It is common to see motorcyclists along Sacramento’s highways enjoying a weekend off, or commuting to work.
Motorcycles are an enjoyable mode of transportation.
The issue however is the risk.
Motorcyclists face much greater risk for serious injury than those driving a car or truck.
Although motorcyclists may use the best safety equipment to protect themselves, and strictly adhere to all safety regulations in California, there is no way of controlling the actions of others on the road.
Motorcycle riders can suffer serious injuries even when involved in a minor accident with another motor vehicle.
Motorcyclists, with considerably less protection compared to those traveling in a car, are nearly five times more likely to be injured and 26 times more likely to die in an accident.
In 2013, 4,668 people died in motorcycle crashes across the country, according to statistics from the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Another 88,000 motorcyclists were injured the same year.
The danger of motorcycle accidents is often underestimated.
If you are in an accident involving motorcycles it is important that you seek a Sacramento motorcycle accident attorney who can help you recover damages in case of an accident or injury.
According to police reports, the most common places for motorcycle accidents in Sacramento are the following:
- Pacific Street between Sunset Boulevard and Woodside Drive
- Greenback Lane and Fountain Square Drive
- Stockton Boulevard near Fruitridge
- intersection of Power Inn Road and 53rd Avenue
The NHTSA reports that most fatal motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle and in 42 percent of those collisions, an automobile or truck has hit a motorcycle while turning left and interfered with its route, either coming directly from the opposite direction or while traveling in the same direction.
Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Sacramento
Many factors contribute to motorcycle accidents in Sacramento:
Driver negligence is one of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes.
Other drivers on the road may accelerate or may not give motorcyclists full use of the lane in which they are located.
Automobile drivers may forget to check their blind spots before changing lanes.
The negligence of a city, state or county may be partially responsible for a motorcycle accident, due to poor conditions on the road.
Failure to keep roads safe can be a serious problem for users, but especially for motorcyclists, who can be thrown off their motorcycle when and especially when overtaking on poorly paved road surfaces.
Motorcycle accidents are also sometimes caused by the negligence of the motorcyclists themselves.
Common Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can and do cause serious, catastrophic injuries.
Some of the most common types of injuries include:
- Spine injuries
- Brain damage
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries
- Scars and road rash
- Internal bleeding
- Neck and back injuries
Since injuries are often severe, the victim’s ability to get the best medical treatment is key.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Sacramento
If you were injured you need to contact Avrek Law Firm.
With more than 30 years of experience, our attorneys are dedicated to personal injury matters.
Our firm has successfully completed thousands of cases and recovered over $250 Million for clients injured.
How Long Do I Have To Take Legal Action?
The California statute of limitations is two years for personal injury cases, which means that you have two years from the date of the accident to file a case for personal injury.
To make sure your rights and your future are protected, call today for a personal injury lawyer who understands motorcycle accidents in Sacramento.
Types of motorcycle accidents
Here are some of the most common types of motorcycle accidents in Sacramento:
- Drivers who fail to see the motorcyclist
- Defective equipment on the motorcycle
- Rear end crashes
- Road hazards
- Sudden lane changes
- Lack of warnings about dangerous conditions
- Unexpected lane changes
- Traffic signs improperly placed
- Sudden and/or unexpected U-turns
- Drivers that drive to close to motorcyclists and cause them to leave the road or invade traffic
- Drivers who fail to assign the right of way
- Drivers who fail to check their blind spots
- Weather conditions
Many of the conditions can be prevented and others are accidents.
Is a Lawyer Necessary? How Much Does It Cost?
If you have had a motorcycle accident in Sacramento, you should immediately call a lawyer who is experienced and specialized in motorcycle accidents.
Your lawyer will understand the multiple and particular characteristics of motorcycle accidents.
Your lawyer can reconstruct the accident, considering factors that could indicate the negligence of the other driver.
Avrek Law Firm won’t charge you anything until we win the case for you, you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.
Motorcycle Accident Checklist – What To Do After An Accident
You should first immediately find a safe place away from the roadway, then seek medical attention to treat yourself and prevent more serious injuries.
The next thing you have to do is report the accident; if you are not transported to a hospital by ambulance you must call the police to report the accident.
A report will document the facts and identify the witnesses and those involved.
Finally you have to contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to represent and protect your rights.
A lawyer from Avrek Law Firm in Sacramento will ensure that your claims are handled competently from the start.