The State of California is filled with motorcycle enthusiasts, and even as the state is progressive in enacting motorcycle safety laws, motorcycle accidents continue to occur on a regular basis.
According to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, an estimated 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in the year 2018 alone. NHTSA goes on to say that motorcycle riders are approximately 28 times as likely as passenger vehicle occupants to die in a vehicular accident.
Motorcycle enthusiasts understand the importance of riding safely, and in spite of their efforts, they are still prone to accidents caused as a result of another’s negligence. Fortunately, the State of California offers motorcyclists the opportunity to seek restitution from the responsible party following a negligent accident.
Common Reasons Behind Motorcycle Accidents
Despite taking necessary precautions, motorcyclists will always be prone to catastrophic accidents as a result of varying factors. Some of these factors can include:
Roadway Dangers – Local government agencies are usually responsible for maintaining clear and safe roads. They have an obligation to ensure the road is maintained in good condition and that it is free from potential hazards. Nevertheless, there are many circumstances that can lead to a government agency failing to maintain a reasonably safe road, and when this occurs, the result can be disastrous for an unsuspecting motorcyclist.
Conditions that can cause a motorcycle accident include: Weathered roads, Loosened asphalt, Potholes, and/or Overgrown shrubs or trees.
Reckless Drivers – A majority of motorcycles have low profiles, and this makes them particularly difficult to see. Drivers who fail to look for motorcyclists before changing lanes can easily collide with a motorcyclist. There are, however, drivers who are deliberately reckless and cause serious motorcycle accidents. Negligent actions can involve: Driving while drunk, Driving while under the influence of a drug, Texting while driving, Driving while fatigued, Speeding, and/or Aggressive driving or “road rage”.
Lane Splitting –In the State of California, lane splitting is allowed in accordance with Vehicle Code Section 21658.1. Lane splitting allows motorcyclists the ability to drive between the rows of moving or stopped cars in roads and highways. The act of lane splitting requires a great sense of caution on behalf of the motorcyclist. Regrettably, accidents can still occur when a driver merges into the lane where the motorcyclist is driving without first checking for riders.
Following a Motorcycle Accident, Obtain the Restitution You Deserve
If you have been involved in an accident while riding your motorcycle, you may be eligible for compensation. When the accident was caused as a result of another’s negligence, you are entitled to file a claim against the liable party for damages. As a victim, you should not have to be concerned with covering your medical expenses and other out-of-pocket costs. Consider obtaining the legal support of a law firm who has experience in defending the rights of motorcycle riders. A qualified law firm will help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve.
The motorcycle accident law firm, RM Law Group LLP, has established a trusted reputation in handling the most complex motorcycle accident cases in California. With more than ten years of experience serving communities throughout Southern California, the attorneys at the RM Law Group, LLP are prepared to help their clients fight for the monetary restitution they deserve. After being injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the support of a trusted law firm. Consider contacting the attorneys at RM Law Group, LLP today for a free initial consultation.