The majority of motorcyclists operate their bikes with due care for the safety of themselves and other drivers on the roadways. Unfortunately, in personal injury cases involving motorcycle accidents, there are some common biases that motorcycle accident attorneys need to overcome in order to have a successful outcome to their case. Some common perceptions that exist in the general public are that motorcycles are:
- Driven too fast
- Hard to see
- Driven unsafely
- Driven by motorcycle gang members or irresponsible teens and young adults
These perceptions can lead to jury bias against motorcyclists because it’s likely that some of the potential jurors in a motorcycle accident case will harbor some or all of these misconceptions.
Across the U.S., it’s estimated that 80% of reported motorcycle accidents result in serious injuries. If you’ve been involved in an accident while riding your bike and have sustained serious injuries, you need the services of an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who will do a thorough investigation of the events surrounding the accident as well as the crash scene. And, one who will aggressively use the collected information to prepare a case based on facts, not presumptions, and sound legal arguments to increase your chances of winning against the insurance company to secure the compensation you need to move forward with your life.
At Inland Empire Motorcycle Law, motorcycle injury attorneys in Riverside, we are all too familiar with the prejudice against bikers that can lead to jury bias against people who ride motorcycles in cases involving motorcycle accidents. Our attorneys are motorcycle riders themselves and have personally dealt with many of the misconceptions that people have about bikers. They are aware of the dangers of riding a motorcycle on the crowded highways in Southern California.
If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident in California, negligence is not to be inferred until the completion of a rather lengthy and detailed process that includes an accident investigation as well as an accident reconstruction. The objective of this process is to determine liability which is necessary in order to obtain a favorable result in your claim against the other parties involved.
Why you need to hire an attorney who rides
There are many steps involved in the investigation process in order to collect the facts of the case. In addition to preserving your bike, documenting the accident with photos and witness statements, forensic experts may be consulted to help determine liability using information such as impact forces, speed of the vehicles, and the movement of the vehicles involved. Motorcycle experts may be consulted to provide more accurate and detailed information to help overcome jury bias in the litigation of your case
By hiring an attorney who rides a motorcycle, you’ll be working with someone who not only understands the laws in California, but also understands the challenges that face clients who bring a claim of negligence against the other party involved in your accident. Visit our website to check out our motorcycle injury case results, and then contact us to schedule a free consultation.