Leading Motorcycle Accident Attorney in California
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, turn to Krasney Law’s experienced motorcycle accident lawyers and staff to navigate the complicated laws of California. We can help you recover the maximum amount in damages to help you as much as possible from negligent or careless drivers and their insurance companies.
Unfortunately, because of the negligence of some drivers of automobiles, motorcycles can be dangerous. Many drivers simply don’t pay attention to what is on the road ahead of or around them. Automobiles and trucks can be quite dangerous to a person riding a motorcycle considering all of the distractions such as cell phones, radios and children yelling in the back seat that many drivers have to contend with.
Although cars and trucks provide substantial protection to the driver, a motorcycle doesn’t provide protection. Because of this, serious injuries and death can be the result from an automobile-motorcycle accident.
If you have been injured by a car or truck while riding your motorcycle, call the team at Krasney Law for a complimentary consultation.
How Can We Help?
We can help if you are an injured motorcycle rider. We can help you with your claim for compensation from the responsible auto driver for the damage or injury caused. If you are injured, call the motorcycle accident lawyer team at Krasney Law for a complimentary consultation.
We have attorneys and investigators capable of dealing with insurance companies, who try to pay as little as possible, even less than what you have coming. Also, some motorcycle accident victims may need to file a lawsuit to get the insurance company to pay. Keep in mind, getting you back to good health is the No. 1 priority.
Krasney Law’s expert attorneys and staff can investigate the circumstances of an accident and file suit for maximum damages to see that our clients get what they need to cover medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Or, we can negotiate with the insurance company to get you a fair settlement in exchange for your injuries.
What To Do in Case of a Motorcycle Accident?
At the scene, first check on your passengers if you have any. Then check drivers and pedestrians involved. If they need medical help, summon an ambulance immediately. Don’t move anyone who is unconscious or reports neck or back pain.
Call the police to report any deaths, injuries or significant property damage and request a police report on the accident. Get the names and badge numbers of officers who come to the scene. It usually takes a couple of weeks to get the local police, sheriff or California Highway Patrol (CHP) to complete the report and make it available for pickup. Most law enforcement agencies charge a fee for the report.
Ask all the drivers for their names, driver’s license numbers, telephone and address. Take down license plates and insurance information from every driver involved. Also get passengers’ names, addresses and phone numbers. This is a great time to start snapping pictures on your cell phone to help you with disseminating all of this information once you are calmed down. If there are witnesses, write down their version of what happened and their information too. Again, you can’t take too many pictures.
What Not To Do In Case of a Motorcycle Accident?
Make sure that you don’t:
- Don’t admit to any degree of fault.
- Don’t speak with the other side’s insurance company without first calling our office. Please keep in mind, the insurance company will want to take a recorded statement to protect themselves, not you. They represent the people that injured you, and they are trying to reduce their financial liability.
- Don’t give a recorded statement to anyone, especially insurance companies, they will use your own word against you later on in the case
- Don’t let your motorcycle be towed to their tow yard. Instead get it towed home.
What To Do After You Go Home
When you go home or soon after, contact your insurance company and let them know about the motorcycle accident. Don’t lie or misrepresent the truthful facts of the accident or they may deny coverage if you’re caught. Obtain a copy of the police report or contact our office and we can help you with that.
Photograph your motorcycle and any damage to it. It can help a case to show the before the accident, too.
If you are injured, make sure to record visits to doctors and other medical practitioners, the drugs and treatments they prescribe and what you spent on them. Pain and suffering are harder to quantify and qualify, but take notes on how you feel physically and mentally because of the impact of the crash.
Also write down all time lost at work, note what activities at work or home that you can no longer participate in, and tell how the aftermath of the wreck has affected your family life.
When Can It Be Considered Neglect?
The driver of a vehicle who injures another party may be considered negligent when he acts in a careless and thoughtless manner. Negligence comes in two forms: when the driver failed to do something that would have prevented the accident, or when the driver did something he should not have done. A lot of distractions are usually considered negligence, for example, using a cell phone while driving.
California law requires drivers to be careful, and they may be considered negligent when they fail to act carefully. A person bringing a lawsuit must prove he was injured through the defendant’s actions, and that he suffered injuries or losses.
Motorcycle Spinal Injuries
Injuries to the spine are the most common and most life-changing to occur following a motorcycle accident
The spinal cord is an essential part of our bodies central nervous system. Any damage to it can result in very serious health problems such as paralysis.
Understanding The Different Types of Spinal Injuries
A complete spinal injury is when communication from the spine to the brain is severed. This causes the loss of motor functions and sensory near the injured area. An incomplete spinal injury is when the patient still has motor functions and not everything is lost.
A motorcyclist who suffers a spinal injury may have serious long-term medical problems such as bowel dysfunction and osteoporosis to name a few. At the end of the day, it all comes down to how severe was the motorcycle accident and was the rider wearing any protective gear.
Cervical Spine Injury
- The most serious cervical spine injury can lead to quadriplegia, paralysis from the neck down. This is because the cervical spine is located at the base of the skull.
Lumbar Spine Injury
- Located towards the bottom of our spine and made up of five vertebrae. These injuries often lead to paraplegia and require surgery for treatment.
Thoracic Spine Injury
- Since the ribs do a great job in protecting the thoracic region, these types of injuries are less common in motorcycle accidents. In case of a thoracic spine injury, the victim may suffer paraplegia and various other symptoms.
Sacral Spine Injury
- The injured motorcyclist may experience weakness or paralysis of the hips and legs as well as the loss of bowel control and possibly bladder dysfunction.
Hire Krasney Law—California Personal Injury Specialists
To get a free evaluation of your case, speak with a motorcycle accident attorney who understands the complexities of motorcycle accident claims. We have been winning big awards for our clients for years. We have experienced attorneys and expert staff who will go all out to represent you for maximum damages. Call the team at Krasney Law for a free initial consultation. We will charge you nothing for an initial consultation, and we may arrange payment on a contingency basis. That is, we don’t get paid unless you get paid by either accepting a settlement or we go to trial and win your case.