As many motorcycle enthusiasts know, the California scenery is best viewed from the open road with the warm winds in your face and the power of four to six cylinders pushing below you. Whether it is the winding roads that take you through the mountains down to the beaches of Malibu and Santa Monica or the long stretch of freeways known as the 405, 101, and 5, motorcycles have become a favorite toy of many “weekend warriors.” They are the well-loved transport of numerous full-time riders throughout California who love the freedom and excitement they offer.
The Risks with Motorcycle Accidents
Unfortunately, whether it is a custom motorcycle, a stock motorcycle, or even a “trike,” motorcycles do not provide as much safety to riders as a car or a truck. Typical motorcycle accidents include being rear-ended by a vehicle where the driver is distracted, left turn collisions, drunk drivers, broadsided collisions, out of control drivers, and drivers who run stop signs and red lights only to collide with your motorcycle. Of course, there are also situations in which defective motorcycles have led to motorcycle accidents.
With the number of larger vehicles and trucks on the Southern California roads, this lack of protective layers can leave you with serious injuries if you are involved in a motorcycle accident. Most often, a motorcycle rider is ejected from the bike because of the force of impact of another vehicle or object. Even with proper protective motorcycle gear, like helmets, pads, gloves and protective clothing, motorcycle accident injuries can lead to ruptured discs, serious brain injury, and road rash. Even worse, a motorcycle accident can become fatal; leaving loved ones behind to deal with the aftermath.
Here are the steps to take if you are in a motorcycle accident.
Whether you get into a motorcycle accident on Ventura Boulevard or the 101 Freeway on your beloved Harley, Ducati, or BMW motorcycle, there are certain things you should do after it happens. After first checking on the welfare of all those involved in the motorcycle accident, including yourself, passengers, and those in other vehicles, you will need to contact the police and get ambulance assistance. You can never be too cautious about potential physical injuries that you have sustained, especially those internal conditions that may not be immediately obvious. Before going to the hospital in the ambulance, there is certain information that you will need to provide at the scene of the motorcycle accident. You will need to exchange information with the other driver or drivers as well as any passengers, including contact information, driver’s license number and expiration, and insurance company. You will also want to get vehicle information, including the make, year, color, and license plate number. If you have a cell phone or smart phone, it is a good idea to take pictures of your motorcycle, the other vehicle(s), and the entire accident scene. Capture as much about the road conditions, including traffic, and weather as possible to provide later on. Be sure to also get the contact information of any witness as this information is important for the insurance company as well as any personal injury attorney you retain. Also get information of the police officer that is at the scene and request a copy of the motorcycle accident report.
In addition to the physical pain and the recovery time it takes to heal and get back on your feet, you are now facing other costs, such as medical bills, motorcycle repairs or replacement, and lost wages. While you may have motorcycle insurance where you can file a claim and have the vehicle insurance information of the driver or drivers involved in the motorcycle accident, all of this takes time. Sometimes, the insurance companies take so much time to determine fault and settlement amounts that your medical bills go into collections. Then you have to worry about your credit rating. You also may not have transportation or a way to get your motorcycle repaired or replaced. As the motorcycle owner, you have the right to have your bike repaired or replaced. Most often, motorcycles do not withstand the damage the way a vehicle does after an accident. You may need to rent a vehicle to get you to work and home while you wait for your motorcycle to be repaired, so you also have a right to be reimbursed for your rental vehicle. The problem is that insurance companies often dispute the extent of this property damage, leaving you concerned with how you will be able to repair or replace your motorcycle. All of this leaves you feeling frustrated and fearful. The stress piles up as you think about how unfair it is that another driver or biker’s negligence caused the motorcycle accident and now you seem to be paying for that when you did nothing wrong, but happen to be on the road at the wrong time. At the same time, you may be dealing with physical therapy or rehabilitation after the motorcycle accident, or, if you are family that has lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you may be planning a funeral.
The motorcycle accident attorneys at the Drake Law Firm can help put your frustration and fears to rest. Through personal communication and around-the-clock dedication, we fight for the motorcycle accident compensation you deserve. Your settlement can make those medical bills and motorcycle repair costs go away. Then, you can get back on your feet and back on the road. 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 the motorcycle accident attorney at Drake Law Firm today to get professional legal assistance. We have helped many motorcycle riders quickly receive the compensation they deserve after a motorcycle accident.