Whether you are the driver of a motorcycle or just the passenger, it is important to know the facts before hitting the open road.
Unfortunately, bikers are about ten times more likely to be injured in an accident than people in other motor vehicles, such as cars or trucks, which have a protective exterior, front and rear end bumper. A motorcycle has no such protection.
You can be the safest and most cautious rider in the world, but you will still be at the mercy of other motorists, particularly those behaving recklessly by not paying attention to their surroundings, speeding, texting while driving, or drunk driving.
Due to societal stigma, a person driving a motorcycle is traditionally thought of as being reckless and wild when compared to drivers of regular motor vehicles. As a result, if an accident between a motorcycle and a truck or car occurs, insurance companies will be more likely to deny the case on behalf of the motorcycle driver and attempt to prove that the motorcyclist was, to some extent, at-fault in the accident.
As such, a motorcyclist involved in an accident should make a prompt investigation internally.
Not only should an injured party take photographs of their injuries right away, take photographs and video of any damage to their vehicle or the other vehicles, but they should also take photographs and video of the road, street, or highways, such as skid marks or property damage caused to surrounding structures as a result of the accident.
More importantly, the injured party should call the police right away so that an investigation can be started. Often, the injured party may be tempted to just exchange insurance information with the other driver. However, by not involving the police to document the incident, the insurance company and/or jury may have less information to use when deciding in your favor or accepting liability.
It can be tricky to deal with insurance companies after a motorcycle accident. Be sure to call our experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys should you ever find yourself in this unfortunate situation.