Healdsburg Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Healdsburg Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Ready to Help You
Anyplace that has wonderful, natural landscapes that take your breath away is a favorite amongst bikers – and Healdsburg and the surrounding Sonoma Wine Country are no exception. Local bikers regularly enjoy riding through our lush green valleys and forests filled with the tallest redwoods in California. However, accidents happen even in the most pristine circumstances. So if you have the misfortune of being struck by a vehicle while riding, you need an experienced Healdsburg motorcycle accident attorney who is ready to go to the mat for you, fight for you, and get you the compensation that you deserve.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes
Driver Error and Traffic Violations
Nobody is perfect, and that is particularly true of drivers. While driving, everyone makes small mistakes that typically do not end in disaster. However, sometimes drivers make bigger mistakes that result in great damage to people and property. From not checking their blind spot before changing lanes to making a right on red without checking for approaching vehicles to speeding through yellow lights that become red as they move through an intersection, driver errors and traffic violations account for many crashes each year.
Distracted and Drunk Driving
We all know about the dangers of drunk driving, but what you may not know is that studies have shown that distracted driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. So simply changing the radio station or looking for something in the glove compartment can result in tragedy, particularly when it comes to motorcycles. That instant that a driver takes their eyes off the road to check a text message is all that is needed to slam into a motorcycle and forever change that biker’s life.
Vehicle Manufacturing Defects
A car or truck can have defects in design or production that can cause the vehicle to malfunction. And if the malfunction is serious enough, it can put lives in danger – including bikers who aren’t protected by metal or airbags.
Hazardous Road Conditions
Conditions on the road can cause crashes. Rain or snow can impede a driver’s ability to see what is ahead on the road and also make it harder to stop quickly, if necessary. Obviously, it is important to slow down and proceed with caution on such days, but not every driver will do this and the results can be catastrophic. Other hazards on the roads, such as any type of debris on a highway, pavement that is uneven, or large cracks in the road or potholes are all hazards that can cause a crash. This is even more true for motorcycles because navigating around such hazards is even more difficult for bikers, and hitting a big pothole is sometimes enough to send a biker to the hospital – or worse.
Get Medical Care as Soon as Possible
After an accident, it is extremely important to get medical care, particularly when it comes to motorcycle crashes. This is true even if you feel that the accident was minor and you think that you have not sustained any injuries. The reason for this is twofold: First, you should understand that you may not feel the true extent of your injuries right away – in fact, you likely won’t. This is because shock typically sets in after an accident and can mask symptoms for hours or even days. Secondly, you need to see a doctor as soon as possible after the crash simply to make certain that opposing counsel does not have the opportunity to make an argument stating that you “didn’t even go to a doctor,” so your injuries cannot be that bad. Alternatively, if you don’t see a doctor right away, you give opposing counsel the chance to argue that whatever injuries you have today were actually not the result of the accident, but some intervening event that happened after the accident but before your first doctor’s visit. Nip this in the bud by going to a doctor right away.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Healdsburg Motorcycle Accident Attorney
The next thing you need to do is schedule a free consultation with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney like the lawyers at Henderson Law. Michael Henderson has decades of experience and a great track record of getting clients every penny that their cases are worth, and he is ready to fight for you. So call today to make an appointment to speak with him about your situation, and let him help you begin to put your life back together.