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Owning a motorcycle is a huge responsibility. It can also be a liberating experience. When you are on a motorcycle, you experience the freedom that just doesn’t happen when you are in a traditional vehicle. You are connected to the roadway in an amazing way.

While we know you take all the steps to be safe and responsible on your motorcycle, sometimes accidents happen that are out of your control. If you are hit by another vehicle when you are on your motorcycle, you may need a Burlingame motorcycle accident attorney. At Allegiance Law, our experienced attorneys will help you sort through any questions may have in the aftermath of an accident.

Safety Comes First

The state of California leads the nation in motorcycle ownership. With over 800,000 bikes on state roadways, we have plenty of citizens that enjoy riding.

Unfortunately, no matter how safe you are on your motorcycle, you can’t control the drivers in other vehicles. Often, drivers are careless when operating around motorcycles. They often follow them too closely or change lanes without checking their mirrors.

What can be even more dangerous is drivers who are impaired or driving distracted. When a vehicle impacts a motorcycle, the results can be devasting to the motorcyclist. Even when a rider is wearing a helmet, the sudden impact of the vehicle and roadway can lead to dislocations, fractures, and even severe internal injuries.

Road Conditions

Sometimes, the conditions of the road itself can cause motorcycle accidents. If a roadway has not been properly maintained or was poorly designed to begin with and it causes you to wreck your motorcycle, the injuries can be just as severe as with a vehicle crash. The roadways should be safe when you go out riding. If they aren’t, and someone else’s negligence causes you harm, they may be liable for your injuries.

What To Do

According to the latest available information, over 5,000 people are killed and 90,000 are injured in motorcycle accidents a year. Those are alarming statistics, especially if you own a motorcycle.

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident as the driver or a passenger, it can be a scary and confusing experience. After you seek medical treatment for all injuries, you will have many questions about who is liable and how much your insurance will cover. Ensure that the police are notified and get copies of all reports related to the accident. If you have to be in the hospital for an extended amount of time and end up missing work, lost income could impact your family in a negative way.

Don’t speak with insurance companies until you have all the information available to you and you seek legal advice.If another driver’s negligence or improperly designed roads caused your accident, you may need a Burlingame motorcycle accident attorney. At Allegiance Law, we understand the complications that go with accidents, from medical and insurance claims to figuring out who was at fault. We will help you through the process, answering all of your questions. You can contact us by clicking here or calling 415-404-6395.