Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Sacramento has beautiful scenery that makes it a perfect location for motorcycle riders. Riding a motorcycle is an adventure, and most motorcyclists are aware of the dangers and take steps to be cautious riders. However, even the most experienced and safe motorcyclists can get into an accident caused by another driver’s negligence. Unlike drivers in enclosed vehicles, motorcyclists are always at higher risk of severe, debilitating, and even fatal injury because they lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle. An accident that results in a minor bump to an enclosed vehicle can result in severe injuries for a motorcycle rider. Unfortunately, due to misconceptions about the recklessness of motorcycle riders, a rider may not always get full and just compensation when they file a personal injury claim.

If another driver’s negligence has injured you, working with an experienced Sacramento motorcycle accident lawyer is the best way to ensure you have someone in your corner fighting for you so you can recover full and just compensation. At Karns & Karns, we believe in protecting our clients’ rights and fighting for their right to compensation. We won’t let insurance companies take advantage of you and can help build a strong claim for a successful outcome.

What to Do After a Sacramento Motorcycle Accident?

After an accident, it’s understandable to be confused, disoriented, and scared, especially if you’ve sustained any kind of injury. However, your actions and words following the accident can significantly impact a personal injury claim if you choose to pursue one. It’s important to remain calm for the sake of your health and your future. A motorcycle accident can leave motorcyclists with debilitating injuries that prevent them from working and expensive medical bills, property damage, and other losses. A personal injury claim is the best way to recover monetary compensation for those losses, so it’s important to act accordingly to help protect your right to compensation.

Get to Safety

The first thing to do after a motorcycle accident is to analyze your surroundings and current situation. Get out of harm’s way. 

Do Not Remove Protective Gear

After an accident, the shock and the adrenaline may prevent you from feeling any pain or injuries. It may be unsafe to remove your gear before medical services arrive. 

Call 911

Depending on the severity of the accident, law enforcement and paramedics need to arrive on the scene.

Seek Medical Attention

Even if you don’t believe you’re injured, it’s always best to get checked out by a medical professional after an accident. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent and can take days, weeks, or even months to develop symptoms. 

Don’t Apologize 

After an accident, you may be inclined to apologize in some way, not because you are to blame but because you’re sorry the accident even occurred. However, any type of apology can be used as an admission of guilt or fault for the accident. Avoid future problems in your claim by simply not apologizing in any way. 

Gather Evidence 

It’s always beneficial to gather evidence immediately after the accident. Gathering evidence can include taking photos or videos and making sure you get a copy of the police report. 

Speak With a Lawyer 

The sooner you speak with a Sacramento motorcycle accident lawyer, the better. Hiring a qualified lawyer can make a substantial difference in the success of your personal injury claim. Most insurance companies will try to deny a claim or offer the lowest amount possible in a settlement. A skilled motorcycle accident lawyer can help negotiate with insurance companies and fight for your right to total and fair compensation.

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How to Prove Negligence in a Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Claim

Most personal injury claims are built on a theory of negligence. To prove negligence, you or your attorney must:

Establish Duty of Care 

Duty of care is the legal term that encompasses the legal obligation we all owe one another to take reasonable steps to prevent harming another person. In the case of motor vehicle accidents, all drivers and pedestrians on the road owe each other a standard of reasonable care. 

Breach of Duty 

The breach of the legal standard of care is the basis of negligence. Negligence is failing to meet the standard of care, thereby breaching the duty of care. In motorcycle accidents, drivers breach their duty of care by:

  • Making unsafe lane changes 
  • Tailgating 
  • Speeding 
  • Driving under the influence 
  • Opening their car doors without looking for oncoming motorcyclists
  • Not adhering to the right-of-way laws
  • Not checking blind spots 
  • Not using their turning signals 

When a driver fails to do their part to keep the motorcyclists safe, they breach their duty of care and can be held liable for any damages the motorcycle rider sustained. 

Causation 

Once it’s established that the other driver breached their duty of care, you or your attorney must be able to link the breach as the direct or proximate cause of your injury and other subsequent losses. 

Damages

Damages refer to the monetary compensation you can receive in a personal injury claim, but they can also be used to discuss your injury and other losses you sustained. You and your attorney must prove the damages you suffered and that they warrant the amount in damages you are asking for in the claim. 

Why It’s Important to Contact an Attorney After a Motorcycle Accident

Insurance companies look out for their own best interests, even if it means denying a claim or offering a lower settlement offer than an injured rider deserves. They’re looking to limit their payout, not what’s best for you. Motorcycle accident claims revolve around liability disputes, and insurance companies will argue that you are either partially or entirely liable for their own benefit. 

Even if you are not to blame, under California comparative negligence rule, they can argue you hold a parentage of blame and, therefore, your damages should be reduced to compensate. A skilled and trusted motorcycle accident attorney can fight for your right to compensation. They will understand insurance company tactics and build a strong claim so they cannot falsely blame you or take advantage of you.

Contact Our Experienced Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Karns & Karns

When motorcyclists are in accidents, they are particularly vulnerable to life-altering injuries. At Karns & Karns, we understand the vulnerability of motorcycle riders both on the road and in legal matters. Negative biases and stereotypes can be used against motorcyclists during personal injury claims that prevent them from getting the compensation they need and deserve in order to help them recover. Our goal is to get you the best outcome possible and fight for your rights, allowing you to focus on your recovery. 

Schedule a consultation with us today. Call (888) 381-8044 or fill out our contact form.

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