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Legal Counsel for Motorcycle Accident Victims

Vehicular accidents are an everyday occurrence in the Redlands area. Many people don’t realize that motorcycle collisions in the area are common as well. Motorcycle accidents can be particularly devastating, especially when one or more driving parties inflict great loss or injury due to negligence. Motorcycles bring about their own set of risks and are statistically more deadly than driving a car. In fact, the NHTSA’s fatality report states that motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than those driving a car.

Aside from fatal accidents, less severe incidents can still inflict great bodily harm, property damage, and emotional and mental suffering.

Redlands, California area residents deserve accessible, quality legal care, well-versed on the latest changes to California law. Peach & Weathers have over 60 years of combined legal experience that they put to work every day at their established practice to serve the community. As seasoned Redlands’ motorcycle accident and car accident attorneys, Peach & Weathers will work diligently with you every step of the way toward achieving a recovery while holding the negligent party accountable.

Advice for First Steps Following A Motorcycle Accident

Because accidents occur so suddenly, it is difficult to know what steps to take after being involved. You’re shaken and quite possibly hurt. Of course, sometimes one or more parties are critically injured and must rely on emergency personnel. In these cases, legal and documentation considerations can wait until another time. However, there are several best practices to file away in your mind should an accident occur if you can move around safely.
  • Don’t move unless you’re sure of physical safety. If you are not entirely sure whether or not you are injured, err on the side of caution and only move if your life is imminently threatened. Adrenaline can mask both minuscule and severe injuries in the moment. Of course, if you are able to move and need to do so to escape a dangerous situation - such as being stranded in a busy intersection or being inside a burning car - use your common sense and do so as carefully and quickly as possible, keeping in mind that you may not know the extent of your injuries.
  • Check on others safely. Often, the case is that you are in a car or other vehicle with a spouse, children, friends, or loved ones. It is instinctual to want to be sure others are okay in the wake of an accident. Check on them and do what can be done to help everyone to safety but do so slowly and deliberately, again keeping in mind unknown injuries.
  • Call 911. According to both federal and California law, injuries from an accident should be reported to emergency services for reasons of safety, documentation, and more. If anyone is injured - even mildly - call 911. You will also want to call 911 to summon a police or highway patrol presence at the scene for necessary procedures. If it is abundantly clear that no one is physically hurt, non-emergent lines can be utilized to keep 911 lines clear, such as direct numbers for the Redlands Police or the California Highway Patrol. Remember, though, that it is okay to call 911 when in an accident, even if no one is severely injured.
  • Take photos now and later. If your vehicle and/or the motorcycle are in a relatively safe location, take a few smartphone pictures before moving the vehicles to the shoulder or an accident inspection station. We emphasize that you should only do this if it is safe. -
The middle of an intersection or in close proximity of a car or motorcycle that could explode is not safe. Use caution. However, pictures of the actual accident site can be helpful in legal recovery efforts. Quickly snap as clear of photos as possible as soon as possible. Continue to document up-close details of the damage at a safer location. Keep these images for you and your attorney – avoid the temptation to share on social media.
  • Communicate with emergency responders, but don’t admit fault. When first responders and law enforcement arrive, you should communicate respectfully and concisely about events, including your physical well-being. It is appropriate to answer their questions. However, it is not an appropriate time to admit fault or partial responsibility, even if you feel that you may be partially to blame for the incident. This can be difficult not to do. However, assuming blame when emotions are heightened, and events are not clear jeopardizes your legal recovery.

After Your Redland, CA Motorcycle Accident

If you receive medical care, that process is a natural next step following the scene of the accident. There are two major reasons why it is important to seek medical care following an accident involving a motorcycle. Firstly, doctors and medical professionals can identify injuries that are not obvious to the hurt individual due to them being internal or because of adrenaline masking injuries. Secondly, the emergency triage and subsequent formal medical treatment process provide documentation of physical outcomes that is legally significant. In fact, failing to seek medical care immediately following an accident doesn’t look good if a recovery is ultimately pursued.

What to Expect From a Potential Recovery

A few examples of what can be pursued in your Redlands case with Peach & Weathers include:

  • Bone fractures
  • Traumatic brain injuries.
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Internal injuries.
  • Spinal cord injuries, including those resulting in total or partial paralysis

Beyond these various types of injuries, a plaintiff might pursue punitive damages when the other motorist/motorcyclist’s negligence or error falls beyond the realm of typical negligence or involves some illicit activity. Also, damages against one’s property (typically a vehicle) can be pursued.

Peach & Weathers Are Experienced Redlands Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Life after a motorcycle collision can be very challenging. Job loss, permanent injury, medical bills, living without transportation, and dealing with memories of a harrowing incident are just a few of the worries that victims face. If you are the victim of another driver’s negligence in an accident involving a motorcycle, Timothy W. Peach & William W. Weathers have the extensive experience Redlands area citizens rely on and deserve. Contact Peach & Weathers today to discuss your options.

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