Motorcycles are very popular throughout the state of California, even despite the higher degree of danger that these vehicles pose. If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important that you have an understanding of your legal options. These accidents can result in significant physical, emotional, and financial burdens. If your accident was caused by the negligence of another party, The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes can help prove your case and recover the compensation you deserve. Contact our office today to discuss your case with an El Dorado County motorcycle accident lawyer you can count on.
How are motorcycle accidents caused?
The reality of motorcycles is that because riders are offered no protection other than a helmet, they are inherently more dangerous than other types of vehicles. When pursuing a personal injury case, it is important to determine exactly how the accident was caused. Some of the common causes of motorcycle accidents our firm frequently sees include the following:
- Reckless driving
- Poor visibility
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Texting while driving
- Hazardous weather conditions
- Dangerous road conditions
- Failing to check blind spots before merging or changing lanes
What steps should I take after a motorcycle accident?
The moments after an accident are often a blur. After an accident, assuming you are capable of so, there are a few important steps that you should take that can maximize your potential for a strong case. You should do the following:
- Call 911 so police and emergency medical services will arrive at the scene, treat your medical needs, and document the accident
- Collect the other driver’s information, including their name, address, phone number, and insurance information
- Collect the contact information of any witnesses to the accident
- Take photos and videos of the scene of the accident
- Contact a skilled El Dorado County motorcycle accident lawyer at The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes
It is important that you do not hesitate to contact a personal injury lawyer because of California’s statute of limitations. You have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim and if you fail to do so, may become ineligible to recover the compensation you are entitled to for your economic and non-economic damages.
What are California’s Motorcycle Helmet Laws?
Every state throughout the country has different motorcycle helmet requirements. Some states don’t require riders to wear them at all, while others mandate that everyone must wear a helmet. Motorcyclists in the state of California are required to wear helmets at all times while they are behind the wheel. Failing to comply with these requirements is unlawful.
Contact an El Dorado County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
A motorcycle accident can result in very serious repercussions for years down the road. At The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes, we have the skill and experience necessary to help you get back on your feet. With physical, emotional, and financial burdens complicating your road to recovery, we are here to make the process easier. Contact The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes today to schedule a consultation with our El Dorado County personal injury law firm.