There are few things more thrilling that being able to go out on a motorcycle. Firing up the engine and hitting the road in a motorcycle offers a sense of freedom that traditional vehicles can’t. As a motorcycle owner, we know you take all the necessary steps to be safe when you go out riding. You’ve probably gotten your motorcycle license, taken a safety course, and insured your bike. Though you know there are risks, you expect to come home safely after every excursion.
Unfortunately, accidents do happen. Whether another driver was careless or there was a problem with the roadway, you may need a Daly City motorcycle accident attorney. At Allegiance Law, we are ready to take your case and help you through the whole process.
Do you know which state has the most motorcycle owners? You guessed it.
California leads the way with around 800 thousand bikes. We know that means that there are a whole bunch of free spirits that get to enjoy their time, often with friends and family, riding the beautiful California roads. We also know that having that many bikes on the road will inevitably lead to accidents.
The latest statistics, from 2016, put the numbers in stark perspective. In the US, there were almost 90,000 people injured in motorcycle accidents. Over 5,000 were killed.
And even though motorcycles made up only 3 percent of all registered vehicle in the country, the fatality rate is six times greater for motorcyclists than for passenger vehicles.
The truth is that motorcycles pose more risks than traditional vehicles do. No matter how careful a motorcycle owner is, they can’t control others on the roadway. Careless drivers often don’t pay attention to motorcyclists. Sometimes they follow them too closely or disregard them completely.
While motorcyclists have always had to contend with impaired drivers, now they have to worry about distracted drivers. More than ever, vehicle drivers are looking at text messages or watching videos on their phones while driving.
The results can be devastating when a vehicle strikes a motorcycle. While a vehicle driver has protections from a metal frame and airbags, a motorcyclist doesn’t. Even an impact that happens at slow speeds can lead to serious injuries.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, whether as the driver or a passenger, it can be a scary and confusing experience. Get medical treatment for all injuries, no matter how minor they may seem at the time. Some internal and head injuries don’t show symptoms until well after an incident. Be sure to get copies of all police and medical reports and don’t speak with insurance companies until you have all the information available to you.
You may need a Daly City motorcycle accident attorney. At Allegiance Law, we understand the complications that go with accidents, from medical and insurance claims to figuring out who was at fault. We will help you through the process, answering all of your questions patiently. You can contact us by clicking here or calling 415-404-6395.