Motorcycles offer an enjoyable, environmentally friendly way to travel through some of the prettiest country in the state of California. Unfortunately, riding also presents a high degree of risk for both seasoned and new drivers. At Grey Law, we understand just how quickly a leisurely motorcycle trip can turn into a nightmarish collision.
U.S. and California Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to the most recent statistics from the NHTSA, there were an estimated 88,000 motorcyclists injured during 2013 in the United States. In California specifically, there were 8,404,687 motorcycles registered and a total of 4,668 fatalities. This calculates to a 55.54 fatality rate, which is based on a rate per 100,000 registered vehicles.
U.S. Motorcyclists Killed and Injured, and Fatality and Injury Rates, 2004–2013
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In California specifically, there were 11,780 motorcycle injuries in 2013, and 463 motorcycle fatalities. In 2014, the total number of motorcycle fatalities rose to 519, which was an increase of about 12.1%. These statistics are provided courtesy of the most recent California Highway Patrol SWITRS reports and California’s Office of Traffic Safety.
If you or someone you love suffers an injury in a motorcycle accident, you need experienced legal representation. Severe motorcycle injuries, such as broken bones, road rash, and brain and spinal cord injuries, can permanently alter your life. Our Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys will help obtain compensation and closure when someone else is at fault for your injuries.
Motorcycle Accident Liability in California
After an accident, many of our clients ask about liability. Every state has its own rules regarding fault in motor vehicle accidents. Ever since 1975 in the Li v. Yellow Cab Co. case, California has been operating under a pure “Comparative Negligence” rule. This means that you’re entitled to damages from the responsible party minus your own percentage of fault. In other words, if you were 15% responsible for accident contributing factors, your own award will decrease 15%.
For more information, see our article about California’s Percentage of Fault Laws for Motorcycle Accidents.
The attorneys at Grey Law will pursue action against every possible defendant in your case. While many motorcycle accidents occur because of one driver’s mistake, others aren’t so black and white. If a faulty part, unreasonably hazardous road condition, or other factor played a role in your accident, you deserve compensation from those responsible. A one-on-one conversation with an experienced motorcycle attorney may help you understand possible courses of action in your case. From negotiating with insurance companies to taking your case to trial, our firm has a successful track record for securing maximum compensation for our clients.
Top 3 Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Some people erroneously believe that motorcyclist carelessness causes the majority of motorcycle accidents. In reality, many accidents occur when passenger vehicle drivers fail to watch their surroundings carefully. Some of the most common careless driving acts that contribute to motorcycle accidents in Los Angeles include:
- Failing to adjust for lane splitting. Motorists and motorcyclists bear responsibility for looking twice in high-traffic situations before turning or changing lanes. Lane splitting isn’t prohibited in our state, and accidents resulting from carelessly changing lanes or riding on a lane divider can result in serious injuries or death.
- Motorists making careless left-hand turns. A vehicle may not see a motorcyclist approaching from the opposite direction, causing a serious injury at relatively high speeds.
- Driving while distracted. Our state carries some of the most stringent rules regarding texting and driving, but these laws don’t prevent drivers from engaging in other distracted driving habits. Any time a driver takes his or her eyes off the road to change the radio station, dig into a bag, or reach for a fallen object, he or she risks missing a motorcyclist’s approach.
Utilize an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles to Help File Your Claim
If you suffer injuries in a motorcycle accident at someone else’s hands, you have the right to pursue action against those responsible. A lawsuit can’t undo the damage, but it can provide you with the financial security you need to begin healing. Compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and future income, property damage, and other associated costs can significantly improve your ability to reach maximum recovery and move past a serious accident.
Grey Law has access to the resources needed to investigate, reconstruct, and pursue a case for fair compensation. Our attorney has a 96% success rate for securing maximum compensation. We take all accident cases on a contingency fee basis.
For questions about our practice or to discuss your case for free, contact our Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Attorney David Grey on our site today or call us at 323-857-9500. We’re ready to start working for you!