Elk Grove Motorcycle Accident Attorney


Elk Grove is an idyllic suburban community in Sacramento County that is well-known for its perfect weather conditions, picturesque scenery, and stunning landscapes. Whether as a hobby or a daily commuter, motorcycling enthusiasts can enjoy cruising down some of Elk Grove's popular interstates and streets, basking in the temperate weather and sunshine.

However, despite the exhilaration that comes with motorcycling, it is crucial to be aware of the potential dangers associated with this pastime. Motorcycling accidents can be life-threatening, and according to statistics, a motorcycle accident is 35 times more likely to cause a fatality than a car accident. Unfortunately, most motorcycle accident fatalities are due to traumatic brain injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Elk Grove, it is essential to seek the assistance of a skilled injury attorney. Call our law office at (916) 694-0002 for a free consultation. We offer a free consultation to assess the strength of your case and determine the best legal options available.

Serving the Elk Grove Community

We have served the Elk Grove community since 1982 as an experienced and skilled personal injury lawyer. We have witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of an unforeseen motorcycle accident – families struggling to make sense of a catastrophic tragedy. Our law firm provides a unique type of representation. We treat all of our clients like family members because 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 customized based on your goals and interests.

What are the Biggest Causes of 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.

The most common reasons for accidents involving motorcyclists 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 car 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. Neglect also can happen 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.

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Elk Grove Motorcycle Accident 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, 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 heavier motorcycles safer?

While bigger cars are safer due to their space and mass, there is no evidence that more extensive motorcycles are safer. Comfort while riding is the most crucial feature for riders, and that comes with riding a bike that's properly fitted for your height and weight. New riders are recommended to start with a smaller, easy motorcycle to maneuver. As their skills develop, they can move to a larger motorcycle.

Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Elk Grove

Recovering compensation after a motor vehicle collision can be challenging for a biker. Fortunately, an experienced motorcycle accident attorney in Elk Grove can help you through the process. If you have been injured in a crash as a motorcyclist, contact our law firm today for a free consultation at (916) 694-0002 or (800) 404-5400. Our Elk Grove motorcycle accident lawyers are available anytime to speak with you and provide free, friendly case advice.

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Editor's Note: updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 5.9.23]
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