MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

With so many famous overlooks and roadways, it’s no wonder why Los Angeles is a popular destination for motorcycle riders. Due to the heavy traffic and congestion, Los Angeles is home to a high number of destructive and potentially fatal motorcycle accidents. California is ranked third for motorcycle fatalities, and Los Angeles may be the most obvious reflection of this growing tragedy. The number of fatal motorcycle accidents in Los Angeles grew over 150% from 1998 to 2007.

Los Angeles motorcycle accidents are ranked highest in fatalities nationwide. Helmets, gloves, and proper footwear do little to aid against the negligent driving of someone operating an automobile that is enclosed with a steel frame. While poorly kept Los Angeles road conditions are both familiar and hazardous, nearly 75% of motorcycle accidents occur as a result of a collision with an automobile.

One of the most common types of accidents is a result of the motorist’s complete failure to see a motorcycle rider on the road, perhaps due to vehicle blind spots. It is one of many reasons that make motorcycle injuries more serious and perhaps life threatening. Motorcycle injuries can range from bruising to traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. These injuries can have a traumatic effect on the rider’s health, their ability to work and maintain an income.

The Beverly Hills injury Firm is a dedicated to protecting riders who have been injured by reckless or negligent driving. Our law firm has marked success in helping clients get the compensation they deserve. We don’t just go after reimbursing costly medical expenses, rather we work hard to ensure our clients receive benefits to cover their lost wages, rehabilitation, property damage, and to amount for the pain and suffering wrought by the accident as well.

LAWS PERTAINING TO MOTORCYCLES:

The practice of lane splitting (maneuvering your motorcycle between the lanes of traffic) is legal in California. This is, of course, advantageous when the rest of traffic is at a standstill, but can also prove fatal.

Some of the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) suggestions include:

   1. Motorcyclists should not drive more than 10 miles per hour faster than the flow of traffic

   2. Motorcyclists should not split lanes going faster than 30 miles per hour

   3. Motorcyclists should not split lanes at merge points

   4. Motorcyclists should keep an eye out for cars in the distance

Adherence to these laws is important not only to keep riders safe but also because California law allows for more than one person to be responsible for an incident (Comparative negligence). It is essential to have a team of attorneys, like those at the Beverly Hills Injury Firm, at your side to help determine liability for any accident. Even if you are partially at fault, the Beverly Hills Injury Firm can help you get compensated based on apportionment of liability.

 Do I Need an Attorney?

If you or a loved one are in a motorcycle accident, contact the Beverly Hills Injury Firm right away. Our experienced team of motor vehicle accident attorneys will provide the attention you need to protect your rights.

 

Call us today at 310-777-5287 for a free, confidential case evaluation with our motorcycle accident attorneys.

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