If there is one thing you need to know about motorcycle accidents in California it’s probably that you do not know a thing about what it’s really like being in a motorcycle accident. Or else there would not be so many people who keep making terrible mistakes that lead to insurance companies limiting and denying their personal injury claims after road accidents involving motorcycles.
But do not get me wrong. Nobody is blaming you. In fact, only a Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer is expected to know everything about what really goes into seeking compensation and suing the at-fault party after a motorcycle crash in Los Angeles or elsewhere in California.
Luckily, we have an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Los Angeles from JML Law who is about to spill the beans on some of the most commonly misunderstood things about motorcycle crashes in California.
High risk of motorcycle crash
The bike-friendly weather in Los Angeles and elsewhere in California seems to attract motorcyclists all year round. But here’s the problem: the number of motorcycles owned by California residents continues to rise each year proportionately with the number of motorcycle crashes in our state. The fact that there are more bikers in California than anywhere else is our nation means that you are at a greater risk of getting into a motorcycle crash.
Seeking medical attention ASAP
Since motorcyclists are more likely to suffer severe and life-altering injuries in a motor vehicle collision compared to drivers of passenger cars, your injuries must be properly documented and evaluated in order to receive the maximum compensation you deserve. Just because you notice little to no symptoms at the scene of the crash does not necessarily mean that you were not badly injured. “Never decline medical attention at the scene of the accident,” advises our Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney.
Bias against motorcyclists
If you are a motorcyclist who has been injured in a traffic collision, chances are high that you were not at-fault for causing the crash. That’s because, in about 90 percent of all accidents involving a biker, the motorcyclist is not at-fault. But insurance companies with their bias against motorcyclists could not care less about the statistics, which is why there is a great risk that you will be deemed at-fault and have your personal injury claim denied.
You may need more than your insurance coverage
Even if you manage to get your personal injury claim approved, our experienced motorcycle accident attorney in Los Angeles warns that your health insurance will most likely not cover all of your medical expenses and other economic and non-economic damages. Do keep in mind that the vast majority of all motorists (both drivers of passenger cars and motorcyclists) in California are carrying the very minimum insurance coverage, which is why you should not be surprised if your insurance coverage dries up in a matter of few days.
Why you may need to take your case to trial
Bearing this in mind, do not be afraid to take your motorcycle accident case to trial. While your insurer will probably discourage you from filing a lawsuit – saying that it will cost you a fortune, it will take years to settle or wait for the verdict, etc. – do not listen to anyone unless this person is your motorcycle accident lawyer in California.
More often than not, suing the at-fault party is the only viable option to recover the maximum compensation you deserve. Schedule a consultation with our attorneys at JML Law to receive a free case evaluation. Give us a call at 818-610-8800.