Motorcycles provide a relatively quick way through the traffic gridlock of the Los Angeles area. However, with the convenience of slipping between lanes of stopped cars comes the increased potential for accidents. Compared with occupants of a more conventional vehicle, motorcyclists are eighteen times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident and three times more likely to be injured. Nationally, these numbers added up to nearly five thousand fatalities and roughly 88,000 injuries in 2015 alone.
The consequences of a motorcycle accident on the biker can be quite dire. Because motorcycles offer almost no protection from collision, motorcyclists often experience pretty severe injuries that sometimes prove fatal. Often, these accidents are caused not by the motorcyclist but by negligent motorists. If you have experienced a motorcycle accident, or if your family or loved one were involved in a crash, the Law Offices of David P. Kashani, APLC can help you get the sort of compensation that can allow you and your family to recover from motorcycle catastrophes.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Although motorcyclists have a reputation for being rebellious and careless, often motorcycle crashes happen due to driver negligence or environmental factors. Common driver mistakes include:
- Changing lanes without first checking for the presence of a motorcyclist.
- Refusal to grant the right of way to a motorcycle.
- Swerving into a motorcyclist’s path or exceeding the speed limit.
- Running a red light or refusing to come to a full stop at a stop signal or sign.
- Operating their vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Any of these mistakes can present even seasoned veteran motorcyclists with an impossible situation. Added to that, improper road maintenance can create dangerous conditions. An experienced attorney can help determine what parties are to blame for a motorcycle accident and can pursue restitution from the proper parties involved.
How to Handle a Motorcycle Accident
The most important issue is your safety. If you are significantly injured, it’s best to wait for medical assistance unless you are clearly in danger, in which case your first priority should be to get to safety. Provided you are stable, you should then check to make sure everyone involved in the accident is okay.
In instances like a crash, adrenaline and emotions run high. It’s crucial to keep calm, think before doing anything, and be certain not to say anything that might downplay your injuries or inadvertently implicate yourself.
Once everyone’s safety has been established, contact the police for assistance and to get a police report. Obtain the contact information as well as vehicle and insurance information for anyone involved and document the scene as much as possible. If there are onlookers who might act as witness, you can also politely request their information as well.
Following cleanup of the accident, consult your doctor for how best to tend to your injuries and consult a lawyer as soon as possible. The team at the Law Offices of David P. Kashani, APLC in the cities of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Lancaster, and Seattle have successfully helped thousands of victims with personal injury cases and can bring their considerable experience and knowledge to your case.
For more information or for a free consultation, contact our offices immediately to schedule an appointment. The offices are open during standard business hours but we can also make arrangements for weekend of evening meetings to accommodate your schedule.