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Motocross Rider Dies in Freak Accident at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park – Motocross Wrongful Death Lawyers


Motocross Rider Dies in Freak Accident at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park Motocross Wrongful Death Lawyers

A 9-year-old motocross rider died in what is being called a “freak accident” on Sunday, June 2, 2024, while she was riding her off-road motorbike at a motorsports park. The incident occurred at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park shortly before 10 a.m. according to officials. The girl, Brooke Carlton, was riding her motorbike when she was struck by another rider, also a juvenile. Good Samaritans gave Brooke first aid as she was unconscious after the incident. Emergency responders arrived and rushed her to a nearby hospital, but she could not be saved. The other child involved suffered only minor injuries and was treated at the scene of the crash.

Brooke was an ambassador for a motorsports apparel brand. She was “an absolute sweetheart that could brighten anyone’s day with her warm smile,” according to the fundraising page created in support of her family.

The motorsports park where the incident occurred made the following statement:

“We are truly sad about the situation. This was such a freak accident as the parents said…This is not a time to bash the track but a time to remember this little girl and support her family. We are a community and we will do our part in supporting the family as well.”

The incident is being investigated by the Traffic Bureau, the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station, and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office.

Without a doubt, this is a devastating incident, but referring to it as a “freak accident” can be misleading. Based on the details surrounding the incident, the property owner, the motorbike manufacturers, and even the parents of the riders could have some liability for the death of the young girl.

Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, we are experienced in wrongful death claims and are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need. Whether you are the parent of Brooke Carlton or of another child that died or sustained serious injuries in a motorcross accident, it is important that you explore the legal options available to you with our motorcross accident lawyers as soon as possible. Our team has decades of experience and is ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to fight for your rights.

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Possible Causes of Motorbike Crashes at Motorsports Parks

There are many possible causes of these incidents. Some examples of possible causes can include the following:

  • Defective motorbikes which can lead to a loss of brakes, loss of power, loss of steering, bike collapse, tires falling off, etc.
  • Dangerous motocross paths, including poor visibility, blind spots, unsafe intersecting paths, etc.
  • Inexperienced motocross riders, inexperienced riders riding at more difficult motorsport paths/parks.
  • Negligent motocross riders, including older/experienced riders using paths/parks designated for novice or younger riders.
  • Intentional actions of riders, or purposefully crashing into other riders
  • Rider error, including riding too fast, taking sharp turns, not checking for other riders, etc.

In addition, it is important that the injuries suffered in these accidents can worsen significantly if the rider is not wearing appropriate gear or if the gear (including helmets) is defective.

Motocross Accident Injuries

These incidents can lead to devastating injuries, which could include the following:

  • Head injuries, including concussions, traumatic brain injuries, and skull fractures
  • Neck injuries, including whiplash and fractures
  • Back injuries, including herniated discs, slipped discs, broken back, etc.
  • Spinal cord injuries, which can lead to paralysis or quadriplegia
  • Fractures, including broken ribs, broken arms, broken legs, etc.
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Pelvic injuries
  • Hip injuries
  • Crushing injuries
  • Severed limbs
  • Nerve damage
  • Ligament and muscle damage
  • Lacerations
  • Road burn
  • Scrapes and bruises

Although some of these injuries might seem to be only minor, the truth is that these injures can cause permanent disability and could even be fatal.

If you or a member of your family suffered any of these injuries – or suffered fatal injuries – you could have the right to file a lawsuit. For more information about the legal options available to you, please do not hesitate to contact the experts here at our law firm at your earliest convenience.

Your Right to File a Lawsuit

Your right to file a lawsuit is based on the cause of the incident. For example, if the accident occurred because of the unsafe conditions at the motorsports park, claimants could sue the property owner; this would be based on the concept of premise liability and the failure to keep the premises safe. Property owners could be liable for failing to identify and address hazards and even for failing to ensure that all riders were following rules. If the incident occurred because of a defective motorbike, then the product manufacturer could be sued; this would be based on the concept of product liability and the failure to ensure that the product was safe for consumers.

Because these incidents could be associated with many different causes, many parties/entities could be liable for injuries and for wrongful death. We understand that it could be very difficult for victims and their families to even think about filing a lawsuit and everything from establishing liability to finding a lawyer to help. Our team knows that this is a difficult time, and we urge you to let us take care of your case.

Contact us today to speak with our lawyers about the legal options available to you after a fatal motorcross accident. Our motorcross wrongful death lawyers are ready to guide you every step of the way.

Can I Recover Compensation?

Yes, you can be eligible to recover compensation for a motorcross accident claim, although the compensation available will look different based on whether you are pursuing an injury claim or a wrongful death claim. The following categories of compensation may be available for recovery:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of consortium
  • Punitive damages
  • Legal fees

What can I recover? Based on the details surrounding your claim, you could be entitled to recover some of the compensation mentioned above. Ultimately, the value of your claim will be based on the severity of the injuries suffered as well as many other factors. Injury claims and wrongful death claims could be worth anywhere from $150,000 to $3 million depending on the facts.

How long will it take to settle my case? It can take anywhere from just a few months to two years to settle injury cases and wrongful death cases. Here at our law firm, we are committed to settling your case within a reasonable length of time. If you have already started your claim elsewhere but the process seems to be going nowhere or you simply are unsatisfied with the way that your current lawyer is handling your claim, contact us today. Our team can take over to help you get the settlement that you are owed.

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How Long Do I Have to Sue?

In California, personal injury claims and wrongful death claims are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. This means that claimants only have two years to file their lawsuits. When claimants do not file their claims on time, they can lose their right to sue entirely. Although parents can sue on behalf of their children, an injured child can pursue his or her own lawsuit once he or she turns eighteen. In other words, the two-year statute of limitations will be tolled until the victim is an adult. For more information about the total length of time that you have to pursue your claim, contact us today. Our team will make sure that your motorcross accident claim is filed on time.

Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group

Here at our law firm, our lawyers have decades of experience handling personal injury claims and wrongful death claims alike. If you sustained injuries or a member of your family died in a motorcross accident, it is important that you seek legal help as soon as possible. Our team here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group can help you fight for your rights and recover the compensation that you are owed. We offer free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free case evaluations, our team will be available to answer your questions and address all your concerns; our experts will provide you with all the information that you need to begin or continue your motocross accident claim. If you are ready to schedule a free consultation or a free second opinion, contact us today.

Zero-Fee Guarantee: our clients will not have to pay any upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. Since we work on contingency, our clients will actually not be required to pay any legal fees if their claims are not successful. When you win, all legal fees will come from the recovery, so you will not have to pay anything out-of-pocket.

If you are ready to speak with our lawyers, contact us today.


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