You’re enjoying a gorgeous California day out on your motorcycle when another motorcyclist smashes into you and knocks you into traffic. Now your bike is crushed and so is your body.
All at once, your life changes. You have massive medical bills from severe physical injuries. It will take months to recover, which impacts your job. You can only hope you will heal completely and someday ride your bike again.
In this situation, it’s hard to know what to do next. You may need to take action against a fellow California motorcyclist. But how? Let’s take a look.
California Double-Motorcycle Collisions Cause Chaos
First of all, motorcycle vs. motorcycle accidents aren’t as rare as it might seem. They happen across California on all types of roads, especially where motorcyclists tend to ride in groups, navigate country curves, and share the road with high-speed traffic.
Although other vehicle drivers are often blamed for these crashes, the data shows motorcyclists have a big share of the blame. Motorcyclists are found to be at fault in 69% of motorcycle-involved crashes.
In July 2020, a California two-motorcycle accident led to a multi-vehicle crash where many people were injured and someone lost their life. As a group of motorcyclists traveled north on I-5 in Kern County, two of the bikes collided. Due to the collision, a Harley-Davidson bike ran off onto the right shoulder and a Kawasaki bike struck a nearby vehicle, which then veered and crossed the median and hit yet another vehicle.
This created a huge traffic pileup and emergency help was called to the scene to assist multiple injured people. The Harley-Davidson rider suffered moderate injuries and, unfortunately, the driver of the Kawasaki motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene.
How to Handle the Aftermath of a Motorcycle Accident
Think about what you would do after an accident like the one described above. These were probably two friends who were out for a ride together when tragedy struck.
After a motorcycle accident, it’s time to get medical help, recover from your injuries, and figure out how to pay your bills. When you survive a motorcycle accident, it’s common to have severe injuries that can cost tens of thousands of dollars to treat.
Gather as much information as you can about the accident, including information from other drivers and the police report. Before you answer any questions from the insurance company, talk to a motorcycle accident lawyer who has experience with cases similar to yours. If something makes you think the other motorcyclist was drunk, drugged, or distracted at the time of the accident, share your concerns with your attorney.
Seek Payment for Your Bike and Your Bills
Because your bike is damaged and your body is in pain, this is a time when your attorney can really help you handle the legal concerns and use the law in your favor. By making an accident claim, you can request that a motorcyclist or their insurance company covers your medical costs and other damages.
At Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers, we have plenty of experience helping motorcyclists after life-altering accidents. We understand that this may be a touchy situation where you could be making a claim against a friend or fellow rider. That isn’t easy.
But we believe you deserve to recover from your accident and get your life back on track. That’s why we assertively demand compensation in motorcycle crash cases. We can help you:
- Determine who’s involved in your motorcycle accident
- Show why you’re owed compensation
- Seek the costs of getting your motorcycle repaired
- Get your medical bills paid
- Negotiate an insurance settlement
- Go to court, if necessary
- Reduce your stress
The team at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers is here to help you. Whether or not you’re able to get back on your bike immediately after the accident, let’s get you on the road to recovery as soon as possible.
We Handle Your Motorcycle Accident Claim So You Can Focus on Your Life
After an injury, contact the attorneys at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers. We handle many areas of the law, including motorcycle and truck accidents. We believe you should be able to focus on recovering while we handle the legal details.
We truly care about the people of California. Contact us today for a free online case evaluation.
“I was in a motorcycle accident and the other driver was 100% at fault. I had large medical bill claims and of course got a lowball offer from the other party’s insurance; shocking!!!. Rebecca was my main contact and can’t say enough how sweet, professional and friendly she was throughout the process; she made a presentation about me and the other counsels were impressed by what she did. I highly recommend them if you were in an accident and need legal help.” – E. T.
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