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Motorcycle Accidents

 

West Hollywood Motorcycle Accidents Lawyer

Motorcycle accidents are often painful and traumatic. Because motorcyclists are exposed to the elements and have little in the way of protection from other vehicles, the damages from collisions are typically much more severe than seen with auto accidents. This can leave accident victims with financial, physical and mental consequences that will last for a lifetime.

Here’s something that’s even more disturbing: If you ride a motorcycle in California, you’re increasingly likely to be injured in a collision. According to a report from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, fatal motorcycle accidents have been rising for 22 years.

With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at motorcycle collisions in California, and what you need to do in case of an accident.

California Motorcycle Collisions: By the Numbers

Currently, motorcycling accidents make up 14% of all traffic deaths in the US, even though motorcycles only represent about 3% of all vehicles on the road. California, which ranks in the top 15 among all states for motorcycle fatalities, witnessed more than 400 motorcyclist deaths in 2017, and thousands more serious injuries.

In total, motorcycle deaths on California roads have more than doubled since 1997. Summer is the deadliest season, with most motorcycle fatalities occurring in July. Roughly half of motorcycle deaths occur on the weekends, and the majority of those occur after 6 p.m.

I’ve Been in a Motorcycle Accident. What’s Next?

If you’re unfortunate enough to be involved in a motorcycle accident, there are some key safety steps you need to take.

  • Contact first responders immediately and render first aid if possible. Make sure that no one is left lying in the road or in a dangerous position.
  • Exchange vehicle, license and insurance information. Ask the police officer on the scene to provide an accident report number if possible.
  • Take photos and video of the scene, any injuries and any damage to vehicles. This may help establish liability.
  • Ask any witnesses to provide contact information and/or statements.
  • Keep a running tally of any expenses you’ve accrued as a result of the accident. You may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medicals bills etc.

It is important not to attempt to handle your case directly with an insurance adjustor as they their primary goal is to settle for as little as money as possible. Insurance companies employ experienced negotiators who are trained to get you to settle for less. They may be friendly and pleasant to deal with, but they do not have your best interests in mind. Instead, put your trust in an experienced lawyer like Craig Charles who fights for victims of car crashes every day. Don’t let the insurance company deny you fair compensation and cause you to leave money on the table.

The Law Office of Craig Charles will handle every aspect of the case for you, so you can focus on healing. Craig Charles will help to ensure that your medical needs are taken care of; if you do not have health insurance and you will never pay any money unless Craig Charles recovers a settlement on your behalf.

If you or your loved ones have been injured in a motorcycle you may be entitled to damages, such as lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It is important to speak with an experienced attorney right away before giving any statement to an insurance company adjustor.

The Law Office of Craig Charles is located in West Hollywood. We are LGBT-friendly and we have the experience to handle even the most complex and challenging motorcycle accident cases. Contact us today for an immediate consultation.

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If you've been seriously injured, don't hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. We understand this process may be unfamiliar or confusing, so we make a personal commitment to communicate with you in a clear and timely fashion. Call us today and we'll evaluate your case, walk you through the process — and put you on the path to recovery.