Ontario Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable not only because they lack the protection, but because they are much smaller. This downside makes motorcycles harder for other motorists to notice on the road. It also means that motorcycles and their passengers are more likely to be thrown farther in the event of a collision.
Motorcycles are also more vulnerable to a collision since other drivers don't keep a close enough eye out for them. Just 8% of households own a motorcycle, which gives us a general estimate of just how common motorcycles are on US streets. Since motorcycles aren't as common as normal passenger cars, drivers may be less likely to watch out for them.
For example, a motorcycle riding in a motorist's blind spot or crossing through an intersection at a 2-way stop might be less likely to be seen by a motorist that is only looking for other passenger cars.
Because motorcycles are harder to spot than other vehicles, motorcyclists have to always drive defensively. Bikers can never presume that other motorists can see them, especially the drivers of vehicles in front of them. Motorcycle crashes often occur when motorists:
- Pull out of a side street, parking lot, or driveway in front of a motorcycle;
- Make an abrupt turn in front of a motorcycle;
- Make a lane change in front of or broadside to a motorcycle; or
- Try to pass another car, and fail to see the motorcyclist in either the passing lane or the target lane.
What Are The Most Common Motorcycle Injuries?
A motorcycle gives you little protection in an accident. This means your body ends up taking the full force of the impact with another vehicle.
Often, this causes life-threatening and life-altering injuries to motorcycle crash victims. In fact, approximately 5,000 motorcyclists died in accidents in just one recent year.
While motorcycles only comprise 3 percent of registered vehicles, motorcycle accidents cause 15 percent of all vehicle accident fatalities. Not every motorcycle crash will cause death, but it shows the severity these types of collisions result in.
Some common injuries are:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Road rash
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
That's not to say that survivors can never resume a normal life, but it may take some time and effort, including physical rehabilitation. A motorcycle accident attorney can help you recover the compensation needed to pay for those treatments.
Liability For Ontario Motorcycle Accidents
As these facts suggest, motorcyclists wounded in crashes are often the victims of negligence. Every negligence case is comprised of four essential elements: a duty, a breach of that duty, an injury caused by the breach, and damages sustained by the plaintiff. Drivers of motor vehicles owe a duty of care to everyone else who uses public thoroughfares. That includes bicyclists, pedestrians, and various other motorists-- including motorcyclists.
When a driver violates that duty by being careless, inebriated, fatigued, or distracted, and ends up causing an accident which results in injury or even wrongful death to another person, the motorist might be held civilly liable to the injured party. They can seek a negligence claim with the help of a motorcycle accident attorney in Ontario.
A motorcyclist wounded in an accident may have a claim if they can prove that another motorist was at fault. When a motorcycle driver has followed all of the traffic laws but is still involved in a collision, odds are that it has been caused by the driver of another vehicle. It could be not seeing the motorcyclist, speeding, being inebriated, or a combination of the three.
What Should I Do After A Motorcycle Crash?
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, immediately contact the police to file a report if they are involved in an accident. This is especially true if there is an injury or fatality.
If immediate medical help is necessary, render what help you can, seek assistance, and call emergency medical assistance. If you are the one that is hurt, you should seek immediate medical assistance. Even if your injury seems minor and you do not need immediate help, it is a good idea to get medical care, as some injuries are not immediately noticeable.
Further, at the scene you should get the contact and insurance information for the other parties. And you also want contact info for independent witnesses, as investigating law enforcement do not always gather that info.
Contact a motorcycle accident attorney soon after the accident. We strongly advise that you do this prior to speaking with any insurance provider.
Contact Our Ontario Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
After your accident, along with talking to the authorities and receiving any necessary medical attention, you should get in touch with a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer with experience dealing with motorcycle crashes. Serving victims throughout the Ontario area, the motorcycle accident lawyers at First Law Group can help you.
Too often, accident victims believe that an insurance company-- either their own or the other motorist's-- will sufficiently compensate them for any injuries they have sustained. Unfortunately, plenty of insurance providers are reluctant to pay, even when liability and injuries are obvious. This is particularly accurate when the injuries are significant.
Even when an insurance carrier seems liable, be wary. Many adjusters will try to settle claims quickly. They will advise you to sign an agreement that will allow them to close the case-- and therefore minimize their exposure.
Even if the deal appears sufficient or even generous, it is crucial to make sure your rights are protected. Speak with an attorney and make sure you comprehend the consequences of the agreement.
The fact is, not all injuries are immediately apparent. And for some serious injuries, even if you anticipate complete recovery, you can not be sure that the complete recovery you expect will materialize.
In those situations, signing a release of claims too soon can reduce your settlement to an amount that is significantly less than what you need or what you legally have a right to recover. Severe injuries might include:
- Spine damage;
- Multiple broken bones;
- Severe bruising and/or "road rash";
- Traumatic head injuries.
And, of course, some motorcycle accidents are fatal. If someone you love has been killed in a motorcycle crash, get in touch with an attorney to determine whether there's a wrongful death action to pursue against a negligent motorist.
At First Law Group, we really care about our community and we are driven by our passion for clients. Our personal injury lawyers in Ontario, California are always available to take your call. For a Free Consultation, call us at (626) 888-8264, or visit our website: FirstLG.com