Calabasas Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Motorcycles can be fun, cost-effective, and in many cases more environmentally friendly than passenger vehicles. They can also be extremely dangerous. If a crash occurs, motorcycle riders are at significantly higher risk for serious or fatal injuries than occupants of passenger cars. Motorcyclists are directly exposed to any hazards that may arise on the road, without the protective shell of a car to protect them from serious impacts. Motorcycle riders must also be on constant vigilance, ready to make a split-second decision that can mean the difference between life and death. If you are one of the thousands of people injured in motorcycle accidents in California every year, you have the right to hold the responsible party accountable. We can help.
The Halpern Law Firm has been protecting the rights of accident injury victims for the past 40 years. We are ready to bring our decades of traffic accident litigation experience to bear in pursuing your claims for damages after a California motorcycle crash injury or wrongful death. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a motorcycle, whether as a rider, a passenger, a pedestrian, or another motorist on the road, we are ready to help.
California Leads the Country in Motorcycle Accidents
Serious motorcycle accidents are a daily occurrence all over the country. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,014 motorcyclists died in motorcycle crashes in 2019. Around 84,000 motorcyclists were injured the same year.
California has some of the highest numbers of motorcycle accidents and fatalities of any state. In 2019, 474 motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents in California (close to 10% of the national total), down from 578 in 2017 and 523 in 2018. These numbers alone, of course, do not tell the whole story. Each year there are more than 15,000 motorcycle accidents leading to injury or death in the state. Motorcyclists represent close to 13% of all traffic fatalities in California, even though there are far fewer registered motorcycles as opposed to cars. Statistics show that motorcyclists are killed 29 times more often than passenger car riders on a per-mile basis.
Notably, around 75% of all motorcycle accidents involve a collision between the bike and at least one car. When a motorcyclist collides with a passenger car, the biker is much more likely to suffer a serious or fatal injury.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
A number of different factors can contribute to any given motorcycle accident. Certain hazards that motorcycle riders face, however, significantly increase the likelihood of a crash, regardless of who was at fault. The seasoned motorcycle accident attorneys at the Halpern Law Firm help accident victims recover after all types of accidents, including those caused by the following:
- Auto drivers and motorcyclists alike are far more likely to get on the road while under the influence of drugs or alcohol than we would like to acknowledge. Drunk drivers are dangerous enough; when someone gets on a motorcycle while intoxicated, they are almost guaranteeing that an accident will occur. Drunk automobile drivers are less likely to be aware of a motorcycle in their vicinity or drive carefully around them.
- Aggressive driving tactics. California is the only state to fully legalize lane-splitting or “white-lining,” the practice of riding between the lanes of traffic. While lane-splitting can be effective, it can also be dangerous. Speeding, passing on the right, and other aggressive tactics are often contributors to motorcycle accidents. Automobile drivers, for their part, may be just as aggressive driving around motorcycles, failing to give riders the space and respect they deserve as other vehicle drivers sharing the road.
- Road hazards. Potholes, felled trees, inclement weather such as rain, snow, or fog, and other hazards on the road are strong contributors to motorcycle accidents. Likely to increase the risk of any traffic accident, inclement road conditions are especially hard on bikers who are directly exposed to hazards and elements.
- Left-turning cars. Nearly half of all accidents between motorcycles and other vehicles involve a car turning left. Cars that turn left often collide with motorcycles that are either heading straight through the intersection, trying to pass the car, or overtaking the car. These accidents often occur because the left-turning driver was not paying attention to other vehicles on the road, failed to signal, or made some other mistake while turning left.
- Visibility issues. The biggest cause of motorcycle accidents is other vehicles either not noticing riders or not taking proper precautions when riders are around. Bikes are smaller objects on the road, making them harder to see than other vehicles. When auto drivers cannot see bikers, they are likely to make sudden turns, sudden lane shifts, or other movements that can easily lead to a motorcycle collision.
- Inexperienced and untrained riders. A shocking number of motorcycle accidents involve riders who were operating without a proper license. A large portion of accident victims are also riders who have had their licenses for a year or less. Without experience, motorcycle riders lack the split-second instincts necessary to react to situations and avoid hazards that can lead to an accident.
Dedicated Legal Advice and Representation from a Zealous Southern California Motorcycle Accident Law Firm
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle crash in Southern California, the experienced and passionate motorcycle crash legal team at the Halpern Law Firm is ready to fight for you. We work to get you the compensation you and your family deserve after a California motorcycle accident. Call us at (818) 785-5999 today. These cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning you won’t be charged any attorney’s fees unless we win compensation for you.