California’s gorgeous weather and famous scenic drives make it a wonderful state for motorcycle rides. Unfortunately, more motorcycles on the road means there is a greater chance of a motorcycle accident.
California does require motorcycle riders to take special precautions while on the road; however, even with those precautions in place, serious accidents occur that cause severe injuries and even death.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles, while fun to ride, are very difficult for the average passenger car driver to see. The small size of the bike compared to other vehicles on the road, coupled with the speed it is traveling and the weaving route it may take, can make it incredibly difficult to predict the path of a motorcycle while driving. This can quickly lead to accidents involving a motorcycle and passenger vehicle. These accidents are typically not severe for the passenger car driver but can be devastating for the motorcyclist. It is important for everyone on the road to keep an eye out for motorcycles. Motorcyclists must also be aware of their surroundings. Being vigilant is the best way to avoid an accident. Motorcyclists should do everything they can to make themselves more visible, such as wearing brightly colored clothing, wearing an appropriate helmet, and gently honking their horn if they do not think a driver has registered their presence, especially if the vehicle is changing lanes or turning in front of them.
Other than collisions with cars or trucks, motorcyclists can lose control of their bikes and end up in crashes that do not involve any other vehicles (also known as single-vehicle accidents). Poor weather conditions like rain, snow, and ice can create slippery surfaces, leading to a crash. We also all know that our roads are not always in the best condition and there are many potholes, cracks, uneven pavement, and gravel that can cause a rider to lose control. A mechanical problem with the bike itself can also cause a crash. If the bike had design and/or manufacturing defects or was not properly fixed when brought in for maintenance, a mechanical failure could occur and the motorcyclist could crash. In these scenarios and others, the injured party could maintain a products liability claim in addition to any viable personal injury claims.
Motorcycle Accidents Lead to Serious Injuries
Motorcyclists are often severely injured in a crash because they do not have the same structural protections as a car or other type of vehicle. Riding on a motorcycle does not give the rider any type of cushion to absorb the impact of a crash like a driver in a passenger car would have. Many of the common injuries motorcyclists suffer from in collisions can be debilitating or fatal.
One of the most common injuries from a motorcycle accident is road rash. Road rash happens when the skin is rubbed off the muscles from sliding on the road after being thrown from the motorcycle during an accident. Broken bones, dislocated and sprained joints, internal bleeding, and punctured organs are also very common. The impact from a car or from hitting the ground can also cause severe spinal cord injuries that can lead to paralysis. Even though helmets are required, traumatic brain injuries still happen and, without proper treatment, can cause lifelong pain and suffering.
What to Do if You Are in a Motorcycle Accident
No matter what type of accident you are in, the first step is to call emergency services and seek medical attention. Being in a motorcycle accident is extremely traumatic for your body. Even if you do not feel seriously injured, you may have injuries that appear after the shock of the accident has worn off. Make sure to get medical attention as soon as possible. After emergency services have been called, if you are physically able to and another vehicle is involved, obtain contact and insurance information from the driver of the vehicle or vehicles and any witnesses. Take pictures and video of your motorcycle, the vehicle, and the surrounding area. After the police have arrived and written their report of the accident, ask for a copy of it or at least the incident number assigned to your accident. All of this information is crucial evidence for the resulting insurance claim and potential court case.
The next essential step is to hire a reliable, experienced attorney to help guide you through the legal process after a motorcycle accident occurs. Curtis Legal Group has extensive experience handling serious motorcycle accidents and our trial lawyers will help you meet all deadlines involved with insurance claims and with filing a lawsuit. California has time limits on when you can file a lawsuit after an accident, so it is important to start that process as soon as possible. We also recommend you consult with our legal team before you speak with any insurance companies. Insurance companies may not have your best interests at heart and will not want to pay you fairly for your injuries, pain, and suffering.
Your motorcycle accident injuries can leave you with lifelong disabilities, changing the way you live your daily life. Medical treatment can cost thousands of dollars that your insurance may not cover. If your injuries prevent you from returning to work, your lost wages should be compensated. Curtis Legal Group knows the intricacies of motorcycle accident cases and will fight for your right to full financial compensation.
California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Curtis Legal Group has extensive experience helping motorcyclists recover money for damaged property, medical bills, lost wages, and other financial hardships, including pain and suffering. We will review your case, investigate the accident, and determine who should be held accountable for your injuries. While many motorcycle crash cases are settled out of court, it can be necessary to take a case to trial. Our attorneys are experienced at defending motorcyclists in front of a jury and know how to present your case for the best possible outcome.
Curtis Legal Group is here to help you get the financial compensation you deserve after a motorcycle accident. You should be focusing on recovering, not fighting with insurance companies or others to pay for your injuries. Our legal team will fight for you to get the help you need. Contact Curtis Legal Group today!