WHY ARE THERE SO MANY
Motorcycle accidents are caused by many of the same factors that cause car accidents: inattentive drivers, excessive speed, loss of control, and road conditions. Another major factor unique to motorcycles is that motorcycles are more difficult to see than other vehicles because motorcycles are smaller, lighter, and faster than cars, and are often driven between the lanes where other drivers do not always look, sometimes referred to as straddling or splitting the lanes.
If someone involved in an accident with a motorcycle should first check if anyone needs emergency medical attention. If you are the injured motorcyclist, seek emergency medical help immediately. Do not wait to be referred to a doctor by a lawyer. If you are not injured but someone else is, call for help; doing so is not an admission of fault. The parties involved in the accident should take pictures of the vehicles. Exchange insurance information. Call the police. Do not admit fault or apologize.
The injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident can be more severe than injuries suffered in accidents involving larger vehicles. Motorcyclists have no protection against the elements, road, or other vehicles. People still can be injured if they are wearing helmets, and there can be devastating injuries to a person if he is involved in a high-speed collision when riding a motorcycle.
If you have a serious injury, you need a competent and experienced trial lawyer or a motorcycle accident lawyer who can litigate your case. Insurance companies, even your own, will try to give you as little money as possible, and they will not refer you to a doctor. A competent attorney will have access to the medical specialists who can attend to your specific injuries and will fight to get you the best financial recovery possible. Strict rules of procedure and evidence apply to cases that are litigated.
Our firm knows that motorcycles are a good means of transportation, and we are very in-tune with the people who ride them and get injured. We are well experienced in how to obtain the required evidence, interview witnesses, document the case, take photographs, and to acquire information on prior accidents. We know what it is to be a motorcycle rider and how they can be perceived as being at fault when they are not.
Our firm is aware of the biases and prejudices against motorcyclists. It is important to us that the motorcyclist is given the same benefit of doubt as any other person who is injured, and that we overcome the prejudice that some people have for motorcyclists. That is done in a procedure called voir dire, where we try to find out about people’s prejudices and bias before a trial. Because there are many people who do not like motorcyclists, we are able to ask questions and then teach people about what it is like to ride a motorcycle. Once they learn about it, the bias can usually be overcome.
If you’ve been involved in a collision with another car while riding a motorcycle, call Peter Goldstein today at (702) 474-6400 for a free consultation.
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