In most cases riding a motorcycle in San Diego can be a pleasant experience.
Many people enjoy the freedom they feel while riding a motorcycle and due to the way San Diego roads are designed.
Riding a motorcycle in a sunny area like San Diego is hard to beat, but accidents do happen.
However, unlike cars, motorcycles offer little protection when they are involved in a traffic accident.
When you start to actually look at the statistics, the numbers are pretty scary and should make you pay attention.
According to the California Highway Patrol statistics collected in the Annual Report of Deadly Collisions and Vehicle Injury Injuries (using 2011 as an example):
- Approximately 435 drivers and passengers on motorcycles or scooters were injured or killed annually in the Golden State.
- Ten more times that number of people are injured each year when driving motorcycles, mopeds, and motorized skates.
- As a percentage of all motor vehicle operators in California, motorcyclists are much more likely in statistics to be seriously injured or killed in a traffic collision.
According to police, the most common places for motorcycle accidents in San Diego are the following:
- Convoy Street and the 805
- Del Dios Highway
- Pinecrest Avenue and Murray Ridge Road
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in San Diego
There are many factors that can contribute to a motorcycle accident in San Diego.
Here are some of the common causes of motorcycle accidents:
Unsafe lane changes: These occur more frequently on motorways, but also on streets with multi-lane surfaces; the driver simply does not check the mirrors or blind angles correctly, suddenly changes lanes (sometimes without pointing them correctly) and collides with the motorcyclist, who does not have time to react and has nowhere to escape.
Left turns in front of motorcycles: This occurs in and around intersections especially on the busy urban streets of San Diego with various travel directions and on the central turning lanes.
Cars coming out of side streets and cars parked: This happens when a car, truck, or SUV does not see a motorcycle going in the opposite direction, causing a collision or confusing the biker and causing them to lose control to try to avoid the impact.
Lane splitting: When a motorcycle is driving between lanes (can be legal in California)
Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents in San Diego
Common injuries sustained as a result of a motorcycle accident:
- Bone fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Brain damage
- Injuries to the neck
- Fatal injuries
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
We know and understand the pain, stress, and confusion that comes from being the victim of a motorcycle accident in San Diego.
It is also true that everything becomes even more complicated when one does not know the laws and procedures.
Our lawyers at the Avrek Law Firm are experienced in motorcycle accidents and are familiar with all the tricky laws.
Our experienced attorneys are very familiar with the legal steps involved in motorcycle accident cases and have extensive experience dealing with insurance companies in San Diego.
We work on a contingency basis, meaning you do not have to pay anything unless we win the case for you.
What is My Motorcycle Accident Claim Worth?
Insurance companies will always try to offer the lowest compensation possible, and it is important to calculate if that offered sum will cover all of the damages.
In case of death, the family will have to seek compensation for loss of company or association, especially if the victim was the main household provider.
If you or a loved one is injured in a motorcycle accident, you are entitled to compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses (includes consultations, medicines, treatments, surgeries, and therapies)
- Past and future wages
- Reduction of profitability
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Decrease in the value of your motorcycle
- Loss of motorcycle use
- Rent of a temporary vehicle while your motorcycle is being repaired
We know that you are not prepared for these situations and that is why you must have a team of lawyers who have experience in these cases.
We will make sure you have the treatment you need regardless of whether you have insurance or not.
How Long Do I have To Take Legal Action?
There are important deadlines that apply to California injury claims.
These terms are known as the Statute of Limitations.
Once the deadline is reached it could become impossible to obtain compensation for you, even in cases of catastrophic injuries.
Many times it is not known who is exactly responsible for the accident and it may take time to discover who is to blame.
It is imperative to avoid passing the legal deadline of two years to protect your claim.
Bottom line is, if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash please contact Avrek for a Free consultation today.
Motorcycle Accident Checklist – What To Do After An Accident
Seek medical help. If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, it is best to seek immediate medical help for all those who have suffered an impact.
Take photos. Documenting an accident can serve as evidence to know who is primarily responsible for a collision. Taking photos of the state of the motorcycle and other vehicle will help determine or know the causes of the accident.
Get legal help. Contacting an expert accident lawyer will let you know the best options you have for getting compensation for the accident, especially if you were seriously injured.
Take notes. Writing down everything you remember about how the accident happened as soon as possible after it happened will help you not to forget or allow fuzzy memories to become confusing. Try to take notes about all the injuries you present, where they are on the body, how they feel, and what their progress is over the days after the accident.
Ask for witness information. Ask the people who witnessed the accident for their names, phone information, and a brief account of what they witnessed.
Do not declare or sign anything. Many insurers (even your own ones) can take advantage of the moments following an accident to take statements that are still unclear due to the impact or emotional shock they presented. Try not to declare anything or sign documents, especially when dealing with compensation agreements, since afterwards it will be practically impossible to reverse them.