WHY ARE THERE SO MANY MOTORCYCLE CRASHES?
Motorcycle crashes are caused by many of the same factors that cause car crashes: inattentive drivers, excessive speed, loss of control, and road conditions. Another major factor, which is unique to motorcycles, is that motorcycles are more difficult to see than other vehicles because they are smaller, lighter, and faster. This means they are often driven between the lanes where other drivers do not always look, which is referred to as straddling or splitting the lanes.
WHAT ARE THE FIRST STEPS SOMEONE SHOULD TAKE AFTER A MOTORCYCLE COLLISION?
If someone is involved in a crash with a motorcycle, they should first check to see 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 this is not an admission of fault. The parties involved in the crash should take pictures of the vehicles, exchange insurance information, and call the police. Do not verbally admit fault or apologize.
WHY ARE MOTORCYCLE CRASHES SUCH UNIQUE PERSONAL INJURY CASES?
The injuries resulting from a motorcycle crash can be more severe than injuries suffered in accidents involving larger vehicles. Motorcyclists have no protection against the elements, road, or other vehicles. People can still be injured if they are wearing helmets, and this can result in devastating injuries to a person if he is involved in a high-speed collision when riding a motorcycle.
WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO CONTACT AN ATTORNEY?
If you have a serious injury, you need a competent and experienced trial lawyer or a motorcycle crash 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 medical specialists who can attend to your specific injuries and will fight to win you the best financial recovery possible. Strict rules of procedure and evidence apply to cases that are litigated, therefore you need an attorney with experience.
WHY CALL PETER GOLDSTEIN AS YOUR MOTORCYCLE CRASH ATTORNEY?
Our firm is well acquainted with motorcycles and we are very in-tune with motorcycle riders and their various injuries. We are familiar with how often motorcycle riders are blamed when they are not at fault. Our firm is aware of the biases and prejudices against motorcyclists. It is important to us that we overcome the prejudice and that the motorcyclist is given the same benefit of doubt as any other person who is injured.
That is done in a procedure called voir dire, where we unveil people’s prejudices and bias before a trial. 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.
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.