Any motor vehicle accident can be a serious or deadly one, but those that involve motorcycles can be among the worst. The motorcyclist is especially vulnerable, and since most motorcycle accidents come about when an innocent rider is struck by a car turning left at an intersection, he or she usually isn’t the one who caused it.
Motorcycle accidents can cause broken limbs, burn injuries, head and neck injuries, and other serious results in addition to extensive damage to your bike. An experienced motorcycle personal injury lawyer who is familiar with motorcycle accidents can help you get a full settlement that covers all your medical expenses as well as repairing or replacing your motorcycle, reimbursing you for both time lost from work, and time spent recovering from your pain and suffering.
Motorcycles are often customized and most insurance companies won’t take the love and care you’ve taken in personalizing your bike into account when they offer you a settlement. We know those additions aren’t cheap, and you deserve to have your bike and your health receive the highest possible settlement. Motorcycle accidents far too often result in damaged limbs that may require a lifetime of therapy or the use of medical devices, and these ongoing expenses are ones we don’t ignore.
After getting prompt medical care, the best thing you can do after any motorcycle accident is to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer with Banafshe Law Firm, PC. Statistics show that insurance company proposals are less than those received by those who have a personal attorney negotiate their claim. We know better than to accept the first offer from an insurance company that is more interested in their own profits than your rights and just wants a quick resolution that covers only their interests, and we will fight to make sure that you receive full compensation for all your expenses. No matter how helpful or polite the adjuster may seem, don’t sign anything he or she presents you until you have spoken with us. We will make sure that your interests, not the insurance company’s, are fully addressed.
What are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
All accidents are different, but there are some factors that a lot of motorcycle accidents have in common:
Speeding greatly increases a person’s chances of being involved in a motorcycle accident. When a person speeds, whether it’s a motorcyclist or a car driver, they are more likely to lose control of their vehicle. They are also have less time to react.
Driving Under the Influence
Drugs and alcohol can impair driving ability. They can also slow down reaction time. It is important to note that illicit drugs and alcohol are not the only substances that can make driving dangerous. Certain prescription drugs, such as sedatives, can increase the risk of an accident.
Motorists are responsible for making sure that their bike is in good shape before they take it out on the road. If the motorcycle is defective, then an accident is more likely to occur.
Dangerous Road Conditions
Potholes, crumbling pavement and debris can make the road more dangerous. These hazards can increase one’s chances of losing control of their vehicle.
Unsafe Lane Changes
Drivers are required to check their blind spots before they change lanes. If a driver fails to check their blind spots, then they can easily collide into a motorcycle.
Following Too Closely
If a motorcycle is following another car too closely, then they can easily collide into the back of the car. That is why it is a good idea to be at least four seconds behind the car in front of you.
Substantial Injury or Catastrophic Injury
Unfortunately, most motorcycle accidents result in the motorcycle rider suffering a substantial injury or catastrophic injury. It is especially important for motorcycle riders to be vigilant and wear appropriate motorcycle safety gear to minimize the risk of injury. If you have suffered an injury as a result of an motorcycle accident, the attorneys at Banafshe Law Firm will work with your medical providers and experts in the field to assist you during your recovery and to maximize the compensation you will receive.
What Does California Law Say About Wearing Motorcycle Helmets?
All motorcycle riders in California are required to wear a helmet. Both drivers and passengers have to wear a helmet. There are 19 other states that require that people wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle.
It is also important to note that the helmet must comply with federal laws. It has to fit snugly and be approved by the Department of Transportation.
Please contact us today for a free initial consultation where we can go over your case with you. We’ll let you know what you are likely to receive, and while you concentrate on regaining your life and bike, we can fight the insurance companies and those responsible for your accident with your best interests in mind. You need someone on your side who knows the law and who won’t stop short of getting the best possible result for you.
If you have been involved in an accident, contact Banafshe Law Firm, PC as soon as possible for a free initial consultation by calling (888) LAW-9991 since a delay might affect the outcome of your settlement.