There are many different people in California who choose a motorcycle to transport them from place to place. Unfortunately, these motorists may face potential hazards that other, more-traditional users of the roadway may not. Because of the possibility of being involved in motorcycle accidents, it may help motorcyclists to be aware of their legal rights.
Because motorcyclists do not have a barrier between their motorcycle and the road, many accidents result in serious injury. In fact, some reports indicate that motorcyclists are significantly more likely to die in a crash in comparison to occupants of a passenger car. Additionally, the rate of fatalities for motorcyclists has doubled over the last two decades Unfortunately, a large majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by others on the roadway who fail to yield the right of way to the motorcycle rider.
There are other causes of such accidents. Road conditions, such as potholes, that may seem minor to most drivers can be devastating for motorcyclists. Additionally, design or manufacturing flaws of the motorcycle itself can also have devastating consequences. For example, a misaligned motorcycle can cause a wobble when driven at high speeds, resulting in an accident.
Fortunately, those injured in motorcycle accidents or who have lost a loved one in such a manner have legal options. If their injuries were caused as a result of another's negligence, victims may need help ensuring they fully understand all of the elements of their case and pursuing litigation, when appropriate. An attorney with experience with such cases can help victims in California seek options that could potentially help them overcome the financial ramifications of an accident caused by someone else's actions.
Source: Findlaw, "Motorcycle Accidents: Overview", Accessed on Nov. 12, 2017