San Fernando Valley motorcycle accidents can be extremely serious in nature. Because motorcycles offer less protection for the driver, motorcycle accidents can cause permanent injuries and even death. Motorcycle drivers, their passengers, and family members (in the event that the driver or passenger is killed) may be eligible to receive financial compensation if a motorcycle accident is found to be the fault of another driver or condition. Here’s what you need to know about how California motorcycle accidents are investigated.
One of the first questions that will arise after a San Fernando Valley motorcycle accident is: Who was at fault? The answer to this question is important for two main reasons. First, fault determines how and/or if an insurance company will pay out for damages and injury. Second, fault determines if you may have a legal claim against anyone else who at fault. If the motorcycle rider had a passenger, the passenger may also have legal rights that need to be protected.
Statistical data shows that nearly ¾ of California motorcycle accidents are not the fault of the motorcycle driver.
After the Accident
If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, the first thing you need to do is make sure that you’re out of immediate danger. Next, call the police. In many cases, the police will come take a report. Indeed, the responding officer may list who they believe is at fault. Keep in mind that this isn’t necessarily the final decision on fault. Get the report number so that you can pull a copy of it and give it to a qualified motorcycle accident attorney.
Analyzing Road Conditions
Did unsafe road conditions cause your bike to crash? Road conditions may construction, faulty traffic lights, obstructed stop signs, curves, and pavement ridges. Examining road conditions is important because unsafe situations can play a large part in why accidents happen.
If there were witnesses to the motorcycle accident, they should be interviewed by your attorney. The sooner they can be interviewed, the better. As time goes by, it can be hard for people to clearly remember what they saw.
Involved in a Motorcycle Accident?
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident in the San Fernando Valley, you should contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. For more information, including a free consultation, contact experienced accident lawyer Barry P. Goldberg today.