When a motorcycle is involved in a crash with a truck, car, or SUV, the outcome can be disastrous. These accidents often cause serious injuries and even death. That is one of the leading reasons motorcycle accident cases can be very complicated to litigate, and it is imperative that you hire a law firm that is experienced in representing the injured motorcyclist.
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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.”
Unfortunately, motorcycles are simply 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. Meaning motorcyclists have a much greater chance of sustaining painful, debilitating, and life-altering injuries in the event of an accident.
More than 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents result in injury or death – they are one of the leading causes of death for people ages 20 to 50 years old. Approximately 3,000 people are killed in motorcycle accidents every year.
The most common motorcycle accident occurs when another driver impacts the front of the motorcycle in a head-on or turning left in front of the motorcycle scenario. Statistics show that front impact is responsible for about 25% of all motorcycle accidents and 375 of fatal motorcycle accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle accident fatalities in Southern California, including in San Bernardino and Redlands, have increased in recent years. Statistics compiled by the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic System Report stated that there were more than 25 motorcyclists killed and more than 400 riders injured in accidents.
The majority of all of these motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles are caused by driver negligence.
California law implements a fault-based system when it comes to traffic accidents.
This means the party who is at fault for causing the accident is the negligent driver; the one who doesn’t see a stop sign, or runs a red light, or texts while driving. This driver will most likely be held legally accountable for paying financial compensation to anyone injured in the accident.
Unfortunately, the task of proving that a motorist was simply not paying enough attention or was distracted while driving when they collided with a motorcycle is extremely difficult. So it’s vital that you use an experienced personal injury attorney to pursue your case.
The attorney’s at Welebir | Tierney know that there are many factors to consider when representing motorcycle accident victims:
Recovering from motorcycle accidents can take an extensive amount of time and can leave you with expensive medical bills. All motorcycle accident victims are entitled to financial compensation for an accident that was caused by another person’s negligence or recklessness.
It is vital that you have attorneys who are knowledgeable and capable when it comes to difficult and complex catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims from motorcycle accidents. The injury attorneys at Welebir | Tierney have the experience to handle your motorcycle injury cases in the San Bernardino and Redlands areas. We have handled cases involving spinal cord injuries, severe burns, disfigurement, scarring, loss of limb, amputation, and multiple fractures. You should trust your case with the experienced advocates on our team.
Our motorcycle injury attorneys have been offering our services to residents of the San Bernardino, Redlands, and Southern California for more than 40 years. We prepare personal injury cases for trial, not simply for a fast settlement that may not offer you what you deserve. Hiring a personal injury attorney that is willing to take your case all the way to trial is important because you should not accept a settlement that does not adequately compensate you for your injuries.
We have received numerous awards and recognition because we commit ourselves fully to helping accident victims. We will help you fight for the maximum monetary damages available for your injuries.
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We at Welebir | Tierney have the trial experience to challenge any prejudices that juries may have against injured motorcyclists. Our San Bernardino and Redlands lawyers understand the complexity of these accidents, and we will be able to direct the investigation to secure the evidence that is important to win your case. Most importantly, we know how to help you find the money you need to cover financial losses and medical bills after the injury.
When we take your case, you will pay no legal fees unless we win you money for the injury or wrongful death claim. We prepare each case to win, whether it means waiting for a larger settlement or going to trial.
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