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Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in El Cajon

There were 5,286 motorcyclist fatalities in the United States in 2016 and 566 of those were California fatalities. In addition to fatalities in California, there were 14,400 reported motorcyclist injuries. These numbers should be concerning for the more than 950,000 registered motorcyclists in California and the drivers that share the roads with them. When it comes to motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle drivers are vulnerable and their injuries can be devastating. Due caution should be exercised but often is not, when motorcycles are present.

Risks Unique to Motorcyclists

As you are likely aware, riding a motorcycle is dangerous because motorcyclists experience risks that often do not exist for other automobiles. Some of those risks include the following:

  • Weather – Inclement weather affects driving conditions for all vehicles, but the effects can be more severe for motorcycles. Motorcycles are open-air vehicles so unexpected precipitation comes down onto the driver along with the rest of the bike. Motorcycles are balanced on two wheels so they are not as stable when they run into ice, rain, and snow. Incidentally, longer winters mean fewer motorcyclist deaths because the motorcycle season is shorter
  • Visibility and awareness – Because motorcycles are significantly smaller than other automobiles on the road, they are not as visible to other drivers who may not even be aware of them.
  • Lack of protection – Unlike cars and SUVs, motorcycles do not have any protection in an accident. They are often thrown from their bikes and have only their helmet (if they are wearing one) and their clothes to protect them from the street, cars, or other objects they come into contact with.
  • Road conditions – Road conditions can be hazardous for motorcycles. Sand and gravel, poor maintenance, and obstructions in the road can cause serious accidents and injuries for motorcycle drivers.

Dealing With Insurance Companies

Insurance companies may contact you after a motorcycle accident hoping for a quick and inexpensive settlement. They are not looking out for your best interests and their first offer is likely not going to be their best offer. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact El Cajon motorcycle accident attorney, Eugene G. Bruno. He will understand the totality of your injuries and damages before negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf. He will work to see that your monetary recovery accounts for injuries and damages you may have suffered as a result of another driver’s negligence including: pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, lost future earnings, and property damage. In some cases punitive damages may be sought as well.

Contact Our El Cajon Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today

Our motorcycle accident team at Eugene Bruno & Associates has the experience and dedication to see that you receive a settlement or verdict that fully compensates you for your injuries. We will start with an investigation to gather necessary facts that strengthen and support your case. We will review accident reports, interview witnesses, and negotiate with insurance companies. You may be suffering from your motorcycle accident injuries, but you do not have to suffer alone. Call our El Cajon auto accident lawyers today to discuss your claim.