La Habra Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured in a La Habra motorcycle accident, you probably have a number of questions regarding how to pursue compensation for your losses and how to protect your rights. It may be in your best interest to discuss the specifics of your case with an experienced La Habra motorcycle accident lawyer.
La Habra Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol's 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities but 10 injuries as a result of La Habra motorcycle accidents. Throughout Orange County, 17 people were killed and 735 were injured in motorcycle accidents during that same year. Also, in California, 389 fatalities and 10,134 injuries were reported during the same year.
What should I do immediately following the crash?
If someone has been hurt, call the authorities. Exchange information with the other motorists involved and obtain the contact information from anyone who may have witnessed the accident. Take photos of the crash site, the vehicles and of your own injuries.
Why do I need to take photos?
The more evidence you collect from the crash site, the stronger your case will be. If the other driver decides to deny responsibility for the accident, you will want every piece of evidence you can get. Dealing with insurance companies can be a complicated process and you will want as much proof as you can find.
When should I call the other driver's insurance company?
To pursue compensation for the accident, you will eventually need to speak with the at-fault driver's insurance company. It may be in your best interest to not make this phone call right away. Before calling an insurance company, you should have all of the facts straight, all of the details written out and a comprehensive list of damages. If you have suffered a serious injury, it is in your best interest to have an attorney make the phone call for you or have the attorney deal with the insurance company.
How is liability determined?
Proving who was responsible for the crash can be a complicated process. In some cases, the authorities may cite the at-fault driver. In such cases, it will be easier for the victim to prove liability for the collision. Usually, after an accident, several questions remain. Was the other motorist exceeding the speed limit? Did he or she run through a red light or drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol? A driver does not, however, need to be cited or criminally charged in order to be held civilly liable for a collision.
What is a personal injury claim?
A personal injury claim is a civil lawsuit that can be filed by an injured victim of a motorcycle accident. While a criminal proceeding requires the prosecution to prove the defendant was guilty beyond reasonable doubt, a civil lawsuit only requires the victim to prove that the defendant was negligent or liable for the collision.
Do I have to hire an attorney?
Not all plaintiffs require an attorney, but it is often in the best interest of injured victims to discuss their case with an attorney. If no injuries were suffered, the victim will be able to seek compensation for their damaged vehicle by calling the insurance company involved. If, however, an injury was suffered and there are mounting medical bills and lost wages, you would be well advised to have an experienced attorney on your side.
What an Experienced La Habra Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Do
A skilled personal injury attorney will help determine liability for the accident, hold the at-fault party accountable for the collision and pursue fair compensation for the injuries suffered. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, the experienced La Habra motorcycle accident lawyers at Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys can help you better understand your legal rights and options. We will remain on your side, fight for your rights and strive to ensure that you get the best possible result in your case. Please contact us for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.