If you have been in a motorcycle accident, you are not alone. Over 5,000 people are killed each year in motorcycle accidents, and over 100,000 motorcyclists and their passengers are injured. The most common cause of a motorcycle accident is an automobile or truck driver’s failure to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist. Because of their relatively small size, motorcycles may be difficult to see, and easy to hit.
Often the motorcyclist’s injuries cause the rider to suffer broken arms, legs, ribs, and other bones. However, sometimes the injuries are catastrophic and can cause spinal cord injuries resulting in permanent paralysis like quadriplegia or paraplegia. Additionally, even if the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, it is still possible for them to suffer traumatic brain injuries. Commonly, motorcyclists also suffer severe friction burns by being dragged along the asphalt or pavement for any distance.
Riding motorcycles between two lanes of cars moving in the same direction (“lane-sharing) is legal in California. Drivers changing lanes, especially in slow moving rush-hour traffic, must look in their mirrors, and turn their heads to see whether lane-sharing motorcycles are approaching before changing lanes. California law requires a driver to turn on his signal light prior to making the lane change so that approaching vehicles, including lane-sharing motorcyclists, can be warned of the impending lane change and take appropriate action to avoid getting into a collision.
If you have been injured or a loved one killed in a motorcycle accident, as a driver or a passenger, it is imperative that you immediately contact an experienced personal injury attorney. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney knows, that quick investigations are necessary to best preserve evidence and protect the motorcyclist’s rights. Thus, if you have been involved in an accident, contact the attorneys at The Accident Guys to help you collect the compensation you deserve.