People in California have a variety of different options for transportation, some that come with more risk than others. Unfortunately, those involved in motorcycle accidents could face a higher risk of injury or death when compared to those riding in a traditional passenger vehicle. Knowing their legal rights can help motorcyclists and their families appropriately respond to the aftermath of such an accident.
Unfortunately, the statistics involving motorcycle accidents are not optimistic. When such an accident involves another motor vehicle, the other motorist is likely to have caused the accident by violating the motorcyclist's right of way in a majority of the incidents. Additionally, motorcyclists are significantly more likely to die in an accident than someone in a more traditional motor vehicle. While the number of driver and passenger fatalities in certain passenger vehicles and light trucks has fallen over the last two decades, it has doubled for motorcyclists.
There are a variety of factors that create hazards for motorcyclists. For example, there are no physical barriers to protect a motorcyclist from contact with the road. Because of their smaller size, other vehicles or certain weather conditions could make motorcyclists more difficult to see. Additionally, what would be considered a minor irritation for traditional motor vehicles, such as potholes, uneven pavement and railroad tracks, among other road conditions, could result in a serious accident for a motorcyclist.
Motorcycle accidents can easily cause serious physical and financial harm. Those injured in California could face a lengthy recovery. Medical bills in combination with lost wages can easily become overwhelming. Likewise, when an accident results in a fatality, surviving family members must cope with both the emotional and financial consequences of their loss. Fortunately, there are legal options, including filing a civil lawsuit against the parties deemed responsible, that can help relieve these stressors.
Source: Findlaw, "Motorcycle Accidents: Overview", Accessed on April 24, 2018