Riverside Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Motorcycle riding is an extremely popular pastime in Riverside County, however, there are many negligent drivers out on the road that do not check their blind spots for oncoming motorcycle riders. Because of this, hundreds of innocent riders each year become the victims in motorcycle accidents.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Bisnar Chase Riverside personal injury lawyers now at 949-203-3814 for your free no-obligation consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and recovery and we will help you obtain it.
Motorcycle Accidents in Riverside
It is common for local motorcycle accidents to result in serious or even fatal injuries.
In one recent crash, rock star and Riverside native Mitch Lucker died from the injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident while riding his 2013 Harley Davidson.
In another recent motorcycle accident, 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.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
The following safety tips will help even the most seasoned motorist stay proactive to potential danger on the road:
- 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 now officially legal to split lanes in California, it can prove problematic in some situations. Drivers often fail to notice motorcyclists who are passing them between lanes of traffic. (You can read more on the legality of lane splitting on our blog: Lane Splitting in California)
- Stay sober: Riding a motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is extremely dangerous to you and surrounding motorists. 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 If You're Involved in 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
- Remain at the scene of the crash
- Gather contact information from everyone involved and eyewitnesses
- Take photos of the vehicles and accident site
- See a doctor right away
- Seek out the legal resources to protect your legal rights
How to Prove Fault in a Motorcycle Accident
The most effective way to prove who was at-fault in your accident is to trace your accident to an act of negligence:
- Did the driver fail to check their blind spot?
- Did the driver fail to signal for a lane change?
- Was the driver under the influence of drugs, alcohol, and/or some other substance during the time of your accident?
- Did the driver have a vehicle malfunction that could have been prevented via routine maintenance?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you have ground to believe that the opposing driver is at-fault and you and your attorney can use this in a court of law.
Additionally, if the accident was cause by a product defect of the opposing vehicle, you may also press charges against the manufacturer via a class action lawsuit. Filling a class action lawsuit can not only deliver you the compensation that you deserve, but can also save lives by preventing defective vehicles from staying on the road.
Negotiating Your Settlement With the Insurance Companies
It's a common belief that insurance companies put their customers first. This notion is not entirely true. The bureaucracy of many insurance companies often cut the injured short with their low-ball settlement offers.
Regardless of the offer on the table, you should talk it over with your lawyer first before signing any documentation. The reason for this is that more often than not, the settlements that are offered by the insurance companies do not fully cover your injuries and losses. Your attorney can take what is on the table and increase it through persuasion so that you are fully compensated.
At Bisnar Chase, our attorneys collectively have 35 years of representing clients in both Riverside and the Inland Empire. Our 96% success and high approval rating have made us the number one personal injury law firm in the Inland Empire and a force to be reckoned with concerning Southern Californian auto insurance companies.
Why Choose Bisnar Chase for Your Motorcycle Accident Claim?
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.