Statistics On Motorcycle Accidents
According to the NHTSA, a total of 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2015.
In the U.S. Chances of a motorcyclist dying was 29 times as compared to a car passenger while chances of a motorcyclist getting injured were 5 times.
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, in 2014, there were 519 motorcycle fatalities in California.
An increase from 463 the previous year.
The percentage of motorcyclist fatalities that were not licensed stood at 32 percent in 2013.
Motorcycles as a means of transport are common in Rancho Cucamonga.
Areas that report high motorcycle accidents within Rancho Cucamonga include:
- Grove Avenue
- Church Street
- Milliken Avenue
- 210 Freeway and 15 Freeway
Top Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents
Unsafe lane changing
This happens when a driver fails to check on his side mirror or blind spot if there is any traffic.
In addition, drivers who do not indicate that they are changing direction often cause this type of accident.
Opening Car Doors
Drivers who randomly open the car doors before checking if there is oncoming traffic often cause motorcycle crashes.
Drivers going at a high speed are not able to reduce their speeds in time to prevent collisions.
Driving under the influence of either drugs or alcohol
Alcohol and drugs first make a driver lose focus on the road.
It is worth noting that drivers driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs can face both criminal and civil charges.
Lane splitting is the act of riding between vehicles on the lane line.
This practice is allowed in the state of California but is a major cause of accidents especially when drivers are changing lanes.
In 2013, up to 32 percent of motorcycle accidents that led to fatalities were from riders who didn’t have licenses.
Inexperienced riders and drivers make the roads unsafe for other users since they can make unexpected moves.
Dangerous Road Conditions
These include potholes, crumbling pavement, lack of road signals and debris.
This increase the motorcycle rider’s chances of losing control o n their bike and causing an accident.
Left turn accidents
Common Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents
Since motorcyclists don’t have a protective surrounding structure, their chances of being severely hurt and getting either severe or fatal injuries in a crash are quite high.
Common injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Burn injuries
- Facial injuries
- Permanent scarring
Motorcyclists are advised to wear a helmet, protective gear such as boots, a leather jacket, gloves and reflective clothing.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
In many instances, motorcycle accident victims don’t seek professional legal help because they think there’s an upfront cost.
It is important that you hire a lawyer to represent you and help you get damages for the injuries caused.
Advice from a lawyer can drastically change the amount you might get in compensation.
What’s My Motorcycle Accident Claim Worth?
What is my claim worth is the most common question lawyers get after they have been contacted by motorcycle accident victims.
A claim depends on the degree and severity of the injury caused and any damage to property.
There are several factors insurance adjusters bring into consideration and these include the resulting injuries, lost time at work, lost earnings, the impact of the injury on one’s life, impact of the accident on future earnings and opportunities that were lost due to the accident.
Once this factors have being considered, the injured party will get damages for the medical bills, pain and suffering caused, lost earnings, property damage and future medical bills.
How Long Do I Have To Take Legal Action?
The general rule is that you should take legal action within two years from the date which the accident happened.
If you do not file a notice of claim within this time, you are not in a position to file a lawsuit for any damages.
Don’t delay. Contact Avrek Law today.
Type of Motorcycle Accidents
Not all motorcycle accidents are the same. Some are major accidents while others are minor accidents.
Here are different types of motorcycle accidents:
This type of accident occurs when a car hits an oncoming motorcycle after crossing the center line.
Rear-end accidents occur when a car is tailgating or following a motorcycle too close and the motorcycle suddenly stops.
These collisions occur when vehicles make a left turn towards the path of an oncoming motorcycle.
These type of accidents are common in parking lots and intersections.
These accidents commonly referred to as ‘T-bone’ or side impact are often the case of the driver not seeing the motorcycle rider.
This is an accident that occurs when a driver hits a motorcycle on the side.
Commonly occurs when the driver is either merging or changing lanes.
Sometimes, the motorcycle may not appear on the side mirror since the rider is in a blind spot and therefore drivers should be extra vigilant.
These accidents occur when motorcyclists lose control of their motorcycle and often lead to serious injuries or even death and motorcycle wrecks.
According to the NHTSA, motorcycles have a higher chance of colliding into a fixed object as compared to another vehicle.
Is a Lawyer Necessary and How Much Does it Cost?
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident or you are a victim, it is important that you contact an attorney so that they can assist you in the process of seeking damages.
An attorney can assist you get fully compensated and lead you through the process of seeking compensation.
Avrek Law charges no upfront costs and our clients only pay if we win your case.
Call us today for a Free consultation.
Motorcycle Accident Checklist – After a Motorcycle Accident
Leaving the accident scene may lead you to losing any claims since evidence is vital.
Call the police so that they can record a statement. The police report is important since it will be used as evidence when seeking a claim.
Photos of the scene can be used as evidence and finding who was at fault.
Get medical attention
Injuries from motorcycle accidents can be life threatening and it is important you seek medical attention as quickly as possible.
Contact a lawyer
Whether the motorcycle accident is your fault or not, you should still contact an attorney.
A lawyer will advise you on the best route to take to get fully compensated.