Have you noticed that many people drive dangerously? Of course you have. Bikers are more prone to getting struck by inattentive and bad drivers. Because California is packed with cars and congested, you probably can tell many tales of almost being nailed by a bad driver.
Did you know lane splitting is not illegal?
Lane splitting in a safe and prudent manner is not illegal in the state of California
The CHP website offers a guide on the reasonable way to split lanes.
However, if you’re involved in a wreck, do not be surprised if the report faults you for either 1) Unsafe Speed for Conditions (CVC §22350), or 2) breaking the plane between lanes- Straddling or Unsafe Lane Changes (CVC §21658a),
Remember, cops write the reports, but in California reports are hearsay and cannot be used to prove fault when you go to trial.
For this reason, be certain your statement is accurately recorded and get witnesses to corroborate your story, so you will be best prepared to prove the other driver was at fault.
Do not let your bike sit after a wreck
You must mitigate your damages. If there is a dispute about who is to pay for the repairs, do not let you bike sit at a storage facility and wrack up storage fees. The storage facility will want payment, and may subject your bike to a lien sale.
Injuries and Treatment
Going to a doctor or hospital may be an inconvenience, no fun and time consuming. However, as cliché as it sounds, it is better to be safe than sorry.
So, err on the side of caution. Go get examined immediately. Do not put off treatment and risk a slight injury becoming severe.
Trust your body. No one knows your body like you do. Do as your doctor tells you to get back to a point you were. Following a proper course of care will help you get healed faster and will help resolve your personal injury case faster.
If you do not have the upfront money or insurance to pay for doctors, there are doctors who will not charge an upfront fee.
In short, you should be overly cautious and visit a doctor. Your doctors and you will develop a course of care to get you treated and back to a point you were prior to the injury.
Demand for Payment for Damages
Once you have completed treatment, the time comes to ask the insurance company insuring the at-fault party to compensate you for your damages.
First, damages are those losses you have reasonably incurred as a result of the collision. Most often, damages refer to medical bills, loss of earnings, motorcycle repair, costs of a rental car, and the inconvenience, distress “pain and suffering” associated with your injury.
The important takeaway is to not be surprised that a police report will fault you. Stick to your facts, and do not let the insurance company punk you.
It is advantageous for you to consult with an attorney to get your questions answered and make sure you are leaving nothing on the table.
From the beginning, the Quirk Law Group will give you candid and practical answers. Unlike the insurance companies, we do not believe you are a statistic.
Quirk is different. We treat you like a person, and you get personalized attention and real answers.
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