Burbank Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Motorcycle Accident Claims in Southern California
Motorcycle accidents can be devastating for bikers, who often suffer serious injuries when they collide with larger motor vehicles. If you or a loved one have been seriously hurt in a motorcycle crash caused by the negligence of a motorist or another party, it is vital that you work with a legal team that possesses the skills and dedication required to obtain compensation for your medical bills, property damage, and other accident-related expenses.
At Block LLP, our Burbank motorcycle accident attorneys have what it takes to stand up to the party at fault for your accident and their insurance company and secure a fair and just settlement on your behalf.
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California Motorcycle Laws
California is currently the only U.S. state to legally permit lane splitting, the act of passing through slow or stopped traffic on a motorcycle by weaving between vehicles. Though controversial and seemingly dangerous, there is evidence that actually suggests lane splitting is safer for bikers than moving at the same speed as traffic. This is because it allows motorcycles an escape route through traffic, preventing collisions.
Under California Vehicle Code 27803, all motorcycle drivers and passengers are legally required to wear a helmet. Without a helmet, not only are you breaking the law, but you are putting yourself at risk of serious brain injury and death.
Common Causes & Effects of Motorcycle Accidents
Human error is by far the leading cause of motorcycle injuries and fatalities. The most common offense is simply that motorists driving vehicles like cars and trucks often forget to look out for bikers. However, other forms of negligence can lead to collisions as well.
Factors that generally come into play when a motorcycle crash occurs include:
- Distracted driving, especially texting while driving
- Motorists not looking out for bikers, especially before making a turn
- Bad weather conditions
- Poor road design or maintenance
- Low visibility, either due to a motorcycle’s relatively small size or low light conditions
The effects of a crash tend to more negatively affect bikers because motorcycles don’t offer the same level of protection as closed motor vehicles, which have a metal frame and seatbelts. Bikers may get thrown from their motorcycle and come in direct contact with the pavement, often resulting in devastating injury and death. Bikers may further put themselves at risk by not wearing reflective or protective gear, driving recklessly, and not maintaining their bikes properly.
Common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Road rash: Road rash is a common injury motorcyclists suffer. Caused by coming into contact with road surfaces, road rash is a type of friction burn or skin abrasion—basically, a very serious scrape. Road rash can be treated, but often leaves behind long term or permanent scars.
- Broken bones: Fractures are one of the most common biker injuries and can occur anywhere on the body. Breaks are especially likely to occur in the wrists and ankles.
- Brain injuries: Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can occur even when wearing a helmet because sometimes the sheer force of an accident can cause the brain to move around inside the skull. However, without a helmet TBIs are more likely to be severe or fatal.
- Spinal cord injuries: Serious motorcycle accidents can lead to severe spine injury, which can result in permanent paralysis and death.
- Disfigurement: Since bikers are often thrown from their vehicles, they are prone to damage such as lost teeth and facial scarring when they come into contact with hard surfaces. While in many cases such injuries will go away with time and treatment, there is a chance such damage may be permanent.
What Can I Be Compensated for If I’ve Been Injured in a Motorcycle Crash?
People wrongfully injured in motorcycle accidents should be able to be reimbursed for all their accident-related expenses, which will vary case by case. If you have suffered a severe or catastrophic injury, or someone you love has been killed in a bike accident, you should be appropriately compensated for that as well, regardless of how costly your expenses are.
Damages that may be recoverable include:
- Medical treatment
- Loss of income
- Loss of future earnings
- Property loss or damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment
- Loss of consortium
- Attorney fees
- Other related costs
To find out if you have grounds for a motorcycle accident claim, contact us now for a free case evaluation.
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