Injury Lawyers Helping Victims Of Motorcycle Accidents
Riding a motorcycle offers a profound freedom and joy, but what makes the experience enjoyable also makes it more dangerous. Motorcycles offer little external protection in the event of a crash. A collision that might be relatively minor in a car or truck is often serious or fatal to a motorcyclist.
If you have been injured because of another driver’s negligence, you have the right to pursue compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages. And your road to recovery starts with a call to The Ellis Firm, APLC. Call our El Centro office location at 760-348-8246.
Why Motorcycle Accidents Happen
Too often, motorcyclists are injured by the inattention and negligence of drivers in other vehicles:
- Vehicles turning left in front of an oncoming motorcyclist
- Following too close or leaving too little room when passing
- Changing lanes without looking or signaling
- Running motorcyclists off the road, causing a crash even when there is no collision or contact between the vehicles
- Auto parts or debris falling onto the roadway
- Failing to keep a lookout for motorcyclists, especially at night or in limited-visibility situations
- Lane-splitting accidents involving cars drifting into the path of a bike
Overcoming Bias And Changing The Narrative
There is a keenly felt bias against motorcycle riders in California. Despite evidence to the contrary, riders are often viewed as reckless and aggressive. Thus motorcyclists are often blamed for accidents even when the other driver was clearly at fault.
Getting the compensation you deserve means challenging those assumptions and changing the narrative. Our attorneys know how to present your case accurately and sympathetically in order to demonstrate that you were the victim of a serious accident — not the cause of your own injuries.
Preserve Your Options By Talking To A Lawyer First
After an accident, insurance policies require you to report the crash to your insurer immediately. You will also need a police report to bring a claim. While these are important requirements, please understand that they need to be handled very carefully.
Too often, the things you say to police officers, insurance adjusters and the other party immediately after the accident can have a negative impact on your insurance claim and other aspects of your case. We recommend speaking to a lawyer before giving a detailed statement, discussing your injuries or speculating about who was at fault for the crash. Some tactful restraint early in the process can keep your options open later on.
Learn More About Your Options In A Free Consultation
The Ellis Firm, APLC, is located in El Centro and serves clients throughout the Imperial Valley. To take advantage of a free initial consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney, send us an email or call 760-348-8246.