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Maybe it’s the freedom of the open road that calls to you. Maybe it’s California’s romantic history of rebelling against the establishment. 

Whatever your personal motivation for riding a motorcycle, you’re in an elite group of people who love their bikes. But your hobby (or habit for some of us) can also be dangerous.

Motorcycle crashes can result in serious physical, financial and emotional setbacks for you and your family.

If you or someone you love has suffered:

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  • broken bones
  • traumatic brain injury
  • injuries requiring surgery or overnight hospitalization
  • or wrongful death

As a result of a motorcycle accident, then speaking with a personal injury attorney at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers is the first step on the road to recovery

Keep reading to learn more about our unique expertise in handling California motorcycle accident claims, and to find out if working with the motorcycle accident lawyers at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers is right for you.

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California Has the Highest Percentage of Motorcyclists in The Country

In 2016, California had over 800,000 reported motorcyclists. It makes sense. In California's densely-populated urban centers, motorcycles offer a low-cost means of regular transportation, allowing motorcyclists to get around while avoiding the parking hassles and stop-and-go traffic. Lane-splitting is also legal in California, which gives motorcyclists an extra edge in rush hour gridlock. 

​California rates number one in the country for the percentage of riders per the population, and understandably, we also rate highly in motorcycle accidents and injuries. In 2015, California motorcycle deaths represented 17% of all road fatalities, though motorcyclists nationwide represent only 3% of registered vehicle owners and are responsible for only 1% of vehicle miles traveled. 

Also, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety, California motorcycle accident fatalities increased 11 percent from 494 in 2015 to 548 in 2016. And, unbelievably, California motorcyclist accident deaths from not wearing a helmet increased 9 percent from 23 in 2015 to 25 in 2016.

Motorcyclists Are at an Unfair Disadvantage Under the Law

Not only are motorcyclists much more likely to be injured in a vehicle accident due to their decreased visibility and protection, but more often than not there seems to be an unfair presumption that all motorcyclists are dangerous drivers.

Other drivers, and sometimes police officers, insurance adjusters, juries and even judges, have an unfair prejudice towards motorcycle riders. And this can sometimes result in liability for the accident being unfairly assigned to you just because you ride a motorcycle. 

And that's why if you've been injured in a motorcycle accident by another party, it's imperative that you work with an experienced motorcycle injury attorney who will aggressively represent your claim and defend your rights.

The Biases California Motorcycle Accident Victims Face Can Make Recovery Difficult

Most motorcyclists are typically more aware and drive more defensively than those driving cars. It’s a necessity when you’re cruising on two wheels with nothing but a helmet and a padded jacket between you and the pavement. But that’s not how the public at large perceives us. Every time you hop onto your bike, you’re shouldering the heavy burden of everyone’s misconceptions, assumptions, and innate biases, especially if you experience a California motorcycle accident. Common biases held my non-riders include:

  • They think you’re reckless.

  • They think you drive too fast.

  • They think that you think you own the road.

  • Worse yet, they think that when you get in a motorcycle accident it’s your fault.

If you’ve ever experienced a California motorcycle accident first-hand or had a friend injured in a crash, you’ve no doubt seen these biases at work. Unfortunately the victims in these terrible crashes often get the raw end of the deal from witnesses, responding police officers, accident investigators, and insurance adjusters. Motorcyclists are perceived as being at least partially at fault for any accident they are involved in. It’s almost an automatic assumption that the rider did something wrong, something reckless, or something illegal.

That automatic judgment call can cloud an investigator’s perception, lead them to false conclusions, and even blind them to hard evidence that exonerates the motorcyclist of any wrongdoing. It can also reduce the financial settlement that insurance companies are willing to pay. And it’s not right!

Motorcyclists are actually “safer” drivers than other motorists. The crash data backs that claim up. In most motorcycle accidents in California and around the country it’s the driver of the automobile who is at fault. While study results vary, it’s safe to say that car drivers are at least partially at fault in over 50% of motorcycle accidents! Some studies even found drivers at fault 60% of the time.

So, if the real world data flies in the face of these incorrect assumptions about motorcyclists, why are so many bikers still being blamed for motorcycle accidents in California?

Where These Biases Come From

Regretfully, there is a small percentage of motorcyclists who take the freedom that a smaller, more agile, and faster vehicle gives them and abuse it. You’ve seen these individuals speeding on the highway, zipping between cars with barely enough room to clear, riding on the shoulder to get around traffic, and even pulling dangerous stunts like wheelies on public roadways.

These are the types of riders who are highlighted in the news media. These are the careless motorcyclists whom people talk about with friends. These are the jerks on a bike. And these are the people who give the rest of us a bad name.

And Hollywood doesn’t help us out any either. Movies like Easy Rider and shows like Sons of Anarchy depict motorcyclists as gang members, criminals, drug addicts, and all around shady characters. These types of entertainment even depict the “good guys” as morally corrupt and reckless.

Unfortunately, overcoming these false perceptions is next to impossible. However, if you are seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in California, if you have an experienced and dedicated motorcycle accident attorney on your side, you can battle these biases to win a solid settlement in your case.

Having an Attorney Will Get You More!

The Insurance Research Council found that:

People who have an attorney receive an average of 3.5 times more for their settlement than unrepresented folks.

What You Can Do Before a Motorcycle Crash to Combat This Inherent Bias

The good news is that as the number of motorcyclists increased on California roadways, this alternate form of transportation is becoming more acceptable and more mainstream. In fact, most people know at least one person who commutes to work on a motorcycle every day or has a family member who hits the highway for a weekend ride. Motorcyclists aren’t the scary bearded biker’s depicted in movies and television. They’re mothers and fathers and sons and friends. As ridership grows, so too does the public’s acceptance and awareness of motorcyclists.

There are a number of things you can do to help speed this acceptance along and combat the negative biases faced by motorcyclists throughout California.

  • 1
    Know Traffic Laws – It’s your responsibility to know all the traffic laws that pertain motorcycles and abide by them every time you get on your bike. By practicing good stewardship of the road, you become an ambassador for motorcyclists across the country.
  • 2
    Ride Defensively – The bottom line is that you are your best ally on the road. That’s why it’s always smart to ride defensively. Maintain proper space between following and leading vehicles, keep your head on a swivel, and always have an “out” planned in case the car in front of you stops suddenly. Keeping your bike in tip-top shape is essential too. Doing so will keep you safer and help reduce your risk of a serious motorcycle accident.
  • 3
    Take a Rider Education Course – Even if you’ve been riding for a while, there are likely a few things you can learn to help you ride safer and smarter. Rider education courses can teach defensive driving techniques in days or weeks—these technical aspects of safe driving may take years to learn otherwise.
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    Have Good Insurance – Nobody wants to spend more than they have to, but getting a bigger insurance policy than is absolutely necessary (usually just liability) is a good way to give yourself a financial cushion to fall back on if you are involved in a motorcycle accident in California. While at-fault drivers can be held financially responsible for your injuries, getting that money can be difficult and take longer than you may expect—especially when you have to combat the biases that motorcyclists face every day. This is why we highly recommend upping your underinsured motorist insurance immediately!

Get an Attorney Who Rides and Specializes in Motorcycle Accidents

As a former avid motorcyclist, both street and off-road, Sally Morin and her team of motorcycle accident lawyers understand the unique challenges faced by California motorcycle accident victims.

Sally started riding mopeds at age 15, then a freeway legal Honda Elite 150 at age 17, rode a Honda CM400 during her years at Law School and beyond and of course dabbles in dirtbike riding out at Metcalf and Hollister. Not only does Sally understand your passion for being on two wheels on the open road, she knows all the games police and insurance adjusters will play to try to make you accept liability and reduce the value of your claim just for riding a motorcycle.

Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers Offers Experienced Representation to Victims of California Motorcycle Accidents 

Motorcycle accidents can involve life-changing injuries and are often tricky to fairly resolve. California personal injury attorney Sally Morin and her team of motorcycle accident experts, have dealt with hundreds of these cases and understand exactly what you are going through as an injured party. Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers offers up sound advice on what and what not to do when you’re involved in a motorcycle accident in California.

A motorcycle accident typically results in more severe injuries than a car accident, and motorcycle accidents often involve difficult liability issues. In order to protect your interests, it is important to work with a California motorcycle accident attorney who understands the unique issues created by motorcycle accidents.

As a California motorcycle accident lawyer for over 20 years, Sally Morin intimately understands the need for extra protection and representation for this vulnerable community when it comes to accidents and major injuries. She has worked diligently with many victims of motorcycle accidents in California (even some very close friends) to defend their right to ride safely.

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The motorcycle accident lawyers at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers recently doubled a client's settlement by educating the insurance adjuster on California's lane-splitting laws. The adjuster was convinced the accident was the motorcyclist's fault, but Sally and her team were able to shift this bias and flip liability in the case to get a great result for their motorcycle accident client!

Why You Should Work with Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers

  • Over 20 years of experience and millions recovered, representing motorcycle accident clients in the state of California.

Complete Guide to Manage your
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What you will learn in this guide:

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    How​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​to m​​​​anage every step of your case the right way
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    How to build a stronger case
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    How to handle medical bills, fees and other costs
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    Answers to your most common questions and concerns

Recent California Motorcycle Accident Client Reviews

Ian B.

"Super speedy fast!"

Honestly better than I could've ever hoped for. After being hit on my motorcycle Carmen and Rebecca took care of everything. They talked with the insurance and medical companies and got me an amazing settlement. Literally had to do zero work.

One of my favorite things about working with the team at Sally Morin was the speed of communication. If I had a question I'd get a response that day or the next. Super speedy fast.

If you've been in a motorcycle accident, would hands down recommend talking with these guys and letting them see what they can do.

Chris S.

"Professional, compassionate, competent, and reliable representation."

I highly recommend Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers to anyone who's looking for professional, compassionate, competent, and reliable representation. I was involved in a motorcycle accident three years back, and it was thanks to their hard work that I was able to get some closure and the proper compensation to move on. Thank you ladies for all that you do!

Blake F

"Just hire them!"

First, save yourself some time in reading this review and just hire them! From start to finish everyone at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers: San Francisco worked hard to obtain the best possible outcome for me. They are exceptional at what they do, professional, pleasant to work with and they made a very difficult period of my life easier by allowing me to focus on what was important, recovering from the accident.

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If at any time within the first 30 days of signing with Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers you are not 100% satisfied with the quality and care of service you receive from our attorneys, we will cancel your contract at no cost so that you can seek different representation. No questions asked.

Still not ready to make a decision about hiring the best motorcycle accident lawyer for your case? Here are some things you can do in the meantime.

What to Do if You are in a Motorcycle Accident

After immediate medical concerns have been addressed, it is important to gather as much information as you can from the scene of the motorcycle accident.  You should get the names and addresses of anyone who witnessed the accident.  You should also get the insurance, driver’s license and vehicle information from any other drivers involved in the collision. Try not to move your motorcycle, unless you are in danger by keeping it where it is (and you are physically capable of moving it). Make sure the police are called to the scene, as they can take important measurements and interview witnesses that will be important to your case. If possible, take photos of the accident scene (cell phones are good for this purpose), and later of your injuries and the damage to your motorcycle.

After you have sought the immediate medical treatment you need, you should contact a California motorcycle injury law firm like Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers who is knowledgeable about maximizing financial compensation in motorcycle accident claims.

What NOT to Do if You are in a Motorcycle Accident

There seems to be an unfair presumption that all motorcyclists are dangerous drivers.  This prejudice and misconception can prevent motorcyclists from being treated fairly when there is an accident.  Other drivers and even some police officers, attorneys and judges might assume that because a motorcycle was involved in an accident that the motorcycle driver is at fault. Therefore, it is very important that you, as a motorcycle driver or passenger, do not get adversarial or argumentative with anyone at the accident scene, including the driver who caused the accident or the police. Further, you should not speak with any investigator or insurance company personnel until you speak with your motorcycle accident attorney.

After the accident, it is important that you do not get your bike fixed without first consulting with your attorney who might want you to take pictures of the bike for evidence so you can negotiate repair payments before you fix the motorcycle. It is often difficult to wait for repairs, as this may be your only mode of transportation. The motorcycle accident team at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers is very sensitive to this, and therefore we encourage you and the insurance carriers to quickly get the property damage portion of your motorcycle accident case resolved right away.

You should not settle for representation by just any personal injury attorney, but should seek out a focused motorcycle accident attorney, like Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers, who can help you with your case from the point of view of an experienced team of California motorcycle accident case pros.

Recent California Motorcycle Accident Settlement Results

California Motorcycle Accident Settlement Results
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$65K Settlement for Broken Collarbone in Motorcycle Accident in SF
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Great Settlement for Concord Motorcycle Accident with Prop 213 Issue
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$100k Settlement for Motorcycle Accident on Market Street
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San Francisco Motorcyclist Nets over $42,000 in a Policy Limits Case
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$300K Settlement for Santa Cruz Motorcycle Accident
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What can you do to protect yourself in the event of a Serious Motorcycle accident? 

Get better motorcycle accident insurance coverage.

Tell your friends. Tell your colleagues. Tell your family members (please!) Tell everyone. Check your policy online right now, and pay that extra $5-10 per month to get better coverage.

If you’re going to ride a motorcycle, especially in an urban area like San Francisco or Los Angeles where accidents are frequent due to heavy traffic, make sure that your uninsured or under-insured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage is at LEAST $100,000 per person, per accident. Your UM/UIM coverage could make up for the other driver’s minimum policy, which is only $15,000 in California.

Motorcycle accidents, due to the nature of the vehicle (no metal frame around you, no seatbelts, and no airbags) tend to cause more severe injuries, which are more costly to treat, than accidents involving just cars. The other driver's mere $15k of liability coverage is NOT going to pay for the damages caused. Take this step now to protect yourself in case you are ever involved (in your first or another) serious motorcycle accident.

Experience The Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers Difference  

We are not a typical California personal injury law firm. We do not take every case presented to us. We have no interest in representing people with superficial injuries who are motivated purely by monetary gain or revenge.

We are very interested in working with clients who have suffered serious and legitimate injuries that have significantly disrupted their lives. These folks truly need assistance in getting back on their feet and getting back in the game.

If you appreciate straight talking (we don't inflate what we think your case is worth to get your business), understanding exactly how the process works, realistic expectations and the confidence that comes from working with a motorcycle accident legal team that is focused on your case then you should submit your case for review now.

We promise to:

  • Promptly respond to email messages and phone calls

  • Collaborate with you when big decisions need to be made

  • Favorably resolve your case as quickly as possible

  • Litigate your case (with your permission and only when necessary) in court…something that many personal injury attorneys avoid because it requires a special skill set

  • Assist in reducing your medical expense obligations

  • Remain focused and engaged throughout your case progress

We are focused!

We only handle motorcycle, bicycle, automobile and pedestrian accident claims. We don't do the typical slip and fall, product liability and medical malpractice lawsuits that most personal injury law firms do. This narrow practice area allows us to focus on cases just like yours! And, after hundreds of motorcycle accident cases, we have developed the expertise that makes us one of the most effective motorcycle accident attorney firms in California.

Hands-free Claims Resolution

When we take your case, we take over everything, so you can step back from the legal process and focus on your health. We deal with investigators, insurance companies, medical service providers, billing agencies and more so all you have to worry about is healing and getting your life back on track.

Effective Motorcycle Accident Settlement Negotiation

We don’t make inflated promises about how much we think we can get for your motorcycle accident case just to get you through the door as a client. We will be realistic with you and treat you with honesty and respect. We will do the work it takes to prove what your injuries are worth and won’t stop until you get every penny you deserve. This hard work up front allows us to resolve claims quickly—often without going to court!

Plus, we negotiate with medical service providers on your behalf to lower your financial obligations—you get to keep more of your settlement money.

Personal Attention

It is our duty to keep our clients informed, and your right to have all the information you need to help make big decisions easy. We’ll always keep you in the loop about your claims process, answer our phone calls and emails quickly, and respond to any questions you have. We work for you, not for ourselves.

No B.S.

Some motorcycle accident lawyers in California see injured victims as a chance to get rich, promote themselves and inflate their egos. We see these victims as people in need, and we do everything we can to get them the financial help they deserve. We’re not in this business to boost our own egos, fill our pockets with your settlement money or spread ourselves thin with too many clients. That’s why you won’t see us on ads on billboards or on the sides of buses. We carefully hand-select clients who appreciate our low-stress approach to handling motorcycle accident claims AND those we can help the most.

When you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident there may be no better advocates for your rights than Sally Morin and her team of experienced California motorcycle accident attorneys.

Don't Take the First Offer You Are Given for You Motorcycle Accident Claim

It’s tempting to sign whatever deal an at-fault party’s insurance company or lawyer offers you. “It’s what you deserve,” they say. “It’ll make things faster and simpler,” they tell you. But what they’re not telling you is that signing now only makes things better for them.

When you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in California the entire recovery system is designed to work against you.

  • Accident investigators are overworked and overwhelmed—yours is just one case in a massive stack!

  • Every insurance company’s business model is built on paying out as little as possible and if they can get away with offer unfairly small amounts they will.

  • Adjusters are not your friends. They’re aggressive (maybe even pushy or manipulative) and will use whatever you say to them to decrease the amount you may be offered.

  • The legal system was created by lawyers and is purposely difficult for an average person to understand—mountains of paperwork, forms that need to be filled out 100% correctly, filing deadlines that don’t take into account your physical recovery—it can be a nightmare.

If you've received an offer, but know your case is worth much more, contact the experienced California motorcycle accident lawyers at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers for your FREE online case evaluation now.

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Are We the Right California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys for You?

We’re selective about the cases we take on and the clients we represent.

  • We chose to dedicate ourselves to victims who have been seriously injured in motorcycle accidents in California.
  • We work with folks who are honest, hard-working and need a helping hand to get back on their feet.
  • We help victims who put their own recovery—getting back to work, putting their lives together, and protecting their families—first.

Why? Because we know these folks need and deserve expert legal representation.

Does that sound like you? If it does, contact Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers and speak with one of our California motorcycle accident attorneys today. Get help right now by submitting your case for a FREE online evaluation.

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