California highways and roadways contain more motorcycle riders than any other state, with approximately 800,000 residents registered with a motorcycle license. Which makes sense — the weather is gorgeous, the views are breathtaking, the highways offer a perfect balance of peaceful paths and thrilling routes. And while most bike rides on the Oakland, California coast go off without a hitch, some riders meet tragedy in the form of a motorcycle crash.
Luckily, when joyful motorcycle rides go awry, the Oakland motorcycle accident attorneys at The Barnes Firm are there available for assistance the moment after the accident occurs. Our injury lawyers can help you decide what the best plan of action is and if moving forward with a legal claim is appropriate.
For years, our law firm has served the Greater Oakland area and its residents that are going through the stressful and challenging aftermath of a motorcycle crash. We understand you are out of work, your medical bills are piling up, and you are in pain from accident injuries, all the while not knowing when you can return to a normal life. That is why The Barnes Firm Oakland motorcycle accident attorneys work as hard as we do to get our clients on the road to recovery and the compensation they deserve.
If you are looking for dedicated representation from an elite team of lawyers, contact the Oakland motorcycle accident attorneys to schedule a free one-on-one consultation, today.
California Motorcycle Laws
Every year in the state of California, 12,000 motorcyclists are injured in an accident and approximately 500 are killed. Some research experts attribute these high accident numbers to the simple fact that California has more bikers on the road than any other state across the nation (800,000), but our Oakland car accident lawyers disagree.
California law recognizes that motorcycles are inherently different from passenger vehicles and therefore has instituted two unique laws specifically for cyclists.
Lane sharing, as the name implies, is when two vehicles going the same direction share a lane. Lane sharing can be done by a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle or two motorcycles, but is limited to bigger roads with multiple lanes. Safety experts as well as the California Department of Motor Vehicles both discourages riders from participating in sharing lanes calling it, “not safe” and “riding between stopped and moving cars in the same lane leaves the motorcyclists vulnerable.”
If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident while lane sharing, you might need to open a personal injury suit to recover your losses. To learn more about your legal rights and all the options available to you, contact our Oakland motorcycle accident attorneys now.
Another California law, lane-splitting, is when motorcyclists weave in and out of traffic between lanes at high speeds. Lane-splitting usually occurs during very slow moving traffic where the surrounding passenger vehicles are stopped. However, this does not make it a safe practice. Motorcyclists must use extreme caution and use their best judgement when moving through intersections to avoid a lane-splitting accident.
The Barnes law firm also advises all bike riders to wear a helmet — in fact, California is one of the few states that requires all riders, regardless of age, to wear one. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), wearing a helmet is the number one single most effective way to save lives. If an accident were to occur and the crash victim is found without a helmet, it would be very difficult for our Oakland motorcycle accident attorneys to seek full compensation should a head injury be present.
Oakland Motorcycle Accident Causes
Because motorcycles are less visible, have higher performance capabilities, and tend to be less stable than regular automobiles it makes them especially susceptible to bring hit. Additional causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Parts malfunction
- Hazardous weather conditions
- Vehicle merges into a bike riders lane
- Vehicle cuts off the motorcyclist
- Tailgating a motorcyclist
- Collision with telephone pole or other stationary object
- Uneven roads (due to construction or something else)
Depending on the cause of the crash, crash victims can suffer a broad range of injuries from broken bones to a concussion or even worse, death. It’s also important to note that motorcycle injuries can be tricky, just like any other accident injury. Riders may feel fine initially but could have a head, neck, or back injury lingering beneath the surface. Therefore, it’s critical to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
The Barnes Firm motorcycle and truck accident lawyers serving Oakland and the rest of the East Bay area want to help you in your time of need. If you have any questions, comments or concerns on how to initiate a motorcycle accident lawsuit, do not hesitate to contact us at 800-800-0000.