Fresno motorcycle riders don’t mind a little bad weather or a rough patch of road. Most riders just need to feel that sense of freedom on the open road no matter the conditions. They can see to their own safety just fine, but they can’t always anticipate the dangerous moves distracted drivers can make.
An inattentive driver can quickly force a motorcyclist off the road or into a dangerous collision. Some minor accidents allow a rider to get up and ride on, but motorcycle collisions caused by cars and SUVs are often serious and result in severe consequences.
Securing Help for Fresno Motorcycle Accident Victims
If you or a loved one is hurt in a motorcycle accident due to the carelessness of a driver don’t feel you are alone. You’ll eventually be facing that driver’s car insurance adjusters and you should have someone with experience in holding them accountable on your side.
Martin Gasparian fights for the rights of injured motorcyclists and seeks to protect them from the unfair treatment insurance companies often subject them to. Contact Mr. Gasparian for a free strategy session on your case. If he can’t help you secure more in compensation, he’ll let you know. If he can and you agree to let him represent your case, Mr. Gasparian won’t get paid unless he wins compensation for you.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Whether it’s a quick run up the Yosemite Highway and back or a trip east along California 168 into the mountains, motorcyclists have plenty of places to roam in Central Valley. Unfortunately, they can always count on careless drivers meeting them wherever they go.
Drivers can make left and right turns, veer across lanes, all while claiming they couldn’t see the motorcyclist nearby. Their random mistakes are hard for even a seasoned rider to anticipate 100% of the time.
The collisions that can result put an unprotected motorcyclist at risk of a severe injury that in some cases can take them off their bikes for months.
These are some of the injuries that emergency room doctors in California commonly observe after a motorcycle accident:
- Concussion/Traumatic Brain Injury – TBIs can cause problems with short-term and long-term memory. They can leave a victim suffering severe mood swings, light sensitivity, and even cost them control over body parts. Skull fractures may also cause internal bleeding near the brain.
- Chest Injuries – The torso often takes the most powerful hit. An impact to the chest can squeeze ribs and cause heart and lung contusions. The kidneys and the liver are also vulnerable depending on the side of the body the victim lands on.
- Blunt Force Trauma – Motorcyclists can endure several impacts in a motorcycle collision. Each impact with a car or the ground can deliver powerful blows. The skin may not be broken, but the internal damage could be severe. Internal organs and other tissue can get deeply bruised or torn. Internal bleeding isn’t always diagnosed until a victim can get to a hospital.
- Fractured limbs – Riders can attempt to cushion a fall by extending their hands and feet. This can lead to broken bones from the hands up to the shoulder. The neck, vertebrae, and hips can also be damaged.
- Road Rash – Friction with pavement and the ground will tear away layers of skin. A victim could have to cope with permanent disfigurement.
What if I Wasn’t Wearing A Motorcycle Helmet When I Was Hit?
If you ride in California you’re required to wear a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) compliant motorcycle safety helmet. However, if you aren’t wearing one and get into a collision, you don’t give up your right to seek compensation.
California is a pure comparative negligence state and that means riders and drivers can share responsibility in a motorcycle accident. If you get injured by a careless driver while helmetless you might have to accept a percentage of the blame for the severity of your injury. However, a mistake by a driver would still make them liable for perhaps a much bigger percentage of your accident.
An award of compensation could still be obtained from the driver’s car insurance but the rider’s percentage of blame would be subtracted from the final sum.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Serving Victims in Fresno
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident or if you’ve tragically lost a loved one in an accident, contact a local motorcycle accident attorney to find out everything available to you and your family.
Insurance companies aren’t required to inform you of your rights after their policyholder causes an accident. In fact, they would rather you stayed uninformed in the hopes you’ll sign off on a settlement that’s worth far less than what you’ll need in recovery.
Take advantage of a free consultation session offered by Maison Law to learn more about what insurance companies don’t tell motorcycle accident victims.