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Understanding the True Costs of Buying a New Motorcycle

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Thinking about buying a motorcycle? Want to feel the wind in your face as you hit the open road? Before you do, it’s important to understand the true, or real, cost of buying and owning a motorcycle. It’s more than just the price tag on the bike. Here are the many things you need to include when you tally up what you’ll actually be paying.

  • The purchase price of the bike—even if you are paying for the bike over time, you’ll need to start with the full purchase price.
  • Interest payments—Unless you paid cash outright for your bike, you’ll also have monthly interests payments (they’ll be a part of your total monthly payment)
  • License and permit—If you are under the age of 21 in California, you must have a completion certificate from the state’s motorcycle rider training course before you can get a license to ride a motorcycle. If you are 21 or older, you can submit to a driving test in lieu of the training course.
  • Taxes and dealer fees—You will pay sales tax on the purchase of a bike, and may incur certain dealer fees.
  • Repairs and maintenance—Even with a new bike, you’ll have maintenance expenses—things like an oil change or other routine items. You can also expect to start to incur repair expenses—the more you ride, the more likely you’ll need to make some repairs.
  • Insurance—In California, you are required to have a policy of insurance on your motorcycle.
  • Fuel costs—Even though a motorcycle gets far better gas mileage than a car, you’ll still have to gas up to get around.
  • Protective riding gear—A good helmet, gloves, boots and protective jacket/pants are a key component to minimizing injury when you ride a bike. This equipment can literally cost you thousands of dollars.

It’s important to understand the true cost of a bike before you buy one, as the expenses can mount pretty quickly. You don’t want to get in a position where you need protective equipment, but you don’t have a lot of resources, so you look in the bargain bin for your boots, gloves, leathers or helmet.

Contact Weber & Nierenberg

At Weber & Nierenberg, we have more than 30 years of experience helping people in California who have been hurt in motorcycle accidents. To set up a meeting, contact Weber & Nierenberg by e-mail or call us at 1-866-288-6010. Your first consultation is without cost or obligation.

Gathering Evidence after a Motorcycle Accident

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How to Make the Best Case for Full and Fair Compensation

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you have the right to sue for any losses you’ve suffered, from wages and income to unreimbursed medical expenses to loss of companionship and consortium and physical pain and suffering. But it’s rarely an open and shut case—you need compelling evidence to convince a judge and jury that the defendant acted unreasonably and that you suffered damages as a result.

There are a number of ways to gather the necessary evidence to prove your case:

  • The testimony of witnesses—If there was anyone traveling with you or any bystanders who saw the accident, you’ll want to get sworn statements from them as soon as possible after the accident. The longer you wait, the greater the risk that their memories will fade, or that that they may die or move away. Your attorney can prepare an affidavit for a witness to sign, but your lawyer will also want to schedule a deposition, where a court reporter can document the testimony.
  • Physical evidence—This can include photographs of the scene of the accident, skid marks, damage to vehicles or injuries suffered by anyone. Your lawyer will typically have a professional conduct a forensic inspection of the crash site.
  • Expert testimony—It’s pretty common practice to retain an accident reconstruction expert, who can gather data from the crash and reconstruct exactly what happened. A good expert will be able to use existing data to determine speed of any vehicle, whether the vehicle operator applied brakes at all and whether vehicles stopped at lights or stop signs.
  • Police reports—The police report can also provide valuable evidence.

Contact the Experienced Attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg

Contact our office by e-mail or call 1-866-288-6010 to schedule an appointment with an experienced California motorcycle accident lawyer. We have protected the rights of injured bikers in California for more than 30 years. We know that every accident has unique circumstances. We carefully investigate the facts and circumstances of your accident, so that we can aggressively pursue full and fair compensation for your injuries.

 
 
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