Motorcycle riding is an integral element of everyday life in California, both as a form of transportation and for pure enjoyment. California is a top destination for motorcyclists thanks to its varied terrain (mountains, coast, sunshine, and lengthy straightaways). As most motorcyclists know from bitter experience, other drivers don’t always make an effort to look out for them. Riders need to be aware that this carelessness might cause terrifying collisions.
Motorcycle accidents often occur in California. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration projects that 9,560 motor vehicle drivers lost their lives in traffic-related incidents in Q1 2022. As compared to the 8,935 deaths expected during the same period in 2021, this is an increase of nearly 7%. If this were to happen, it would be the deadliest first quarter since 2002.
Reasons Why Motorcycle Accidents Often Happen In California
Everyone knows that motorcycle accidents can be dangerous. Motorcyclists don’t have much protection when they crash, and they often get thrown off their bikes. This can lead to serious or even fatal injuries.
These are some dangerous incidents involving bikers:
- Vehicle Trying to turn Left: Drivers can be getting ready to cross the road and take a quick look, but they might not see a motorcycle coming straight at them because it has a smaller profile. Their turn can put the whole vehicle directly in front of the rider, making it difficult to avoid a crash.
- Unsafe Lane Changes: Drivers of bigger cars can neglect checking their blind spots and wing mirrors and suddenly hit the rider next to them when they change lanes. Drivers who are merging can also think it’s safe to go and hit a person riding a motorcycle on the side.
Rear-end collisions: This type of accident is caused by a brake light that is easy to see, but drivers can still miss that red headlight or misunderstand the distance and hit the back of a motorcycle. The rider could be thrown off the bike and get hurt very badly.
Accidents on motorcycles are also often caused by:
- Riders with no experience
- Alcohol & drugs
- Distractions (text messaging, chatting on a cell phone, eating)
- Getting in and out of traffic
- Lane changing
- Bad weather and the state of the roads
- Failure to wear safety gear or wrong use of it (helmet, leather clothing)
- Motorcycles that don’t work or are broken
- Letting yourself fall to avoid hitting something
What to Do If You Are Hurt In A Motorbike Accident?
Even if there are no obvious signs of injuries, dial 911 to have paramedics examine you. A personal injury claims or a personal injury lawsuits are your next two alternatives for getting paid for your injuries and other losses.
File a Claim For Personal Injury – Your and the at-fault driver’s insurance companies handle personal injury claims. This starts a claim adjuster investigation. After the investigation, you negotiate till the insurance company pays you for your injuries, money losses, and property destruction. Accepting the payment usually requires signing a release, losing your lawsuit against the at-fault driver. Motorcycle accident lawyers, specializing in personal injury, urge a personal injury claim first. Consult experienced motorcycle accident lawyers to navigate the legal process and maximize your compensation.
After a motorcycle accident, you need to talk to a lawyer who knows the law and can tell you about your rights and options. At 2H Law Firm, our experienced lawyers can help you understand your rights and fight for the most money you are entitled to. Call us today at (619) 374-9320 to get a free consultation.