and his firm, don't be, he's the best in the field. Adam won my case! Must hire him and his firm if you need his type of services.
FergalFergal
15:00 20 Apr 22
Michael and the team at HHJ Trial Attorneys have taken the best care of our Clients after they have being involved in road accidents. The care, attention and commitment they provide to all their clients is extraordinary as are their life enhancing results - HHJ Trial Attorneys = Best In Class.
Anne FranksAnne Franks
14:41 20 Apr 22
Michael at HHJ Trial Attorneys is a professional Accident & Personal Injury Lawyers group. This group is very is highly recommended! They are very professional compared to other firms. If you are looking for a quality group of attorneys that will get the job done, this is the one to call!
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San Diego Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Fighting To Protect Your Rights

Have you or someone you love have been badly injured in a motorcycle accident in San Diego, CA? At HHJ Trial Attorneys, our dedicated and experienced legal experts of San Diego motorcycle accident attorneys are committed to protecting the rights and interests of motorcycle riders who have been injured due to the negligence of others. 

As one of the preeminent personal injury law firms in San Diego, we at HHJ Trial Attorneys are committed to providing our clients with unparalleled legal representation. Our firm prides itself on understanding the intricacies of personal injury laws in California, particularly in cases involving serious motorcycle accidents. We recognize the profound impact such accidents can have on an individual’s life, and it is our mission to advocate vigorously on behalf of those affected.

Our approach is characterized by a deep-seated determination to secure the best possible outcomes for our clients. This commitment is reflected in our track record of securing substantial settlements in motorcycle accident cases, including:

  • $2.69 Million for a motorcyclist who was coming to a stop at a red light and was hit by a car.
  • $1.25 Million for a motorcyclist who was hit by another vehicle pulling out of a driveway.

Our legal team is dedicated to ensuring that your rights are protected and that you receive the comprehensive legal representation you deserve in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident.

What are the Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

Motorcycle accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, often involving a combination of environmental, mechanical, and human factors. Here are some common causes:

  1. Speeding: When riders or other drivers exceed the speed limit, it reduces the time available to react to road conditions or the actions of other road users, increasing the likelihood of a crash.

  2. Drunk Driving: Alcohol impairs judgment, reaction time, and motor skills. Motorcyclists and other drivers who operate vehicles under the influence are at a high risk of causing accidents.

  3. Lane Splitting: This maneuver involves riding between lanes of slow-moving or stopped traffic. It can be hazardous because it’s often unexpected and leaves little room for error.

  4. Unsafe Lane Changes: Drivers who fail to check their blind spots or signal when changing lanes can easily collide with motorcyclists who may be less visible.

  5. Head-on Collisions: When a motorcycle and another vehicle collide head-on, it’s often fatal for the motorcyclist due to the lack of protection compared to a car.

  6. Driver Negligence: This includes inattentive driving, such as using a phone while driving, failing to yield the right of way, or not following traffic signals.

  7. Inclement Weather: Poor weather conditions like rain, snow, or ice can reduce traction and visibility, making it more difficult for all drivers, especially motorcyclists, to maintain control.

  8. Road Hazards: Motorcycles are particularly vulnerable to road hazards such as potholes, debris, uneven pavement, and slippery surfaces.

  9. Motorcycle Defects: Manufacturing defects or maintenance issues with the motorcycle itself can lead to a loss of control or a malfunction on the road.

  10. Sudden Stops: Rear-end accidents can occur if a vehicle abruptly stops and a following motorcyclist doesn’t have enough time to react and stop.

The dynamic nature of motorcycling and the vulnerability of riders underscore the importance of safety measures, such as wearing helmets, following traffic laws, and riding defensively. Additionally, awareness campaigns aimed at motorists to watch for motorcycles and share the road responsibly can help reduce the occurrence of these accidents.

Understanding Motorcycle Accident Statistics

  • More than 80% of motorcycle accidents result in injuries or tragic fatalities for riders or passengers.
  • Approximately one-third of motorcycle collisions occur when drivers make ill-fated turns into the path of motorcycles.
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in over 40% of fatal motorcycle accidents.
  • Head injuries stemming from motorcycle accidents stand as a primary cause of both fatalities and severe injuries.
  • While motorcycle helmets offer protection, they mitigate some of the most common motorcycle injuries at a rate of just 29%.
  • Riders who wear helmets experience a substantial 73% decrease in the likelihood of a fatal outcome compared to those without headgear.
  • Following the repeal of the mandatory helmet law, Kansas witnessed a disturbing 61% surge in the fatality rate for motorcyclists.
  • On average, private health insurance covers only 66% of the expenses associated with inpatient care for individuals involved in motorcycle crashes.

Testimonial from a motorcycle accident victim

After my accident, I was super stressed. I didn’t know where to start on all of this. I searched and found HHJ and connected with Amanda for my motorcycle accident case. She and her team were actual lifesavers, guiding me through everything! Can’t thank them enough.
– Catarina, (Former Client – Motorcycle Accident)

What are the Common Types of Injuries San Diego Motorcyclists Face?

San Diego motorcyclists, like motorcyclists in other regions, face a range of potential injuries due to the inherent risks of riding motorcycles. Common types of injuries include:

  • Road Rash: When a motorcyclist slides along the road after an accident, they can suffer from road rash, which is essentially a severe abrasion. Road rash can range from minor scrapes to deep wounds that may require skin grafts.
  • Fractures and Broken Bones: Motorcyclists are at risk of fractures and broken bones, including those in the arms, legs, wrists, and collarbones. These injuries can result from the impact of a crash or being thrown from the motorcycle.
  • Head Injuries: Head injuries are a significant concern for motorcyclists, even with helmets. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), concussions, and skull fractures can occur in accidents, especially if a rider is not wearing a helmet or if the impact is severe.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: High-impact accidents can lead to spinal cord injuries, which may result in paralysis or other long-term neurological damage. These injuries can be life-altering and require extensive medical care.
  • Internal Injuries: Blunt force trauma in motorcycle accidents can cause internal injuries such as organ damage, internal bleeding, or damage to the chest or abdomen. These injuries may not always be immediately apparent but can be life-threatening.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries: Sprains, strains, and soft tissue injuries to muscles, ligaments, and tendons are common in motorcycle accidents. These injuries can be painful and may require physical therapy for recovery.
  • Burns: In accidents involving fire or hot surfaces, motorcyclists can suffer from burns. Motorcycle exhaust pipes or contact with hot pavement can cause severe burns.
  • Limb Injuries: Extremities like arms and legs can be particularly vulnerable in a motorcycle crash. Injuries may range from cuts and bruises to fractures or even amputations in severe cases.
  • Facial Injuries: Facial injuries, including cuts, bruises, and fractures, can result from impacts with the ground or other objects. Wearing a full-face helmet can help protect against these injuries.
  • Psychological Trauma: Motorcycle accidents can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other forms of psychological trauma, which may require counseling or therapy for recovery.

What Rights Do San Diego Motorcyclists Have?

Motorcyclists in San Diego, like in the rest of California, have rights and responsibilities that are protected by state laws. These rights are designed to ensure the safety and fair treatment of motorcyclists on the road. Here are some of the key rights and considerations for motorcyclists in San Diego:

  • Equal Access to the Road: Motorcyclists have the same rights and access to the road as other motor vehicles. They are entitled to use all public roadways, including highways and city streets.
  • Lane Splitting: California is one of the few states where lane splitting is legal when done safely and prudently. Motorcyclists have the right to engage in lane splitting, but they must do so in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Helmet Choice: While motorcyclists have the right to choose whether to wear a helmet if they are at least 18 years old, California law requires all riders and passengers under 18 to wear helmets. It’s highly recommended for safety reasons that all riders wear helmets.
  • Safety Gear: Motorcyclists have the right to wear appropriate safety gear, including helmets, gloves, protective clothing, and eyewear to protect themselves while riding.
  • Right to Fair Treatment: Motorcyclists have the right to fair and equal treatment by law enforcement officers and other motorists. Discrimination or profiling based on the fact that someone is riding a motorcycle is not permitted.
  • Respect for Motorcycle-Specific Laws: Motorcyclists should adhere to all traffic laws, including those specific to motorcycles, such as lane splitting rules. Failure to do so can result in traffic violations and fines.
  • Right to Legal Recourse: In the event of an accident or injury caused by another party’s negligence, motorcyclists have the right to seek legal recourse through personal injury claims to recover damages for medical expenses, property damage, and other losses.
  • Access to Motorcycle Training: San Diego and California offer motorcycle training courses through programs like the California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP). Motorcyclists have the right to access these training programs to improve their riding skills and safety.
  • Insurance Requirements: Motorcyclists are required to have liability insurance to cover potential damages they may cause in an accident. It’s important to maintain insurance coverage to comply with state laws.
  • Right to Due Process: If a motorcyclist is issued a traffic ticket or citation, they have the right to due process, including the opportunity to contest the ticket in court.

It’s important for San Diego motorcyclists to be aware of and exercise their rights responsibly. This includes adhering to traffic laws, riding safely, and being respectful of other road users. Motorcyclists should also stay informed about any changes in state or local laws that may affect their rights and responsibilities while riding.

What Types of Damages Can a San Diego Motorcycle Accident Attorney Help Me Get?

A San Diego motorcycle accident attorney can help you pursue various types of damages following a motorcycle accident, depending on the circumstances of your case. These damages aim to compensate you for the losses and suffering you’ve endured due to the accident. Here are the types of damages that an attorney can help you pursue:

  • Medical Expenses: This includes compensation for past and future medical bills related to your accident injuries, such as hospitalization, surgery, medication, rehabilitation, therapy, and medical equipment.
  • Lost Wages: If your injuries resulted in missed work or a reduced ability to earn income, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages and potential future earnings.
  • Pain and Suffering: These non-economic damages cover the physical and emotional pain, distress, and suffering you experienced due to the accident and your injuries.
  • Property Damage: You can seek compensation for the repair or replacement of your motorcycle and any personal property damaged in the accident, such as protective gear or luggage.
  • Loss of Consortium: If your injuries have affected your relationship with your spouse or partner, they may be able to pursue damages for the loss of companionship, affection, and intimacy.
  • Wrongful Death: If a loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident, surviving family members can pursue damages for funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and emotional pain and suffering through a wrongful death claim.
  • Punitive Damages: In cases involving extreme negligence or intentional misconduct, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the at-fault party and deter similar behavior in the future.
  • Scarring and Disfigurement: Compensation may be sought for any permanent scarring or disfigurement resulting from the accident or injuries.
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life: You can seek compensation for the loss of the ability to participate in activities and hobbies you once enjoyed due to your injuries.
  • Out-of-Pocket Expenses: This includes reimbursement for any expenses you incurred as a direct result of the accident, such as transportation costs, home modifications, or caregiver expenses.
  • Legal Fees and Costs: In many cases, motorcycle accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid if you receive a settlement or verdict. Legal fees and costs are typically deducted from the compensation you receive.

To determine the types of damages applicable to your case and their potential value, it’s crucial to consult with a skilled motorcycle accident attorney in San Diego. They will assess the specifics of your accident, injuries, and losses and help you build a strong case to maximize your compensation. Keep in mind that the availability and amount of damages can vary based on the unique circumstances of each case and applicable California laws.

Example of a Motorcycle Accident Case We Handle

Client Information:

  • Name: John Doe
  • Age: 32
  • Occupation: Software Engineer
  • Residence: San Diego, California
  • Riding Experience: 10 years
  • Motorcycle: 2018 Yamaha YZF-R1

Accident Details:

  • Date/Time: August 15, 2023, at approximately 4:45 PM
  • Location: Intersection of Balboa Avenue and Genesee Avenue, San Diego, CA
  • Weather Conditions: Clear skies, dry roads
  • Traffic Conditions: Heavy traffic, green light for John Doe

Incident Description: John Doe was riding his motorcycle eastbound on Balboa Avenue, approaching the intersection with Genesee Avenue. As he was legally proceeding through the intersection with a green light, a sedan driven by Jane Smith attempted to make a left turn from westbound Balboa onto southbound Genesee. Smith failed to yield to John’s right of way, resulting in a collision. John was ejected from his motorcycle and sustained injuries.

Injuries Sustained:

  • Fractured right clavicle
  • Severe road rash on arms and legs
  • Mild traumatic brain injury despite wearing a helmet

Damages:

  • Total damage to motorcycle: $15,000
  • Medical bills (initial and ongoing treatment): $40,000
  • Lost wages: $12,000 (due to 3 months off work)
  • Pain and Suffering: To be determined

Liability Assessment:

  • Jane Smith is deemed at fault for the accident due to failing to yield.
  • No indication of impairment or distraction at the time of the accident.

Insurance Information:

  • John Doe’s insurance: Full coverage with Insurance, including uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
  • Jane Smith’s insurance: Standard California liability coverage with Insurance.

Legal Considerations:

  • California is a pure comparative negligence state, allowing recovery of damages even if the plaintiff is partially at fault.
  • San Diego follows California state law regarding motorcycle lane splitting, which is legal and not a factor in this case.
  • The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in California is 2 years from the date of the accident.

Case Strategy:

  1. Collect all necessary evidence, including San Diego Police Department reports, witness statements, and any available traffic camera footage.
  2. Obtain detailed medical documentation of injuries and treatments.
  3. Secure a professional appraisal of the motorcycle’s damages.
  4. Calculate all economic losses including lost wages and potential loss of future earnings.
  5. Contact a personal injury attorney experienced in San Diego traffic laws and motorcycle accidents.
  6. Initiate a claim with Jane Smith’s insurer, Insurance, seeking full liability coverage.
  7. Consider a lawsuit for damages that exceed the defendant’s insurance coverage limits.

Potential Legal Actions:

  • Demand full compensation from Jane Smith’s insurance.
  • File a personal injury lawsuit in San Diego County Superior Court if necessary.
  • If Jane’s insurance is insufficient, file a claim with John’s insurance under the underinsured motorist policy.

Goals:

  • To secure compensation covering all medical expenses, repair or replacement of the motorcycle, lost wages, and non-economic damages.
  • Aim for a pre-trial settlement to avoid the uncertainties of litigation, if it meets fair compensation criteria.

Next Steps:

  • Arrange a meeting with a San Diego personal injury attorney to discuss the case.
  • Send a detailed demand letter outlining the damages and liability to Insurance.
  • Prepare for potential litigation if the insurance settlement is not satisfactory.

How Can a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in San Diego Help After an Accident?

A motorcycle accident lawyer in San Diego can provide valuable assistance and support to individuals who have been involved in a motorcycle accident. Here are some ways in which a motorcycle accident lawyer can help after an accident:

  • Legal Counsel: A motorcycle accident lawyer can offer expert legal advice tailored to your specific case. They can explain your rights, responsibilities, and potential legal options, helping you make informed decisions.
  • Investigation: Lawyers have the resources and experience to investigate the accident thoroughly. They can gather evidence, interview witnesses, and work with accident reconstruction experts to establish liability.
  • Determining Liability: Identifying who is at fault for the accident is a critical aspect of a personal injury claim. Your attorney will help determine liability, which can involve other drivers, road conditions, or even the motorcycle manufacturer in cases of product defects.
  • Insurance Claims: Your lawyer can handle negotiations with insurance companies on your behalf. They will work to ensure that you receive a fair and just settlement for your injuries, property damage, and other losses.
  • Medical Treatment: A motorcycle accident lawyer can help you access appropriate medical care and rehabilitation. They may work with medical experts to assess your injuries and calculate the full extent of your medical expenses.
  • Documenting Damages: Your attorney will help you document all economic and non-economic damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress, to maximize your compensation.
  • Negotiation: Lawyers are skilled negotiators and can handle discussions with insurance adjusters or opposing attorneys to secure a fair settlement. They can advocate for your rights and interests.
  • Litigation: If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiation, your lawyer can file a lawsuit and represent you in court. They will build a strong case and present evidence to a judge and jury if necessary.
  • Statute of Limitations: Your attorney will ensure that all legal deadlines are met. In California, there are time limits (statute of limitations) for filing personal injury claims, and your lawyer will ensure your case is filed within the appropriate timeframe.
  • Peace of Mind: Having a lawyer on your side allows you to focus on your recovery without the stress of dealing with legal matters. They handle the legal complexities, allowing you to heal.
  • Contingency Fee: Many motorcycle accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid if you receive compensation. This can make legal representation more accessible to those who may not have the means to pay upfront legal fees.

In summary, a motorcycle accident lawyer in San Diego can be a crucial ally in the aftermath of an accident. They provide legal expertise, support, and advocacy to help you secure the compensation you deserve while allowing you to concentrate on your physical and emotional recovery.

Local Resources

Hospitals:

UC San Diego Health Emergency Services (ER)
Located in: UC San Diego Medical Center
Address: 200 W Arbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: (619) 543-6400

Sharp Memorial Hospital Emergency Room
Located in: Sharp Memorial Hospital
Address: 7901 Frost St, San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (858) 939-5611

Legal Advice:

HHJ Trial Attorneys: San Diego Car Accident & Personal Injury Lawyers
Address: 6435 Caminito Blythefield, San Diego, CA 92037
Phone: (760) 444-0276

Physical Therapist:

Perform Physical Therapy and Wellness
Address: 4415 Genesee Ave, San Diego, CA 92117
Phone: (858) 208-0402

Sports Performance Physical Therapy – San Diego
Address: 4029 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: (619) 492-3178

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