Motorcycle riding is a past time enjoyed by many.
Unfortunately, motorcycles are not equipped with the standard safety features that are found in passenger vehicles. Due to a lack of seatbelts, air bags, and steel frames, they offer little protection in the event of an accident.
More than 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents result in injury or death – due to alcohol and drugs, not using a helmet or speeding.
Motorcycle accidents typically occur because of negligence. Did you know that about one-third of all multi-vehicle motorcycle accidents are a result of other motorists turning into the path of the motorcycle?
Other injuries and fatalities are caused by unsafe or defective equipment, or poorly maintained roads.
Often times, injuries are serious, long-lasting or catastrophic because of the lack of any substantial protective barriers between the motorcycle and the road.
California law requires all motorcycle operators to meet specific state standards regarding the use of their vehicle. Motorcycles, like automobiles, must have the appropriate safety equipment, lights, and proper working brakes. The bike must be registered before it can be operated.
In addition, according to California Vehicle Code Division 12 Section 27803, “Drivers and passengers must wear a safety helmet whenever operating a motorcycle, motorized bicycle or motor-driven cycle. The helmet must be worn on the person’s head and fastened with the appropriate helmet straps so the helmet does not display excessive lateral or vertical movement.”
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in the San Bernardino area, you may be eligible for personal injury compensation for your injuries and other losses. Motorcycle accidents often cause catastrophic injuries that can take months or years to heal.
A skilled lawyer can help you determine your options for pursing justice.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, the San Bernardino personal injury attorneys at Welebir | Tierney can help you receive compensation for medical costs, lost wages, as well as for pain and suffering.
We know that an accident often leaves its victims with an uncertain future. That is why we work to protect your rights during this difficult time after an accident.