Motorcycle Accidents Lawyer San Jose
Motorcycle accidents can have potentially devastating long-term health effects, so it’s vital that you make use of the best lawyers you can find. We do not compromise on your health and we are always on your side until you get what you rightfully deserve.
Leading Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are relatively common, and it’s no secret that they offer significantly less protection than various other vehicles, such as cars. This means that in almost all cases, motorcycle accidents can lead to serious permanent damage, or even to fatalities. This also means that, even if a driver of a nearby car is at fault in a motorcycle accident, the driver of the motorcycle is usually the one that suffers the most.
There are lots of different events and conditions that can lead to a motorcycle accident, many of which amplify the danger of the collision relative to the extent that they are happening. Some of the factors that can lead to a serious motorcycle accident include:
- Driver or biker inexperience
- Unsafe road conditions
- Unsafe lane changes or improper turns
- Distracted or reckless driving
- Malfunctioning or defective motorcycles
- Impaired visibility
- Falling to avoid colliding with an object
- Busy intersection accidents
Furthermore, San Jose is one of the few states that hasn’t made lane-splitting illegal. Due to this, lane-splitting is still one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents in San Jose.
Related Accident Types
There are also various commonly categorized types of accident, all of which could lead in long-term damage or even fatal injuries. The different types of collision can have a massive impact on the success of your case, and the level of compensation you may receive.
- Left-turn accident
- Failure to yield accident
- Hit and run accident
- Multi-vehicle accident
- Intersection accident
- Head-on collision
- Rear end collision
- Merging collision
- Side-impact or T-Bone collision
- Low-impact collision
What Motorcycle Accident Injuries are Common?
In almost every motorcycle accident, the motorcyclist is always the one who is injured, or injured the worst. Motorcycles are designed to be driven fast, but do not other the much-needed protection that can be found with driving other vehicles such as cars. Many motorcycle accidents leave the injured party with a lifetime of bills and debt- this is made even worse if the accident wasn’t even that parties’ fault.
Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Paralysis (paraplegia/quadriplegia)
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Broken bones/bone fractures
- Neck/back or spinal cord injuries
Many of the injuries lead to months, if not years of recovery and thousands of dollars in medical bills. We work around the clock to make your life easier and less painful where we can, by using our legal knowledge and experience to fight for the compensation you deserve.
The best way to prevent, or at the very least limit the amount of damage done from a motorcycle accident is always for motorcyclists to wear a HELMET while riding their bike. This helps to protect the most important area of the body from direct impact, which can significantly reduce a motorcyclist’s chance of serious injury, specifically brain damage. We also recommend that motorcyclists wear thick leather motorcycle gear, which helps to provide a full body padding and prevent skin tearing, and much more.
What to do After a Motorcycle Accident
Even if you do take all the necessary steps to reduce the amount of damage you receive from a motorcycle accident, serious injury can and does still happen. How you react after an accident is pivotal to the severity of any injuries you have, how quickly you recover and even the chance of success of your case.
There are several mental and physical steps you should take to ensure that you do not injure yourself further, as well as making sure your case stands the best chance of success:
- Stay calm- Accidents almost always lead to a high adrenaline and stress situation, it important that you take the time to breathe and relax before you start making any decisions.
- Keep safe- You have been in an accident, but that doesn’t mean other traffic on the rod has come to a standstill, make sure to move to one side to safety.
- Check yourself for injuries- Now that you are safe, it is time to check your body for injuries, can you feel blood anywhere? Any pains? Any clear damage to your protective clothing? If you find any onlookers, ask them to check areas that can’t easily be seen by yourself.
- Alert emergency services- As soon as you have collected yourself and checked for injuries, make sure to contact emergency services to check yourself into a hospital, and to create an official police report. This will massively help your claims chance of success.
- Document the Accident- Exchange insurance and contact information with the other involved parties. Take photos of the accident scene and record anything you remember about the accident that may be useful. Furthermore, if there are any witnesses to your accident, exchange contact information to get a written statement from them later.
- Don’t admit fault- While speaking to witnesses, other involved parties or the police, take care not to admit fault in the accident, as this will be used against any claims you then make.
What Damages are Recoverable Following a Motorcycle Accident?
Damages refers to the expenses pain and suffering caused by a motorcycle accident, most of which entitle victims to compensation in various forms, either through financial means or lifestyle changes.
Generally, the damages that are recoverable from a motorcycle accident can be broken down into two clear categories:
- Specific Damages- Past and future medical bills, lost wages, lost earning potential, necessary repair and replacement services, home and vehicle modifications, etc.
- General Damages- Physical pain and suffering, loss of consortium, emotional distress
When assessing your claim, we also consider the nature or cause of the accident. This can have a massive impact on the success of your claim. Some of the factors we consider include:
- Negligent drivers
- An at-fault driver’s employer
- Manufacturers due to a product defect
- Property owners
- Public entities such as a city or state due to poorly maintained roadways
- Construction contractors
How we can help you
Our fantastic teams of lawyers work around the clock to deliver the compensation you deserve to your doorstep. We assess your claim and when we feel you have a case, fight in your corner relentlessly. We understand the severity of many motorcycle accidents and pride ourselves in helping those victims in any way we can.
If you have any questions, or would like a FREE case consultation, do not hesitate to contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org Or by telephone: 800-291-9000