Even though motorcyclists are wearing helmets and riding better-quality motorcycles than in past years, it is still riskier to ride a motorcycle than it is to drive a car. Motorcycle accident attorneys know, in most cases, it is not the motorcyclist at fault. The major cause of motorcycle accidents is lack of attention by other drivers or dangerous road conditions.
The level of injury increases for motorcycles simply due to a motorcycle’s open design with no provision of safety belts. Losing control of a two-wheel vehicle during a collision contributes to the number of injuries. Generally, motorcycles end up sliding on the road surface, crashing into a vehicle or a fixed object at the accident site. Our motorcycle accident attorneys understand the fight to protect your rights.
Motorcycle Injury Law
Motorcycle accidents are personal injury cases. Motor vehicle accident claims for damages or injury are based on negligence. Every driver has a duty to drive according to the law. When someone’s action causes harm to another, they are negligent. By law, the injured party is entitled to receive compensation. When the facts are unclear, comparative negligence allows for recovery based upon the percentage of fault assigned to each party.
In California, the statutes of limitations for personal injury cases is generally two years. In the event the injured party discovers an injury later, it may be possible to file a suit from the date of discovery. In cases where the motorcycle is defective in design or manufacturing malfunctions, the company may be liable for the damages and injuries.
Types of Motorcycle Accidents
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2015, 48 percent of motorcycle deaths occurred on major roads other than interstate and freeways. The reports showed deaths occurred slightly more frequently in urban neighborhoods compared to rural areas. Motorcycle accidents often involve one of the following:
Left Turns: Traffic enters your lane during a wide-angle turn. This involves a lack of visibility. Injuries occur when the motorcyclist collides into or under the vehicle resulting in serious injuries.
Road Hazards: Single motorcycle crashes caused by existing road conditions.
DUI: 28 percent of motorcycle riders are cited for operating a vehicle under the influence.
Lane Splitting: Accidents occur when motorcycles and cars occupy the same lane. The lack of visibility or a driver’s attention is the primary cause of injury.
Head-on Collisions: Occur at intersections, vehicles running through a traffic light or using a rolling stop without yielding to the oncoming traffic.
Speeding: There are motorcycle models known for speeding above the posted speed limit.
Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
In an effort to reduce the number of motorcycle fatalities, California will change the guidelines for lane splitting. The new regulations require motorcycles to travel at lower speeds than the posted MPH. The motorcycle accident attorneys at The Scranton Law Firm can help with personal injury, insurance claims, and more.
Contact The Scranton Law Firm at 1 (800) 400-8742 for a risk-free consultation.