Seriously Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
San Jose Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Helping Riders Get Back on Track
The road is definitely a dangerous place for motorcyclists. Riding a motorcycle offers you significantly less protection on the road than other motor vehicles. Plus, automobile drivers are often distracted, careless, and unaware of motorcyclists. If you suffered injury in a motorcycle wreck caused by another driver’s negligence, then you are far more likely to suffer greater injury that the at-fault driver. After a motorcycle crash, it is critical to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. This is not only for your wellbeing but also so you have evidence for your future accident claim. Even if you think you were not seriously injured, it is important examined by a doctor. Some injuries are not immediately apparent and you need to establish a medical timeline. The next step should be seeking out an experienced California motorcycle lawyer to represent your interests.
A knowledgeable and experienced San Jose motorcycle accident lawyer will know exactly what to do to protect your interests. You should not have to stress over dealing with an insurance company who is trying to escape paying fair and just compensation. The Law Offices of Braid Pezzaglia has numerous years of experience representing plaintiffs in litigation and negotiating settlements in personal injury matters involving motorcycle accidents. Our San Jose motorcycle attorney will meet with you, at no cost, to discuss your case and the best course of action.
What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
No matter how safe you are on your bike, there are still several factors beyond your control that can lead to motorcycle crash, such as:
- Inattentive and Distracted Drivers. The low profile of a motorcycle compared to a car or truck make them more difficult for many automobile drivers to see. This is especially true of those who are distracted or are not paying particularly close attention to their surroundings. Every year, thousands of motorcycle wrecks are caused by drivers turning in front of motorcycles because they do not notice them in their path. Most often, a motorcyclist cannot prevent such a collision.
- Road Hazards and Roads in Disrepair. Local and state governments are responsible for keeping roadways in safe condition and free from hazards such as gravel, loose asphalt, and potholes, which can be extremely dangerous for bike riders. A state or local government may be liable for an accident, as a result of poorly maintained roads, depending on the particular facts and circumstances.
- Poor Communication Among Riders. Bikers often travel in groups. These groups often do not maintain good communication which can lead to riders colliding or moving into other motorcyclists’ lanes of travel. When most people think about motorcycle wrecks, they imagine a car hitting a bike; however, two motorcycles colliding or causing each other to crash may be more common than you think. Another motorcyclist may be held liable for your injuries depending on the circumstances of your accident.
What Do I Do After a Motorcycle Accident?
Unquestionably, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention and then report the accident to the proper authorities. This is important, as there are consequences that you may face for failing to report an accident. After seeking medical attention and reporting the accident, you will likely have to deal with calls from insurance adjusters. Your own insurer and the other driver’s insurance company will both be contacting you. The insurance company will request medical bills, medical records, and other documents. Having the representation of a motorcycle accident attorney will ensure that the insurance company does not unnecessarily delay the claims process.
After going through the trauma from your accident, you might think the worst is in the past. This may not be the case. Insurance companies generally do not settle for just compensation without a fight; after all, they are in business for a profit. Adjusters will attempt to lowball your injury claim or minimize your injuries and damages. They might even claim you were partially at-fault for the accident. An experienced motorcycle lawyer can help you stand up against insurance companies.
The Law Offices of Braid Pezzaglia will fight for your rights and will resolve your case as fairly and quickly as possible. Motorcycle accidents can disrupt your entire life. You should not have to worry about an aggressive insurance company; you should focus on recovering from a traumatic event.
Motorcycle Wreck? Call Our San Jose Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
San Jose attorney Braid Pezzaglia has handled motorcycle injury cases for 20 years. Police reports often assess liability based on incomplete, inaccurate or biased information. However, Mr. Pezzaglia’s years of reviewing investigative reports, testing evidence, finding “unfound” evidence, and questioning assumptions have led to millions of dollars of settlements and judgments. Contact us online or call our office at 408-752-5834 for a free consultation.