As a rider, you know there’s nothing more freeing than the sensation of two wheels on the open road. Unfortunately, other drivers are often distracted or simply not paying attention when driving near motorcycles—and that can lead to serious accidents and injuries.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the California motorcycle accident attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers are here to help. We know you’re facing expensive medical bills and a long period of recovery where you can’t work, and that’s why we want to help you get compensation. Call us at (800) 400-2374 or fill out a free contact form to speak with our legal team.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
No matter how safe riders are on their motorcycles, there are still many factors that can lead to accidents, such as:
- Inattentive Drivers
The low profiles of motorcycles compared to cars and trucks makes them more difficult for many drivers to see—especially those who aren’t paying close attention to their surroundings. Each year, thousands of motorcycle accidents are caused in California by drivers turning in front of motorcycles because they don’t see them.
- Road Hazards
State and local governments are responsible for keeping roadways in good condition and free from hazards like potholes and loose asphalt or gravel, which can be dangerous for riders.
- Poor Communication
Riders often travel together in groups, but these groups must practice good communication to prevent riders from colliding or moving into other riders’ lanes of travel.
What are the helmet laws in California?
California has a universal helmet law, which means all motorcycle riders are required to wear helmets at all times. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that helmets reduce the risk of death and serious head injuries in the event of a crash by 29 percent.
More than 400 people are killed on motorcycles in California each year, according to the NHTSA. Although motorcycle riders have helmets and protective riding gear, without the protection of seatbelts, airbags, and the steel frame of a car, riders are at greater risk of suffering serious injuries.
You Can Afford a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Insurance companies are for-profit businesses focused on protecting their bottom lines, not your best interests. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, having a lawyer on your side can mean the difference between getting the money you need to cover your accident-related costs and leaving money on the table.
Finding the right lawyer isn’t always easy, but we want to help. Don’t take on the insurance companies alone. With our No Fee Guarantee®, if you don’t win, you pay nothing. Contact us today and get the experienced legal advocate you deserve.