How Are Motorcycle Accidents Different from Other Auto Accidents?

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There are few things more frightening than being involved in any sort of auto accident. Unfortunately, some accidents are more devastating than others. The primary difference between motorcycle accidents and other types of auto accidents is that motorcyclists have very little protection compared to those driving other motor vehicles that are often equipped with front and side airbags, as well as the overall protection the roof and doors of a car provide. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are often critically injured in these accidents, and if you were hurt in one due to the negligence of another, there is a strong chance you’ll qualify for compensation. Read on and contact our San Mateo County, California motorcycle accident lawyer to learn more about how we can help if you’ve been hurt.

What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents?

Motorcycle accidents can occur for several reasons, including slick roads, negligent signage, and faulty bike parts, but they are most frequently caused by dangerous motorists. Common examples of driver negligence that leads to motorcycle accidents and injuries can include:

  • Opening car doors without looking
  • Tailing bikers too closely
  • Driving while distracted or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Speeding
  • Ignoring traffic signs
  • Merging or changing lanes without checking blind spots

Are motorcyclists entitled to compensation?

As long as an injured biker can prove that his or her accident was caused by the negligence of another, they should be entitled to financial compensation. However, to prove as much, you’ll need to gather and present evidence. Some of the most useful forms of evidence can include surveillance camera footage, eyewitness accounts, medical documents, a copy of the police report, and more. Once we satisfy the burden of proof, you should receive compensation to help offset the physical, financial, and emotional burdens you’ve incurred in your accident.

How long does a biker have to file a personal injury claim in California?

In California, an injured motorcyclist is required to file his or her personal injury claim within two years of the date the accident occurred, in accordance with the state’s statute of limitations. The Law Offices of Allister R. Liao is here to begin the claims process on your behalf today.

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