Motorcycle Accident Ventura Attorney
Every motorcyclist knows the thrill and freedom that comes from riding their bike down the California roadway. Unfortunately, this unmatchable experience comes with equally unique perils as a driver. Unlike cars and trucks, motorcycles offer no protection from collisions, and since the vehicle is so small, other drivers can easily overlook it.
When a motorcycle accident occurs due to the negligence of another person, compensation should be given to alleviate the damages done to the victim and their equipment. At Grennier Law, PC, we are very familiar with the intricacies of the law surrounding motorcycle accidents. We would be happy to help you navigate the legal system and red tape surrounding this type of procedure and make sure you get as much compensation as possible for medical bills, therapy, equipment repair, and lost wages. There can also be compensation due for physical and emotional suffering and permanent disability.
Accidents can happen to anyone.
No matter how safe you are or how much experience you have on your bike, you are still in danger of an accident every time you get on the road. Many factors affect the safety of a motorcyclist, some of which are completely out of the biker’s control. Inattentive drivers cause a lot of problems. Since motorcycles are such small vehicles, other drivers often overlook them. Thousands of motorcycle accidents occur in California each year because a driver turns in front of the biker without seeing them.
Deteriorating road conditions are also a liability. State and local governments are required to maintain roadways. But as every driver knows, potholes, loose gravel or asphalt, cracks, and other hazards can cause problems before anyone bothers to fix them. Also, poor weather conditions can greatly affect road safety. Drivers need to know when to slow down below the speed limit or even pull over to avoid catastrophe.
Good communication is a key aspect for safety on the roads. Being able to clearly and silently provide and acknowledge commands with other drivers is an important skill. Any miscommunication can cause an accident, especially when turning, changing lanes, etc. Motorcyclists often travel in groups, and communication within the unit is crucial to the safety of the entire group.
Although experience can help a motorcyclist avoid accidents, any change can affect your ability to protect yourself. Statistics show that most accidents take place within 5 months of owning a new bike, regardless of how long the biker has been riding. If you are riding a bike you haven’t grown accustomed to, you need to be especially careful on the road.
In a collision, the odds are always against the biker.
Unlike most other vehicles on the road, motorcycles offer little to no protection during a collision. Without the security of airbags, seat belts, and a steel frame, even at low speeds a crash will usually eject the rider from his or her vehicle. Injuries can vary widely, and include road rash, broken limbs, spinal injury, brain injury, or loss of life.
California has a universal helmet law, but no amount of protective gear can completely negate the effects of an accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 400 people are killed in motorcycle accidents in California each year.
If you ride a motorcycle, there are a few ways you can reduce the chances of injury or death in an accident. Always maintain your vehicle properly. Check to make sure that all lights, turn signals, and brakes work before each drive. Also make sure oil and fuel levels are adequate and mirrors are positioned properly. Make sure you have a helmet that fits properly and affects your visibility as little as possible. Wear bright, noticeable clothing that can protect you from road rash. Stay under the speed limits, and don’t follow behind other vehicles too closely. Never enter an intersection, change lanes, or turn until you are sure all other nearby drivers see.
Know what to do in case of an accident.
There are several steps you can take to protect your rights and maximize future compensation. Firstly, the law requires that all people involved in a crash stay at the site. If you are injured, stay still and wait for emergency personnel. If you can move around, however, there are a few things you can do.
Take photos of the site, the vehicles involved, and injuries sustained.
Get the contact information from the other victims of the crash and other witnesses.
Write down specifics of the crash, because they are easy to forget later. This should include information such as the date, time, location of the accident, and the position of the vehicles
File a police report and make sure to get a copy of it.
Even though you want to fix your vehicle right away, preserve the damage until it can be thoroughly inspected by an expert.
If you have been the victim of a motorcycle accident and believe it was caused by someone else’s negligence, you should pursue financial compensation. Do not rush into a settlement with the insurance company, as these businesses are not on your side and just want to pay out as little as possible. Instead, seek the guidance of a legal team with the knowledge, experience, and resources to help you through this stressful process. Grennier Law, PC has such a team and will fight on your side to get the most compensation possible. Call today!