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Glendale Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Motorcycle Accident Law Firm serving Los Angeles, Kern, Riverside and Sacramento County.

California Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Did you know that you are nine times more likely to suffer an injury in a motorcycle crash compared to a crash in a car or truck? Even though riding a motorcycle is one of the more popular pastimes in California, doing so can increase your risk of suffering a catastrophic injury. The experienced Glendale motorcycle accident lawyers at The Shirvanian Law Firm represent clients who have been injured in all types of motorcycle accidents.

Motorcycle crash statistics

Motorcycle statistics are available from 2019. How many California motorcycle deaths in 2019? In 2019, there were 474 motorcycle fatalities, accounting for 5.9% fatalities for every 10,000 motorcycles in California. The 474 deaths was a decrease of 9.4% from the 523 deaths in 2018.

Nationwide, there were 5,014 motorcycle fatalities, accounting for 58.33% fatalities for every 100,000 registered motorcycles. There were 19,688,000 motorcycle vehicle miles traveled. The 5,014 deaths equate to 25.47% for every 100,000,000 miles driven. All told, there were 8,596,314 registered motorcycles in the United States as of 2019.

How many California motorcycle accidents per year?

On average, there are 15,000 motorcycle accidents per year in California. This should not come as a surprise since California has more than 800,000 registered motorcycles, the most in the country.

What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents?

Has it been a couple of years since the last time you took your motorcycle out of the garage? Are you looking into buying your first motorcycle? If so, it’s important to note that there are a couple of different types of motorcycle accidents you can find yourself involved in.

  1. Unsafe Lane Changes
  2. Opening Car Doors
  3. Speeding
  4. Driving Under The Influence
  5. Splitting Lanes
  6. Sudden Stops
  7. Inexperienced Drivers
  8. Motorcycle Accidents While Making A Left Turn
  9. Poor Road Conditions
  10. Faulty Motorcycle Parts

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Defects in road conditions

Seams, potholes, cracks, sunken pavement, and debris can wreak havoc on a motorcycle and cause serious accidents. Accidents caused by road defects can send a motorcycle rider flying dozens of feet from their motorcycle and into oncoming traffic or into a fixed object. It can be difficult for a motorcycle rider to spot a pothole or other road defects, especially if it is covered by leaves, filled with water, covered by snow, or on an incline.

Vehicles make a left turn in front of your motorcycle

One of the most common types of motorcycle accidents in California is when a vehicle makes a left turn in front of a motorcycle. Vehicles making a left turn are required to yield to oncoming traffic at a green light when there is no green arrow present or activated. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that 36% of all accidents that involve two vehicles and 21% of non-fatal crashes that cause injuries happen when a vehicle makes a left turn in front of a motorcycle. In almost all of these crashes the driver of the turning vehicle is at fault for failing to properly judge the speed of the oncoming motorcycle or failing to see the motorcycle in front of them.

Flaws in the design of the road

Mistakes in the design of the road can still be made even when architects and engineers are paid to design them correctly. The most common flaws in road design that can lead to serious or deadly motorcycle accidents include the following:

  • Missing shoulders
  • Issues with line of sight
  • Missing guardrails
  • Insufficient dimensions for the roadways

Compensation for injuries suffered in this type of Glendale motorcycle accident can be sought from city, county, and state entities.

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A vehicle moves into a motorcycle’s lane of travel unexpectedly

When a vehicle changes lanes into a motorcycle’s path, it can cause a devastating accident. The motorcycle rider could be thrown from the motorcycle if hit by the vehicle or have the bike skid out from underneath them if they maneuver too quickly to avoid a crash. The other driver has the responsibility to check their blind spots before changing lanes, even though most motorcyclists travel in blind spots.

Sudden stops and speeding

Sudden stops and speeding are dangerous for motorcycle riders in Glendale, California. Motorcyclists must maintain safe speeds and following distances more than any other driver due to the lack of protection when riding a motorcycle. Traveling at the posted speed limit provides motorcyclists with enough time to slow down when encountering traffic jams, debris, and other hazards in the road.

What are the most common types of motorcycle injuries?

Motorcycle riders and passengers can suffer some of the most traumatic motorcycle injuries when involved in a Glendale motorcycle accident, including the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Road rash
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Internal bleeding
  • Broken bones
  • Bruises, scrapes, and lacerations
  • Injuries to the lower extremities
  • Amputation
  • Decapitation

What are the types of motorcycle vehicles?

There are multiple types of motorcycle vehicles, including the following:

  • Chopper
  • Cross
  • Enduro
  • Cruiser
  • ATV
  • Touring
  • Naked
  • Street
  • Sport Tourist
  • Sport
  • Scooter

Can I file a motorcycle accident personal injury claim?

Yes, if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you can file a personal injury claim with the assistance of an experienced Glendale motorcycle accident attorney. A motorcycle crash claim can help you recover money for the following damages:

  • Mental anguish or emotional distress
  • A lowered quality of life
  • Past and future pain and suffering
  • Physical impairment
  • Scarring
  • Disfigurement

You might also be able to recover compensation for the following in a catastrophic motorcycle accident:

  • The replacement or repair cost for the motorcycle
  • Past and future medical expenses
  • If the injuries prevent you from working; loss of earning capacity and lost wages
  • Loss of priceless or irreplaceable items

If you are the surviving family member of a loved one who died in a motorcycle accident, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit with the assistance of a motorcycle accident law firm. You will be able to claim damages for the following in a wrongful death lawsuit:

  • Loss of companionship
  • Funeral expenses
  • Grief
  • Loss of household services

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Steps to take following a motorcycle accident

A motorcycle accident can leave you shaken up at the least or seriously injured to the point of being unconscious. A motorcycle injury can make the moments immediately following a crash frightening for you, the other driver, and those who witnessed the crash. If you are ever involved in a motorcycle accident, be sure to take the following steps to protect yourself and your rights:

  • Safely move out of traffic but not far from the crash scene
  • Call 911
  • Document the crash scene with pictures if you are able to do so (your motorcycle, the road conditions, other vehicles, debris, etc.)
  • Collect the insurance and contact information of all the other people involved in the crash
  • Get medically evaluated by the emergency personnel who respond to the scene
  • Report the accident to your insurance company but do not accept any offers to settle
  • Go to the hospital
  • Call The Shirvanian Law Firm to speak with our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys

Be sure to avoid the following when involved in a Glendale motorcycle accident:

  • Do not post about the accident on social media
  • Never tell anyone at the crash scene that you are ‘sorry’
  • Do not provide any insurance agent with a recorded statement
  • Only provide the facts of the crash to the police and never speculate about what happened

Is there a statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim in California?

There is a statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim after being injured in a Glendale motorcycle accident. California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) 335.1 provides you with two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. Two years might seem like a long time to file a claim, but it will sneak up on you quickly, especially if you spend a lot of time recovering in the hospital and then in a rehabilitation facility. For this reason, you should consult a California motorcycle accident lawyer immediately following a crash. The statute of limitations in California to file a claim related to property damage following a vehicle crash is three years from the date of the accident.

Can I share fault in a motorcycle accident?

Yes, California operates under a shared fault law, which means you might have to shoulder some of the liability of the crash. If the court determines that you were partly to blame for the motorcycle accident, your compensation award will be lowered based on the percentage of fault assigned by the court. For example, if the court deems that you were 20% to blame for the crash, your compensation award will be reduced by 20%.

Contact our motorcycle accident lawyer to discuss your case today

Filing a claim for compensation after a Glendale motorcycle accident can be challenging if you don’t know the law or your rights as a victim. Our motorcycle accident lawyer in Los Angeles County can represent you. We will answer your questions, investigate the crash, secure evidence, and build a case in your favor. There is no guarantee that your case will be successful, but our team will fight to help you receive compensation. This is why you need to work with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Glendale when filing a motorcycle accident lawsuit.

Call The Shirvanian Law Firm at (877) 809-4223 to schedule a consultation with a Glendale motorcycle accident lawyer today. We are completely transparent in all we do for our clients and understand that money will not help you recover from your motorcycle accident injuries. We want you to return to some sort of normalcy following an accident. Schedule a consultation today to begin the legal process. We serve clients from our Sacramento, Bakersfield, and Riverside offices.

To learn more, or to inquire about or contingency fees, contact The Shirvanian Law Firm at (877) 809-4223