Motorcycle Accidents Lawyers

Motorcycle Accidents Lawyers: Each year, about 50,000 people are injured and nearly 2,000 are killed in motorcycle accidents in the United States. Motorcycle riders in accidents involving other vehicles have a 98% chance of sustaining an injury. And while most motorcycle riders could not have avoided this type of auto accident with another vehicle, in most cases the driver of the other vehicle involved could have!

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A motorcycle accident is likely to result in catastrophic injury or death for the motorcycle rider because of the size of the bike and the lack of protection. If you are a motorcycle rider who has been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, then you deserve maximum compensation for your injuries. For a free case evaluation, please call our experienced South Carolina accident attorneys at 803-653-6449.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

There are many causes of motorcycle accidents, some caused by other drivers and some caused by environmental factors. Motorcycles are smaller and lighter than other vehicles. This makes them harder to see, and more susceptible to defective roadways and spills, on which they can easily lose control.

When this type of crash is caused by someone else’s negligence, the driver may have caused the accident by:

  • Making a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle
  • Failing to see and recognize a motorcycle before changing lanes
  • Following a motorcycle too closely
  • Refusing a motorcycle the full width of the lane
  • Misjudging the speed of a motorcycle
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving while distracted by electronic devices or other distractions

Accidents can also be caused by riding on poorly-maintained roads, especially when it is raining or in high winds. In certain cases, the accident may have been caused by a defective design or motorcycle part, which could become the basis of a defective product case.

Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accident Cases

When a motorcycle is struck by another vehicle at high speed, the driver of the motorcycle is likely to suffer some serious injuries. Without the protective enclosures and safety features of cars, motorcycles can cause much more serious injuries to their drivers. Safety equipment can mitigate the damage caused by a motorcycle crash, but it will not eliminate it entirely. Because Motorcycles are much lighter than other vehicles and offer no protection, whereas passenger vehicles have seatbelts and crash-rated protective cabins, car drivers may be found to have an additional responsibility to look out for motorcycle drivers.

Motorcycle accidents can have life-altering implications, such as:

These are serious consequences, and McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates’ experienced motorcycle accident attorneys understand how a single crash can devastate the lives of you and your family members. We have handled many accident cases involving various types of vehicles. We know how to investigate the details of your case to determine the cause. If the cause of your accident came about because of someone else’s negligence such as a careless driver or a defective design, then we can aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf.

What if I Wasn’t Wearing a Helmet?

South Carolina motorcycle helmet laws

Helmet laws in South Carolina are fairly relaxed: only drivers age 20 and younger are required to wear helmets when riding a motorcycle. Obviously, not wearing a helmet can result in relatively more serious injuries. But if you failed to wear your helmet, you should still be able to recover damages if the other driver was at fault for your accident.

As long as the motorcycle accident was caused by another driver’s negligence, you can still bring forward a claim. If we can determine that wearing a helmet would not have made a significant difference in your injuries (e.g., if your spinal cord was injured), then it will probably not make a difference in the outcome of your case.

However, your failure to protect yourself with a helmet may influence the total amount of compensation you receive. If you sue the other driver for damages, a judge may reduce the amount you recover proportionately to how much your injuries were aggravated by your failure to wear a helmet. Even if the accident was not your fault, the court may decide that your decision contributed to your injuries, and your are therefore responsible for some of the costs.

Motorcycle accident cases can be complex. In some cases, you may be able to recover damages from another driver at fault for causing your injuries, even if you do not carry insurance coverage. You may also be able to recover damages if another vehicle caused you to veer off course without actually colliding with you. It is important, however, that you consult with a personal injury attorney with successful experience in motorcycle accident cases.

Recovering Damages from a Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle Wreck

When another person causes you to have an accident, it creates extra costs that put a financial burden on you and your family. A lawsuit against the responsible party shifts this burden to the person who caused the accident in the first place, so you don’t have to suffer unjustly as the result of another’s actions. “Damages” refer to the total financial costs for which the person you are suing is responsible.

Damages in a motorcycle accident case can include

  • Medical bills
  • Lost income
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Cost of rehabilitation
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages (in cases of special recklessness, like drunk driving)

The amount of damages for each of these categories can also vary from person to person and case to case. Some of this comes down to your personal characteristics—for example, if you were near retirement, you’re not going to get as much for lost future earning capacity as someone just starting out his career—and some comes down to how persuasively your lawyer can argue your case.

Every motorcycle accident claim is unique. The type and amount of damages you are eligible for will vary depending on the circumstances of your motorcycle accident. Some of the factors we will evaluate include:

  • The type and severity of your injuries
  • The circumstances of the accident
  • Your employment
  • Your marital status

Many motorcycle accidents end in death. If you lost a parent or a spouse in a motorcycle accident, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This takes many of the same things into account that a motorcycle accident lawsuit would. The difference is that the court is trying to put a number on the losses that your family suffered as a result of the death. Our experienced auto accident lawyers will carefully investigate your loved one’s accident to gather the evidence you need to pursue a successful case.

Motorcycle Accidents and Insurance Companies

After your accident, it’s likely that you’ll end up dealing with an insurance company, either your own or the other driver’s. South Carolina is a “fault” state, meaning that the other driver’s insurance will have to pay for your damages if they are found to be more than 50% at fault for the accident. However, insurance companies will try to avoid paying if they can help it, and may try to deflect blame onto you. This is a situation where having an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can come in handy.

Experienced motorcycle accident lawyers:

  • Can tell when an insurance company is lowballing your compensation
  • Have experience negotiating with insurance companies
  • Know what your rights to compensation are under South Carolina law
  • Will be able to present your case persuasively and professionally in court

If you accept an initial settlement from the other driver’s insurance company, you may be unintentionally releasing the other driver from full liability for your accident. The problem with settling fast is that the full extent of your injuries may not be apparent for weeks. In addition to this, many motorcycle accident victims are not sure when they will be able to return to work. Until this can be determined, the true value of your injury claim will remain unknown.

It is always in your best interest to consult with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer before accepting any type of settlement from an insurance company.

Motorcycle Accidents in South Carolina

The great appeal of motorcycles is the freedom of the open road, but this freedom can come at a cost. Motorcycle crashes are known for causing severe injury to the motorcycle driver, who often needs assistance for a long time afterwards. It is important, therefore, that you consult with a personal injury attorney with successful experience in motorcycle accident cases. The law firm of McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates has many such lawyers. Our motorcycle accident attorneys know how to work with accident reconstruction experts, and we’re familiar with issues pertaining specifically to motorcyclists and motorcycle accidents.

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates serves the residents of South Carolina, with locations in Columbia, Lexington, Sumter, Aiken, Orangeburg, Newberry, and Camden. Please call 803-653-6449 or email our motorcycle accident lawyers in SC here at the law firm of McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., for your free case evaluation.

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How To Find the Best Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in 2022

As much fun and enjoyment as people get from riding motorcycles, there is always the potential for an accident. When a motorcycle rider has an accident, the rider and passenger’s injuries can be catastrophic. An accident between two cars might be labeled as a “fender bender” with no injuries to the occupants, but rarely does the rider of a motorcycle escape without a hospital trip for treatment of fractured bones lacerations, or even more severe injuries.

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, the compensation you ultimately receive from a negligent driver depends on the experience and skills of the motorcycle lawyer you hire to represent you. This article gives you the information you need to make an informed decision and help you find an attorney capable of getting you the maximum compensation for your injuries.

What to Consider When Hiring a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

The process of becoming an attorney is an arduous one. After graduation from law school, an applicant wishing to practice law must pass the bar examination to demonstrate an applicant’s legal knowledge. There is also a background check and an investigation to determine if the applicant is of good moral character. Individuals who complete the process are admitted to the bar, which means they are legally entitled to practice law within the state.

Anyone admitted to practice law is authorized to appear in court to defend someone charged with committing a crime or represent a motorcycle accident victim. What sets some attorneys apart from others is their experience handling cases in a specific area of the law. For example, anyone can take on a personal injury case, but if you are seriously injured in an accident, you want the attorney handling your claim to have insight into the negligence laws and the courtroom and trial skills that can only be developed through years of experience representing accident victims.

There are three key factors you must consider before hiring a lawyer to handle your claim for damages from a motorcycle accident:

  • Location: You might have seen or heard commercials advertising the services of motorcycle accident lawyers. Some of the ads are for lawyers from other states (or parts of the state that are hours away from your hearing location). Out-of-state law firms usually refer your case to another firm located within your state, leaving you with little say over the choice of attorney. Choosing an attorney located within the city or county where your case will go to court means you are represented by someone who knows the local court procedures and is familiar with the judges.
  • General Practitioners: Many lawyers and law firms function as general practices. They might handle real estate, criminal defense, wills and estates, and personal injury. A lawyer who handles an occasional motorcycle case is not going to have the same level of familiarity with the law or possess the same trial skills as an attorney who exclusively concentrates on personal injury law. The easiest way to find out about a lawyer’s practice is to ask questions, including asking what percentage of the attorney’s practice is motorcycle law.
  • Good Reputation and Experience: Finding a motorcycle accident lawyer requires some work to ensure you are getting someone who can achieve the best results. In addition to asking the lawyer questions, you also need to do your research by checking online reviews and testimonials from as many sources as possible.

You want to compare a few attorneys before concluding which of them has the three criteria you want in the attorney who handles your motorcycle claim.

How to Find a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

The pool of attorneys from which to choose a few to interview to select the motorcycle accident lawyer to handle your claim is enormous. There are approximately 1.3 million lawyers in the U.S., with almost 170,000 of them practicing in California. Of course, only a small percentage of them handle motorcycle law, but who do you call? There are a few ways to narrow your search, including:

  • Friends and Relatives: Chances are that someone you know, either a member of your family or a close friend, has used the services of a motorcycle accident lawyer.
  • Lawyer Referral: The lawyer who represented you in the purchase of your home or the one representing your business might not handle motorcycle accident claims, but they should be able to recommend an attorney who does.
  • Bar Associations: Most state and local bar associations have lawyer referral services you can contact for the name of local motorcycle accident lawyers. For example, The State Bar of California provides a statewide list of local attorney referral services organized by county.
  • Google Search: Everyone seems to rely upon Google when searching for something, so typing “motorcycle accident lawyer” and your location into the search box will bring results. One limitation of a Google search is you must sort through the results by looking at websites to determine which of the many firms and attorneys you want to call.
  • Lawyer Directories: Another source from which you can obtain the names of lawyers and law firms is one or more of the online lawyer directories. A lawyer directory allows you to find a local lawyer based upon his or her area of practice. Some of the directories, such as Martindale-Hubbell and Avvo, offer client and peer reviews and ratings of the attorneys. Popular directories include:

One source you might want to be wary of is solicitation letters from law firms offering their services. State bar associations establish rules for lawyer advertising, which includes solicitation letters. For instance, California requires that lawyers make it clear that such letters are a form of advertising. Keep in mind that the contents of the letter are meant to entice you to retain the firm’s services.

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Interview Several Lawyers Before Hiring One

Now that you have a list of lawyers you believe meet your criteria as far as location and practice area, it’s time to choose the lawyer to handle your motorcycle accident case. The only effective way to do this is by interviewing each lawyer.

Most lawyers offer free consultations, so schedule appointments with several lawyers from your list. Prepare for the meetings by assembling documents to bring with you that will provide the lawyer with information about the accident and your injuries. Documents you might consider bringing with you include:

  • Police reports of the accident
  • Photographs of the accident scene, the vehicles, and your injuries
  • Medical reports you might have that explain your injuries
  • Records showing your regular wages and time lost from work due to the accident

Ask the Right Questions

The interview’s purpose is to learn as much about the lawyer as possible –don’t be timid with asking questions. Some important questions to ask at the beginning of the interview include the following:

  • How long has the attorney been practicing law?
  • What percentage of the practice is devoted to motorcycle law?
  • Will the attorney you are interviewing be the one handling the case?
  • How many motorcycle accident cases similar to yours has the attorney previously handled?
  • What percentage of the motorcycle accident cases handled by the attorney result in a settlement?

It should be noted that the vast majority of motorcycle accident cases end in a settlement. Still, one factor contributing to a settlement that is favorable to the accident victim is the reputation of the lawyer as a trial attorney. An attorney who settles all of the motorcycle cases that come into the office could be an excellent attorney, but it could also mean the law firm favors quick settlements over taking a case to trial when necessary to maximize the amount recovered by the client.

A motorcycle accident lawyer should have experience conducting trials on behalf of accident victims. Building a reputation as a lawyer capable of achieving a successful outcome at a trial affects the willingness of claims adjusters to settle cases. Claims adjusters who know a lawyer does not have a great deal of recent trial experience might be tempted to make low settlement offers believing the attorney will not push the case to a trial.

Inquire About Fees During the Interview

The reality is that practicing law is a profession, but it is also a business. It is essential to discuss what the motorcycle accident lawyer will charge as a fee and other expenses you could be responsible for paying.

Most motorcycle accident claims are handled on a contingency fee basis meaning the attorney gets paid when and if your claims end with a settlement or verdict after trial in your favor. Ask for a copy of the attorney’s written contingency fee agreement.

Contingency fee agreements in California must be in writing and contain the terms of the fee arrangement between the attorney and the client, including the percentage charged as a fee and what responsibility the client will have for costs and expenses. Costs and expenses could include expert witness fees, court costs, and other litigation expenses advanced by your attorney. If you win your case, the costs would be deducted from the settlement or verdict, but if you lose, you could be responsible for repaying the attorney out of your pocket.

The percentage charged as a fee and responsibility for costs and expenses are negotiable between you and the attorney. The interview is an excellent time to ask the lawyer about the office’s usual practices regarding contingency fees and discuss how they would apply to your case in the event you agree to retain the firm.

Gauge Your Comfort Levels with the Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

One of the essential elements of the relationship between a client and an attorney is communication. If your interview with the attorney was constantly interrupted by telephone calls or staff coming in to ask questions about other cases, this could be a sign that the attorney is too busy to take on your case. You want an attorney whose full attention is on you and the questions or concerns you have about your motorcycle accident claim. An attorney who shows a willingness to listen to you and makes you feel comfortable asking questions during the interview is probably the person best suited to represent you. Once you complete your interviews and have gathered the information needed to make an informed decision, it is time to choose a motorcycle accident lawyer.

Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Your family’s financial well-being is at stake when you are injured and unable to work. An attorney whose primary practice area is motorcycle law makes it possible for you to focus on recovering from your injuries while your attorney takes on the insurance company and the negligent party to get you the compensation you deserve. Make an informed decision on a motorcycle accident lawyer by conducting the proper research and contacting a lawyer today!

Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Attorney

A motorcycle accident can be life-changing for the victim. Common motorcycle accident injuries range from bone fractures to traumatic brain injuries. A bad accident could cost the motorcyclist thousands of dollars in vehicle repairs and medical bills, on top of lost wages and significant physical and emotional pain.

At the law firm of Rose, Klein & Marias LLP, our lawyers have been in the business of helping motor vehicle accident victims recover for over 80 combined years. We understand motorcycle accident law and how to navigate motorcycle accident claims in California to the greatest benefit of each injured rider based on his or her specific needs. A skilled Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney from our firm may be able to help you seek compensation from an at-fault driver. Call (213) 626-0571 to reach our Los Angeles office today.

Why Trust Us With Your Motorcycle Accident Claim?

  • We commit to two things: getting maximum compensation for each client and furthering the laws that apply to these cases.
  • We strive to create an environment in which victims who suffer because of acts of negligence do not have to struggle to get by.
  • We employ a group of lawyers with experience across multiple areas of law, including motorcycle and other auto accidents.
  • Our Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers accept motorcycle accident claims on a contingency fee basis, meaning no fees if we do not win.

How Can a Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help?

Do not let an insurance company convince you to accept a lowball settlement offer after a serious motorcycle collision. Insurance companies too often escape liability and pressure clients to accept less than their cases are worth. Instead, call a Los Angeles car accident lawyer experienced in motorcycle accidents to review your case for a proper evaluation of its value. At the law firm of Rose, Klein & Marias LLP, our team of attorneys can calculate an accurate estimate, then go into negotiations on your behalf with this number in mind. If the insurance company refuses to offer a reasonable amount, we can take your claim to court in Los Angeles at no costs upfront.

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Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in California

Identifying the cause of your motorcycle accident is generally one of the first steps toward obtaining financial compensation in California. California is a fault car insurance state, meaning the at-fault party will be the one that lawfully must pay for your losses. The party that caused your accident may have to pay for your medical bills, motorcycle repair or replacement, lost income, noneconomic damages, and more. One or more parties could share fault for your injuries.

  • A driver. If a negligent or distracted driver crashed into your motorcycle, his or her insurance provider may owe you for your damages. A driver may cause an accident by texting and driving or other form of distracted driving, driving drunk, speeding, breaking roadway rules or ignoring a motorcyclist’s right-of-way.
  • A roadway. Motorcycles are vulnerable to even minor roadway defects. If a pothole, loose gravel, rubble, storm debris, an unsafe construction site, grass clippings or another roadway defect caused your motorcycle wreck, you could have a case against the City of Los Angeles for failing to properly maintain its roads.
  • A vehicle part. If your motorcycle experienced a tire blowout, brake failure, electrical problems, or another type of auto defect that caused your accident, the motorcycle manufacturer could owe you financial recovery through the laws of product liability.

Most motorcycle accident cases are tort claims. A tort claim seeks to hold the party that committed negligence or wrongdoing (a tort) accountable for the victim’s damages. Your Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney will need to prove the defendant caused your accident for you as the injured rider to obtain compensation based on tort laws. A qualified Los Angeles injury attorney at Rose, Klein & Marias LLP may be able to help you prove your case as a motorcycle rider, starting with determining fault.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

The injuries in a motorcycle accident are often severe. With hardly any protection for the motorcyclist, an impact with the road and/or another vehicle can cause a wide range of injuries. A motorcyclist is about 28 times more likely to die in an accident than a passenger vehicle occupant, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorcyclists are also much more likely to suffer serious injuries. The Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers at Rose, Klein & Marias LLP accept clients with all types of personal injuries:

Catastrophic and permanent injuries are common in serious motorcycle accidents. Crash survivors often live with the repercussions of their accidents for life. Common long-term injuries include brain damage, paralysis and physical scars. Motorcyclists may also suffer emotionally and psychologically from the trauma of a collision. Working with a Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney can help you fight for maximum compensation for your motorcycle injuries, including tangible and intangible damages.

California Helmet Law and Motorcycle Accident Claims

Wearing a helmet can drastically reduce your risk of a serious head injury or brain injury in a motorcycle accident. California has a universal helmet law. Under this statute, every motorcyclist and motorcycle passenger must wear a helmet while riding. The helmet must be federally approved for safety and fit snugly on the wearer’s head. If you do not wear a motorcycle helmet in California, you could receive a traffic citation and fine. Failure to wear a helmet could also be something the defendant in a crash case uses as evidence against you.

Since not wearing a helmet would be breaking the law in California, the defendant can use it as a reason to place some liability for your motorcycle injuries with you. For this defense to work, however, your injuries must have some connection to your failure to wear a helmet. In general, the injury must be to the head, brain, face or neck to qualify. An injury to the body typically will not give a defendant grounds to base a defense on your illegal failure to use a helmet. To assert that your lack of a helmet contributed to your injuries, the defendant must show sufficient proof that this was the case, such as medical or safety expert testimony.

As an injured motorcyclist, do not assume you do not have grounds for compensation if you were not wearing a helmet during your Los Angeles motorcycle accident. California uses a pure comparative negligence law, which does not bar plaintiffs from recovery automatically for being partially at fault for an injury. Instead of barring recovery with any percentage of fault, the courts will reduce your judgment award by how much you contributed to your injuries. If not wearing a helmet made you 20% responsible for your traumatic brain injury, for example, you would receive 20% less of an awarded verdict. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer from Rose, Klein & Marias LLP can help you combat the helmet defense during your motorcycle accident claim.

Who Is Liable for Motorcycle Accidents While Lane Splitting?

Lane splitting refers to someone on a motorcycle riding between two lanes of same-direction traffic. Studies have shown that lane splitting can save time, reduce traffic congestion and help prevent accidents such as rear-end collisions. Many people, however, believe lane splitting is dangerous for the motorcyclist and surrounding drivers. It is a controversial subject among bikers, motorists, lawmakers and safety organizations. California was the first state to allow motorcyclist lane splitting. If a motorcyclist in California lane splits recklessly, however, he or she could be liable for a resultant accident.

California’s comparative negligence law may play a role in crashes involving lane splitting. If the defendant has evidence that you were lane splitting at an unreasonable speed or otherwise recklessly, this could lead to a reduced compensatory award. If you were within your rights under California’s lane-splitting law, however, lane splitting alone most likely would not diminish your financial recovery. Use a dedicated motorcycle accident lawyer in Los Angeles for a motorcycle accident claim with a complicating factor such as lane splitting.

Compensation for Motorcycle Accidents in Los Angeles

The value of your motorcycle accident claim is important to you as an accident victim. Whether you suffered a catastrophic injury such as a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury, or a less severe injury such as road rash, you deserve to know how much compensation you may be able to receive for your property repairs and medical bills. The best way to receive an accurate answer is through a free consultation with a Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney at Rose, Klein & Marias LLP. Each motorcycle accident case is unique, with no average settlement value. You may need a lawyer to help you identify, list and calculate your damages.

  • All past and future medical expenses
  • Losses of income
  • Disability-related costs
  • Motorcycle repairs or replacement
  • Legal fees and out-of-pocket costs
  • Rental car fees
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional damages
  • Lost quality of life
  • Punitive damages

As a general rule, a motorcycle crash claim involving serious to catastrophic injuries will be worth more than a minor injury claim and fatal motorcycle accidents will be worth even more than those resulting in catastrophic injury. A jury will base an award on the severity of the victim’s injuries and how greatly they impacted his or her life. If your case settles rather than going to trial, an insurance company will assess your medical bills and other tangible damages to evaluate its value. A motorcycle accident attorney in Los Angeles can help you maximize your financial recovery using proven legal strategies during negotiations.

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What Is the Motorcycle Accident Statute of Limitations in California?

Act quickly to bring your motorcycle accident claim to make sure you meet California’s deadline, or statute of limitations. In California, all plaintiffs with personal injury claims must file their lawsuits with the civil courts within two years of the date of the collision or injury discovery. Failing to bring an action for an injury or wrongful death within two years generally bars a plaintiff from recovery in California, with a few exceptions. Do not wait longer than two years to ensure you meet your state’s deadline. Contact a Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney at Rose, Klein & Marias LLP as soon as possible after a motorcycle accident, while important evidence and information are still available. We can make the claims filing process faster and more efficient for you.

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident in Los Angeles

The steps you take or do not take after a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles can determine the fate of your motorcycle accident injury claim. It is important to take certain actions to protect your right to recover. You or your Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney will need to collect evidence, identify the at-fault party, and file your injury claim within California’s deadline. Partner with a lawyer from the beginning for the best odds of recovering fair compensation.

  1. Get someplace safe. If it is safe to do so, remain at the scene of the accident or as close to it as possible. Check yourself and others involved in the wreck for injuries.
  2. Move your disabled motorcycle. If you can, move your wrecked motorcycle off of the road to prevent further collisions.
  3. Call 911. Report any motorcycle accident in California that causes injuries, more than $1,000 in property damage or motorcycle fatalities to the police. Request an ambulance, if necessary.
  4. Exchange information. Obtain the other driver’s personal information, as well as the name of his or her insurance company. Do not admit fault for the motorcycle crash.
  5. Take photos. Take pictures of the crashed motorcycle, the scene of the wreck and other important features using your cellphone or a camera, if possible.
  6. Go to the hospital. Once the police permit you to leave, go directly to a doctor or hospital. Prompt injury treatment looks good to insurance companies. It can also help you heal. Visit a doctor even if you think you have no injuries.
  7. Report the crash to an insurance company. Contact the insurance company of the party you believe caused the motorcycle accident. File a report right away – ideally within 24 hours of the crash.
  8. Follow your doctor’s orders. An insurance company will check to see if you followed a treatment plan. If not, it may use this as evidence to assert that you exacerbated your injuries.
  9. Collect information. Gather information about your accident to show a personal injury attorney. This can include copies of your medical records and police reports.
  10. Contact an attorney. Before speaking to a claims adjuster, consult with a lawyer about your case. A Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer from Rose, Klein & Marias LLP can help you understand your rights.

The insurance company that hears your claim will not want to maximize your financial recovery as an injured motorcycle rider. The insurance claims adjuster may try to convince you to settle for less compensation to optimize the company’s profitability. Hiring an attorney from the beginning can protect you by having a professional negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. An attorney will not allow you to accept a lowball settlement offer. Before you get too far along in the claims process, contact a Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer for a review.

Discuss Your Case With a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Los Angeles

Speak to a Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer from Rose, Klein & Marias LLP about your unique motorcycle accident claim today. We offer free consultations at our local law offices in Southern California at no obligation to hire one of our attorneys. We want you to learn your rights as a motorcycle accident victim and how to move forward after a devastating motorcycle accident. Request a free case review today through our online intake form or by calling (213) 626-0571 to reach a motorcycle attorney at our Los Angeles office.

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