While riding motorcycles is an enjoyable experience there inherent risks present on the road. Because of their size, motorcycles are difficult for other drivers to see, and a motorcyclist has minimal protection in the event of a crash.
Motorcycles accidents happen in many different ways. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:
- Speed: The chances of an accident increase at higher speeds. Many motorcycles are capable of quick acceleration and maintaining high top speeds but braking correctly takes practice and coordination. Other drivers who speed around motorcycles may also cause accidents.
- Poor visibility: Motorcycles are harder to spot than passenger vehicles due to their size, so riders must pass with care and execute lane changes safely.
- Road hazards: Motorcycles are more vulnerable to road debris and inclement weather. The risk of accidents increases around construction zones, during heavy rain, fog, or other types of severe weather.
- Lane sharing: While lane sharing or splitting is legal in California, it poses a great danger. In 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 51 into law, which defined lane splitting as “driving a motorcycle … that has two wheels in contact with the ground, between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane, including on both divided and undivided streets, roads, or highways.” When lane splitting, be aware of your surroundings, avoid lane splitting between large vehicles, and danger increases at higher speeds.
Motorcycle accidents can lead to serious injuries including traumatic brain injuries and spinal injuries. When these accidents happen, injured riders must have experienced legal representation to assist in navigating you through the claims process as well as ensuring you receive the proper medical care. Hiring the right motorcycle accident lawyer not only improves your overall chances of success, but it will also likely increase the amount of recovery you will receive if you win.
Pathway Law Firm has been representing injured motorcycle riders and their families for years. We have the legal knowledge and background in motorcycle riding and track records of success. Contact us to discuss your claim. We are available 24/7.