Long Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Although all vehicle-related accidents have the potential to result in serious injuries, our Long Beach motorcycle accident lawyers can express with certainty that collisions involving motorcyclists are often especially devastating, as motorcyclists do not have the benefit of the protections offered by seat belts and airbags. Furthermore, motorcyclists are forced to suffer the full and direct impact of a collision, unlike motorists who have several thousand pounds of vehicle between them and the road.
Because the injuries in motorcycle accidents tend to be so serious, many victims are left struggling to pay thousands of dollars worth of medical bills, while also being forced to take time off from work. In some tragic cases, riders even lose their lives as a result of the severity of their accident-related injuries. To ensure that you have the best possible chance of recovering compensation for your own motorcycle accident, please contact one of our dedicated Los Angeles personal injury attorneys today.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CAUSES
Like any car accident, motorcycle accidents can have a number of causes, but most are the result of one of a few specific actions, including:
- Improper lane changes by motorists who fail to use their turn signals, drift into another lane, or change lanes without warning;
- Distracted driving, which is the cause of most rear-end collisions involving motorcycles;
- Opening a car door while parked on the side of the road without checking for nearby riders, who could easily come into contact with the door in what is referred to as a dooring accident;
- Failing to properly yield in an intersection, which can result in side-impact crashes or head-on collisions, both of which can be deadly for motorcyclists; and
- Failing to properly maintain roadways or to repair potholes, uneven road surfaces, or broken asphalt.
Who is held liable for accidents resulting from this type of behavior depends on the circumstances of the case? Cities and government agencies, for example, can be held liable for failing to properly maintain the roadways in there area, while negligent drivers who violate traffic laws or fail to drive reasonably can be required to compensate injured motorcyclists for their losses.
COMMON MOTORCYCLE INJURIES
The injuries sustained by a motorcyclist are wide ranging, but are often life-threatening or at least require months of rehabilitation. The most common include:
- Compound fractures;
- Facial fractures;
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Road rash;
- Severe lacerations;
- Abrasions and contusions;
- Spinal cord injuries; and
- Organ damage.
If you sustained any of these types of injuries in a crash, you could be eligible for compensation. Please call our legal team today to learn more about how we can help.
PREVENTING MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
Taking preventive measures to avoid motorcycle accidents is the responsibility of motorists and motorcycle riders. For instance, both types of drivers should be careful to pay attention at all times when driving, even at red lights and in traffic where many of the collisions between vehicles and motorcycles occur. Creating a crumple zone by pulling over to the side of the lane in which the rider is driving can also go a long way towards preventing collisions. However, even motorcycle riders who take this precautionary step could still be involved in an accident if a nearby motorist fails to properly check his or her mirrors or doesn’t use a blinker.
CONTACT OUR LOS ANGELES PERSONAL INJURY LEGAL TEAM
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident and suffered a serious injury, please contact the experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers by calling 888-540-0325 today to learn more about filing a claim against the at-fault party.
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