If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident that involved a truck or passenger vehicle, it’s likely that the injuries you’ve sustained are far worse than those of the opposite party. In fact, studies show that motorcyclists are four times more at risk for fatal injuries compared to drivers of trucks, SUVs, and automobiles. While California law does require its residents to wear a helmet regardless of age, choosing not to wear one significantly increases the chances of life-threatening head trauma to motorcyclists.
After a motorcycle accident, there’s so much to think about.
When will I return to work? How will I pay for my medical bills? Who’s at fault?
Luckily, our experienced San Diego motorcycle accident attorneys here at The Barnes Firm can help you answer those questions and more. Each lawyer serving our Southern California law firm has an extensive background dealing with all of the intricacies included in a motorcycle accident case. We pride ourselves in giving each and every one of our clients the personalized attention they deserve during this very difficult and stressful time in their lives. What are you waiting for? Pick up the phone and call our San Diego motorcycle accident attorneys today for a free case evaluation.
San Diego, California Motorcycle Law: How it Could Be Hurting You
While laws were made to protect us, some motorcycle specific laws in California don’t necessarily work in favor of cyclists. However, motorcycle drivers and their passengers do have the same rights as automobile drivers when it comes to initiating a personal injury claim when involved in an accident.
Our San Diego car accident lawyers at The Barnes Firm wanted to point out a few California laws that might be attributed to the sky-high motorcycle accident rates in our state.
Lane-splitting is a motorcycle-specific traffic law. This allows motorcycle riders to cut in and out of traffic that is moving very slowly or stopped. Some look at lane-splitting as a safe practice because it keeps bikers from becoming sandwiched between two vehicles and from inhaling car exhaust. Others, however, feel lane-splitting is dangerous, as there is a higher chance of an avoidable collision if bikers were to just stay in line with traffic.
Lane sharing offers cyclists the opportunity to share a lane with another motorcycle or passenger vehicle, going in the same direction. Lane sharing in California is limited to bigger roads (two lanes headed in the same direction) and is generally not allowed on smaller highways. Although it has been considered unsafe by the CA DMV, it is still legal.
The Barnes Law firm motorcycle and truck accident lawyers serving San Diego and its surrounding areas encourage all motorcyclists to use extreme caution when participating in any lane splitting or lane sharing on the road.
Motorcycle Accidents By the Numbers in San Diego, California
In 2017, California had a recorded 955,293 registered motorcycle riders in the state. Of that number, nearly 12,000 motorcycle accidents occurred that resulted in injury and almost 500 with at least one fatality.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2016 there were approximately 548 motorcycle accident deaths. Of those 548 deaths, 5% of the motorists were not wearing a helmet, which was the exact cause of their death.
Although California carries universal helmet laws, where it is illegal for any person or passenger of a motorcycle to ride without a helmet, our San Diego motorcycle accident attorneys still see a high percentage of fatalities due to catastrophic head and brain injuries.
Contacting a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer is critical when dealing with the aftermath of any crash — whether big or small. No matter what the reason was for the accident, our law firm will gather all of the facts, talk to insurance companies, and then file suit to begin building the victim’s case. The Barnes Firm San Diego motorcycle accident attorneys handle a wide variety of motorcycle accident cases due to the negligence of another that include but are not limited to:
- Distracted driving (texting, not watching the road, etc.)
- Blind spots (failure to check mirrors)
- Under the influence (drugs or alcohol)
- Moving violations (changing lanes unexpectedly, speeding, tailgating)
- Bike defects and recalls (on the manufacturer’s part)
Our San Diego motorcycle accident attorneys work day and night to bring our clients the compensation and justice they deserve. Schedule your free consultation with the lawyers at the Barnes Firm today by dialing 800-800-0000.