If you are involved in a motorcycle accident in California, you are going down on the hard pavement. That might not be the only thing your body hits before you come to a stop. You have no steel surrounding you like other motor vehicles, you are only on two wheels, and there aren’t any seat belts to protect you from being launched off of your bike after being hit. There’s a much higher likelihood of severe injury or death from a motorcycle accident than a car accident, even with a low-speed impact.
Get immediate medical help
Even if you can get on your feet after a motorcycle accident, you need to get to an emergency room right away. The best way to get there is by ambulance. Paramedics will document your injuries and condition from the moment of their arrival until you enter the emergency room. The paramedics’ medical records will be the first records of injuries, care, and treatment in the course of documenting injuries. Emergency room personnel will expand on those records, and if you are admitted to the hospital more records will be made and kept.
Proof of damage
The law of personal injury and negligence requires proof of damages. The medical records and bills for necessary care and treatment involved in an accident are pivotal to any personal injury case that results from the accident. Those records can be used to prove damages. Without records of injury as well as care and treatment, there is no personal injury case because there are no records of damages.
Retain an experienced attorney
The second thing the motorcyclist needs to do after an accident is to contact a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney with a history of success in prevailing over insurance companies that defend negligent drivers. Without experienced legal help right after an accident, the playing field immediately shifts to the side of the insurer. The attorney keeps that playing field fair by using the courts to the advantage of their client. After all, the injured motorcyclist did not break any laws. The negligent driver did, and now their insurer wants to shift the blame to the motorcyclist.
As a result of getting hit while, on a motorcycle, you’ve suffered significant pain, suffering, and financial loss. There may well be permanent disability and disfigurement too. You need to be made whole again by being compensated fairly for your damages. You might not sue the right parties, wait too long to sue, or sue for the wrong damages. You do not even know how to file a lawsuit, and you surely don’t know what to do after it is filed.
With extensive motor vehicle litigation experience, we aggressively protect your rights when you’ve been injured by the negligence of somebody else. We thoroughly investigate each detail of your accident and injuries, and relentlessly pursue fair compensation for you. Call us as soon as possible after a motorcycle accident.