Motorcycle Accidents In Long Beach
Motorcycle accidents unfortunately occur too often in California, especially in our urban areas such as Long Beach.
There are many motorcycle riders who are injured or killed in accidents involving alcohol or mechanical failures.
But the vast majority of motorcycle accidents are due to driver error or negligence.
Bikers today are facing a greater danger when riding than just ten years ago.
With more and more accidents due to the use of mobile phones while behnid the wheel, problems increase on the road.
And with the increase of drivers on the road and traffic jams, motorcyclists have to be much more careful when riding.
Busy freeways like the 405 and 710, crowded instersections on Ocean Blvd. and PCH all contribute to more motorcycle crashes.
Contact a Long Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been injured in a motorycle crash then don’t hesitate to call our laywers today.
Avrek Law has over 30 years experience and we’ve recovered over $250 Million for our clients.
Our motorcycle lawyers are experienced and we’re here to help.
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Motorcycle Accidents in Numbers
According to the California Highway Patrol statistics collected in the Annual Report of Deadly Collisions and Vehicle Injury Injuries (using 2011 as an example of a year):
- Approximately 435 drivers and passengers on motorcycles or scooters were injured or killed annually in California
- Over 4300 people are injured each year when driving motorcycles, mopeds and motorized skates in California
- As a percentage of all motor vehicle operators in Long Beach, motorcyclists are much more likely to be seriously injured or killed in a traffic collision
While driving techniques and proper equipment such as helmets, gloves, boots, and protective clothing such as leather jackets help reduce accidents.
The fact remains that cyclists will continue to be hit by other cars, which will cause serious bodily injury.
The smaller size of the bike (and no steel protecting the riders) compared to other vehicles increases the mistakes of other drivers to not see the motorcyclist.
Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Long Beach
Typically, motorcycle accidents in Long Beach usually share a few things in common with other vehicles such as cars, trucks and SUVs.
This causes accidents involving the failure of motor vehicles such as trucks and cars when it comes to seeing the motorcyclist and avoiding the collision.
This plays an important role in common accident scenarios:
- Unsafe lane changes: These kinds of accidents occur more frequently on motorways, but also on streets with multi-lane surfaces; the driver simply does not check the mirrors. The legal cause of these incidents is often the California Vehicle Code 22107, which states that drivers must not move to the right or left between lanes until it is reasonably safe and must do so by providing the appropriate signal.
- New Riders – inexperienced riders cause a lot of accidents
- Turning left in front of motorcycles: This occurs in and around intersections, especially on busy urban streets with multiple directions of travel and on the central turning lanes. California Vehicle Code 21801 puts the responsibility on the driver in this kind of crash.
- Cars coming out of side streets and car parks towards the motorcyclist’s road: This happens when a car, truck, or SUV does not see a motorcycle in the opposite direction, and causes a collision. The California law CVC 21804, indicates that all drivers entering a road will yield the right side to oncoming traffic and will only enter when it is safe to do so.
Common Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can be life threatening, which is all the more reason to be extremely cautious if you ride.
Of course each accident is different as so many things go into the accident like weather, traffic, speed, etc.
Below we have compiled a list of common injuries that motorcycle riders deal with here in Long Beach California:
Proving Fault in a Motorcycle Crash
As we have explained in past articles, after an accident, your lawyer may contact the insurance company of the negligent party to negotiate an agreement for costs as a result of the accident.
He or she will use the information collected to recover compensation for your expenses.
If negotiations with insurance companies are unsatisfactory, you may be able to take legal action against the negligent party with the help of your lawyer.
Dealing with insurance companies can be a nightmare.
But with Avrek Law representing you, rest assured we’ve got your back.
What’s My Motorcycle Accident Claim Worth?
Most of our clients that have a motorcycle accident case want to know how much money they can get?
To help build your claim after a motorcycle accident, one of our attorneys at Avrek Law can:
- Collect police reports
- Bring together witness statements
- Photograph the scene
- Investigate the other driver’s history
- Rebuild the scene of the accident
- Recreate the accident
- Review medical records
- Consult experts
- Contact insurance companies on your behalf
All of these items will affect how much your motorcycle accident claim is worth, therefore having a professional on your side will increase the amount of compensation you can get.
Get the right medical care for your injuries and financial compensation
- Current medical treatment expenses
- Compensation for ongoing medical expenses
- Loss of income and any future loss of income
- Motorcycle repairs or replacement
- Reimbursement of vehicle/motorcycle rental for repairs
- Other out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering of a physical and emotional injury
How Long Do I Have to Take Legal Action?
In California, the statute of limitations gives an injured person a period of two years.
This is from the date of the injuries suffered in an accident.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash don’t delay, contact our motorycle accident laywers today.
Time is crucial as days go by because it’s important to keep medical records, and witnesses can easily forget things.
Motorcycle Accidents Caused By
Here are some of the most common motorcycle accidents in Long Beach:
- Drivers who did not see the motorcyclist
- Defective equipment on the motorcycle
- Rear end crashes
- Lane splitting
- Road conditions
- Sudden lane changes
- Running red lights
- Traffic signs improperly placed
- Sudden and/or unexpected U-turns
- Drivers who do not check their blind spots
- Weather conditions
What to do After a Motorcycle Accident?
It’s crucial that you take the necessary steps right after a motorcyle accident.
- Call 911: If you or someone else has suffered serious injuries, it is strongly recommended that you call 911 for urgent medical attention. If you do not feel you need emergency medical care, it is your choice.
- Call the police: Having a police report on the record about the accident can be very helpful for your case. Always call the police, especially if there was a serious injury.
- Take names: While waiting for the police and paramedics, you can start collecting the contact information of all parties involved in the accident, as well as the witnesses.
- Take photos: If possible, you should take photographs of the scene, preferably before the cars or your motorcycle move from their original positions.
- Call a lawyer: The sooner you contact a motorcycle accident injury lawyer, the better.
What Happens to My Motorcycle Insurance After an Accident?
You should not accept a settlement from an insurance company without first talking to an expert personal injury lawyer.
Our firm offers free consultations to help evaluate whether the insurance company is making a fair offer.
Insurance companies often take advantage of people who have been injured and who do not have a lawyer.
All too often, they lowball the victims.