Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents happen frequently in urban areas all over California where the population is high and there are many drivers on the road. Those who decide to use a motorcycle are at greater risk of an accident. Unfortunately, the risk of a motorcycle collision is even higher today due to traffic congestion and the popularity of cell phones, iPads, and other electronics that leave drivers distracted behind the steering wheel. Although motorcyclists use safety equipment such as protective jackets and helmets, which can reduce the extent of injuries, they remain prone to serious bodily harm due to the size of the average motorcycle in comparison to the size of a car or a truck.
Common motorcyclist accidents arise when unwary drivers pull out of an alley, side street, or parking lot without noticing the victim, or merely swerve and make an unsafe lane change without paying attention to their surroundings. Although these accidents occur frequently, there are laws in place that safeguard the rights of motorcyclists, and the attorneys at Car Accident Hotline are ready to help victims achieve justice in recovering damages for their injuries. For example, California Vehicle Code 21804 mandates that all drivers entering a roadway yield the right of way to oncoming traffic. Similarly, California Vehicle Code 22107 forbids drivers from maneuvering between lanes until it is reasonably safe to do so with an appropriate signal on.
It is important that you retain an attorney who is familiar with the laws that matter in motorcycle accidents and who is going to fight hard on your behalf. It is common for insurance companies to deny liability in motorcycle-involved accidents, and thus, choosing a qualified lawyer is extremely important.
Here are some common answers to questions about motorcycle accidents:
I was in a motorcycle accident. What should I do next?
A quick checklist of things to do after a motorcycle accident:
- Write down as much information as possible about the accident.
- Scan your vicinity. If there are any witnesses to the accident, get their contact info.
- Gather and preserve evidence. This includes any photos or videos at the scene of the accident, the torn and bloody clothing you were wearing, or a medical journal detailing your physical injuries and pain.
- Get immediate medical treatment. This is important for your well-being and to document the physical trauma you have suffered.
- Contact an experienced injury attorney to immediately begin your claim.
Are motorcycle accidents treated like a common accident between two cars?
An accident involving a motorcycle should not be treated the same as a crash between two motor vehicles. The impact of the accident and the injuries that are likely to occur as a result can be significant. The injured party in a motorcycle accident is more likely sustain significant injuries or death in a collision. The injuries are often catastrophic and require more financial resources for the victim to recover or resume life as normally as possible.
I am a motorcyclist and was involved in accident when a driver turned left in front of me. Who is at fault?
Generally, a left-hand turning vehicle is found to be at fault. This is because vehicles turning left (whether at a light or not) must yield to all oncoming traffic. While liability may be disputed, it is important to retain an attorney who will represent your rights and prove that the you were not the party at fault.
What damages are recoverable in a motorcycle accident?
In seeking a claim for injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident, the goal is to place the entire financial burden of an injury or death on at-fault party. Injured parties can be compensated for the following:
- Medical bills
- Cost of rehabilitation
- Resulting disability
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Additional damages may be available depending on the unique circumstances of the case. In some instances, loss of enjoyment life or loss of consortium may apply and entitle the victim to further compensation.
Why should I hire an attorney after my motorcycle accident?
Experienced motorcycle accident injury attorneys are familiar with the law and have a great deal of experience working with insurance companies. We will make sure you are treated fairly. A qualified attorney will fully investigate the crash and properly documents and facts, including any injuries sustained, to ensure that you receive full compensation for your injuries.
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