Fontana is a great location for getting out on your bike, but when you ride, you have nothing other than your helmet and gear to protect you from an accident’s immense impact.
When you’re on your motorcycle, you’re more vulnerable to serious injuries for a range of reasons, but one of the most important is that too many motorists fail to spot and safely accommodate motorcyclists on our roads.
If you’ve suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, don’t wait to consult with an experienced injury attorney in Fontana at Attorney Jeff Injury Lawyers. Our motorcycle accident lawyers are ready to discuss your case.
Why Are Motorcyclists at Risk of Accidents?
While all motorists are at risk of being injured in accidents, motorcyclists are even more exposed to risks for all the following reasons:
- You lack the protective shell that is afforded to the occupants of other vehicles.
- You are more difficult to see, which leaves you more susceptible to getting lost in another motorist’s blind spot.
- Your bike’s relatively small size means that you require shorter stopping distances, which can prove harmful when a rear motorist drives too close.
- You’re more open to the effects of inclement weather on the road as well as to the effects of poorly maintained roads.
- Because you travel on only two wheels and are less tethered to the road, you’re far more likely to hit and skid against the asphalt in the course of an accident.
Common Injuries to Motorcycle Riders
The direct impact of motorcycle accidents leaves riders vulnerable to nearly every kind of injury, but most fall into several basic categories.
Motorcyclists are often dragged across the road in traffic accidents, and they can suffer scrapes, cuts, burns, contusions, and abrasions in the process. These effects are collectively known as road rash. These injuries are closely associated with infections and other secondary health concerns like scarring. They tend to be very slow to heal.
Traumatic brain injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are generally caused by either a direct blow to the head or an impact that causes the head to shake violently on the neck. When you’re on your bike, your head is likely to be hurt in an accident even when you wear a safety helmet.
Spinal cord injuries
An injury to the spinal cord can lead to long-term health concerns that include permanent paralysis. Even with relatively milder spinal cord injuries, victims can experience chronic pain and serious losses in relation to the range of motion.
A motorcycle accident can lead to multiple broken bones. Simple breaks are exceptionally painful and slow to heal, but compound breaks are that much more physically challenging and are closely associated with complications.
The impact of a motorcycle accident can leave you with internal injuries, including internal bleeding, which can be slow to present with symptoms and often become more difficult to treat effectively if you wait to receive medical attention.
Who May Be Liable for a Motorcycle Accident in Fontana?
Motorcycle accidents are often caused by other motorists who fail to see the motorcyclists who share the road with them – often because they don’t bother to look. Such negligence breaks down into several basic categories.
When a driver is distracted, their thoughts – and often their gaze – is on something other than the road ahead. Motorcyclists can pay the ultimate price.
Drivers owe a duty of care to everyone on the road, which means they have a responsibility for the safety of others, including motorcyclists. This requires drivers to pay careful attention in all the following circumstances to look out for motorcyclists.
- Before changing lanes
- When entering traffic
- When yielding the right of way
Drunk drivers engage in sloppy driving practices that put motorcyclists and everyone else on the road at increased risk. The physical, sensory, and cognitive impairments drunk drivers suffer leave them ill-equipped to accommodate motorcyclists safely.
Speeding not only makes accidents of all kinds more likely but also increases the odds that they will be fatal. The greater their speed, the less control motorists have over their cars, which makes collisions with motorcycles more likely.
Motorists who don’t get enough sleep can experience forms of impairment that are similar to those experienced by drunk drivers.
If another driver’s negligence leaves you injured in a motorcycle accident, it’s time to consult with a dedicated Fontana motorcycle accident attorney.
Compensation Available after a Motorcycle Accident
The losses – or legal damages – in the wake of a motorcycle accident can be significant.
The medical bills you face in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident are likely to be steep, to begin with, but they can also be ongoing. It’s important to carefully assess the full extent of your healthcare needs, including potential future requirements.
If your injuries keep you away from work, you can expect your income to reflect this. But if your ability to continue advancing your career is affected, these losses can also include an emotional component – in addition to your financial damages.
Physical and emotional pain and suffering
In addition to your financial losses, you can experience significant physical and emotional pain and suffering that can seriously impede forward progress. Ensuring that this non-economic damage is fairly accounted for can be critical to your ability to heal fully.
Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? Contact Us Today.
At Attorney Jeff Injury Lawyers, we proudly serve Fontana, California. Our team has a wealth of experience guiding challenging motorcycle claims to fair settlements and court victories. Let us know how we can help you move forward after you or a loved one were injured on a motorcycle. To get started, contact us online or call us at 888-970-5729 now.
Motorcycle Accident Claim FAQs
How do I prove the other driver’s fault?
Proving liability is an important task that’s best left in the capable hands of your experienced motorcycle accident lawyer.
Can I forgo an attorney?
You do yourself and your claim a disservice when you fail to work with a motorcycle accident attorney.
How long do I have to file?
In California, you have only two years from the date of your motorcycle accident to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party.