San Diego Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys are plaintiff lawyers. We only represent the injured and have been successful in helping many motorcycle accident victims in San Diego county.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you have the right to hold the at-fault parties accountable for your significant losses. Contact our San Diego Motorcycle Accident Lawyers to find out your right to compensation and recovery.
A successful injury claim should result in support for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, physical therapy costs and all other related damages. We have over thirty five years in helping accident and injury clients recover fair compensation.
A motorcycle accident could occur within a fraction of a second. But, the resulting injuries and their effects may last a lifetime. Motorcycle accidents - even those that occur at a low speed -- have the potential to result in catastrophic or even fatal injuries. If you or someone you love has been harmed in a San Diego motorcycle accident, it is important that you obtain more information about your legal rights and options from a qualified attorney experienced in representing bikers.
San Diego Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Motorcycle accidents are a frequent occurrence in San Diego County. According to the California Highway Patrol's 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 24 people were killed and 997 were injured in San Diego County motorcycle accidents in the year 2010. During that same year, there were seven fatalities and 307 injuries reported as a result of motorcycle accidents within San Diego city limits.
Preventing Motorcycle Accidents
There is no steel frame, air bags or safety belts protecting you when you ride a motorcycle. This is why it is important that all bikers obey traffic laws and wear a Department of Transportation-approved helmet. Under California Vehicle Code Section 27803: "It is unlawful to operate a motorcycle, a motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle if the driver or any passenger is not wearing a safety helmet." You need a helmet that is an appropriate size for your head and one that does not limit your visibility.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), helmets prevent 37 percent of crash deaths among motorcycle riders and 41 percent of crash deaths for motorcycle passengers. The CDC also reports that California's` universal helmet law saved the state $394 million in the year 2010 when considering medical, productivity and other costs. Helmets also reduce the incidence of traumatic brain injuries that are often the result of motorcycle accidents.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
Motorcycle safety starts with you. Make sure you always ride at a speed that is within your control and that you adjust your speed relative to the roadway and traffic conditions.
It is also important to never assume that other drivers see you. If you ride within a driver's blind spot or pull up along a larger vehicle, you may go unnoticed. It is easy for a careless driver to change lanes or make a turn without even realizing that a biker is nearby.
It is helpful to ensure that your motorcycle is properly maintained at all times. When a worn motorcycle part, such as tires or brakes, malfunction, it can cause your vehicle to veer out of control. Roadways with potholes and uneven surfaces can prove hazardous as well.
If You are Injured
Despite precautions many bikers take, motorcycle accidents do occur. A number of motorcycle accidents occur as a result of driver negligence. If you are ever involved in a San Diego motorcycle accident, here are some steps to take to protect your legal rights and best interests:
- Check for injuries: If you or anyone else has sustained an injury, you must stay at the crash site and notify the authorities.
- Call the police: You may require emergency medical treatment and the police will take notes regarding who was involved in the crash. This police report can prove useful when you try to determine liability for the crash later. Make sure you get your account of the accident into the police report.
- Gather evidence: Photos of the crash site are useful when filing a claim as well. If you have a camera phone, photograph how the vehicles were positioned and the damage that the vehicles sustained. Take photos of your injuries and injuries suffered by others.
- Collect contact information: You'll want the name, address and insurance information for the other drivers involved in the crash. It is also helpful to have the name and number of anyone who witnessed the accident.
- See a doctor right away: Having medical records from the day of the accident can help you prove the date and time of your injury. It would also be in your best interest to get prompt medical attention because it will help you recover quickly and completely.
- Call an attorney: In injury accident cases, it is best to refrain from speaking with insurance companies or lawyers for other parties. Injured victims or their families would be well advised to contact an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer who will fight hard to protect their rights and look out for their best interests.
Get the Support You Need
At Bisnar Chase, our top rated motorcycle accident lawyers have a long and successful track record of helping bikers and their families get fair and full compensation for their losses. Whether it is an at-fault driver, a governmental agency that failed to maintain its roadways or the manufacturer of a dangerous motorcycle or vehicle part, we go after the responsible party and hold them accountable. Please contact us at 949-203-3814 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.