Motorcycle Accidents

Injured While Riding Your Motorcycle?

Our Redlands Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Wants to Help

California may be one of the best places in the world to ride a motorcycle. We have winding canyon roads, beautiful vistas and world-famous stops to enjoy. That may be why there are more motorcyclists in the State of California than anywhere else in the country. However, riding has its risks.

Motorcycles do not have cabins, seatbelts or airbags to protect their riders. Often motorcyclists only have helmets, leather jackets and boots to fend off the dangers of the road. Worse yet, drivers often fail to notice when they are sharing the road with motorcycles. This is why motorcycle riders need extra protection when they ride. Having a reliable Redlands motorcycle accident attorney should be one of those protections.

At Dolen, Tucker, Tierney & Abraham, our veteran attorney has the experience injured motorcyclists need. James F. Tierney, III has protected the rights of the seriously injured for over 40 years. He can help you recover the compensation you need in this challenging time.

What Makes California Highways Dangerous for Motorcyclists?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that California has around 900,000 motorcycle registrations. That is only around 3 percent of the total vehicle registrations in the state. Yet, motorcyclists make up around 15 percent of the fatal California motor vehicle accidents. Why do motorcyclists make up such a disproportionate number of roadway deaths? Here are a few of the top dangers motorcyclist face on our highways:

  • Left-Hand Turns - Too often, drivers fail to see motorcyclists on the road. This can have serious repercussions if it happens right before a car or a truck takes a left-hand turn. The resulting crash can cause broken bones, spinal cord injuries, head trauma or worse. This is the most common type of motorcycle accident.
  • Car Changing Lanes - In some instances, drivers fail to notice motorcycles that are traveling right next to them. Whether they fail to check their blind spots, or if they have the music up too loud, this lack of attentiveness can be costly.
  • Rear-End Crash - Once again, a driver's lack of attention can cost a motorcyclist dearly. If a vehicle behind a motorcyclist is moving at a high rate of speed and fails to stop, a severe injury is almost guaranteed. Even at low speeds, a car hitting a motorcycle can result in injuries and thousands of dollars in damage.
  • Dooring - Probably the most egregious act of inattention. Occupants of cars sometimes forget to check if the way is clear before they open their doors. This has even happened in slow traffic situations making lane-splitting a dangerous prospect.

Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents

Due to the lack of protection and the size of cars, motorcyclist often suffer severe injuries. Some of those common injuries include:

  • Broken bones (especially in the legs and feet)
  • Severe abrasions such as road rash
  • Burns
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal injuries

These injuries can result in extended recovery times that could prevent you from working. Even after recovering, you may find your work capacity limited. This can have a huge impact on your way of life, but calling a Redlands motorcycle accident attorney may help.

How Can a Redlands Motorcycle Lawyer Help Injured Motorcyclists?

At Dolen, Tucker, Tierney & Abraham, we understand what riders go through after a motorcycle accident. Recovery times can be long and expensive. Insurance companies are often difficult to handle. Whether dealing with the other driver's insurance or your own, the adjuster may try to limit your compensation. Do not face these challenges alone.

You need someone who can collect evidence for your case. You need someone who know how to negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. Most of all, you need the opportunity to recover without the pressures of bills and court dates. Let us take that pressure away.

Let our Redlands motorcycle lawyer help you recover the compensation you need and get back to riding. Call (909) 326-2769 today for a free consultation.