Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accident injuries and fatalities are on the rise. Motorcycle accidents often result in serious and catastrophic injury claims as well as wrongful death claims. Recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports indicate approximately 5,000 motorcyclists die each year. Statistics show that about half of all motorcycles involved in a fatal crash collided with another vehicle.

Despite traffic laws designed to protect motorcycle riders, many motor vehicle drivers do not respect or are not aware of the motorcyclist’s rights to share the road. Often times, a motorcycle accident results from a motorist’s negligence or inattentiveness while operating his or her vehicle. Vehicle drivers often turn directly in front of or in the path of the motorcycle. Drivers fail to yield at the intersection to the motorcyclist. Drivers often run red lights and stop signs or fails to look both ways before proceeding. The driver of the car, suv, truck or bus pulls out from a driveway, parking lot or side street in front of the motorcyclist. Too often, the driver of the vehicle causing the collision is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or is not wearing needed corrective lenses. Motorcycle accidents and injuries are also the result of road construction negligence, product liability, defective products or negligent manufacturing or assembly.

What to do in case you are in an accident:

Typically, the police will not come to the accident scene and make a report, unless one of the persons involved in the accident complains of injury. Regardless, the parties to an accident are required to exchange pertinent accident information. Experience has shown that people forget to obtain the needed information at the accident scene. Here is what you should do:

  • Obtain the necessary Information – Download or contact this office to obtain this customized accident brochure and accident intake form to assist you in gathering the needed information from the other driver and any witness.
  • Take photos. If possible, store a digital or disposable camera on your bike in order to take photographs of the accident scene, position of the vehicles, damage to the vehicles; skid marks; debris or any obstructions.
  • Do not discuss fault. Only exchange identification, license, registration and insurance information. Do not talk about the accident with anyone except to provide facts requested by the police or highway patrol.
  • If you are injured, accept medical attention.
  • Contact us immediately for a free case evaluation and consultation. You have the right to recover for your injuries and damages.

If the driver of the vehicle failed to use good judgment, was inattentive, negligent and caused the collision or accident, know that you can call on the Law Office of Frederick S. Schwartz for help. Your case will be carefully considered and investigated. Property damage will be inspected and analyzed. If available, witness statements will be obtained. Accident site inspections will be undertaken and photographed. Experts will be retained if needed.

The Law Office of Frederick S. Schwartz has over two decades of experience in assisting his injured clients in obtaining needed medical care, getting medical bills paid, getting the motorcycle quickly repaired or replaced, recovering lost wages, getting compensation for pain and suffering, holding the party or company at fault responsible and keeping the insurance company fair and accountable. As a former insurance company defense attorney, Frederick S. Schwartz has valuable insight into the mindset and frame of reference of the insurance company’s adjusters and lawyers. This gives his clients a big advantage in the negotiation, litigation, and settlement process.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident on a California freeway, highway, street or intersection such as the I-5, I-10, I-15, I-40, I-405, I-605, I-710, Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), CA-90 or CA-101,, or if you have lost a family member as the result of such an accident, contact Los Angeles consumer justice attorney and personal injury lawyer Frederick Schwartz at the Law Office of Frederick S. Schwartz. Call (800) 994-4442 for a free evaluation and consultation.