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Verdicts & Settlements
"$2,073,373.80 jury verdict against national retail store for negligent operation of a cart resulting in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome to client." - (2017)
"$2,000,000.00 settlement reached during jury selection for client who was struck on left foot by an employee operating a merchandising cart at a retail store resulting in a serious neurological injury to client. " - (2014)
"$1,900,000.00 recovered for families for the wrongful death of their 2 children arising out of a drunk driving auto accident." - (2010)
"$3,400,000.00 settlement against a school district on behalf of 4 victims of sexual abuse by their school principal." - (2016)


Our Merced motorcycle accident lawyers understand that accidents typically have inordinately high rates of severe and fatal injuries. With little or no buffer between the rider and the road, accident victims are at serious risk for head and spinal cord injuries, catastrophic damage to internal organs, and death. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, Jacob J. Rivas, Attorney at Law, stands ready to take your case against those who have harmed you. Contact us for a free consultation or to begin filing your Merced motorcycle accident injury claim today.


Car and truck drivers often claim they never saw the motorcycle before impact. In many cases, the motorcycle rider followed the road rules, but the other driver did not pay proper attention to objects in the rearview mirror or check blind spots. Our Merced motorcycle accident lawyers build a solid case against the other driver, showing how they violated their duty of care and negligently caused your injuries.

Typical cases of driver negligence that cause motorcycle accidents include:

Unsafe lane changes
Running stop signs and lights
Broadside and rear-end collisions
Speeding vehicles
Drunk and impaired drivers
Distracted drivers

Demonstrating driver negligence is just the first step that our Merced motorcycle accident attorneys take. Next, you want to prove that you operated your motorcycle with due care.

Sometimes, police and courts blame riders for the perfectly legal operation of their bike. “Lane splitting” refers to moving forward in traffic between two other vehicles. This technique does not break any traffic laws; however, splitting lanes before an accident can lead to assumptions of rider negligence and fault in a Merced motorcycle accident lawsuit. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Merced, like Mr. Rivas, can assess your rights from the outset and prevent a negligent driver from pointing the finger at you to avoid their responsibility to you.


Whether you are involved in a car crash, motorcycle, or trucking accident, Jacob J. Rivas, Attorney at Law, gets results. Over the years, Attorney Rivas has represented individual clients against large insurance companies and corporations, helping them win millions of dollars for their auto accident injuries. The attentiveness and ability to think like the other side provides our motorcycle accident lawyer in Merced with an advantage over the “big guys.”

As a client, you benefit from the following:

  • Negotiator insight — A pre-trial settlement resolves most cases. Mr. Rivas used to work for insurance companies and knows how to beat their negotiation tricks and tactics.
  • Litigator excellence — Mr. Rivas has achieved the status of California Superlawyer®, putting him in the top five percent of personal injury litigators
  • Analytic edge — Mr. Rivas has significant experience working with investigators, medical experts, and medical and accident reconstruction experts to keep the court focused on the other side’s fault and establish that you consistently rode safely.

After an accident, you want to be in safe hands. You want a motorbike crash attorney in Merced who understands your legal and medical issues and how the defense thinks. Mr. Rivas offers complete experience as one conscientious attorney.

Contact Our Merced Motorcycle Injury Law Firm For Your Free Consultation

Call Jacob J. Rivas, Attorney at Law, at Phone: 559-263-9667 or toll-free or contact us online to arrange a free consultation, including evenings and weekends. Mr. Rivas is not paid until a settlement is an awarded or a favorable verdict is is obtained.