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We Help Motorcycle Accident Victims Get Compensated

Andrade Law Offices has obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for California motorcycle accident victims. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another motorist, you may be entitled to compensation to cover your medical bills and other expenses. Andrade Law Offices helps injured motorcyclists and/or their families obtain compensation they are due after accidents in Southern California.

Motor vehicle operators have an obligation to exercise the care required to prevent accidents. This includes sharing the road with motorcycles and motorcyclists. Unfortunately, drivers sometimes engage in careless and reckless behavior such as distracted driving, aggressive driving, impaired driving, fatigued driving, speeding, failure to yield, and failure to obey traffic signals resulting, often times, in serious or even catastrophic injury and death.

When carelessness and recklessness cause a motorcycle accident with serious injury to riders, the at-fault motorists can be held accountable. Swift legal action can ensure that the injured are compensated for medical bills, property damage, lost income, pain, suffering, and more.

Contact Us About Your California Motorcycle Injuries

Andrade Law Office has a successful track record of pursuing motorcycle accident claims for clients in Southern California. Steven R. Andrade has three decades of trial experience that make him well qualified to handle high stakes personal injury and wrongful death cases, such as those evolving from motorcycle injuries. He has a reputation as a tenacious lawyer who is not afraid to take any case to trial. In a recent motorcycle accident case, the insurance company for the at fault driver settled for $1.15M. Million dollar settlements are not unusual for Andrade Law offices.

Contact Andrade Law Offices for a free consultation regarding your accident. In cases involving personal injury and wrongful death, you owe us nothing until we obtain compensation for you. Reach us at (805) 962-4944 so that we can get started on your injury claim.

How Motorcycle Accidents Occur

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Motorcyclists recognize that they are constantly at risk while riding. The open cockpit design of motorcycles means that they lack the passenger protections that cars and trucks have. Many riders are very safety conscious and follow traffic safety laws because they understand the dangers of a serious accident.

Despite the fact that California has more registered motorcycles than any state, many drivers of cars and trucks in California are not alert to motorcyclists on the roads. Drivers frequently overlook motorcycles on the road because of their more narrow profile, pull out in front of them at intersections and cause serious accidents.

More people than ever are riding motorcycles, and motorcyclists can now be found in all age and demographic groups. California is home to more than 830,000 registered motorcycles and more than 1.4 million motorcycle riders.

According to the California Highway Patrol, motorcycle collisions in our state in 2013 resulted in 475 fatalities and 13,143 people being injured. Many of those were preventable accidents caused by other motorists.

Federal traffic data shows that bikers are more than 26 times more likely to be killed in a traffic accident than passenger car occupants and riders are five times more likely to sustain injuries.

Deaths in motorcycle accident have increased by more than 50 percent nationwide since 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Motorcycle accident deaths and injuries have increased in California as well.

An influential study conducted in Southern California, entitled “Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures,” and known as “The Hurt Report,” for its principal author, H.H. Hurt, published a number of notable findings about motorcycle accidents. They include:

  • About three-fourths of motorcycle accidents studied involved collisions with other vehicles, which were most often passenger automobiles.
  • In multiple vehicle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle right-of-way and caused the accident in two-thirds of the crashes.
  • The failure of drivers to see motorcycles in traffic is a frequent cause of motorcycle accidents.  Motorists frequently failed to see the motorcycle before a collision, or overlooked the biker until a collision was unavoidable.
  • Motorcycle accidents are most likely to occur at intersections, with the at-fault driver violating the motorcycle’s right-of-way and often disregarding a traffic signal.
  • A quarter of motorcycle accidents reviewed involved the motorcycle colliding with the roadway or some fixed object and did not involve other vehicles.
  • Vehicle failure accounted for less than 3 percent of single-vehicle motorcycle accidents, and most of those were single-vehicle accidents where control was lost due to a puncture causing a flat.
  • Vehicle defects that cause accidents are rare and are likely to be due to deficient or defective maintenance.

If a motorcyclist is not killed in an accident, he or she can expect to suffer injuries that range from cuts and scrapes to broken bones, spinal cord injuries, head injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), and, in some cases, loss of feet, toes, hands, fingers and limbs.

The most important thing a motorcyclist can do for protection is wear a U.S. Department of Transportation-compliant helmet. The NHTSA says helmets are estimated to be 37 percent effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle riders and 41 percent for motorcycle passengers. In other words, for every 100 motorcycle riders killed in crashes while not wearing helmets, 37 of them could have been saved had all 100 worn helmets.

If the motorcycle accident was someone else’s fault, the injured motorcyclist can probably obtain compensation to assist with medical bills and other losses.

Sources:
California Highway Patrol:  CHP and OTS Remind Motorcyclists to “Survive the Ride”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Motorcycle Safety – How to Save Lives and Save Money