Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Burbank
Protecting Your Rights & Fighting for Your Best Interests
If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident, there are a few steps you should take.
Our motorcycle accident attorneys in Burbank recommend the following:
- First, you need to seek professional medical care immediately. By visiting a licensed doctor, you are able to treat your injuries and help detect any underlying health problems. Many health issues, such as internal organ injuries and concussions, do not make themselves apparent until days after the accident. Also, a doctor will be able to officially document the full extent of your injuries, providing you with strong supporting evidence in case you want to bring a personal injury claim in the future.
- Second, collect as much information regarding the accident as possible. This may include taking notes about the accident while the details are still fresh in your mind. If there were witnesses to the accident, make sure you get their names and contact information. Also, you should take pictures and videos of the scene of the accident.
- Lastly, you should consult an experienced motorcycle accident attorney in Burbank. This step should be taken before giving any type of statement to the other driver’s insurance company or even your own. The insurance companies will try to pay you as little as possible and will use anything you say as justification for a low payout. Don’t incriminate yourself. A skilled attorney can protect your rights and best interests.
Call the Akopyan Law Firm today at (818) 509-9975 or contact us online to schedule a complimentary case evaluation with our motorcycle accident attorneys in Burbank.
What should I do if I get a call from the other driver’s insurance company?
You are not legally obligated to speak with the other driver’s insurance company and we highly recommend that you refrain from doing so. In a vast majority of these types of cases, the insurance company will try to get you to implicate yourself, thereby decreasing the amount they would pay you. Instead, you should inform the insurance company representative that your attorney will communicate with them and then you should give them your attorney’s information.
Can I make a claim for my motorcycle injuries even though I was not wearing a helmet while riding?
Yes! While the law in California requires a motorcycle operator to wear a helmet, a motorcycle rider who gets hurt in a motorcycle accident can still make a claim for their injuries. Your claim may be reduced by your comparative negligence compared to the negligence of the other driver, but you still have the right to make a claim. For instance, if your accident was so severe that you sustained serious injuries that would have occurred despite wearing a helmet (like a broken arm for example), then you are entitled to make a full claim and be fully compensated for your injuries.
The other driver’s insurance adjuster is asking for my recorded statement, what should I do?
You are not legally obligated to give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company, recorded or otherwise. Oftentimes, insurance company adjusters will ask questions that are intentionally worded in order to cause the plaintiff to accidentally implicate themselves in the accident. If the plaintiff does so, the insurance company can then use that as justification for offering you a low payout. By using an attorney to communicate with the other driver’s insurance company, you become fully protected from incriminating yourself.
If I think the accident was my fault, should I say so?
No. You should never admit any type of fault because the other party may be more to blame than you realize. Especially in motorcycle accidents, where it is frequently the car or truck driver who is at fault, you should never incriminate yourself. While it is a good idea to cooperate with law enforcement officials, you should always be aware that anything you say to them could potentially be used against you later on. You should contact and retain a motorcycle accident attorney in Burbank to learn your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Call (818) 509-9975 to schedule your complimentary case evaluation with our motorcycle accident attorneys in Burbank