The Joys and Dangers of Riding a Motorcycle in El Cajon California
I felt the fresh air passing my face as I press my Honda CBR through bends – heading to El Cajon’s Parkway Plaza Mall. As a motorcycle rider and a motorcycle accident lawyer, I recognize that danger is a split second between smiling and a gravel embedded in my skin from a road rash.
With its expansive road network, California is the perfect place to ride a bike, whether you head out on the highway or take a winding rural route.
The weather in California is also generally perfect for riding, except for the occasional weather extremes like a flood, snow flurry, or heatwave. Most of the time, however, it is the perfect state for cycling along the rivers and through the mountains, forests, and plains. This is why so many motorcyclists are seen on the California and San Diego roads on a regular basis.
But there is a downside to it. No matter how carefully you ride, statistically speaking, you are more likely to be involved in an accident while riding a bike than while riding in some other vehicle. Also, even if full protective gear is used, there is more likelihood of severe injuries in an accident on a bike than on a car or truck. Bikers are five times more likely to sustain injuries in accidents than riders of passenger vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Steps to Take after a Motorcycle Accident in La Mesa
The situation is often chaotic after a motorcycle accident. There are certain steps that victims can take after a crash to protect their rights, but not everyone is able to take these due to different reasons. However, here are a few things one should keep in mind and act according to one’s specific situation.
If you realize after a motorcycle accident in La Mesa that you have suffered serious injuries, you should try to stay where you are. If you are already out of the traffic path, don’t move. The effort to move can often significantly worsen serious internal wounds, fractures, spinal injuries, and other traumatic injuries. If others are helping you, ask them to call 911 and request them to ensure that you’re not in harm’s way while you wait for medical assistance.
In case of serious injuries, paramedics will most likely take you directly to the hospital for emergency trauma care. At this point, your priority should be getting to a stable condition rather than worrying about what’s happening at the crash site. Some bike accident victims fall unconscious at the incident scene and wake up in the hospital. If this happens to you, try to stay calm and slowly figure out what happened and why you’re at the hospital. You must follow the doctor’s instructions to prevent aggravation of the harm that you have already suffered.
Remain at The Scene
If you feel reasonably fine after a crash, you should get up and move out of the traffic path. Call 911 and wait for the cops and paramedics to arrive. As the situation progresses, consider the following:
After You Leave The Scene
After leaving the crash site, you should go to the nearest hospital, emergency care room, or make an urgent appointment with your doctor. Even if you don’t think that you need an ambulance, follow the paramedics’ advice as you may have sustained serious injuries that need timely treatment. Also, your medical records showing your diagnosis and treatment recommendations can be used later to prove your injuries in an insurance claim.
When you are finally home and your nerves are calming down after the trauma of the accident, you should call a bike accident law firm. Most likely you’ll want compensation for the medical bills and other losses you have suffered. A right lawyer will prove of great help towards that end.
Free Consultation with a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Most of the motor vehicle accidents result in injuries, but motorcycle accidents can be particularly severe. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a motorbike crash, contact me for legal help and justice that you deserve.
Moreover, if you have no insurance, or you are unable to pay health insurance deductibles or co-pays, we can possibly help you get the medical treatment you need – at no upfront cost to you. Contact us to get more information about how we can help you.
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