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Motorcycle Accidents

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At the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley, we understand that motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries, including broken bones, head trauma, and spinal cord injuries. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident in Redding or the surrounding areas, we are here to help.

We have a deep understanding of California motorcycle laws and regulations, and we will work tirelessly to help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

Call (530) 491-4727 or contact us online today to schedule a free case evaluation.

The Dangers of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists are more exposed than occupants of cars or trucks, which makes them more susceptible to severe injuries in the event of an accident. Common injuries include fractures, head injuries, road rash, internal injuries, and even fatal injuries.

Motorcycles are smaller and less visible than larger vehicles, which can make it challenging for other drivers to see them, especially in blind spots. This lack of visibility increases the risk of accidents.

Lastly, riders can be ejected from their bikes, leading to severe injuries or fatalities upon impact with the road or other objects.

Common causes of motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles include:

  • Left-Turning Vehicles: One of the most common scenarios is when a car or truck makes a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle. This often occurs because the car driver fails to accurately judge the motorcycle's speed or doesn't notice it at all.
  • Failure to Yield: Drivers of larger vehicles may fail to yield the right-of-way to motorcycles, either at intersections, merging lanes, or when changing lanes on the highway.
  • Distracted Driving: Drivers distracted by texting, talking on the phone, eating, or other activities are less likely to notice motorcycles on the road, increasing the risk of collisions.
  • Drunk or Impaired Driving: Alcohol or drug impairment can impair a driver's ability to see and react to motorcycles, leading to accidents.
  • Speeding: Speeding by either the motorcyclist or the driver of another vehicle can reduce reaction times and increase the severity of accidents.
  • Lane Changes: Sudden lane changes by cars or trucks without signaling can catch motorcyclists off guard and result in collisions.
  • Following Too Closely: Tailgating motorcycles is particularly dangerous because they can stop more quickly than larger vehicles. Rear-end collisions are common when drivers follow motorcycles too closely.
  • Road Conditions: Poor road conditions, such as potholes, debris, or slick surfaces, can pose significant risks to motorcyclists who have less stability and control than cars.
  • Inexperienced Drivers: Inexperienced motorcyclists and drivers may lack the skills and knowledge necessary to safely navigate traffic and avoid accidents.
  • Driver Aggression: Aggressive driving behaviors like road rage can lead to dangerous situations for motorcyclists, as well as other road users.

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

Succeeding in a motorcycle accident claim involves several steps and considerations. It's essential to navigate the process carefully to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages.

The following are several steps to take after a motorcycle accident:

  • Seek Medical Attention Immediately: Prioritize your health and well-being. Seek medical attention right away, even if your injuries seem minor. A prompt medical evaluation creates a record of your injuries, which is crucial for your claim.
  • Contact Law Enforcement: Report the accident to the police and ensure they create an accident report. Obtain a copy of the police report, as it will contain important details about the incident.
  • Document the Scene: If possible and safe, take photos of the accident scene, including the positions of vehicles, damage, road conditions, and any relevant road signs or signals. Collect contact information from witnesses who can provide statements about the accident.
  • Exchange Information: Exchange contact and insurance information with the other party involved in the accident. Be sure to obtain their name, address, phone number, and insurance details.
  • Notify Your Insurance Company: Contact your motorcycle insurance provider to report the accident. Provide them with accurate and detailed information about the incident. Follow your insurer's instructions for filing a claim with them.
  • Consult with an Attorney: Consider hiring a personal injury attorney with experience in motorcycle accident cases. They can provide invaluable guidance and representation throughout the process. An attorney can help you understand your rights, negotiate with insurance companies, and build a strong case.

The Complexities of Motorcycle Accident Claims

Motorcycle accident claims in California can be particularly complex due to several factors:

  • Severe Injuries: Motorcyclists face a higher risk of severe injuries due to their exposure compared to drivers of enclosed vehicles. This often results in complicated claims involving detailed medical assessments and projections for future care.
  • Liability Disputes: Determining fault in motorcycle accidents can be challenging. Factors like road conditions, the behavior of other drivers, and even the motorcyclist’s actions need to be evaluated. This can lead to disputes over who was primarily responsible for the accident.
  • Insurance Coverage: Motorcycle insurance policies may differ significantly from car insurance policies, particularly regarding coverage limits and types. Additionally, some drivers may be uninsured or underinsured, complicating the process of securing full compensation for damages and injuries.
  • Comparative Negligence: Under California law, comparative negligence allows for the division of fault between parties involved in an accident. If the motorcyclist is found partially at fault, their compensation may be reduced proportionally. This necessitates careful analysis and presentation of evidence to establish the extent of fault accurately.
  • Legal and Procedural Challenges: California's legal system involves intricate procedures for motorcycle accident claims, including evidence collection, witness statements, and expert testimony. Navigating these complexities requires a solid understanding of legal processes and local regulations.
  • High Costs: The costs associated with severe motorcycle accidents—such as extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation, and lost wages—can be significant. Ensuring that all these factors are properly addressed in a claim can be challenging and require comprehensive legal and financial planning.
  • Potential Bias Against Motorcyclists: There can be a bias against motorcyclists, with some perceptions of them being reckless or irresponsible. This bias can impact how claims are evaluated, making it essential to counteract any negative stereotypes effectively.
  • Insurance Company Tactics: Insurance companies may employ various tactics to minimize their payouts, such as disputing the severity of injuries or the extent of damages. A strategic approach is needed to counter these tactics and ensure fair compensation.

Why Choose Us?

Our firm has a proven track record of success in motorcycle accident cases, and we are committed to providing personalized attention to each and every client we represent. Our goal is to help you navigate the legal process with confidence and ease, so you can focus on your recovery and getting back to your life.

Contact us today at (530) 491-4727 to speak with a knowledgeable and compassionate motorcycle accident attorney in Redding to help you get the justice you deserve.

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