WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS IN A SACRAMENTO MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT?
Posted on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at 2:13 am
Motorcycle accidents in Sacramento cause traumatic injuries for riders and passengers. Even the most skilled and cautious motorcyclist can be severely injured in a motorcycle accident. In many cases, the injuries in a motorcycle crash are fatal, and fatalities caused by motorcycle accidents are increasing. From 2015 to 2016, the deaths caused by motorcycle crashes increased by 5.1 percent from 5,029 to 5,286. In addition to the fatalities, motorcycle accidents injure thousands of people each year. Motorcycle accidents injured approximately 88,000 people in 2015.
You might be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries, losses, and damages if you are injured in a motorcycle accident. The sad fact is that the consequences of a motorcycle accident can be costly and devastating. It is important that you learn about your legal rights from an experienced Sacramento motorcycle accident attorney. Hiring an attorney who routinely handles motorcycle accidents can be the advantage you need as you fight for a fair and just settlement for your injuries.
Your Rights on the Road
When you are riding your motorcycle, you have the same rights as every other motorist on the road. Unfortunately, many drivers do not respect the rights of motorcyclists. It is common for drivers to “miss” a motorcyclist and turn in left of the rider or cut a rider off while changing lanes.
A rider accepts that he or she will face certain hazards while riding, such as poor weather conditions and dangerous road conditions. However, a motorcyclist must also worry about the actions of other drivers. A second is all it takes for a motorist to cause a motorcycle accident that could change the lives of an entire family.
Motorcyclist Rights Under California’s Personal Injury Laws
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you have the right to file an injury claim for your damages. However, you must prove the other driver caused the accident because California is a fault insurance state. Therefore, you must have evidence that proves the other driver is at fault. Without evidence proving fault, you cannot establish liability, and you will not recover any compensation for your claim.
Our Sacramento motorcycle accident lawyers can help by conducting a thorough accident investigation to identify the responsible party and obtain evidence to prove fault. During an accident investigation we may:
- Obtain and review the accident report filed by the police officer
- Visit the accident scene to gather evidence
- Search for videos of the crash
- Interview eyewitnesses
- Obtain and review medical records
- Consult with experts, such as an accident reconstructionist
We recommend beginning the accident investigation as soon as possible. Memories fade and evidence can disappear; therefore, we encourage you to contact our office to consult with one of our lawyers.
Contact a Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website for a free consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer.