Motorcycle Accidents: What You Need To Know
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) preliminary data, there were over 400 California motorcycle fatalities in 2017, which is down significantly from the 566 motorcycle deaths in 2016. While it is good news that there was a reduction in fatalities, that news is likely not very comforting for the families and friends of the over 400 motorcyclists who were killed in 2017.
There is a high concentration of motorcycles in Southern California and that is why motorcycle accidents are so common. At The Hayes Law Firm, we have represented many motorcycle accident victims and their families. We know how devastating motorcycle accident injuries can be.
Helpful Statistics And Information
The GHSA estimates that there were close to 5,000 motorcycle fatalities across the country in 2017. Alcohol impairment is a factor in 25% of fatal motorcycle accidents. In 2016 and 2017, only Texas and Florida witnessed a higher number of motorcycle fatalities than the state of California.
Motorcycle riders reportedly have a 28% higher fatality rate than passengers in other types of motor vehicles. They also typically sustain injuries that are much more severe, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, road rash and infections, broken bones, and severed limbs. Severe injuries often lead to a temporary inability to work and sometimes debilitating injuries leave them permanently unable to work.
Fighting For Financial Recovery
Medical bills and lost wages often leave accident victims and their families financially crippled. This is why it is critical that motorcycle accident victims find an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to represent their best interests and advocate for a full financial recovery. Recovery may include, but is not limited to, lost wages and loss of future earnings, past and future medical bills, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Wrongful Death Claims And Survival Actions
When a motorcyclist dies in an accident caused by someone else’s fault, financial remedies are sometimes available for close family members of the deceased. Wrongful death claims are made by family members for the losses they suffered as a result of their loved one’s death. Survival actions are sometimes brought on behalf of the decedent’s estate for injuries and damages the deceased would have been able to recover had he or she lived.
Determining Who Can Be Held Liable
Depending on the circumstances of the motorcycle accident, liable parties may include the following:
- Another driver
- A driver’s employer if an employee caused the accident while working
- Manufacturer or seller responsible for helmet or motorcycle defects
- The entity responsible for road maintenance
- Person or entity responsible for a dangerous condition such as an item falling out of a truck and obstructing the road or construction debris left on the road
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries or death in a motorcycle accident, contact our experienced motorcycle accident attorney at The Hayes Law Firm to discuss the accident circumstances and injuries sustained. When someone else caused your accident, you deserve to be fully compensated for your injuries and damages.
Injuries Are Often Catastrophic
Southern California has the perfect weather for motorcyclists all year round. Despite the good weather that any motorcyclist would enjoy, Los Angeles and Orange counties are also known for some of the worst drivers in our nation.
When a traffic accident involving a motorcycle occurs, the motorcyclist is more likely to suffer a severe or fatal injury because motorcycle riders have little to no protection in the event of a collision with a larger vehicle.
“That is why motorcycle crashes in Los Angeles County account for the higher fatality and serious injury rates in our country,” explains a Montebello motorcycle accident attorney at The Hayes Law Firm. In a regular car accident, drivers and passengers are protected by a steel frame, layers of metal and glass, and a safety belt in addition to the front and side airbags.
A motorcycle rider, on the other hand, has none of these safety features, which makes him or her very likely to become permanently disabled or die as a result of a collision with a 3,500-pound-plus vehicle.
Can Motorcyclists Sue The City Of Montebello For Their Injury?
Not all traffic collisions involving motorcycles in our city occur due to the fault of the car driver or motorcycle rider. In many cases, the city of Montebello or other government entity can be sued for unsafe road design.
Our Montebello motorcycle accident lawyer explains that safe road design allows road users – both motorcyclists and car drivers – to have sufficient time to see and react to hazards. The importance of safe road design is much greater for motorcyclists because road hazards have more severe consequences for them.
These are prevalent road design hazards that could make a government agency liable for a motorcycle crash:
- Inadequate lighting
- Missing warning signs
- Malfunctioning streetlights
- Poor sightlines
- Improper or missing delineation of a vehicle path
- Inadequate speed bumps and barrier curbing
- Uncovered drainage pits
- Cracked pavement, potholes and other poor road conditions
How Long Will It Take To Resolve My Motorcycle Accident Case?
Typically, the length of a legal case stemming from a motorcycle crash in Los Angeles County or elsewhere in California depends on the extent of the victim’s injury, the strength of the plaintiff’s evidence against the other party, the available insurance coverage and the circumstances of the accident.
To speed up your motorcycle collision case, you will have to seek medical attention as soon as possible and contact a Montebello motorcycle accident attorney at The Hayes Law Firm to start negotiating with the insurance company. Depending on the facts and complexity of your case, the average personal injury claim after a motorcycle crash takes anywhere from three to nine months to settle.
You may need an additional one or two years to win the compensation if the insurance company is not willing to cooperate and your case goes to trial.
How To Overcome The Bias Facing Motorcycle Riders?
When conducting negotiations with insurance companies or presenting your legal case during a trial, you – as a motorcyclist – may face certain biases. Do not take it personally because most motorcycle riders in our country face prejudices from insurers, the jury and judge. Motorcyclists are viewed as reckless thrill-seeking individuals who put the lives of other motorists at risk.
To Schedule A Consultation, Call Today
At The Hayes Law Firm, we will investigate your case by conducting an unbiased investigation and discover compelling evidence of the other party’s fault to overcome those biases against motorcyclists in the U.S. Email us or call our office in Montebello at 323-693-1052 to schedule a thorough investigation today.