California’s roads are some of the most beautiful in the country, so it’s only natural that plenty of locals love to ride their motorcycles year-round. However, it’s too often you hear of or read about a motorcycle accident during somebody’s Saturday morning ride through Laurel Canyon or up the PCH.
Despite how common motorcycles are on Californian roadways, other drivers simply aren’t always paying attention, and riders often pay the price in accidents and injuries.
If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident that someone else caused, the experts at Law Offices of Michael Oran, APC., can help. When you’re already facing high medical bills and the difficulties of recovery, there’s no reason to face the legal system alone. Send a message or call us at (213) 454-0002 to get a free consultation about how to fight insurance companies for full compensation for your losses.
Most Common Causes of California Motorcycle Accidents
No matter how safe of a rider you might be, you’re still at risk of injury. You’ll never be able to control every risk factor on the road. Other dangers on California roadways include:
Since motorcycles are smaller and shorter than other vehicles, a distracted or impaired driver is much less likely to see them on the road. This can lead to dangerous situations where riders are at risk of getting hit or need to take evasive action that puts them in harm’s way. Distracted driving causes more than 3100 deaths in California annually.
While California roads are beautiful, they aren’t always well-maintained. If dangerous road conditions cause you to have an accident, state and local governments may be liable for the risky conditions.
Lack of Communication
Other motorcycle riders are responsible for communicating their intentions with you through good road communication. If other road users don’t communicate with you, they can cause dangerous situations by moving into your lane of travel.
Frequent Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Because motorcyclists aren’t enclosed in a vehicle, accidents have a much higher risk of causing severe injuries. Common injuries include:
- Head injuries
- Broken limbs
- Bruises, abrasions, and “road rash”
Head injuries are particularly common, and even with correct helmet use, they can cause lifelong health consequences.
One complication with motorcycle injuries is that even after the initial recovery period, head injuries can continue to cause lingering health problems. However, these problems can be difficult to prove without a team of medical experts on your side. Choosing to work with an attorney with years of experience in medical malpractice cases gives you access to a team that will help you fight for the care you need to live a happy life.
What Are California’s Helmet Laws?
It’s legally required for every motorcycle rider to wear a helmet while they’re on their bikes in California. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that helmets saved 1859 lives in 2016 alone. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by nearly 70%. However, they can’t reduce the risk entirely, so accidents can still cause riders years of health problems.
Let an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney Help You
Riding a motorcycle shouldn’t have to be so dangerous, but unfortunately, other drivers aren’t under your control. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you’re not alone.
By working with a respected California motorcycle accident attorney with a background in medical malpractice, you give yourself the best chance of success. With a registered nurse on staff and decades of successful medical-based lawsuits, Michael Oran is the right choice to help you fight for the care and compensation you need to recover from your injuries. Call Law Offices of Michael Oran, APC., today at (213) 454-0002 or reach out online to set up your free consultation and discuss your case.