Justice for Motorcycle Accident Victims
The California Bureau of Motor Vehicles has 955,293 motorcycles registered throughout the state. California has more than double the number of registered motorcycles as the U.S. state in second place. On a grim note, California is in the top three states in the nation in motorcycle accidents.
Those Californians injured in motorcycle accidents face a long road to recovery. Injuries and other losses can be profound. A Eldessouky Law motorcycle accident attorney provides tireless representation in the fight for justice and deserved compensation. Our experienced lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts for our clients over the past decade for our clients, including victims of motorcycle accidents.
U.S. and California Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Sunny weather and warm temperatures year around allow California motorcyclists to use their bikes for daily commutes, long weekend rides, and state-wide vacations. The scenic views motorcyclists enjoy are second to none on the west coast, but as they traverse our winding roadways not everyone is paying as close attention to riders as they may larger vehicles.
Important statistics on motorcycle accidents in California include:
- California has more motorcyclists than any other state. There are more than 800,000 registered motorcycles in the state, followed by 550,000 in Florida and 445,000 in Texas
- Between 2011 and 2015, 2,299 riders of motorcycles were fatally injured during traffic collisions in the state
- The Centers for Disease Control listed 4,976 motorcycle fatalities last year
- The California Office of Traffic Safety listed 548 motorcycle fatalities last year in California, an 11% increase from the previous year
- Of the 12,844 riders, 491 (4%) were fatally injured.
- Both fatal injuries and severe injuries have increased markedly over the past several years.
- Both fatal injuries and severe injuries increased 18% between 2011 and 2015.
- Un-helmeted motorcyclist fatalities increased 4 percent from the 2015 calendar base year of 23 to 25.
More information on this study can be found here: Study on Motorcycle Accidents in California.
What to do Following a Motorcycle Accident
Just like any other type of accident the first thing that should be done is to make sure that you would anyone else involved or safe. After you’ve been able to secure yourself and others you should do the following as soon as possible:
- Evaluate and photograph your injuries
- Photograph the scene of the accident
- Evaluate and photograph all property damage
- Collect contact information and insurance information of all parties involved in the accident
- Identify witnesses and gather their contact information
- Seek legal assistance
These are the first steps to take after a motorcycle accident. When you contact an attorney, you should be prepared with all the information (or evidence) that you gathered after your accident. Your attorney will then be able to evaluate your claim and provide you with the assistance that you need.
Establishing Responsibility and Liability for a Motorcycle Accident
You were involved in a motorcycle accident and want to know who is liable or responsible. The party liable for the accident depends on the specific details of an accident. In general, the following parties could be liable:
The driver is liable: drivers are the parties that are most likely to be found liable for motorcycle accidents. All drivers have a duty of care towards all other parties sharing the roads, including motorcyclists. Drivers have a duty of care (they must follow all laws and exercise caution) to ensure that they do not cause any accidents with motorcyclists. To prove that a driver is liable for an accident, claimants must
The motorcyclist is liable: motorcyclists are sometimes liable (or partially liable) for their accidents. Motorcyclists have the same duty of care as other drivers. Motorcyclists have to exercise care (follow laws, etc.) to ensure that they are not involved in accidents. When they contribute to their accidents, they could be held accountable for their accidents.
The city/county is liable: cities and counties are often responsible for maintaining roads, ensuring that they are safe for all vehicles to operate on. If the city of the county fails to keep up with the maintenance of roads, they could be held liable for the harm suffered.
Proving who’s at fault for a motorcycle accident will depend upon many factors. It will be the motorcycle accident attorney’s responsibility to collect all the information it’s a cross-reference that with the different laws and codes addressing the operation of motorcycles in the state of California.
How fast someone was traveling, where the accident took place, and the traffic conditions at the time of the accident are all things taken to consideration when determining who’s at fault for a motorcycle accident.
Party Who Caused Motorcycle Accident Lacks Insurance
Just because the other driver doesn’t have insurance does not necessarily mean that you will not be able to cover for your injuries suffered in motorcycle accident. It’s important that you contact a Long Beach motorcycle accident lawyer in order for them to conduct a thorough investigation and to explore possible options in which either a company or an individual’s assets maybe available to compensate you for your loss.
Road Conditions and Other Factors Underlying Motorcycle Accidents
Road conditions can also lead to cause a motorcycle accident. Our California motorcycle accident attorneys are more than ready to take on accidents which were not caused by other motor vehicles. You would proceed the same exact manner as you would with any other accident. All you would need to do is to contact and to provide the basics of what happened and Eldessouky Law will “take it from there.”
Comparative Negligence in a California Motorcycle Accident
The determination of faults is something that is not always straightforward. If you were involved in a motorcycle accident and you believe it was partially your fault, you may still be entitled to compensation. A skilled motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm will outline the law and your rights for you.
Special California Motorcycle Laws
One unique set of laws for those on motorcycles are lane splitting. California law does not allow or prohibit motorcycles from passing other vehicles proceeding in the same direction within the same lane, a practice often called “lane splitting,” “lane sharing” or “filtering.”
Why Your Need a California Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
The most important reason why you need a motorcycle accident attorney if involving a motorcycle accident is to make sure that your rights are protected. Often times who’s at fault is going to be disputed and also the value of any claim also be brought into question by the other side.
By hiring an experienced motorcycle accident attorney you’ll have someone who understands the law and is able to address the issues presented by your case. An experienced personal injury lawyer not only understands the law but the insurance claim settlement process and the California court system.
You can schedule an initial consultation and case evaluation with a motorcycle accident lawyer from Eldessouky Law by calling us now at (714) 409-8991. We can schedule an appointment any time that is convenient for you. There is never a charge for an initial consultation and case evaluation with a Eldessouky Law attorney.