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The Dangers of Motorcycle Accidents in Los Angeles
Five thousand and fourteen motorcyclists. That’s how many riders died from accidents in the U.S. in 2019 alone. This figure accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in that period. This is 29 times the per-mile fatalities when compared to car accident fatalities.
The inherent vulnerability in riding is well known. In the case of an impact, very little is stopping you from launching off of your bike and into danger.
Your first line of defense is to practice safety. Avoid drinking while riding, wear your helmet and proper gear, and ride defensively.
For everything else, you have us.
Why You Should Choose Century Law
You have two choices:
Fall for fancy advertising campaigns and give your case to a firm where you will be ‘just another number.‘ Where you will struggle to actually speak to your attorney, whoever they may be. Where you’ll question what you’re being asked to do and why you’re being asked to do it. You’ll doubt the effort put toward your case and be kept in the dark about the progress being made – if any. You’ll forever second guess the outcome of your case.
Or, call the best Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers at Century Law.
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With us, you’ll have direct access to your attorney. We’ll ensure you receive the best medical care available, and you’ll receive regular follow-ups from our expert staff who’ll be checking in on how your recovering from your injuries and who’ll be keeping you up-to-date with your case’s progress.
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Leading Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Los Angeles
Almost twenty-five percent of all motorcycle accidents are single vehicle accidents. More often than not, single vehicle accidents are the result of rider error rather than a roadway defect. The other seventy-five percent of crashes involved another vehicle, and it’s the other vehicle which is at fault in the majority of those crashes.
The most common type of motorcycle accident involves the motorcycle proceeding straight through an intersection with the right-of-way while an inattentive vehicle traveling in the opposite direction executes a left-turn in front of the oncoming rider. Other common collisions involve other motorists failure to recognize the motorcycle or yield to the motorcycle’s right-of-way.
Lane Splitting in California
Contrary to what many believe, lane splitting is entirely legal within the state of California. Approved in August 19, 2016, Assembly Bill No. 51 (AB 51) added Section 21658.1 to the California Vehicle Code. Section 21658.1 reads as follows:
(a) Fore the purpose of this section, “lane splitting” means driving a motorcycle, as defined in Section 440, that has two wheels in contact with the ground, between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane, including on both divided and undivided streets, roads, or highways.Cal. Veh. Code § 21658.1
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Some of our lawyers ride. They often say “every rider goes down at least once” so “it’s not a matter of ‘if,’ but ‘when,’” a rider will go down. We know that it’s often the other vehicle that causes the accident, and even when wearing the best DOT and Snell Certified protective gear on the market, motorcyclists are still commonly subject to catastrophic injury or death resulting from a motorcycle crash. Some common injuries include:
Broken or fractured bones
Traumatic brain injury
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
Survival comes above all else. The following list gives you an idea on how to protect yourself and your interests in case of a serious motorcycle crash:
Your first priority is your safety. Move yourself to a safe location to avoid any further injury. Remember, your bike and your gear is replaceable, but you aren’t.
Once in a safe location, call 911. Emergency responders take time to arrive, so call as immediately as you can.
Take photos of the accident. If it’s safe to do so, take photos of the accident as soon as possible before things are moved around. The point of impact and the orientation of your bike and other vehicles involved in the accident is vital. Take particular note of skid marks and any other indicators of an accident. Be sure to step back and take photos of the entire scene too, not just close-ups.
If you ride with a camera, the footage may be beneficial to your case. Document the accident as best as you can. This can sometimes make the difference between winning and losing. If you have video footage, make sure you back it up to the cloud for safe keeping.
Get off the road. After you’ve taken pictures, and then only if it’s safe to do so, move your motorcycle off the road. This will reduce the likelihood of additions results.
Exchange information with the other parties involved. Obtain driver licenses and insurance information from the other parties. Be sure to take pictures of these documents as well as the license plates, if possible. Note: Don’t admit fault under any circumstance. Fault will be determined by professional, which is why you need our expect motorcycle accident lawyers by your side.
Get to the hospital immediately. If you believe that you’ve been injured, don’t take any chances. Going home and seeing how you feel later is wrong and potentially dangerous. Don’t risk it. Go to the nearest hospital and request immediate medical treatment. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and in many cases unseen injuries such as internal bleeding can’t be self-diagnosed..
Contact your lawyer. Parties involved in the accident can act irrationally. The police might document facts of the case incorrectly. If you’ve been in a crash, your lawyer is the only person with a vested interest in protecting you and your rights.
We’re Here to Help
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, you need the Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers at Century Law to get the maximum compensation you deserve. Dealing with the serious and sometimes life threatening injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash will put a severe financial and emotional strain on you and your family. We’re here to help.
Make the right decision. Don’t pick a firm too small to get the job done, or too big to care about your case. Hire the Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers at Century Law and let us fight for you!