People call them motorcycles, bikes, motorbikes, or choppers. In Southern California, some riders call them the only way to get to work on time.
Motorcycles might help beat our notorious traffic, but riders in Southern California take a serious risk every time they hit the road. While the majority of accidents involving motorcycles and other vehicles are not the motorcyclist’s fault, motorcycle riders are far more likely to suffer serious or fatal injuries than drivers of cars and trucks.
Motorcycles don’t protect the rider in an enclosed space, so even minor collisions can have terrible consequences. In fact, according to the IIHS, motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to be killed in collisions than automobile drivers and passengers.
Because the laws regarding motorcycle use are different than those for other vehicles, riders are often confused about whether helmet use, lane splitting, and other activities affect who is to blame in the event of an accident.
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What to Do After You’ve Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident
- Never admit fault
- Always get a police report
- Take down the contact information of any witnesses
After you get home, you’ll need to take some more steps to protect yourself:
1. See the DoctorMotorcyclists are especially vulnerable to serious injuries like broken bones, spinal damage, or traumatic brain injury. Even if you don’t have obvious symptoms, you need to go to the hospital as soon as possible. Seeing the doctor will keep you alive and help strengthen your claim.
2. Document the DamageTake detailed notes about your experience, your injuries, and your medical care. Keep all the receipts and correspondence from your interactions with doctors, insurance companies, and others. Take many photographs of your injuries and the damage to your bike.
3. Stay QuietAn adjuster from the other party’s insurance company will probably call you and ask for a statement. Get their name and phone number but do not speak about the accident or agree to sign any documents. These people are not your friend — they are searching for any way to reduce the compensation they’ll have to pay you.
4. Call a LawyerTo insurance companies, unrepresented victims are easy targets. They’ll do anything they can to undercompensate you for your injuries. The motorcycle accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Daniel Kim are specifically trained to deal with insurance companies and ensure you get as much money as possible for the suffering you’ve been through.