Riverside Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
At Bisnar Chase we treat our clients and their families as we treat members of our families - with dignity, care and respect. We believe in providing superior customer service and quality legal representation to all our clients.
This includes timely returns of phone calls and regular updates about your case. We also work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we do not collect fees until you receive compensation. We have more than three decades of experience representing Riverside victims of serious injury accidents and a 96 percent success rate.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the Riverside bike injury lawyers of Bisnar Chase for a Free no-obligation consultation.
Motorcycle riding is an extremely popular pastime in Riverside County. Many local residents ride on State Route 60, State Route 91 and the 215 to travel throughout the county. Other riders travel to Riverside to enjoy the scenic Highway 243 to Mountain Center, Highway 74 from Palms to Pines Highway or the Cottonwood Pass Road to Joshua Tree. All of these routes have unique challenges and even riding on slow moving city streets can prove hazardous for motorcyclists.
Riverside Bike Crashes
It is common for local motorcycle accidents to result in serious or even fatal injuries. In one recent crash, a 37-year-old motorcycle rider was killed after colliding with a vehicle and being struck by two others after he was thrown off his bike. According to media reports, the fatal accident occurred at Arlington Avenue and Pegasus Drive in Riverside. Officials say a 2009 Toyota Corolla turned left in front of the motorcycle resulting in a broadside collision. A motorist turning left in front of an oncoming motorcycle is one of the most common causes of major injury or fatal motorcycle collisions.
A number of Riverside County bike accidents are single vehicle crashes. For example, a 19-year-old motorcyclist was recently killed when he struck a utility pole. According to The Press Enterprise, he was riding on Margarita Road near Jedediah Smith Road when he went onto the shoulder and struck a pole. Single-vehicle motorcycle accidents could be caused by defective motorcycle parts or hazardous roadways. Debris on the roadway could also cause deadly motorcycle crashes.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
- Avoid blind spots: Inattentive drivers may not notice that you have pulled up alongside them. Try to avoid riding where motorists cannot see you near the back corner of their vehicles.
- Maintain a safe speed: Make sure you obey the speed limit and slow down when traffic is congested or the roadways are slick.
- Use caution when lane splitting: While it is technically legal to split lanes in California, it is not advisable in some situations. Drivers often fail to notice motorcyclists who are passing them between lanes of traffic.
- Stay sober: Riding a motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can be extremely dangerous because intoxicants dull a rider's reflexes and impairs his or her cognitive and motor functions.
- Always wear a helmet and protective gear: California law requires the use of helmets. Riders and their passengers should also protect their legs, arms and hands with proper attire and accessories such as leather gloves and boots.
- Take motorcycle safety courses: Riders who have recently received skill training are less likely to be involved in an accident.
What To Do After A Motorcycle Crash
Even the safest motorcycle riders can be involved in an injury accident. What you do immediately after an accident can affect your ability to receive compensation for your losses. Make sure you notify the authorities right away and remain at the scene of the crash. If possible, you should gather contact information from everyone involved and take photos of the vehicles. It is also advisable to see a doctor right away and to seek out the legal resources available to ensure that your legal rights are protected.
Catastrophic Bike Injuries and Fatalities
A large number of motorcycle accidents result in catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Without a steel frame, seat belt or airbag to protect them, motorcycle riders can suffer life-altering injuries in even low-speed collisions. In such cases, victims can pursue financial compensation by filing a personal injury claim. A successful claim can result in support for medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning potential as well as pain and suffering.
When a victim is killed in a Riverside motorcycle crash due to someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, his or her family may file a wrongful death claim to receive support for their losses. A successful wrongful death claim can result in support for medical costs, funeral expenses, lost future wages, loss of inheritance, pain and suffering, loss of emotional support and other related damages.