If you or a loved one are seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be facing expensive and extensive medical treatment and a long road to recovery. Having an experienced California personal injury attorney by your side can help you deal with insurance companies and the legal side of things to that you can focus on getting better.
Riding a motorcycle down the open road can give you a sense of freedom that you really can’t achieve any other way, especially because there is very little between you, the road, and the elements. The unfortunate truth is that with this freedom comes a high risk of accidents. Many of these accidents occurred because of driver error, driver distraction, and driver inexperience, or speeding and/or alcohol was involved.
Selecting an attorney to represent you is often a difficult decision. An attorney that you choose must have the skill, knowledge, experience and staff support to effectively represent you. However, those things are not enough. You should feel a personal connection with the lawyer. Empathy and compassion is not something that can be taught in law school or be faked. When you discuss your claim with an attorney, you will know if that person is the right attorney for you.
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In 2006, the University of Southern California conducted a study on the causes of motorcycle accidents. The study examined nine hundred motorcycle accidents that occurred in and around Los Angeles and analyzed several aspects of each accident. Additionally, the study observed about 3,600 reports from the same area of traffic accidents involving motorcycles. Some of the key findings from the report included:
While no accident is the same, and many different factors can cause or contribute to a motorcycle accident, these statistics are important and should be kept in mind when you decide to go out for a motorcycle ride. However, even if a motorcycle driver or rider does everything possible to try to prevent an accident or to minimize injuries, accidents, and serious injuries still do occur. Because of the nature of a motorcycle – the fact that there is nothing protecting you from the road or another vehicle, such as a roll bar or an airbag, or even a car door – injuries from a motorcycle accident are much more likely, and much more likely to be severe. One thing that motorcycle drivers and riders can do to reduce the likelihood of serious injury or death is to wear a helmet. In fact, California has a universal helmet law meaning that the law requires all riders to wear a helmet. So not only should California motorcycle drivers and riders wear helmets, they must wear a helmet.