Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Northern California
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While any type of accident on the roadway can be precarious, motorcycle crashes are particularly dangerous. Since the driver is exposed to the elements and not restrained or protected by seat belts, air bags, or a steel frame, the threat of serious injury or death is high. If you have been involved in a motorcycle crash and are able to walk away, you are one of the lucky ones.
But, even if you live through a motorcycle crash, you still have plenty of consequences and side effects to deal with. Odds are, you have probably suffered some personal injuries requiring moderate to extensive medical attention.
Some of the most common injuries associated to motorcycle crashes are:
- Bone fractures. Since motorcycles cannot physically stand upright on their own, accidents cause the bike to fall over. In this case, the driver can suffer broken or fractured bones.
- Road rash. Because motorcycles do not enclose the driver, occupants usually make contact with the road surface during an accident. Even with protective clothing, this high-force contact can leave severe skin abrasions known as road rash. These could be minimal scratches, second-degree burns, or third-degree road rash, which completely removes the skin.
- Head injuries. Some of the most serious injuries related to motorcycle crashes are head injuries. Although wearing a helmet can seriously reduce the risk of head injury, it does not completely eliminate it. Motorcycle accidents that throw the occupant to the ground can lead to concussions or serious brain damage.
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What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
Just like after a car accident, it's important to make sure that injuries are treated as quickly as possible. If you're able, move yourself and your motorcycle out of the path of flowing traffic. Unfortunately for Northern California motorcyclists, the freeways are fast-moving and dangerous. After you've already crashed, the last thing anyone wants is to get run over by oncoming traffic.
If you're able, taking pictures of the immediate damage, area, and time of day is helpful evidence to have when it comes time to file your injury claim. Requesting a copy of the police report is also helpful, as well as your right. Of course, exchange information with the other driver: name, license information, auto insurance, and contact information.
Finally, contact a Clearlake motorcycle accident attorney. So often motorcyclists are blamed for accidents and that simply isn't always the case. Protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve by contacting an attorney as quickly as possible after your accident.
What Is the Most Common Cause of Motorcycle Accidents?
Hands down, the most common cause of motorcycle accidents is negligence. Frequently, this negligence is on the part of other motorists who are distracted, speeding, or simply not paying attention. Unfortunately, this can have disastrous consequences for motorcycle drivers and their passengers.
What exactly does this negligence look like? Essentially, any time another motorist (or any person/party) fails to uphold the duty of care they owe to others, including motorcyclists with whom they share the road, that person or party has acted negligently. Negligence can include careless, reckless, and/or unlawful driving behaviors.
Examples of this negligence include:
- Texting while driving
- Driving drunk
- Looking at a cell phone or hand-held device while operating a vehicle
- Violating traffic laws
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Opening parked car doors into lanes of traffic
- Cutting a motorcyclist off in traffic
- Merging into a motorcyclist who is lawfully lane-splitting
- Turning across an oncoming motorcyclist’s path
- Engaging in road rage and reckless or aggressive driving
- Unsafe passing
All of these and other driving behaviors constitute negligence and, when a motorcyclist is injured due to someone else’s negligence, he or she has the right to take legal action against the at-fault party.
Why Choose Us?
At the Law Offices of J.Chrisp, we have plenty of experience with personal injury cases resulting from motorcycle crashes. If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our motorcycle accident lawyers in Northern California. We also serve clients across Clearlake, San Francisco, and Santa Rosa.
You should choose the Law Offices of J.Chrisp because of our:
- Success. In the past nine years, we have settled thousands of cases and obtained millions of dollars for our clients. When you choose the Law Offices of J.Chrisp, you are choosing a high success rate.
- Experience. While most personal injury lawyers are only familiar with law, our attorneys are extremely knowledgeable with the insurance industry and the field of medicine. We know which doctors the insurance companies want you to go to and how they treat cases. We can guide you through the process and avoid pitfalls that destroy most personal injury cases.
- Care. At the Law Offices of J.Chrisp, we treat each case with personal attention to detail. That’s because you are more than another case to us. You are a person with a story. Our attorneys are happy to visit you in the hospital, in your home, or at the scene of an accident.
- Recognition. We are members of the SFTLA, CAOC, AAJ, Lake County Bar, and San Francisco Bar Associations. In 2013 and 2014, we were selected to Northern California Rising Stars℠.
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For more information on how we can assist you with a personal injury case resulting from a motorcycle crash, contact us today by calling (707) 549-8166. We would be happy to provide you with a free injury case evaluation and initial consultation. You can count on our motorcycle accident lawyers in Northern California to aggressively fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. We also offer our services in Spanish.
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