When a motorcyclist is involved in a crash, he or she is vulnerable and exposed to severe injuries or death. Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries can result along with multiple fractures, organ, and joint damage and even traumatic or surgical amputations. Here’s what you need to know if you’re involved in an Orange County motorcycle accident.
Drivers Don’t See You
The most comprehensive motorcycle accident study in history was conducted at the University of Southern California’s Traffic Safety Center. It found that the failure of motorists to see motorcycles in traffic was the cause of a majority of all motorcycle accidents. The most frequent crash scenario was the motorcycle going straight with a passenger car making a left turn in front of it. On average, the motorcyclists had less than two seconds to attempt to avoid the collision.
Bias Against Motorcyclists
Any rider needs to know that insurance companies have their own form of bias against motorcyclists. They want to convey the misperception that motorcyclists are irresponsible and reckless risk takers who drive dangerously and too fast, especially now that California allows lane splitting. Some jurors come into courtrooms with that bias too.
Fortunately, California law doesn’t allow bias by insurance companies and jurors against motorcyclists to enter a courtroom. An experienced and effective Orange County motorcycle accident attorney from Guldjian Law can complete a thorough and objective crash investigation and overcome any issues of bias before they ever arise. Eyewitness and police statements and testimony as to exactly what happened on that roadway can also be pivotal. Even the words of the driver who caused the crash can be used against him or her. Other vehicles must share the road with motorcycles, and the mere fact that an accident victim was on a motorcycle means nothing in the context of negligence. Judges caution jurors on that rule too.
Don’t speak with the opposing insurer after you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash. Its adjuster is only going to try and push liability over onto you. Instead of doing that, you can arrange for a free confidential consultation and case review with our motorcycle accident attorney here at Guldjian Law by contacting us right away after your accident. As soon as we’re retained, we’ll start building a strong case for you. We won’t let bias get in the way. Our objective is to get you the maximum compensation that you deserve.