California has the largest number of registered motorcycles in the United States, with more than 800,000 registered motorcycles in 2017, according to the California DMV. Unfortunately, with so many motorcycles cruising along the highways, the Golden State also suffers from the most number of crashes among the US states.
Motorcycle crashes often lead to major property damage, personal injuries, as well as fatalities. According to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), scooter and motorcycle accidents were responsible for more than 13,000 injuries and 519 deaths in 2015.
Common Injuries Suffered After a Motorcycle Crash
While minor injuries sustained from motorcycle accidents include cuts, scrapes, and bruises, serious injuries are commonplace as riders are less shielded from impact and the surrounding environment compared to victims of car accidents.
Listed here are some of the common injuries sustained after a motorcycle crash:
- Road rash (including skin irritation, infections, and surface nerve damage)
- Bone and facial fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe limb injuries (which may require amputations)
Victims of severe motorcycle accidents have to deal with life-altering consequences, including disfigurement, permanent nerve damage, paralysis, and disability. In order to minimize injuries, riders are advised to wear sturdy helmets, don jackets and pants made of durable materials (such as leather), and wear heavy boots and gloves.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
Remove Yourself From Harm’s Way.
If movement is possible, you should get yourself and others involved in the accident to safety by getting off the roadway and away from traffic.
Check for Injuries.
Inspect yourself and other victims for any signs of injury, bleeding, and trauma. Perform first aid.
Very few victims walk away from motorcycle accidents without some kind of injury, and some of the most severe injuries are not easily identifiable. Hence, you should seek medical attention even if you believe you and other victims weren’t hurt.
Don’t Flee the Scene
Remain at the site of the accident long enough to exchange insurance and contact information with all parties involved. You should also note down identifying info for all the vehicles involved, including make, model, and year.
Gather evidence by taking pictures of the scene and damage to the vehicles using a camera or cell phone.
Talk to Any Witnesses
Get their names, contact information, and testimonies of what they observed. Their testimonies will prove vital if you plan to file a personal injury claim against the other party later on.
Be Careful What You Say
People are sometimes pressured into agreeing on versions of the events leading up to the accident when in reality the exact events (including who’s to blame for the crash) aren’t clear until hours after the collision.
Contact Your Insurance Company After the Crash
As soon as you’re able to, you need to inform your insurance company of the crash. Provide the agent with all the relevant info that was collected at the scene, such as the names and contact info of the parties involved, identifying info for all the vehicles, and eye-witness testimonies.
If the agent asks you about your injuries and damages to your motorcycle, say that you’ll provide these details once your injuries have been assessed by a doctor and your bike has been assessed by a mechanic. This way, you’ll prevent your insurance claim from being underestimated by the claims adjuster.
Hire a Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyer to Obtain Fair Compensation
Medical treatments for victims of motorcycle accidents can reach into the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars, especially if victims have to undergo surgeries, post-operative care, and physiotherapy. Exorbitant medical bills aside, those who’ve been afflicted by debilitating conditions such as brain damage and paralysis will no longer be able to live independent lives or support their loved ones.
If your injuries were the result of the negligence of another party, then you should file a personal injury claim to obtain just compensation for all the suffering and damages you’ve sustained. Take note that you should never try to negotiate your claims on your own against the party at fault or their insurance carriers as this minimizes your chances of receiving a fair settlement.
To obtain just compensation, hire knowledgeable personal injury attorneys who specialize in motorcycle accidents. Mesriani Law Group’s team of expert attorneys will fight your case, ensuring that you receive a fair settlement that will cover you and your loved ones.