Experienced Pedestrian Attorneys: How HarshLaw Makes a Difference

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At HarshLaw, our goal is to bring professionalism and results to your case. By making sure we explore all avenues for compensation, we work to help you recover and move on from a pedestrian vehicle accident by performing some or all of the following steps on your case:

  • Retrieve and review the police accident report
  • Collect and professionally analyze accident scene photos
  • Inspect the accident scene and the driver’s vehicle
  • Talk with eyewitnesses
  • Analyze available video footage via traffic, dash or personal cameras
  • Subpoena (if necessary) driver’s cell phone records
  • Examine the driver’s chemical test results (if police obtained a breath, blood or urine sample)
  • Recommend medical examiners based on injuries
  • Gather and analyze your medical records
  • Request the driver’s debit/credit card receipts of the time near the accident

These steps, while seemingly mundane and straightforward, are important steps in building the foundation of a solid case that will be effective in negotiating a settlement or submitting as evidence should the case progress to trial.


At HarshLaw, we work hard to determine why the driver hit you or any other pedestrians in an accident. Reckless or negligent drivers should be held responsible for physical, emotional and financial harm they inflict on pedestrians.

In some cases, the driver may only be partially responsible. It is important to know that in addition to the driver, their employer should take precautions for preventing all accidents. Further, if the driver was under the influence of any substance, a bar or store or person who provided any impairing substance to the driver, for instance, could be liable as well.

It is important to identify every potential defendant and all sources of compensation available to you to maximize the amount of compensation available to aid in recovery and rehabilitation.

Throughout your case, our attorneys will advise you of any settlement offers and advise you on making decisions – you aren’t in this fight alone. HarshLaw is always available to talk about your case and answer your questions.

Statue of Limitations for Pedestrian Auto Accident Claims in California

In short, you must take action within 2 years of the accident.

According to the legal reference website Nolo.com, if a person suffers injuries, including another driver, passengers, bicycle rider, pedestrian, or others, then the lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of the accident.

HarshLaw recommends contacting an experience lawyer in pedestrian auto accidents well before the 2-year mark and as close to the accident as possible for two main reasons: (1) getting money from a settlement is helpful with recovery and (2) evidence becomes harder to collect the longer you wait.

Contact us to find out how an experienced lawyer can make a major difference after a pedestrian accident. HarshLaw will review your case in a free consultation through our offices in Redlands and San Bernardino County.

When A Car Hits You While Walking

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If this has happened to you or a loved one, the most important step is to get immediate medical attention. Second, but equally important, is to consult an experienced pedestrian accident attorney. At Harsh Law, Mark Harshbarger provides a safe environment to discuss the accident and recovery. All initial consultations are complimentary and designed to answer your questions, provide you with education and information on how to recover.

  • FIRST: Call the police. Depending on the location of the accident, you may need to request a copy of the police report from either a city police department, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department or the California Highway Patrol.
  • SECOND: Get immediate medical attention. In any accident, the first step is to assess and treat major injuries to minimize long-term effects and recovery time. A medic can best identify non-visible injuries such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) can difficult to detect. Proper examinations and tests are often used in a legal case as evidence. Do not simply go home and attempt to self-care.
  • THIRD: Talk to an attorney. While you work with your medical team on the physical recovery from your accident, the right lawyer will deal with the insurance companies. It is important to select a lawyer to represent you before giving any statement to the insurance company of the driver and well before you discuss or accept any settlement offer.
  • Keep all of your information. Hold on to accident scene photos, witness names and numbers, insurance company letters and receipts from all accident-related expenses, including your medical bills.
  • Write a journal. Even if very brief, write an entry about the accident and add notes on a daily basis. Be sure to include pain levels, appointments, hardships incurred and your ability to work and engage in other activities.
  • File an auto insurance claim. Yes, you read that right. If you have auto insurance, you may have pedestrian coverage. This type of insurance will cover you when you are the pedestrian in a vehicle accident.

Pedestrian Accident Attorney – Near Me in Redlands or San Bernardino

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Pedestrians fill the communities, crosswalks, streets and sidewalks of Redlands and San Bernardino County throughout the day and night. Unfortunately, modern drivers face many distractions both inside their vehicle and out – resulting in accidents often far more harmful to the people involved than a vehicle to vehicle collision.

A Tragic Event, on the Rise

In short, pedestrian auto accidents often end tragically.

In California, pedestrians have the right of way. While there are circumstances where a pedestrian may be adding to the cause of an accident, the burden often rests with the driver of the vehicle.

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, pedestrian safety is at risk as the number of accidents and severity of collisions are on the rise. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), states that 2018 saw a 3% rise in vehicle to pedestrian collisions and expects that figure to rise again in 2019.

In 2018 alone, 6,283 pedestrians were killed nationally in traffic accidents. The exact number of non-fatal accidents is not tracked. This means every 83 minutes a pedestrian is killed in the United States by a vehicle.

Source 1: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/about/pedestrian
Source 2: https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/pedestrian-safety

10 Safe Walking Tips for Pedestrians Safety

  • Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
  • Keep alert, avoid electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
  • Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
  • If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.
  • Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.
  • Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
  • Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways or backing up in parking lots.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.

Redlands Bicycle Lawyer – What to Expect

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Mark Harshbarger of HarshLaw provides legal experience to bicyclists and their loved ones in the event of a serious or fatal accident involving a vehicle. With an increase of commuters, recreational and amateur cyclists sharing the already crowded roads, accidents between cars and bikes are unfortunately becoming more common.

Always request the police come and create a report if you are ever in an accident with a vehicle where a collision or serious injury has occurred. While you may have the information already, it is a helpful document to have prepared by third-party officials if any facts become disputed.

What information is contained in a police accident report?

The police report will likely and should contain the identity of the vehicle driver’s insurance company. Additional helpful information will include location of the accident, the identity of the driver and may indicate statements made by you and the driver of the other vehicle. It may also identify any witnesses to the accident. It is prudent that you speak to and retain your own lawyer. If possible, this should be done early in the process who will communicate with the insurance carrier on your behalf.

How does liability for the accident become determined?

After initial medical and police assistance, the first step in the legal process of recovery is to define which party was at fault, or if there was fault with both the cyclist and the vehicle driver.

Here are several initial questions that may be used to determine fault:

  • Was there a right of way established for the vehicle or bicycle?
  • Was the cyclist aware a vehicle was about to exit or merge into the area the cyclist was occupying?
  • What was the level of attention to the road of the cyclist?
  • Was the bicycle operating within reasonable speeds?
  • Did the cyclist utilize reflectors and or illumination if at night or low light?
  • Was the cyclist distracted by a headphone or other device?
  • Was it possible for the cyclist to ride clear of the danger?
  • What attempts did the bicyclist do to avoid the collision?

After the Accident: Preserve Evidence!

As soon after an accident as possible, all relevant evidence should be carefully and fully gathered and preserved. Some of the evidence to compile are police reports and the names and addresses of witnesses. 

  • Photographs of bicycle
  • Photographs of vehicle
  • Photographs of injuries
  • Photographs of accident area from vehicle’s perspective
  • Photographs of accident area from bicycle’s perspective
  • Photographs of accident area from alternative perspectives
  • Name and phone numbers of any witnesses that may have seen the accident

Photographs depicting the scene of the accident as it existed at the time of the accident should be taken. Make certain to secure and preserve the damaged bike for forensic analysis, avoid the desire to repair it or continue to use it until after discussing with your attorney.

Preserve any GPS or mobile app data. If wearing a Go Pro type camera, be certain to preserve the video. Photographs of the vehicle involved should be taken as soon as possible. Do not destroy or lose any evidence. This can result in severe sanctions including the dismissal of a lawsuit.

Be proactive in obtaining evidence and the early assistance and intervention of an attorney can be key to preserving relevant evidence. In many cases, this evidence may directly impact the ultimate result of a lawsuit as forensic evidence can in some cases scientifically establish the manner in which an accident occurred.

Bicyclists: what to do if you are hit by a car

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With densely packed suburban communities and sprawling shopping centers with long connections in between, the Inland Empire offers an extensive infrastructure for cyclists. Redlands has further created more room for cyclists with, green bicycle-only lanes to provide safety to both cyclists and pedestrians through areas with heavy traffic.

Popularity of cycling has exploded nationally more than 300% – a sign of the changing culture and economy. With an increase of this magnitude as well as an increase of mobile phone usage while driving (a.k.a. distracted driving), an increase in collisions between vehicles and cyclists seemed inevitable.

What to do if you are hit by a car when riding a bicycle

Increased bike activity combined with increased vehicle and pedestrians results in all three sharing the road. Unfortunately, cars don’t share so well with bicycles and pedestrians. If you find yourself in an accident, these are some common questions we have helped others discuss during their no-risk consultation at HarshLaw.

  • I have suffered an injury. Am I entitled to no-fault coverage in order to pay for my medical bills and reimburse for loss of earnings?
  • Will I be able to recover for the property damage to my bicycle or other items?
  • Does it matter who had the right of way?
  • Is a government agency or other commercial property owner liable for roadway conditions which contributed or caused the accident?
  • What is the statute of limitations to file such a claim?
  • Was a defect in the bicycle manufacture or maintenance a factor in the accident?

All of these questions may be addressed in a consultation with an attorney at HarshLaw.

Prevention: Tips for staying safe and avoiding collisions

Here are four commonsense tips to help keep yourself safe when on the road that we recommend everyone practice, regardless of age or experience level:

  • Wear a helmet. Head injuries are one of the most common causes of cycling fatalities. Use of head protection lowers your risk for a serious head injury by 60-percent. Helmets should also meet all relevant safety regulations.
  • Visually communicate. Hand signals provide a clear signal to observant vehicle drivers. Whenever applicable, use hand signals while riding single file with traffic flow.
  • Don’t hide. Wear bright clothing and use reflective materials if riding at night.
  • Get loud. Horns, bells and headlights can also be used to improve safety.

Redlands and San Bernardino County Bicycle Lawyers

Representing Cyclists in Redlands, Highland, Loma Linda, San Bernardino, Yucaipa and all of San Bernardino County.

HarshLaw is a regionally recognized law firm representing the rights of injured cyclists, pedestrians, and their loved ones. The community of Redlands and San Bernardino County is filled with cyclists of many types – recreational, commuter, exercise and professional. All cyclists share the roads and need an experienced attorney to help when a vehicular collision results in serious injury or death.

Bicyclists: what to do if you are hit by a car

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With modern commuter solutions, bicycles are being used more often by individuals looking to take advantage of a cost-effective transportation method. Often sharing the road during peak time, cyclists have virtually no protection against a vehicle in an accident.

What should you do if you are a cyclist and in an accident with a vehicle?

First, call 911 to get both medical attention and a police report.

Second, do not talk about the crash to the other party or post about it on social media. Stating you are feeling ‘okay’ before a medical professional has a chance to properly diagnose any injuries will not destroy a case, but it will make things harder once an insurance company is involved. The driver’s insurance company will look for any and all evidence against you to minimize they financial responsibility they face.

This doesn’t mean you are playing the quiet game.

If police, other law enforcement or medical professionals arrive, it is okay to talk to them about the crash. Provide details as you remember them, knowing that your body will likely experience late-stage reactions to adrenaline – meaning, you will feel physically weak, emotional and cold.

Provide your full name and date of birth at a minimum if you have no government issued identification on you at the time of the accident. When sharing your version of events leading up to and following the crash, provide as much detail as possible. Small facts recorded at the time of the accident may trigger memories down the road.

Bystanders are witnesses, get their name and phone number

If there are any bystanders that witnessed the crash, ask them to stay and provide you or the officer their contact information. It often proves useful during a recreation of the event to have a third-party perspective to fill in any gaps that may be undocumented or conflicting.

After the crash: Finding an experienced attorney

After the crash, you may file a claim with the driver’s insurance company within 2 years of the accident to help cover any expenses incurred. However, HarshLaw recommends reaching out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible – specifically, before speaking with any insurance companies as what you say during your initial interviews will have significant weight in any future case or settlement.

Expect the driver’s insurance company to take an extreme adversarial position to any claim. Insurance companies are engineered to minimize the liability of themselves and their clients. Be careful what is said during any discussions and do not volunteer any information.

Insurance companies will act friendly, but they are not your friends. They are highly skilled at mitigating claims.

Top actions to take after a bicycle and vehicle collision

  • Call 911 and request police and EMS to the scene
  • Gather witness information (name, phone number)
  • Ask police how you can obtain a copy of the police report
  • Take pictures of the car and bike
  • Take pictures of the scene
  • Get the vehicle license plate number
  • Do not make a statement to anyone except the police
  • Call HarshLaw at (909) 793-6261
  • Consult with an attorney before you make a claim with any insurance company

Slip and Fall

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slip and fall injury, also known as a trip and fall, is a premises liability claim, a type of personal injury claim or case based on a person slipping (or tripping) on the premises of another and, as a result, suffering injury. A person who is injured by falling may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injury from the owner or person in possession of the premises where the injury occurred. A personal injury attorney will be able to help with a case of this nature, specifically by defining the extent of damages to the injured party as well as the liability of the property owner due to any negligence.

Liability for slip and fall or trip and fall injuries often fall on the owner of the premises where the injury occurred, their control of the premises, or both. For example, a retail store may be liable for a slip-and-fall injury that occurs inside the premises, even though it rents those premises, because it has exclusive control of the interior of the rented property. The owner of the premises (the retail store’s landlord) may have sole or shared liability for an injury that occurs outside of the premises in common areas or access areas, such as the injury from a fall on the sidewalk or in the parking lot of a shopping mall.

Slip and fall cases have two basic elements to determine a valid claim:

  • Lack of negligence: The defendant (store owner) may argue they were not negligent in creating the condition that caused a person to slip and fall, or were not negligent in correcting the condition before injury occurred. For example, the owner of a grocery store may claim that the uncooked rice a patron slipped upon had been dropped on the floor only moments before by another patron. In this case, the storeowner could show this was not a case of negligence, as they did not have reasonable time to discover the danger and take corrective steps to mitigate the danger.
  • Lack of fault: The defendant (store owner) may claim the injured person was responsible for his or her own injury. For example, the store owner may claim that any reasonable patron, exercising due diligence for his or her own safety, would see the hazardous condition of spilled food on the floor, and take those steps necessary to avoid slipping on it.

Premises liability often involves claims more serious than spilled food and often relates to hazardous conditions, including open excavations, uneven pavement, standing water, crumbling curbs, wet floors, uncleared snow, icy walks, falling objects, inadequate security, insufficient lighting, concealed holes, improperly secured mats, or defects in chairs or benches.

In any case, a personal injury attorney is advisable to determine the significance of your claim, as well as evaluate the liability of the property operator and owner. If you have questions about your case, contact Harshbarger Law today.

Pedestrian Lawyer – Auto Accident

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How much can a pedestrian sue when hit by a car?

While you will need to speak with a personal injury lawyer for an answer specific to your situation, the general rule of thumb for Riverside County and San Bernardino County is based on three major factors with the goal of “making the injured person whole again” – while this might sound like the children’s story of Humpty Dumpty falling from his wall, the following is an outline of the major compensation factors:

  • Will you be out of work? If so, how much income loss will you experience as a result of the accident (since the accident and in the future). Will you have to retrain or look for a different career?
  • Will you have medical expenses? If so, future expenses will need to be evaluated as well.
  • Will you have long term limitations? Often described as loss of enjoyment of life but can also include pain and suffering.

Damages are meant to compensate the injured person for all harm that was suffered – both past, present and future. It is often difficult to understand how a financial payment can help someone heal from such a devastating accident, but this is how the legal system works. It is important to work with professionals in evaluating the extent of injuries as initial pain and discomfort often mask long-term issues. If not included in the original claim, it may be difficult to revisit should a future issue arise that was unforeseen.

Can the pedestrian be at fault?

In most cases, the driver of a vehicle will be at fault. However, there are situations where the pedestrian caused the accident to become eminent. Should the pedestrian be found at fault for the accident, they will not be able to sue the driver nor the driver’s insurance company. In most cases for a pedestrian to be at fault, there must be significant evidence showing negligence of the pedestrian, such as:

  • Entering traffic on foot without using proper areas such as cross walks
  • Using a cross walk when it is not the designated turn for the pedestrian
  • Using a street or highway while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Using where pedestrian access is prohibited (posted on all freeways in California)

Shared Fault – What is that?

Sometimes it is clear that both the pedestrian and the driver have contributed to the accident. In this situation, it is referred to as a shared fault. Examples of this may be someone jaywalking but being hit by a driver that was speeding or distracted with their mobile phone and unable to stop in time to avoid the accident.

Comparative Negligence – Where both people share fault

California, like the majority of states, follows the legal doctrine of comparative negligence. In this system, the injured pedestrian can still sue the driver when both parties are at fault. However, the pedestrian may only sue for a percentage of the amount for which they were not responsible for the fault of the accident.

Determining the percentage of fault of any accident has serious implications and a personal injury lawyer provides guidance through the entire process. An example of comparative negligence that is often cited is when a distracted driver struck an intoxicated pedestrian in a crosswalk while the ‘do not walk’ light was illuminated. The accident caused significant injuries of the pedestrian.

In this hypothetical situation, the driver was texting, but otherwise was driving the speed limit and stopped to assist immediately at the scene. The pedestrian, intoxicated, was using the cross walk, but during a time which the “do not walk” light was illuminated. In this situation, the driver should not have been on the road, but the pedestrian also should have not been on the crosswalk, and also could have prevented the accident by not walking into the vehicle’s path.

A jury may determine the fault to be 2/3 driver and 1/3 pedestrian citing that the pedestrian should have seen the driver and avoided the situation all together, but that ultimately it was the driver that failed to.

Assuming the total damages awarded was $1 million, the pedestrian would be able to sue for 2/3 of the amount, approximately $667,000.

Closing Thoughts

Keep in mind this is all hypothetical and your case will be different. A personal injury lawyer will have the experience and empathy to understand the nuances of your situation and recovery. Contact attorney Harshbarger Law to answer your questions with a free consultation.

California Accident Lawyer – Harshbarger Law Motorcycle accident rates have risen steadily for 25 years in Southern California

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Data source: https://www.ots.ca.gov/ots-and-traffic-safety/

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY – Most Recent Annual Data via Office of Traffic Safety

Total Fatal and Injury1626313/58
Alcohol Involved17666/58
Had Been Drinking Driver < 21927/58
Had Been Drinking Driver 21 – 346285/58
Pedestrians < 15 7242/58
Pedestrians 65+4953/58
Bicyclists < 15 4353/58
Speed Related370123/58
Nighttime (9:00pm – 2:59am)15489/58
Hit and Run98229/58

*The OTS Rankings were developed so that individual cities could compare their city’s traffic safety statistics to those of other cities with similar-sized populations. Cities could use these comparisons to see what areas they may have problems in and which they were doing well in. The results helped both cities and OTS identify emerging or on-going traffic safety problem areas in order to help plan how to combat the problems and help with the possibility of facilitating grants. In recent years, media, researchers and the public have taken an interest in the OTS Rankings. It should be noted that OTS rankings are only indicators of potential problems; there are many factors that may either understate or overstate a city/county ranking that must be evaluated based on local circumstances.

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY – Motorcycle Accident Rates Only

2016 – Motorcycles90619/58
2015 – Motorcycles85716/58
2014 – Motorcycles65520/58
2013 – Motorcycles27221/58
2012 – Motorcycles52247/58
2011 – Motorcycles54421/58
2010 – Motorcycles21029/58

“I Just Didn’t See Them.”

Little respect is paid to motorcyclists in Southern California. Whether due to the passive-aggressive SUV squeezing closer to prevent lane splitting or improperly checking side view mirrors before a lane change, every rider has experienced near-misses because of careless or distracted drivers.

When a passenger or commercial vehicle driver hits a motorcycle rider, the most common response is “I just didn’t see the motorcycle, they came out of no-where.” This is not a legal excuse, nor even a human response. Motorcyclists, bicyclists, even pedestrians don’t materialize out of thin air using magic – careless drivers are being careless when operating an automobile.

“No one owns the road, we share it.”

Lane-splitting or lane-sharing is legal in California, the only state with such a law with a reported benefit of reducing freeway congestion and air pollution, according to the State of California Office of Transit Safety report. Previously, lane splitting was commonly accepted to help with the performance of certain motorcycles requiring airflow to keep from overheating – however, allowing motorcycle drivers to safely lane-split is one small step toward alleviating traffic congestion for all drives.

Lane splitting usually occurs between the carpool (HOV) lane and left-most non HOV lane (commonly referred to as the ‘fast’ lane) where riders have more room to pass motorists. The sharing of the carpool lane can cause conflicts or a vicious traffic collision such as one that happened about this time last year involving a case of road rage. Drivers either have jealousy of the motorcyclist ability to bypass traffic and use passive-aggressive lane blocking to dangerously attempt to stop the motorcycle in a petty attempt at personal justice (“I’ll show him” mentality) or drivers fail to properly look for motorcyclists when lane changing.

Here are several examples of motorcyclists in collisions with drivers while lane-splitting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HA3rmezzEo (compilation of accidents)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fK9bmMy7Go (road rage, Southern California)

Motorcyclists ride a 600-pound bike with no protection. Colliding with a 4,000-pound steel car means getting hurt is certain and injuries are often fatal, said the report. While only 20 percent of car crashes result in injury or death, that figure jumps to 80 percent for motorcycle crashes, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Limited visibility is responsible for 38% of fatal motorcycle crashes, according to the NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (2011). https://www.nhtsa.gov/

When a motorcycle accident occurs, motorcyclists of the Redlands and Inland Empire area face many obstacles, from medical recovery to their recovery of damages. The motorcycle accident lawyers of Harshbarger Law are dedicated to helping victims who have been injured in a crash – whether with an individual or commercial driver. Our attorneys, led by seasoned lawyer Mark Harshbarger, know how to counter the common biases against motorcyclist stereotypes and focus on the facts, the law, and negligence of the automobile driver.

For automobiles, 31% of crashes result in injury but only 0.29% of accidents are fatal. For motorcycles 78.3% of reported crashes result in injury and 4.24% of crashes are fatal. Motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle result in serious injury to motorcyclists versus the driver and passengers of the automobile (NHTSA).

Motorcyclists have very little protection in a collision.  Facts about motorcyclist fatalities:

  • The majority of crashes involving motorcycles are single-vehicle crashes; Safety begins with the rider.
  • Since 2014, riders 40 and older made up the largest percentage of motorcycle fatalities, about 55% of all riders killed in 2013 and 54 percent in 2014, 2015 and 2016. (NHTSA)
  • 48% of motorcyclist deaths in 2016 occurred on weekends. Those deaths were more likely to occur after 6 p.m.
  • About 26% of fatally injured motorcycle drivers in 2016 had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above 0.08 percent.
  • 68% of the female motorcyclists who died in crashes in 2016 were passengers; The vast majority of male motorcyclists who died were drivers.

Fatalities or catastrophic injuries are common: Spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, back and neck injuries, fractures, amputations, internal injuries, and severe “road rash” burns and abrasions. Injured motorcyclists may have to endure reconstructive surgery or painful rehab and perhaps deal with disability, disfigurement, and the psychological aftermath.

Harshbarger Law works with experts in many fields to help establish liability and detail the case for monetary damages, including punitive damages in appropriate cases.

Hospital bills following a motorcycle accident grow quickly. Compound these medical costs with lost income if the victim cannot return to work for weeks or months, and victims may not be able to support themselves or loved ones in day-to-day living expenses.

Contact our specialists serving Southern California, Inland Empire including both San Bernardino and Riverside County. Harshbarger Law is also able to speak at events to answer questions specific to motorcycle injuries and accidents. Let our lead attorney, Mark Harshbarger, fight for your recovery if you are hit by a careless, uninsured, or underinsured motorist.

Dog Bite Lawyer: How Much Can I Sue for a Dog Bite?

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800,000 people a year head to the emergency room each year because of dog bites. In addition to these unlucky victims, thousands of others go to their own doctors for bites or for injuries related to dog encounters (primarily falls). When a dog has bitten you, the owner is held responsible for the injuries you’ve incurred; learning what to expect can help you determine your next steps.

Compensation for Redlands Dog Bite Injuries

You should seek out a lawyer after you’ve been bitten, because there are many factors that go into determining compensation, including:

  • Medical bills: the cost of treatment, restoration and rehabilitation, including physical and other therapies if needed.
  • Pain and suffering: Dog bites can take a long time to heal and are painful.
  • Lost wages: That long recovery period may mean you can’t go back to work, or can’t perform your specific job, leading to loss of income.
  • Property damage: Did the dog damage your property, like a bicycle or watch? That could be included as well.
  • Punitive damages: Was the owner particularly negligent – either setting the dog loose or knowingly allowing it around others, despite a past history of biting?

Dog Bites and Liability

The other side will work hard to show you share some liability or blame for your bite. Owners are generally held responsible for their dogs’ actions in Redlands. Some exceptions include victims that were trespassing on the dog’s own property; someone climbing over a fence to access a yard who is then bitten by the resident dog will not have much of a case.

Someone who was bitten after taunting or harming the animal in question would also be liable for their own actions – if the dog is protecting itself or it’s owner’s home, then the owner will not likely be liable.

Owners are liable if their dogs break through a fence, run out the door or are simply neglected and allowed to run around loose. An owner who knowingly takes a dog that bites to a park or other public place would also likely be considered responsible for the damage caused by the animal.

What to do After a Dog Bite

It is essential to seek out prompt medical attention after you have been bitten, even if the injury does not seem severe. Dog bits can cause lasting damage to skin and muscles, and if left untreated, can become horribly infected.

Your medical records also help document your case and ensure you receive all you are legally entitled to after you’ve been bitten. The best way to get help for your bite is to contact a dog bite lawyer right away.

Contact us to learn more about your options and to make sure you can recover financially and physically after a traumatic incident like a dog attack. We understand just how scary and damaging a bite can be and will work hard to ensure you are treated fairly by the responsible owner.