Articles Posted in Motorcycle Cases

It’s winter time and there are many people out on the roads traveling to see friends and family. Between the Holidays and the Winter Road conditions, roads can get very busy, and the weather can create circumstances that we don’t usually have to think about! During these winter months it is incredibly important to be aware of your surroundings while driving, don’t be distracted and always make sure you are prepared for all weather conditions! Rain and snow can cause additional issues on the roadways and we here at Travis Black and Associates would like to give you some tips to help you out this winter season. If you are preparing to go on a fun winter road trip you have plenty of wonderful options!

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First you need to decide where you want to go and what activities you want to partake in! There are many great places near the Sacramento area that offer that adventurous winter trip you are looking for. We are not too far from Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Mt. Shasta and the Sierra Hot Springs!

Tahoe is just a short drive from our local area, and it is a magical place to be in the cold winter days! But, before you pack up the car and head up to enjoy the wonderful snow cap mountain views of Tahoe or any other place you decide, be sure you have the appropriate tires or chains that fit your car in case you need it! Make sure you have a full tank of gas and that someone knows where you are headed, and how long it should take you to get there! Always, make sure someone is aware of your travel plans and make sure to check in with them as planned, so they don’t have to worry.

It’s Christmas time and many of us are wondering what to get our loved ones. Well if your loved one owns a motorcycle, check in with them and see if they have everything they need in order to be riding on the roads this holiday season. Make sure your loved one has an appropriate Helmet and the safety gear needed to protect themselves.

In current times, with gas prices being as high as they are, a motorcycle is a fun, exciting, and efficient way to get where you need to be. Although it is fun, you don’t have much protection around you, which makes you incredibly vulnerable every time you get on your bike.

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According to US Department of Transportation National Highway Safety Administration 4,976 people died in motorcycle accidents in 2015 which was up 8.3 percent from the previous year. In California alone, more than 11,000 motorcycle riders were injured in auto related accidents in 2013, along with an additional 480 deaths. Even the safest motorcyclist cannot account for the dangers they are up against when they are on their bike. No matter what safety measures are taken, they cannot control the reckless drivers around them.

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After a car accident many people hope to resolve the claims that arise from the accident on their own, but those that attempt to resolve these claims on their own are often left wondering if they need a lawyer to assist them. Whether or not you need a lawyer depends on the extent of your injuries and how it is affecting your life. If your car has minimal damage and the person that hit you is adequately insured, you may not need a lawyer to assist you. If your injuries are minimal and will not require treatment and time off of work, you may not need a lawyer to help you. But, if your injuries are significant, or you have high medical bills or a lot of damage to your car and are not being treated fairly by the car insurance company, you may need to seek legal advice from a qualified personal injury attorney that can assist you in getting the results you deserve.

If you are injured in a car accident, and you call and make a claim with the insurance company of the person that hit you, they will likely take a statement from you, and begin to evaluate your claim and possibly offer you a settlement. We suggest that you don’t give a statement to anyone other than the police officer at the scene of the accident, but many people don’t know any better and do provide a statement to the insurance carrier. If you are reading this and already gave a statement, don’t worry it is something we can deal with, as it happens all the time. If you have had some conversations with an adjuster and the insurance company offers you some form of a settlement, it is usually not enough to cover all your losses. This settlement is usually much less than what you would get, if you had adequate representation. If you have damage to your car and you are injured here are some of the damages you may be entitled to:

1. A settlement for the damage to your vehicle.

Call a motorcycle attorney that rides! A true motorcycle enthusiast all his life, Travis Black has ridden a motorcycle most of his life. He started off with a 1970 Honda 350 and has owned over a dozen motorcycles since this first one. One of his passions is touring the U.S. on a motorcycle.

He has ridden for years with the Blue Knights, an international organization of active and retired police officers that share the passion of riding motorcycles. He has ridden through most of the U.S. with the Blue Knights. His lifelong passion for riding naturally led him to help fellow bikers who were being taken advantage of in personal injury cases by greedy insurance companies.

Over the years I have found that once other motorcycle riders learned that I was a retired police officer and an attorney that specialized in motorcycle accident cases they would often ask me the same questions about the different aspects of motorcycle insurance, accident claims, dealing with injuries and getting their motorcycle repaired. That is why I have supported motorcycle riders for over 25 years.

Brain InjuryIf you or a family member or friend has sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of an automobile accident or a slip and fall, trying to understand your legal options can be a very difficult task. Simply understanding the challenges they may face while trying to live with this new condition is in itself incredibly difficult.

Over half of all reported traumatic brain injuries are the result of an automobile accident. In 2006, a study was done at the Atlanta National Center for Injury Prevention and Control regarding the correlation between auto accident and traumatic brain injuries. This study showed that out of the roughly 1.4 million people involved in auto accidents annually, 280,000 people in the U.S. suffer from a motor vehicle induced traumatic brain injury each and every year. In fact 20% of all brain injuries result from motor vehicle accidents!

So what causes a brain injury? We know that the human brain does not fit tightly inside our skulls. When a person’s head hits a solid object like the steering wheel, headrest or window, or is violently thrown forward and backwards, trauma to the brain can occur. The sheer force of the crash can cause the brain to collide against the interior of the skull, which can cause the brain to bleed causing added pressure on the brain.