Being broadsided on your motorcycle is a nightmare for anyone who rides. One moment you’re enjoying the fresh air of a California motorcycle trip, and the next you’re sprawled on the pavement.
You could have severe and life-changing injuries after being broadsided, especially if it happens at high speed on a highway. Broadsides at intersections are also life-threatening because another vehicle slams into a motorcyclist directly from the side, sometimes at full speed.
At Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers, we have respect and compassion for injured motorcyclists. We also have the talent it takes to successfully represent you in a compensation claim, so contact us now for a free motorcycle accident case evaluation.
What Causes Broadside Motorcycle Accidents?
Your broadside motorcycle accident will leave you wondering, “Why did this have to happen?” While no explanation can change what happened, there are some common reasons why broadsides take place on California’s roads.
Common causes of motorcycle broadsides include:
- Another driver’s failure to yield
- Failure to check the blind spot before changing lanes
- Swerving and drifting in the lane
- Exceeding the speed limit
- Weather-related low visibility
- Poorly-marked roads and intersections
- Operating while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs
- Distracted driving
Large semi-trucks are sometimes involved in these accidents when truck drivers make lane changes without seeing motorcyclists. A motorcycle’s small size on the road can make it almost invisible to other drivers, especially for truckers who have large blind spots along the bodies of their vehicles.
How to Handle Getting Broadsided on Your Motorcycle
After a motorcycle broadside, focus on staying safely out of traffic and getting medical help at the scene of the accident. Answer questions from healthcare professionals and the police, but don’t go into too much detail. Don’t get into an argument with the other driver about what happened.
Next, it’s time to 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 are extremely expensive and time-consuming to treat.
To make a successful claim for compensation, you’ll need to gather as much information as you can about the accident, including the police report and details from other drivers who were involved. Take photos and videos of things like debris from the accident, your injuries, and anything that may have contributed to the accident, like nearby road construction.
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.
More evidence makes a stronger claim. Your lawyer can help you locate key evidence like dashcam videos, traffic camera footage, witness statements, and other materials that back up your case.
You Deserve Payment for Your Bike and Your Bills
Your bike is damaged and your body is in pain. This is a time when your attorney can help you handle the legal concerns and use the law in your favor. A strong accident claim ensures the insurance company covers your medical costs and other damages, even if the other driver is being difficult about it.
At Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers, we have plenty of experience helping motorcyclists after life-altering accidents. You deserve to recover from your accident and get your life back on track.
It’s your right to assertively demand compensation and we can help you:
- Determine who’s involved in your broadside motorcycle accident
- Show why you’re owed compensation
- Seek the costs of getting your motorcycle repaired
- Get your medical bills paid
- Deal with the insurance company and other parties in the case
- 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. You might not be able to get back on your bike immediately, but we can help you stay on the road to recovery after your motorcycle broadside accident.
We Handle Your Personal Injury 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 broadside motorcycle 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.