Motorcycles are the universal symbol of cool. They’re sleek, compact, and get you where you want to go. The downside? They can be dangerous. Unlike a car, in a motorcycle you are not protected by doors, padding, airbags, and more. This is why motorcycle accidents can be especially serious and finding a talented lawyer will be invaluable. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, you may have suffered many losses, so your next step is to get in contact with one of Eldessouky Law’s motorcycle accidents lawyers serving Cerritos, California, so that you can seek compensation.
What are the first things I should do after a motorcycle accident?
If you find yourself in a motorcycle accident, there are some things you should do initially. These include:
- Collect contact information of everyone involved
- Call the police so they can file an accident report
- Take note of your surroundings
- Talk to witnesses
- Don’t admit fault
- Alert your insurance company
- Contact Eldessouky Law
The more you can bring to your initial consultation with one of our motorcycle accident lawyers, the better legal advice we will be able to give you. This is why documenting your surroundings, injuries, and damages is important. You will also want to get a copy of the police report and make sure you keep all your medical bills. Gather all information and documents you can related to your accident, and then contact our office at 714-409-8991 to schedule a free consultation.
Are there any special protection laws for motorcyclists in California?
Motorcyclists, for the most part must follow the same rules of the road as other vehicle drivers. However, there are some specifics that apply to motorcyclists. Most laws apply to the structure of your motorcycles, for examples, you must have working front and rear turn signals, handlebars that do not go over six inches above the shoulders, and motorcycles manufactured in 2013 or later must have compliant exhaust systems. For rules of the road, in California, it is not illegal for a motorcycle to lane split as long as it is done safely. This means that if you are a California motorcyclist, you can maneuver through two lanes of traffic to pass cars. There are also no restrictions on sharing lanes with another motorcyclist. California Vehicle Code sections 22400 and 22417 work to protect motorcyclists by prohibiting drivers from driving at a speed that is so slow it inhibits the normal movement of traffic. Motorists also cannot leave their vehicle doors open. If you have more questions about your rights as a motorcyclist on the road or feel as though they have been violated, do not hesitate to get in contact with a skilled attorney at Eldessouky Law.
How do I prove it was the other driver’s fault?
Most often, in a motorcycle accident that involves a car and a motorcycle accident, it is the car driver’s fault, especially when it comes to the common scenario of making a left-hand turn. When taking on a motorcycle accident case, in order to prove fault, a motorcycle accident attorney will have to prove negligence on behalf of the other party. This is done through three steps: proving that the driver had a duty of care, that that duty of care was breached, and that the breach resulted in the accident and your injuries. If you were the motorcyclist and were speeding or in the wrong lane, then you will be found partially at fault and will most likely collect a lower amount of compensation. If you are completely at fault for the accident, your compensation will depend on your insurance. If you need help working with your insurance company, one of our talented motorcycle accident lawyers would still be happy to advise you. Also, if your accident was caused by the road conditions, property owners may be liable for your damages. Every situation is different, and it’s best you consult with one of our lawyers first.
How does Eldessouky Law stand out when helping people through their motorcycle accident cases?
Eldessouky Law is different than other law firms because we care about the people of Cerritos, California and their cases. Motorcycle accidents can be extremely severe and have a large impact on all areas of life. You will want someone who can be trusted to handle your case. Our firm’s lawyers are committed to your well-being. Our goal is always to get you the maximum amount of compensation for your losses. You may be able to recover damages from medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Because we care so much about you getting what you deserve, we will represent you in a motorcycle accident lawsuit free of charge. Not only will we give you a consultation for free, but we will also not ask for any upfront fees, or any fees at all if we cannot win your case. It’s time for you to find redemption from your accident through the help of one of our trusted lawyers.