If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles, don’t guess about your legal rights. TorkLaw attorneys are highly skilled and experienced in handling motorcycle accident cases, are knowledgeable about California law and the Los Angeles court system; they have recovered millions of dollars for accident victims and their families. Call now to talk to one of our Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers for a free, no-obligation consultation regarding your case: (888) 845-9696.
Dangers of Riding a Motorcycle in LA
Every year, hundreds of riders are killed and thousands are injured in motorcycle accidents on Los Angeles streets and freeways. The most common cause of these accidents is another driver’s failure to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist, especially when the motor vehicle is making a left turn in the face of an oncoming motorcycle.Distracted drivers are another frequent cause: motorcycles may be difficult to see on the road, and when other drivers are texting or not paying attention to the road ahead of them, it places motorcyclists at a greater risk than those in larger vehicles. Other common motorcycle accident causes are unsafe roads with potholes or uneven surfaces.
Injuries Happen, Even to the Most Cautious
Even though he or she was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, the motorcycle rider or his or her passenger can be severely injured, even killed, when his or her motorcycle is hit by a motor vehicle weighing thousands of pounds more than the bike. Often the motorcyclist’s injuries are catastrophic, such as a spinal cord injury like a broken neck or back, resulting in permanent paralysis from the neck down (“quadriplegia“) or from the waist down (“paraplegia“). The motorcyclist may suffer broken arms, legs, ribs, and other bones. Even though the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, it is still possible for him or her to suffer traumatic brain injury by the brain’s hitting against the inside of the skull. The motorcyclist may also suffer severe friction burns by being dragged along the asphalt or pavement for any distance. You also risk the possibility of a ruptured fuel tank catching fire, causing you to be severely burned (“thermal” burns).
Lane Splitting is Legal in California!
Riding a motorcycle between two lanes of cars moving in the same direction, or lane-splitting, is legal in California, whether the cars are stopped or are moving. Drivers changing lanes, especially in slow-moving rush-hour traffic, must look in his or her mirror and turn his or her head to see whether any motorcycles are lane-splitting before changing his lane. California law requires a driver to turn on his signal light prior to making the lane change so that approaching vehicles, including lane-splitting motorcyclists, can be warned of the impending lane change and take appropriate action to avoid getting into a collision.
What You Should Do If You Have Been Involved in a Motorcycle Accident
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident, whether as a driver or a passenger, contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to learn what your rights are. Our firm can conduct an independent investigation, including an inspection of the scene of the accident, and the bike, capturing and preserving critical evidence, and tracking down witnesses to record their statements. In a case involving catastrophic injuries like quadriplegia, paraplegia, or traumatic brain injury, the lawyer will likely want to hire an expert accident reconstructionist to help determine who was at fault – which may result in recovering a higher amount.