Elk Grove Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Elk Grove, a charming suburb located in Sacramento County, has the perfect climate for motorcycling. Whether you ride as a hobby or daily commuter, the temperate weather, sunshine, and beautiful landscapes make for a picturesque cruise down some of Elk Grove’s more popular interstates and streets. However, this exhilarating pastime brings unfortunate risks.
Motorcycling can be a dangerous activity. In fact, a motorcycle accident is 35 times more likely to take a life than a car accident. The vast majority of these motorcycle accident fatalities are due to traumatic brain injuries. Remember to always wear a helmet, even if you are a safe driver. You never know what you might encounter while on the road.Serving the Elk Grove Community
I have served the Elk Grove community since 1982 as an experienced and skilled personal injury lawyer. I have witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of an unforeseen motorcycle accident – families struggling to make sense of a catastrophic tragedy. My law firm provides a unique type of representation. We treat all of our clients like family members. This allows us to develop a close relationship with our clients. We have kept in touch with many of our old clients and see them regularly at events. By welcoming you into our family, we strive to provide you with a personalized approach to representation that is customized based on your goals and interests.
To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at my law firm, call us at (916) 694-0002 in the Elk Grove area.Causes of Elk Grove Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are on the rise in Elk Grove. The number of motorcycle accidents has more than doubled in recent years. Most often, these dangerous accidents are entirely preventable by the at-fault party.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Driver negligence
- Roadway defects
- Motorcycle manufacturer defect
When a motorcycle accident is caused by driver negligence, another vehicle often collides with the motorcycle, forces the rider to lay the bike down, or runs the motorcyclist off the road. The vehicle driven by the negligent motorist might be another motorcycle or a car, SUV or semi-truck. Negligence is the legal term used for carelessness. Carelessness can occur when a driver fails to obey traffic laws. This includes ignoring posted signs or speeding. Carelessness also can occur when the driver simply fails to pay attention or observe safe driving practices. A negligent driver may be liable for damages for physical, financial, and emotional injuries.
Roadway defects are dangerous conditions on the road caused by poor design or maintenance. The most common type of defect is a pothole. When a steep pothole goes unrepaired, it may cause tire blowouts that hurtle motorcyclists through the air. The entity responsible for maintaining the roadways, usually the city of Elk Grove or Sacramento County, may be liable if a dangerous condition on the road is not remedied satisfactorily.
Finally, defects in how the motorcycle is designed or built may also contribute to a crash. If the manufacturer knows that the engine in your hog is likely to internally combust at high speeds, for example, but sells the motorcycle to you anyway, the manufacturer may be liable for injuries if an accident occurs.
Watch the video below to find out more about what to look for in a motorcycle accident attorney.Elk Grove Motorcycle FAQ
What is the leading cause of motorcycle accidents?
Motorcycle accidents can occur for many reasons. While some accidents involve the motorcyclist’s careless driving, many are caused by other drivers. The number one cause of motorcycle crashes is the failure of motorists to recognize and detect motorcycles on the road. Since motorcycles are smaller in size, their visibility may be obstructed by other vehicles on the road.
Do helmets really save lives?
Fatal motorcycle accidents can be preventable if helmets are worn. According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention Control, helmets saved over 1800 lives in 2016. Helmets reduce the risk of death by 37-percent and the risk of head injury by 69-percent. The CDC reports that if all motorcyclists wore helmets in 2016, about 800 more lives could have been saved.
Are bigger motorcycles safer to ride?
While bigger cars are safer due to their space and mass, there is no evidence that bigger motorcycles are safer. Comfort while riding is the most important feature for riders, and that comes with riding a motorcycle that's properly fitted for your height and weight. New riders are recommended to start with a smaller motorcycle that is easy to maneuver. As their skills develop, they can move to a larger motorcycle.
I’m Ed Smith, an Elk Grove motorcycle accident lawyer with the most informative accident website available – www.autoaccident.com. If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another, call me for free, friendly advice at (916) 694-0002 or (800) 404-5400.
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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 3.13.20]