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Called to the Scene: How to Handle the Legal Issues of a Loved One's Motorcycle Crash

When they are involved in accidents, motorcycle riders are particularly susceptible to serious and potentially lethal injuries. In a recent accident involving a motorcyclist near Goleta, California, traffic was halted for nearly an hour after police received reports of a motorcyclist lying in the center lane of the freeway on Highway 101. Although the accident involved two other vehicles besides the motorcycle, only the motorcyclist was injured and transferred to the hospital.

If your loved one has been involved in a motorcycle crash, knowing how to handle the immediate and far-reaching legal implications is imperative. Keep the following points in mind when you are dealing with the aftermath of a motorcycle crash:

  • If possible, go to the scene of the accident to ensure all aspects of the crash are well documented. Take pictures and collect the names and contact information of any witnesses.
  • As soon as possible, obtain a copy of the accident report from the police. You will need this if you decide to take legal action against the drivers of other vehicles involved in the crash.
  • Seek medical care and keep a record of the expenses. If another party is found liable for injuries, you may receive compensation for medical costs.
  • Contact your insurer to report the accident. After a mechanic you trust has inspected the motorcycle, report the extent of the damage to your insurance company, as well.

If a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash, your family may be entitled to reimbursement for things like medical costs and lost wages, as well as compensation for pain and suffering. Consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer right away to discuss your case and explore your options.

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