Riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating. The sensation of speed, the feeling of being outdoors and the great visibility all make for an enjoyable experience. Also, the relatively lower cost associated with riding a motorcycle is an additional factor in making motorcycle riding popular.
Unfortunately, there are also significant safety concerns associated with motorcycle riding. In 2013, there were 4,668 motorcyclists killed in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. and 88,000 motorcyclists injured. This is according to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA.) While these numbers are actually lower than in some previous years, they are still high. According to NHTSA, the fatality rate for motorcyclists in 2013 was 6 times the fatality rate for passenger car occupants.
In our experience handling motorcycle accident cases from Sacramento, Stockton, and Modesto, there is no such thing as a minor motorcycle accident. In a motorcycle vs. car collision, the damage to the car might be minor but the injury to the motorcyclist is usually severe since there is no protection from injury afforded the cyclist. This, of course, makes it very important for motorcyclists to constantly be aware of their surroundings and be on the lookout for possibly hazardous traffic conditions. By the same token, it is important for motor vehicle operators to be extra cautious when driving near motorcyclists.
At Curtis Legal Group, we have attorneys that have handled motorcycle accident cases for over 30 years. We have handled cases involving motorcyclists broadsiding cars that pulled out in front of them from driveways. We have handled cases involving cars rear-ending motorcycles. We have handled cases involving cars and trucks merging into a lane already occupied by a motorcycle. We have handled a case involving a motorist making a u-turn from the side of the road directly in front of a following motorcycle. We have handled cases involving motorcycles striking objects left on the road by other motorists. We have pretty much seen it all.
We understand how to evaluate these cases for settlement purposes and how to prepare them for trial when necessary. We are familiar with motorcycle accident experts and mechanical engineering experts that can reconstruct how an accident happened. We have considerable experience dealing with medical issues and the affects that severe injuries can have on a person’s ability to work and their quality of life.
IF YOU’VE BEEN IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
Your first priority, of course, is to get the appropriate medical attention. However, as soon as you are able, it is important to consult an attorney experienced in handling motorcycle accident cases. Often, helpful information can be obtained from an early investigation, including visiting the scene and taking measurements and photographs, inspecting the vehicles involved and talking to witnesses.
It is important not to give any statements to insurance investigators until you have talked to an attorney. Frequently, you will be contacted by someone from the insurance company insuring the vehicle that hit you. The purpose of that contact is to try to develop evidence that will help them defeat any claim for damages that you might later make.
We Don’t Recover Unless You Do
If you feel that a loved one or a family member has died as a result of another party’s neglect or misconduct, contact the personal injury attorneys at Curtis Legal Group immediately. Our trial attorneys possess the dedication and experience to handle your case professionally and preserve your legal rights. We only earn a fee if we recover money for you.
We will aggressively pursue every avenue to ensure you are properly compensated for your loss.
Please call us at 1-800-LAW-3080 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.