7 Ways to Make Your Motorcycle More Visible
Visibility Is Key to Motorcycle Accident Prevention The fact that you are reading this means you are worried about your safety on the road. Visibility can make the difference between you arriving safely at your next destination or spending the next few nights or weeks in an ICU ward. Here are seven ways to make yourself more visible to other road users and significantly reduce your chances of getting involved in an accident and having to call motorcycle accident attorneys. 1. Wear reflective clothing Most riders like to complete their looks by donning black leather jackets and pants. You should, however, deviate from this pattern and get yourself a brightly colored reflective jacket or a neon vest to increase your visibility. 2. Brightly colored helmet Get yourself a brightly colored helmet. Apart from protecting your head in case of a crash, a brightly colored helmet can also make you way more visible at night or even during the day. 3. Paint your bike in a brighter color If you have already bought a dark-colored motorcycle, get it painted in a brighter color. Fast moving brighter colors are more likely to catch the eyes of other drivers and alert them to your presence. If you can’t get yourself to give your dark motorcycle a brighter shade then consider the next step. 4. Reflective tape Reflective tape works the same way as reflective clothing. You can stick the tape on your rims, forks or any other part of the bike which will remain visible when you mount it. Reflective tapes are quite affordable and can be easily bought at local shops or supermarkets. 5. Tap your brakes Your brightly colored brake lights are some of the most visible lights in the dark and their purpose is so clear; i.e. to warn those behind you of your presence and that they ought to remain alert. By tapping your breaks, those behind you will immediately pay more attention to you and keep their distance. 6. Use your horns If you notice that the driver in front you seemingly isn’t aware of your presence, honk your horn. This will definitely make him or her look and pay attention to you. There is no better way to alert someone to your presence than by honking. The other driver’s eyes might be on his or her phone, but he or she will definitely hear a loud sound. 7. Don’t ride in blind spots Though it might be difficult to completely stay out of other drivers’ blind spots, try to avoid them as much as you can. Most drivers who knock down other motorcycle users always use statements such as “he came out of nowhere!” By riding in positions where the driver in front of you can see you easily or by keeping a safe distance from cars, you can easily avoid many road accidents or reduce their impact on you or your bike. As you can see, there are many ways to make yourself more visible on the road. By increasing your visibility, you are taking your safety in your own hands while also transferring liability to other drivers around you. The more visible you are, the less likely you are to be the one at fault when determining negligence in an accident. However, other factors still need to be considered. Your motorcycle accident attorneys will definitely help you get the most compensation in case you took all the necessary precautions but still ended up being knocked down on the streets. At Wilshire Law Firm, our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys have been representing riders since 2007. We’ve won more than $100,000,000.00 in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. We can get you medical coverage, your bike and gear repaired or replaced, and your lost wages recuperated. To learn more about the services our firm provides in a FREE consultation, call us today at 1-800-52-CRASH. FREE 24/7 ConsultationLast Updated: 03-24-2017
6 Things You Should Know Before Joining a Motorcycle Club
Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Tell All For the longest time, motorcycle clubs have been getting bad press. Many people in the society automatically think of motorcycle clubs as criminal gangs. But is this true? Are all motorcycle clubs really criminal gangs? In this post, we tell you seven things you need to know about motorcycle clubs before joining any of them: Ninety-nine percent of motorcycle club members are hardworking, law abiding people They obey federal and state laws and regulations. The other one percent is made up of outlaws – individuals who disregard the law and are likely involved in organized crime. Make sure you do a thorough check and understand the club you are about to join before making the decision. There are many benefits to joining a motorcycle club You will get to enjoy many benefits upon joining a motorcycle club. There is a sense of brotherhood, pride and achievement to joining a motorcycle club. You will meet and get to know lots of people. Most of these clubs will likely come to your aid in case something happens to you. Also, most clubs ride for a purpose. Some try to inspire others to be patriotic while others provide recovering alcoholics with an alternative means of entertainment. There are even Christian motorcycle clubs that use bikes to spread the gospel. You will get discounts Many clubs have their own shops for motorcycle safety gear or spare parts. Some even have deals with gas stations and other like-minded organizations to provide their members with gas or bike gear at a cheaper price. Many clubs have a chain of command or some other sort of hierarchical structure If you are not comfortable getting directions from someone else then you should probably not join a motorcycle club. Most clubs have constitutions or a set or rules that members have to follow. There are also club leaders and officials whose instructions you have to follow. Minimum miles per year Joining and staying in a motorcycle club is not as simple as many people think. Owning a bike alone is not enough – you literally have to go extra miles to maintain membership. Some hardcore clubs require their members to ride at least tens of thousands of miles annually to maintain their membership. It would be difficult to clock such an enormous number of miles if you lead a busy lifestyle. You will probably need to hire motorcycle accident lawyers Let’s face it, riding motorcycles is pretty risky. The fact that you have to ride thousands of miles a year means that you are more likely to get into an accident. If this unfortunately happens, then you will need a good team of motorcycle accident lawyers to help you out. Our law firm is made up of experienced motorcycle accident lawyers who use effective, personalized legal strategies to get you compensated. Conclusion There are many benefits to joining a motorcycle club. You will get to ride with others, enjoy discounts on spare parts and have a sense of pride and brotherhood. You should, however, try to know as much as possible about a motorcycle club and more specifically about its local chapter before joining it. You might be joining a criminal gang without knowing it. At Wilshire Law Firm, our motorcycle accident lawyers never settle for less. We fight hard to get our clients full and fair compensation for their medical bills, bike and gear repairs or replacement, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. If you need a tough legal pro who will always have your back, no matter how tough your situation is, call us today at 1-800-52-CRASH. We offer free consultations. FREE 24/7 ConsultationLast Updated: 03-24-2017
Do Helmet Cams Help Motorcyclists?
Why do you own a helmet cam – Motorcyclists? A helmet camera is an interesting gadget that enables rider to capture his ride every time. With the help of helmet cams, cyclists can record and relive the exciting moments again and again. But helmet cams can help motorcyclists in many other ways as well. For example, they can act as an unexpected insurance policy in case of an accident. The biggest advantage of helmet camera is that the footage can be used as evidence by your motorcycle accident lawyer if there has been an accident. How helmet cams can help in case of an accident When riding a motorcycle often times there are some frustrating situations we encounter. Whether it is a head-on collision or a hit-and-run accident, it is always extremely difficult to prove that the accident was the driver’s fault. In most cases the motorcyclist is blamed while the driver goes scot free, which is quite unfair. However, there is nothing much you can do if there is not enough evidence. In these circumstances helmet cam can prove to be a powerful and reliable source of evidence, as it enables you to show the footage of the ride to all parties involved when the need arises. The footage recorded by the helmet cam can clarify the situation; as a result, your motorcycle accident lawyer is able to prove your innocence in a convenient way. Despite all road safety measures that have been put in place in recent years, motorcyclists still remain quite vulnerable on the road. This is often due to poor maintenance of roads or the carelessness of road users. In most cases, it is difficult to obtain witness evidence, even if the accident took place on a busy street. Most people are reluctant to come forward as a witness mainly due to the fear that it would take a lot of their time to appear in court. However if you use helmet camera, it can act as a convincing and reliable witness. In addition to that, if your helmet has recorded the incident, you will not have to worry about witnesses not appearing in court or changing their testimony. Using your helmet cam footage in court to claim your innocence If you have been caught in any motorcycle accident which was not your fault, a helmet camera equips you with unequivocal evidence which can make your case substantially stronger. Until a few years ago, footage from a helmet camera was not easily accepted as evidence in court, because it fell in the grey area of the law. However, these days it is widely being used as evidence in criminal and civil courts in the same way as CCTV footage. In order to submit the video recording from your helmet cam as evidence in court, the footage has to be downloaded onto a CD. You are also required to obtain and submit a certificate which proves that the footage has not been altered or tempered in any way from its original digital format. Your entitlements in case of a motorcycle accident In case of an accident where you are not at fault, you are entitled by law to claim compensation for the injuries you have suffered and also the money you spent on replacing or repairing your motorcycle. You can also claim the money you spent on replacing any damaged property in the accident, cost of medical treatment, and also for lost wages due to your absence at work. Conclusion If you have sustained an injury during a motorcycle accident, it is important to get in touch with your motorcycle accident lawyer and get professional opinion for claiming compensation as soon as you can. There is no doubt that helmet cameras can really help motorcyclists, not only to reflect upon and improve their riding skills but also in case of an accident. Helmet camera can provide you solid evidence that can help you prove your innocence, when the need arises. FREE 24/7 ConsultationLast Updated: 03-24-2017
Motorcycle Accident FAQ
Everything You Need to Know about Motorcycle Accident You are on this page most likely because you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another party, and you have many questions that need answering. Please check out the general answers to question about motorcycle accidents commonly asked by clients of Wilshire Law Firm. If you have any specific questions regarding your case, feel free to contact our experienced California motorcycle accident lawyers by calling (800) 522-7274. We offer FREE consultations. THE INSURANCE COMPANY OFFERED ME A SETTLEMENT. DO I STILL NEED TO HIRE A LAWYER? Don’t accept the insurance company’s initial settlement offer without consulting with an attorney first. If you do, you would certainly resolve your case in quick fashion but most likely end up with insufficient compensation for your medical bills and other damages. In spite of whatever the insurance adjuster says, he or she is not looking out for your best interests. Insurance companies are businesses, and like any other business, they prioritize their profits above all else. If you want to counter the insurance company’s attempts at weakening your claim, get legal representation from a qualified motorcycle accident attorney. You won’t regret it. HOW SOON SHOULD I FILE A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CLAIM? In California, victims of motorcycle accidents typically have two years from the date of their accident to file their suit against liable parties. This deadline, also referred to as the statute of limitations, is strictly enforced – if you fail to file in time, you will be barred from pursuing compensation for your losses. Keep in mind that the standard two year statute does not apply to every single personal injury claim. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may have as little as 180 days from the date of the accident to file your claim. Therefore, it is highly advised that you speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible, before your claim is put in jeopardy. WHAT DOCUMENTS SHOULD I PREPARE FOR THE MEETING WITH MY ATTORNEY? Do not hold back anything from your attorney. The more information you provide, the better he or she will be able to achieve an optimal case outcome. Give your attorney police and medical reports, key eye witness statements, medical bills, the opposing party’s insurance information, relevant photographs and video footage, and any other documentation pertaining to your accident and/or injuries. WHAT DAMAGES CAN I SEEK IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CLAIM? Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may seek the following types of damages: medical expenses, wages lost during recovery, and pain and suffering. If you were hit by an impaired or reckless driver, you may pursue punitive damages as well. However, punitive damages are rewarded only in certain limited circumstances. Speak with an attorney to receive a rundown of your potential recovery. CAN I RECOVER DAMAGES EVEN IF I WASN’T WEARING A HELMET AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT? While this circumstance may impact the amount of damages for which you are eligible, it does not bar you from pursuing compensation altogether. In such cases where both parties are at fault, California determines damages based on a comparative negligence standard. This means the court will look at the details of your case, assign percentage of fault to each involved party, and then decrease your damages by the equivalent percentage of your fault. You may still recover damages even if you were 99 percent at fault. WHAT IF AN UNIDENTIFIED DRIVER CAUSED ME TO SWERVE OFF THE ROAD AND CRASH BY CUTTING ME OFF? It’s understandable if this scenario has left you feeling like you have no possibility of recourse or recovery. However, with assistance from an experienced attorney, you may still be able to identify and locate the liable driver and get justice from him or her. And if finding the driver is not possible, then you may still pursue damages through the uninsured motorist coverage provided by your insurance policy. You may have options – contact an attorney who can help you explore all of them. Since 2007, the experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm have collected more than $100 million on behalf of our clients. We can help you get the full and fair compensation you need to get your life back together and bring about a better tomorrow. Call us at (800) 522-7274 to learn more about your rights and legal options.