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How Can a Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help?

Riding a motorcycle can offer a sense of freedom and can be an exciting way to explore California roadways. Unfortunately, even if motorcyclists take care to protect themselves, drivers may not always respect motorcyclists in the way that they should.

At Law Offices of Eric Hershler, APC, in West LA, we understand the impact that a driver’s careless decisions can have on motorcyclists. Our experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney has more than three decades of solid personal injury experience. We have successfully represented thousands of injured people in all manner of motor vehicle accidents throughout California. Mr. Hersher is proud to use that experience and depth of knowledge of the legal system to help injured motorcyclists make informed decisions and pursue full compensation.

What Should Motorcyclists Do After An Accident?

In the aftermath of a crash, motorcyclists should take steps to protect their health and their access to financial support.

At the scene of the crash, you should check yourself for injuries and seek emergency medical care if needed. You should also contact the authorities to make a report. If your injuries are not severe, you may also want to photograph the scene and collect the contact information of any drivers involved in a crash and witnesses.

Once you have made your police report, you should take additional steps. Even if you do not seem injured, you should seek medical attention to fully assess your condition and create a record of any injuries you experienced. You should report the accident to your insurance. You may also want to reach out to an attorney who can help you explore your legal options.

What Harm Can A Motorcycle Accident Cause?

Because motorcyclists are relatively unprotected compared to drivers and passengers in cars or trucks, the injuries they experience in a collision are often severe. Common injuries include:

  • Road rash
  • Cuts
  • Broken bones, including facial fractures
  • Burns
  • Skull Fractures
  • Neck and spinal injuries, which may lead to paralysis
  • Amputations
  • Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries

Any of these injuries can lead to severe pain and the need for long-term medical care. In some cases, these serious injuries can be disabling or fatal for motorcyclists.

Can Motorcyclists Still Get Support If They Were Partially Responsible?

Even if you were partially responsible for a crash, you can still receive compensation. Because California is a pure comparative negligence state, both drivers can claim compensation. The court will determine the amount of damages you can receive based on the percent of fault that lies with you.