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After getting into a motorcycle accident, you may find yourself in a state of shock. Mounting medical expenses and time missed at work can only add to the emotional stress and physical injuries. Insurance claims adjusters may be reaching out to you to offer a quick settlement in hopes of you accepting. Making ends meet during this difficult time may seem nearly impossible, and you may be persuaded into taking up that offer. However, it may not cover the full extent of your injuries and damages incurred. For this reason, it is essential to consult with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney regarding your injury case.

If you were seriously hurt in a motorcycle crash, our personal injury law firm could help you recover fair compensation from difficult insurance companies. To learn more, call one of our Sacramento motorcycle accident attorneys at (916) 921-6400 for a free consultation.

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Why You Need a Motorcycle Accident Attorney

The aftermath of a traffic accident may be overwhelming and stressful, to say the least. You may want to hold off contacting an injury lawyer to collect your thoughts. However, auto insurance companies will not wait and do not have your best interests at heart.

Insurance claims adjusters are trained to act quickly by investigating the details of a crash to dispute their insured's negligence. This is their way of shifting financial liability and protecting their bottom line. It is essential to work with an attorney who is experienced in handling cases like yours. At AutoAccident.com, we have handled numerous motorcycle accident cases since 1982.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics in California

If you ride a motorcycle, you know the feeling of freedom cruising the open road. But riding a motorcycle can also be dangerous. Personal injury attorneys know all too well that even experienced motorcyclists can't protect themselves from negligent drivers on the road.

According to a 2018 report by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), there were 122 traffic collisions involving motorcyclists in Sacramento. In California, the age group of motorcyclists and passengers most often injured or killed in motorcycle crashes are between 25-34. Those between 15 and 24 represented the second age group, followed by the third age group 45-54. 

National Statistics of Motorcycle Accident Deaths

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.

Best 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 riding 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 a motorcycle, check road conditions before leaving the house. This will help give you an idea of dangerous roads and current traffic conditions. A little planning ahead can help make your journey as a motorcyclist less dangerous.

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

Common Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Like other major traffic crashes, injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents can be severe and life-altering. The most common types of injuries suffered in motorcycle crashes include:

A top-rated Sacramento motorcycle accident attorney can help recover the compensation you need for your injuries and losses incurred.

Top 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 experienced 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.

Sacramento 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. You will need to file an SR-19C form with the California DMV. This form will determine whether the at-fault party has a valid auto insurance policy.

If the SR-19 form 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. If you were injured in a crash involving an uninsured or underinsured driver, reach out to a top-rated motorcycle accident attorney in Sacramento for a free case evaluation.

Who pays for my medical bills after a motorcycle accident?

As experienced motorcycle accident attorneys, we understand that your priority after a crash is to make sure all your medical bills and future treatments are covered. This way, you do not suffer financially.

First, we will discuss your situation and go over the options available to you. Secondly, our law firm 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.

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 broke my leg. The other party was at fault. I was not wearing a helmet. Will this hurt my case?

California law requires motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. If you suffered a head or brain injury and the helmet would have protected you, it would affect your bodily injury claim. 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 personal injury cases in California and why it is essential to have a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer if you are seriously hurt.

Contact Our Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today

If you or a loved one has suffered a severe motorcycle accident injury as a direct result of another person's negligence, our experienced legal team at the Law Offices of Edward A. Smith can help.  Since 1982, we have been helping injured victims in Sacramento and throughout northern California pursue fair compensation for their damages and losses. To find out how we can assist you, please contact our injury attorneys today at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. There is no obligation for the consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis. That means you only pay a fee if we win your injury case.

We have successfully won millions in verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Our firm founder Ed Smith is an active member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 6.2.21]

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