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Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcycle accident lawyers are needed whenever someone is involved in a motorcycle accident and there are injuries. Such accidents are terrifying and they happen within the blink of an eye. One moment you are riding along the highway enjoying your powerful machine, then suddenly you are lying face down on the ground with your bike on top of you. Every rider thinks about the possibility of a crash, but what happens when you are the one who has been hit? There are many causes of motorcycle catastrophes, but it’s important to acknowledge the most common causes listed below:

  1. Car turns left in front of you, fails to see you, and judges your speed incorrectly

This is the number-one cause of ALL motorcycle accidents. Every rider is aware that there are other vehicles on the road, especially in California. Other drivers are a huge factor in motorcycle collisions and most of the time it is due to the negligence of another that causes your motorcycle crash. A car that is about to negotiate a left-hand-turn in front of you can be the cause of a terrifying or fatal crash. If you are on your motorcycle and a car makes an unsafe lane change or turn in front of you, don’t hesitate to contact one of our highly experienced personal injury and motorcycle accident attorneys at The Bear & Barrera Law Firm.

  1. Gaps in traffic

When there is a large gap in traffic it may look like the perfect opportunity for you and your motorcycle to get some much needed space on our crowded Los Angeles roads. However, this can be a fatal mistake due to other drivers on the road attempting to “fill the gap.” If you have just changed lanes and are in a gap in traffic you must keep your eyes out for other automobiles attempting to “fill the gap in traffic” which can end up with another car or truck “side swiping” or “rear ending” you, and your motorcycle.

  1. Your front tire hits Gravel, Sand, Leaves, or another obstruction, causing you to wipe out

Whether you are traveling down a windy road, a canyon, or just cruising through a turn, the possibility of wiping out because of an obstruction, loose gravel, or sand is always present. If you have wiped out or laid down your bike as a result of loose gravel sand, or another obstruction on the road, you may be entitled to substantial compensation  for the injuries you have sustained.

  1. A car changes lanes into you

A motorcycle is a convenient method of transportation in Los Angeles. As gas prices continue to fall, the amount of motorcycle accidents rises. Due to the decreased price of fuel, there are more cars and motorcycles on the road than ever. As motorcyclists’ are well-aware, the small size of your bike may allow you to beat the traffic, but can turn violent, quickly. Other drivers on the road may not be aware of your presence and this poses a significant threat to all riders. If another vehicle fails to see you, and changes lanes directly into you and your motorcycle, call us for a free consultation.

  1. A car hits you from behind: You were “rear-ended”

If you were traveling on your motorcycle and were suddenly hit from behind by another auto, you are entitled to significant compensation for the injuries you have suffered, and will continue to suffer. We all see the driver sitting next to us in traffic with their head down, texting on their iphone and are fearful of being hit. Motorcycle riders must be aware of other drivers on the road who are not paying attention. A small bump from behind can be the difference between life and death for a rider. Whether you have been hit from behind or “rear-ended” on your motorcycle, w are here for you and will fight for you until the end.

  1. Cars pulling out of side streets & parking lots into the path of a motorcyclist

When a car pulls out in front of you it can be jarring and scary. Many drivers in Los Angeles are inattentive while operating their vehicle and may fail to see you. If you are on a motorcycle and another vehicle pulls out in front of you, causing an unavoidable collision, you could have a potential claim against several parties.

  1. Ignoring traffic signs and signals

We all know about the “California Roll” and we witness cars failing to make a complete stop at a traffic light or stop sign all the time. This can result in severe personal injuries and even death to riders across the state. If a vehicle fails to stop for a traffic light and/or signal and hits you, you can let us know and we will study your case to see how we can help you. In these circumstances, you will could have a potential lawsuit against several parties.

  1. Lane Splitting

California is the ONLY state that allows motorcyclists’ to lane split. According to an extensive study done at Berkley, lane splitting is safer than sitting in bumper to bumper traffic for riders. Commonly, riders will “lane split” when there is heavy traffic and/or congestion. The reason riders do this is to avoid being hit from behind by another driver who is not paying attention to what is in front of them. If you have been “sideswiped”, “broadsided” or have been hit from behind as a result of a legal lane split, let us know and we will find the best course of action in resolution of your case.

WHAT SHOULD I DO? STEPS TO TAKE FOLLOWING A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

  1. Assess The Damage

The first thing you must do following a wreak is take a deep breath. Subsequent to a crash there is adrenaline flowing throughout your body that you may not even be able to recognize. Additionally, you may not feel the full extent of your injuries immediately following the crash. After the impact has occurred and you have assessed the damage to both your person and your precious bike, it is important to move to the side of the road and clear any debris that may cause an obstruction to other drivers/riders.

  1. Record Crash Details

Once you have evaluated the situation and made sure everyone is alright, you MUST take steps to preserve the evidence at the scene. If your cell phone survived the crash you should immediately take photos of the damage to your bike. Additionally, you should snap photos of the injuries you have sustained, even if you think they are minor. After your accident there is a high chance that you will be flustered and disoriented, that is why you must keep in mind the above steps in order to preserve vital evidence from the scene that will later prove useful.

Details To Record

  • Date and Time of Accident
  • Other drivers insurance information
  • Pictures of your injuries and damage to motorcycle
  • Photos of skid marks and/or debris
  1. Call 911

If you or anyone else involved in the collision has been injured, do not hesitate to call 911. Emergency services will be dispatched to your location, and they will evaluate the gravity and severity of the crash. Additionally, having the police and EMS called will further document your wreak and provide any assistance you may need.

  1. Always stay up to date with your insurance company, and don’t forget to keep them in the loop. Contacting your insurance company is crucial after a motorcycle accident and will make a huge difference in the long run. Reporting the accident to your insurance company is a vital element of your claim. If you have been in an accident and have not made contact with your insurance company, don’t hesitate to let us know and we will take care of your injury claim from A-Z.
  1. CALL YOUR LAWYER

Call The Bear & Barrera Law Firm to speak with an experienced personal injury and motorcycle accident attorney. Call us anytime, be it day or night. We are always available to take your call and discuss your options after a devastating crash.


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