Motorcycle accidents can be scary, shocking, and traumatizing because motorcycles do not provide the level of protection that cars do. If you are a motorcyclist, you do not have doors, padding, and airbags to protect you while riding. As a motorcyclist you can be very vulnerable at times and this is why motorcycle accidents can be very severe, If you have been in a motorcycle accident, it is important you consult with an attorney right away. At Eldessouky Law, you will be able to receive help from an experience attorney serving Torrance, CA, who will be able to help you in your journey to recovery after an accident.
What are the first things I should do after a motorcycle accident?
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, here are the things you should do immediately:
- Collect everyone’s contact information
- Call the police
- Take not of your surroundings
- Talk to witnesses
- Do not admit fault
- Alert your insurance company
- Contact Eldessouky Law at 714-409-8991
You will want to document everything. You can do this by taking pictures of the scene, injuries, and property damage. It’s also important you get a copy of the accident report from the police, and obtain copies of all your medical bills. Bring as much information as you can to your consultation so that one of our lawyers can give you accurate legal advice.
Are there any special protection laws for motorcyclists in California?
In general, motorcyclists must follow the same laws that other vehicles must follow on the road. However, there are some special laws that apply to motorcyclists only. In terms of equipment:
- Motorcyclists must wear a helmet that complies with US Department of Transportation standards
- Motorcycles must have left and right mirrors
- handlebars must not let a motorcyclist’s hand go over six inches above the shoulders
- Both front and rear signals must be working
- Motorcycles manufactured after 2013 must have exhaust systems that comply with the Motorcycle Anti-Tampering Act
In terms of lanes:
- Lane splitting is allowed
- Motorcyclists must not go at a speed that is so slow it blocks the normal flow of traffic
- There is no restriction for lane sharing between two motorcyclists
In terms of insurance, motorcyclists must carry a minimum liability of:
- $5,000 for property damage
- $15,000 for bodily injury of an individual
- $30,000 for bodily injury of multiple individuals
If you have more questions regarding the specific laws for motorcyclists in California, feel free to contact our firm and ask one of our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys serving Torrance.
How do I prove it was the other driver’s fault?
Just like other personal injury claims, they key to proving fault will be proving negligence. The steps to prove negligence are proving a duty of care, the breach of this duty, and that this breach caused injury. There also may be other factors at play such as road conditions. In this case, you would want to prove negligence on behalf of the entity that owns the property that caused unsafe road conditions. There are many ways in which a motorcycle accident may occur, and it’s best you consult one of our attorneys to get a full understanding of your rights. If the accident was your fault, you will want to work with your insurance company to see what kind of compensation you can get. Also, if the other driver does not have insurance, you will want to see if your insurance plan covers uninsured motorists. If you are unsure about how to work with your insurance company or you are worried about the company taking advantage of you, do not hesitate to contact us.
How does Eldessouky Law stand out?
While many drivers may be quick to blame the motorcyclist, many times the motorcyclists are more trained and aware of their surroundings. However, you will still want a skilled attorney to represent you so that you have a higher possibility of receiving maximum compensation. Eldessouky Law is different from other firms because we are dedicated to serving Torrance residents and making sure their case is taken seriously and handled with care. Through a consultation you will be able to get free legal advice from a lawyer who has worked with many personal injury cases already. We also will take on your case without asking for any upfront fees. This way, we can focus on the importance of your case, not extras costs and fees. Our zero fee guarantee means that you will not owe us anything if we do not win your case. So if you have been in a motorcycle accident and want help from some of the best lawyers in California, look no further than Eldessouky Law. We will fight our hardest to gain you compensation you deserve. Our goal is for you to fully recover financially and mentally from the trauma of a motorcycle accident.