California Safe Crashing in a Motorcycle Accident
7 Steps to Safely Crash a Motorcycle in the Case of an Accident Emergency
It is important for motorcyclists to get educated on how to protect themselves from a motorcycle accident. 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. Failing to perform this action may 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 after you have fallen.
- 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 believe that you did not suffer any severe injuries, it is still encouraged for you to make an appointment to see a physician, just in case. You never know what type of injuries you could have sustained without getting a proper examination done by a medical expert. A common motorcycle injury is internal bleeding, which is not visible. Getting yourself checked out will help determine if you have an injury relating to an internal issue.
- 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. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, if the motorcyclist caused any harm to the other party, then the police should be contacted. Police officers will inspect the area and create an official police report. Paramedics may also arrive at the scene of the incident and provide immediate medical attention to those who are in need of it.
- Gather evidence. Make sure you take pictures of the scene of the accident along with any injuries or damages that were caused by the impact. Check to see if there are any bystanders around. If so, ask them if they would feel comfortable participating in your case. If they accept your request, you should get their name(s) and phone number(s). Lastly, it would be ideal to take a copy of the official police report to use as a piece of evidence for your case. Gathering these types of evidence will help strengthen your claim.
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 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 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
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 were only incorporated in 5 percent 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 exceeding your expectations. Our experienced attorneys will help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation with the attorneys at our firm. No fees will be 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 knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate legal team.