Riding a motorcycle offers freedom, and the regions in and around Fresno may be ideal for trips on a bike. A motorcycle trip can quickly turn into a nightmare due to a negligent motorist, however, and you or a loved one may have recently realized the harm that can come from a motorcycle accident. Suppose a motorist engaged in careless or downright reckless behavior or is responsible for your accident in any way. In that case, that party may owe you compensation for the losses that you have suffered. A Fresno motorcycle accident lawyer will help you seek any awards that you deserve.
The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC will do what it takes to pursue financial justice for you or a loved one. Call to speak to a team member today at (800) 924-3113 for a free consultation about your case.
Motorcyclists Face Abnormal Danger
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that more than 2,100 motorcyclists die each year in traffic accidents. Moreover, the rate of death from traffic accidents is 16 times greater than those of passengers and motor vehicle drivers. It is not difficult to see why this is the case.
The nature of a motorcycle’s design leaves a rider highly exposed to the elements, as well as other motorists. A motorcycle does not have:
● An outer metal frame
● Traditional seats with backs
● Traditional windshields
● Protections that other motor vehicles may generally contain
Motorcyclists are not oblivious to the fact that their chosen mode of transportation is different from a car or truck, and in many ways, this may be why the freedom of a motorcycle appeals to them. However, this open design can also be the reason why dangerous motorists can cause so much harm to motorcyclists when accidents do occur.
Motorists must remain acutely aware that their inattention, recklessness, or carelessness could result in a motorcyclist dying or being seriously injured. By being aware, they may be less likely to act in ways that put motorcyclists at risk.
How Motorists May Prevent Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists may present unique challenges that larger vehicles do not in terms of avoiding collisions. Motor vehicle drivers must be aware that motorcycles can be more difficult to spot because of their compact nature and may accelerate more quickly than larger, heavier vehicles.
Motorcyclists may also make sharper turns, lane changes where there is less space available, and other maneuvers that drivers of other vehicles could not or would not attempt. Therefore, motor vehicle drivers may generally act in a more cautious, defensive manner when motorcycles are in their proximity.
Some specific steps that a motorist may take to avoid a motorcycle accident are:
● Checking blind spots thoroughly before changing lanes
● Providing motorcyclists ample distance when approaching from behind
● Checking intersections thoroughly before making a left-hand turn
● Knowing that, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), motorcyclists may split lanes under certain circumstances and that you must allow them the space to do so
● Ensuring that your headlights work, your mirrors are clean and functional and that your windows are clean and free of cracks or blemishes
● Practicing general safe driving
A motorist who did not practice these and other safe driving methods may have caused you or a loved one to be injured. You may be entitled to compensation, and a Fresno motorcycle accident lawyer will help you pursue any awards you deserve. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today for a free consultation.
For a free legal consultation with a motorcycle accidents lawyer serving Fresno, call (800) 924-3113
A Lawyer Will Represent You or a Loved One
A lawsuit or insurance claim could be a means for you or a loved one to secure any compensation that you deserve. A lawyer will counsel you about which option they think is most appropriate based on your circumstances and help you complete either process.
There may be several reasons for you to consider hiring a lawyer at this point. You could be:
● Physically limited because of your injuries
● Occupied with caring for an injured loved one
● Coping with the loss of a loved one in a motorcycle accident
● Unfamiliar with bringing an insurance claim
● Unfamiliar with the legal process
You may also value the knowledge and services that a lawyer can provide and any experience that the lawyer you hire has in handling motorcycle accident cases. Whatever your motivation for hiring a lawyer is, you may expect your attorney to do what they can to secure compensation for you or a loved one.
Specific Services Provided by a Lawyer
A lawyer will provide general benefits, including the defense of your rights, strategy regarding your case, and handling of all lawsuit- or claim-related matters. With respect to the latter category, a lawyer may provide a number of specific benefits, including:
● Filing of your claim or lawsuit
● Hiring of experts
● Gathering of evidence
● Interviewing of witnesses
● Calculation of your losses
● Documentation of your injuries and other losses
● Negotiation of a settlement
● Completion of a trial
A lawyer will deal with all parties involved in your claim or lawsuit. This could include insurance companies, other lawyers, judges, witnesses, and others. One or more of these parties could attempt to violate your rights or get you to accept compensation that is less than what you truly deserve, and a lawyer will be the buffer between you and any such attempts.
If your lawyer is successful in their goal of securing compensation for you, then you may receive awards covering lost income, medical costs, pain and suffering, and any other harm that has come from your motorcyclist accident. Your lawyer will seek appropriate compensation if you have lost a loved one because of a motorcycle accident.
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Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC Today
The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC wants to ensure that you or your loved one are not harmed further by injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. Do not wait to call us, as the sooner you call, the sooner we may be able to begin assisting you.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at (800) 924-3113 for more details about how a Fresno motorcycle accident lawyer may help you.