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How do I know if I need a motorcycle accident attorney?

The simple answer to the question above is that anytime you are involved in an accident, it is advisable to be in touch with an experienced accident attorney. There can be value in a consultation even if the accident was relatively minor. If the results of the crash are such that someone suffered serious injury, the importance of speaking with a lawyer only increases.

And if you are a motorcyclist who is the victim of such a crash, the need for an attorney's help is even more critical. This is because there are so many possible issues that could require attention. Any accident should include an analysis of whether any traffic laws were violated and by whom.

Some accidents may require significant medical treatment and getting all the necessary coverage required can be a challenge. You can be sure that the other driver's insurance company will seek to lay as much of the blame for the crash as possible at the feet of the motorcyclist.

Californians who regularly ride motorcycles likely will attest that there is a general predisposition to think of bikers as risk takers who don't deserve the benefit of the protections afforded other drivers on the road. But that is a misguided notion.

All too often, motorcyclists wind up hospitalized or dead because other drivers fail to avoid distractions. And no matter how defensive a driver you may be, it may be impossible to avoid being struck if the other driver is negligent and simply fails to see you.

There is no disputing that motorcycling is more dangerous than travel by car or other larger vehicles. But that doesn't mean motorcyclists forfeit their right to the due consideration for safety owed by all drivers on the road.

Source: FindLaw, "Motorcycle Accidents: Overview," accessed Dec. 3, 2015

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