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After a motorcycle accident, you may find yourself in a state of shock. You may be dealing with mounting medical expenses and time missed at work while recovering from your emotional trauma and physical injuries. Insurance claims adjusters may be reaching out to you to offer a quick motorcycle injury settlement in hopes of making your case go away. Making ends meet during this difficult time may seem nearly impossible, and you may accept that settlement offer, not knowing that it will not consider the full value of your injuries and losses incurred. Fortunately, an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Sacramento can help in your situation.

At AutoAccident.com, our Sacramento motorcycle accident injury attorneys have been protecting motorcyclists since 1982. For details on how our law firm can help you after a crash, call (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 to receive free, friendly advice from one of our lawyers today.

The aftermath of a motorcycle crash may be overwhelming and stressful, to say the least. You may want to delay speaking to a motorcycle crash lawyer. However, insurance companies will not be waiting and do not have your best interests at heart. Auto insurance carriers may be acting quickly to investigate the details of your motorcycle collision to dispute the negligence of their insured and financial responsibility for the injury incident. For this reason, it is critical to work with an experienced and top-rated Sacramento motorcycle accident injury lawyer who can immediately gather and protect the evidence needed to prove your personal injury claim before it is destroyed or lost.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

If you ride a motorcycle, you know the feeling of freedom cruising the open road. But riding a motorcycle can also be dangerous. The best motorcycle accident lawyer in Sacramento, CA, knows all too well that even experienced motorcyclists cannot protect themselves from negligent drivers.

There were 1,631 motorcycle accidents in Sacramento from January 1, 2008, till December 31, 2017 (latest stats available). Most fatal motorcycle accidents occur on weekends between 3 pm and midnight.

Recent data shows that motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely than car occupants to die in a motor vehicle accident. Motorcyclists are overrepresented in traffic-related deaths, accounting for 14-percent while only representing 3-percent of registered motor vehicles.

What Percentage of Motorcycle Accidents Result in Fatal Injuries?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,286 motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents in 2016. Of the 5,286 killed, 94 percent were riders, while 6 percent were passengers.

The 2016 data shows that the most dangerous event for 55 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes involved collisions with motor vehicles in transport. In crashes involving two vehicles, 72 percent of motorcycles were hit in the front, while only 7 percent were hit in the rear.

Top Safety Tips for Riding a Motorcycle

To keep everyone safe on the road, NHTSA urges drivers and motorcyclists to be alert and share the road. Motorcyclists are also being reminded to make themselves visible, ride sober, and always wear a helmet that meets the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) standard. You can look for the DOT symbol on the back of the helmet.

Safe motorcycling takes good judgment, balance, and coordination. Experienced motorcycle riders know traffic laws, and they don’t take risks. Bikers ride defensively and leave plenty of room between their motorcycles and other vehicles. Most motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers who didn't see the motorcyclist. Safe riding practices from all drivers will help decrease the number of injuries and deaths.

To improve your safety while riding your motorcycle, check road conditions before leaving the house. Our top-rated motorcycle accident lawyers in Sacramento suggest using Google to search “accidents near me.” Google offers interactive maps in real-time that will alert you of dangerous roads and current traffic conditions for Sacramento, CA. A little planning ahead can help make your journey less dangerous.

Watch the following video to learn about seven essential tips for motorcycle safety.

Common Types of Injuries in Motorcycle Collisions

Like other major traffic crashes, injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents can be terrifying. Injuries suffered as a result of these collisions can be severe and life-altering.

The most common types of injuries suffered in motorcycle crashes include:
  • Amputations
  • Burn injuries to the head or neck
  • Cervical sprain
  • Dislocated or fractured bones
  • Nerve damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
A top Sacramento motorcycle accident attorney can help recover the compensation you need for your injuries and losses incurred.

Common Reasons Why Drivers Cause Motorcycle Crashes

Many insurance companies seem to believe that motorcyclists assume the risk of their own injuries because they choose to ride a motorcycle. Blame is usually placed on the motorcyclist for being in the wrong part of the lane, not slowing down enough, or even not moving out of the offending vehicle's path. 

However, as Sacramento motorcycle accident lawyers, we have found that most crash accidents occur when a vehicle driver does not check for bikers on the road. The majority of car vs. motorcycle accidents happen because drivers either turn left into the motorcyclist's path or pull out from a side street.

Who Pays for Medical Bills After a Motorcycle Crash?

As motorcycle accident attorneys in Sacramento, we understand that your priority after a traumatic event like this is to make sure all your medical bills and future treatments are paid. This way, you do not suffer financially.

First, we will discuss your situation and go over the options available to you. Secondly, we will work with insurance companies and other parties involved in the case to make sure your bodily injury claim is handled appropriately and quickly. And finally, if your needs are not met, we have no problem taking these parties to civil court to recover fair compensation for your motorcycle collision.

Motorcycle Accident FAQ

I've been injured in a motorcycle accident. What should I do first?

After getting injured in a traffic collision as a motorcyclist, you may be wondering if the at-fault driver has auto insurance to cover your damages. An SR-19C form for a financial responsibility information request will need to be filed with the DMV. This form will determine whether the driver responsible for the motorcycle collision has a valid car insurance policy or not. 

If the SR-19 form from the DMV concludes that the other driver has no insurance, then your uninsured motorist coverage may come into play and cover your damages up to the limits of your policy. Contact an experienced and top-rated motorcycle accident attorney in Sacramento for more information.

I've been offered money for my totaled motorcycle by the insurance company. Do I have an option to keep my motorcycle?

Yes, you can retain a "salvage title” and keep the motorcycle. If you have been involved in a motorcycle crash and your bike is totaled, you have the option of keeping the bike. Still, the insurance company handling your property damage claim will reduce the payment based on the value of the salvaged motorcycle.  

What this means is that you will (1) have to accept a lesser settlement offer based on the salvage value of the motorcycle – i.e., if the owner is keeping the motorcycle and the carrier could have received $500.00 or so for the salvage, so the carrier deducts the $500.00 or so from the actual cash value settlement; and (2) the carrier and/or you have an obligation to notify DMV that the motorcycle’s been salvaged which means that the pink slip on the motorcycle will say “salvaged title” (i.e., the motorcycle’s not worth a whole lot even if it is later fixed).

I was in a motorcycle accident and was not wearing a helmet. I broke my leg. The other party was at fault. Will this, nonetheless, hurt my case?

California law requires motorcyclists to wear a helmet. If you had a head or brain injury and the helmet would have protected you, it would affect your case. In your case, wearing a helmet would not make any difference, which should not affect the compensation you receive from the other party.

Watch the video below to learn more about motorcycle accidents and why it is important to have an experienced California Motorcycle Accident Lawyer if you are seriously injured.

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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 4.5.21]

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