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How to Crash A Motorcycle Safely -- Tips From the Best Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorneys

It is important for motorcyclists to get educated on how to protect themselves from a motorcycle crash. Here is a list of what you should do to safely crash a motorcycle:

  • Prior to your collision, try to slow the motorcycle down as much as you can by utilizing the brakes. The front brakes will have a greater effect at making an abrupt stop compared to the rear brakes.
  • Analyze your surroundings to choose where you would prefer to go down. Try to direct your vehicle and have it land in an area where you believe you will not have a significant impact. 
  • Release your grip on your motorcycle once you fall down. Failure to do so will result in the motorcycle falling on top of you. 
  • Form into a ball and roll if possible. Do not try to have your arms extended outward once you fall. You will increase the chances of breaking your bone(s). 
  • Slide, if you can. Extend your arms and legs to spread yourself out to create a dragging movement. This may help reduce your speed as you are falling down. 
  • Try to calm your nerves. It is understandable for individuals in this situation to panic, but try to relax your body when this is happening. This may help prevent injuries to your ligaments and tendons. 
  • Wait a few seconds before getting up. Crawl away from the scene and find safety. If you did not sustain any serious injuries during your impact, then you may get up and walk to a nearby location as well. 

Aftermath Of A Motorcycle Accident

  • Make sure you are okay. Even if you feel like you did not suffer severe injuries, it would be good to get yourself checked out. You never know what injuries you might have without an examination by a medical expert. A common motorcycle injury is internal bleeding which is not visible. This is why you should get examined to know whether or not you are fully okay. 
  • Look around your surroundings. Check to see the condition of the scene. Was there anyone else involved? Were there bystanders around? Did you damage anything? 
  • Call the police if you think it is necessary. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, if the motorcyclist hit a pedestrian or vehicle, then they should call the police. The police will manage the area and create a police report. Additionally, the paramedics may arrive to get the injured victims and take them to the hospital for recovery. 
  • Gather evidence. Make sure you take pictures of the scene. This includes any injuries you suffered and the damage done to your motorcycle. Ask bystanders if they would feel comfortable participating in your case. If they accept your request, get their names and phone numbers. Lastly, get the police officer’s badge and report numbers. This will help you build a strong case if you believe that you were not at fault for the accident. 

Available Damages

Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out of pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries. 

A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out of pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss  of Enjoyment of Life
  • Other Non-Economic Damanges

Punitive Damages

The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact are only incorporated in 5% of all verdicts.

Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here To Help

If you believe that you were not at fault for the motorcycle accident you were involved in, West Coast Trial Lawyers has motorcycle accident attorneys that are committed to making sure that you are satisfied with the end result of your settlement. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering from your injury. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation with the attorneys at our firm. No fees are paid until we win your case. Reach out to our legal team 24/7 by calling (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.


If you have been injured in an accident, you can count on the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers to fight for your rights every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney.
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