Motorcyclists are at a severe disadvantage when they’re involved in an accident. Serious injuries or even deaths result from motorcycle accidents. Those translate into major medical bills, major earnings losses, and permanent partial or complete disability.
They also translate into major legal disputes. When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident with another vehicle though, the accident usually isn’t the motorcyclist’s fault. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that about two-thirds of the time, such crashes are caused by other vehicles turning left in front of a motorcycle that was traveling straight ahead.
Drivers relate that they either never saw the motorcycle coming toward them, or they didn’t see it until it was too late. Riders typically had less than two seconds to attempt to avoid a crash.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Glendale
When motorcyclists are in a crash, there is little or no protection around them, and the injuries that they suffer are typically serious and require immediate medical care and treatment. Here are some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries that riders suffer:
- Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.
- Multiple fractures.
- Damage to internal organs.
- Damage to spinal vertebrae with disc displacement or herniation.
- Joint dislocation and damage.
- Abrasions with infection.
- Wrongful death.
Insurance Prejudice Against Motorcyclists
Insurance companies are highly prejudiced against motorcyclists. They try to bring that prejudice into courtrooms too. Motorcycles accelerate faster than cars, and they’re usually louder than cars. Those factors lend to the perception that motorcyclists are risk-taking daredevils, notwithstanding the fact that most motorcyclists have jobs, children, and are responsible riders.
Given the monetary exposure that an insurance company faces in an accident involving a motorcycle, it’s going to try and push some or all of the blame for an accident over onto the rider, especially because of the prejudice against motorcyclists. At Maison Law, with our investigations and careful case preparation, we whittle away at prejudice against motorcyclists from the onset of a claim or lawsuit. That gives the motorcyclist the best possible chance of a favorable disposition of their case.
Contact a Glendale Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
After being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in or around Glendale that was caused by the carelessness and negligence of somebody else, don’t give any type of a statement to the opposing insurance company, no matter what its representative says. California law doesn’t require you to give any type of a statement, and you could unknowingly harm your case.
Rather than taking that risk, talk to us at Maison Law instead. We can consult with you confidentially at no cost at all. We’ll want to know about your accident, the extent of your injuries, and how the event has affected the lives of you and your family members. After that, we can advise you of your legal rights and how we think you should proceed.
If we’re retained to represent you, our objective will be to obtain the highest settlement or award that you deserve. Contact us at Maison Law right away for that free consultation and case conference.