There are countless motorcycle accidents in San Bernardino and throughout Southern California each year. If you are searching Google and have landed here, chances are that you or a loved one have been injured in a crash. Know that the law allows you to recover for your damages if someone else caused your accident, and our San Bernardino motorcycle accident attorneys can help.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries Are Often Serious
In California, about 500 people are killed each year in motorcycle accidents. Even if they survive, bikers stand a much greater chance of being seriously injured in a crash – in fact, more than 75% of motorcyclists suffer some sort of injury in an accident. Even when they take all of the precautions in the world, there is little to protect a biker from the impact that their body makes with the roadway after they have been hit by a negligent driver.
How Drivers Cause Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists have every legal right to be on the road, and drivers must share the highways and streets with them. Drivers must treat bikers the same as they would any other motorist, exercising the due care necessary not to harm them. Instead, drivers often cause injury to motorcycles by doing the following:
- Driving aggressively and tailgating motorcyclists
- Making an illegal turn where they cut across the left lane
- Not checking blind spots and making an illegal lane change
- Distracted driving
While drivers may have a difficult time spotting motorcyclists, they are still negligent when they hit them under the circumstances described above. They could be made to pay when this causes bikers injury.
Motorcycle accident settlements tend to be higher on average than car accident settlements. This is not because there is any special law protecting motorcyclists. It is because motorcycle accident injuries tend to be more serious, and damages depend on the severity of your injuries and losses. When you have greater medical bills and longer recovery time away from work, your settlement should be higher than individuals with minor injuries.
Motorcyclists are ten times more likely to suffer a severe injury than a motorist or their passenger due to their lack of a protective vehicle shell and other safety features. Common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Road rash from contacting the pavement at a high speed
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Neck and back injuries (including paralysis)
Even when your injuries are serious, motorcycle accident settlements may not fairly compensate you unless you have an aggressive and knowledgeable attorney guiding you throughout the process. Without an experienced lawyer, you may not even know what your claim is worth. At The JLF Firm, we can properly value your claim because we have helped numerous injured motorcyclists before and know all of the elements of your claim and what they should be worth.
Experienced San Bernardino Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, time is of the essence when you are seeking financial compensation. Call us today at (909) 314-1716 or contact San Bernardino personal injury attorneys online to schedule your free initial consultation.
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