The adrenaline rush when the bike roars to life. The feel of the cool wind across your face. An organic view of the vast California valley right before your eyes. To a rider, hoisting up on the seat of a motorcycle is the purest form of freedom. There is an indescribable feeling of liberation and bliss that is unlike any other that comes from riding a motorcycle.
Motorcycle crashes happen often and can lead to disastrous, and sometimes fatal, results including brain injury, road rash, psychological trauma, and more. Dealing with the devastating aftermath of a motorcycle crash is taxing on both the rider and their families depending on the financial, physical, and psychological burdens that these crashes cause.
Between the carelessness of other drivers and the uncertainty of driving in general, accidents happen and being a prepared rider is of the utmost importance.
But not all motorcycle accidents can be prevented. The personal injury lawyers at Drake Law Firm are there to make the recovery process easier for those involved in motorcycle accidents by striving for full compensation and a speedy financial recovery.
Why Are Motorcycles So Dangerous?
According to MotorcycleSafetyInfo.com, riders are 209% more likely to get in an accident than motorists. Motorists are not as likely to recognize motorcyclists as they are other vehicles. Likewise, most motorcyclists involved in accidents have not been properly trained.
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety reported that, in recent years, more than 4,381 motorcyclists died in crashes. The same source also reported 2,305 of those deaths were due to lack of motorcycle licensures and training. 1,678 of those drivers were not wearing helmets.
Motorcycle crashes can alter lives if the correct precautions are not taken. Awareness, education, and proper training may help prevent these accidents or can help riders decide the proper route for attending to unavoidable accidents.
How To Avoid A Motorcycle Accident
Because motorcycles are incredibly dangerous, there are a number of cautionary steps for riders to take before heading out onto the open road. Be aware of California state laws regarding motorcycles and ensure that you receive the proper education and training before purchasing a motorcycle. Between donning gear that is recommended for riders to wear and traffic laws that must be obeyed, there are a number of steps that riders can take to avoid a motorcycle accident.
The proper gear and equipment can mean the difference between life and death in a motorcycle accident. Donning the proper gear is imperative for safe riding. According to California Vehicle Code, Division 12, Chapter 5, Article 7, Section 27803, “It is unlawful to operate a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle if the driver or any passenger is not wearing a safety helmet as required by subdivision.” Riders and passengers are required to wear a safety helmet, but are encouraged to wear other safety gear as well, including a jacket and long pants. This will prevent windburn, sunburn, burn from the exhaust, and, depending on the situation, road burn.
Aside from sporting the appropriate gear for riding, the most important lesson a rider must learn to avoid an accident is to become aware. Riders should be acutely aware of larger vehicles and concentrate solely on recognizing the dangers of the road. Attentiveness to surroundings and the actions of others on the road may help prevent a serious, life-threatening crash. Failure to do so may result in disastrous circumstances.
What To Do If You’re Involved In An Accident
Motorcycle accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and it is often difficult to discern where to start to address the situation. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, take the following steps to receive proper care:
- Check the condition of all parties involved and call 911
- If all involved are uninjured, record their information, including their insurance information, license plate number, and information regarding the make and model of the vehicles involved
- If possible, take pictures of the scene of the accident
- Do not leave the scene of the accident before the police arrive, even if everyone involved is uninjured
- Do not agree to an interview with the other passengers’ insurance company
- Do not immediate repair the bike until the damage is documented
Following these steps will ensure a smooth recovery and will help the attorneys at Drake Law Firm give you the best care possible.
How The Lawyers At Drake Law Firm Can Help
Aside from the physical and emotional pain that motorcycle accidents cause, one of the cruelest results of an accident is the heavy financial burden that they leave behind, including medical bills, vehicle and motorcycle repair, loss of wages, and other troublesome financial costs that result from an accident.
The personal injury attorneys at Drake Law firm work tirelessly to help victims receive the compensation they deserve. The attorneys will lift the burden and ensure that victims can focus on recovery and recuperation. Drake Law Firm wants to ensure your recovery will be as painless as possible.
Reach out to our motorcycle accident legal firm for a free consultation and experience the compassion, understanding, and skills you need to recover from your experience or to help you if a loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident.
Contact a motorcycle accident attorney at Benjamin Drake Firm at 844 51-DRAKE if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles, or the San Francisco, Sacramento, Stockton today to get professional legal assistance.