Merced Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle accidents, no matter their severity, can leave a lasting impact on your life and it usually isn’t for the better. Riders can experience some of the most catastrophic injuries imaginable if involved in a motorcycle accident. One of the biggest factors that contribute to the danger of riding a motorcycle is the negligence of other motorists. With more than three decades of experience handling motorcycle accident cases, I have seen firsthand what these accidents can do to even the most experienced of riders.Serving Injured Motorcyclists
I have proudly served the Merced and surrounding communities in Northern California for more than 35 years when it comes to dealing with the aftermath of motorcycle accidents. Some of my cases have involved drunk drivers, uninsured drivers, hit and runs, distracted drivers and drivers who simply fail to obey the traffic laws. There are plenty of reasons why a motorcycle might crash; negligent motorists, inclement weather, animals, choppy pavement, debris on the roads, defective products and more. To speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer following a motorcycle accident, call me at (209) 227-1931. I am here to provide you with free, friendly, and no-obligation legal advice. I can also be reached via my website, AutoAccident.com if you wish to contact me online.An Overview of Merced
The city of Merced, which was named for the Merced River, was incorporated on April 1, 1889. The city is the county seat in Merced County, California. An estimate in 2014 puts the population of the city at roughly 81,700 people. Merced is part of the San Joaquin Valley in the central region of the state. Merced is commonly known as the “Gateway to Yosemite” since it is just two hours by vehicle from Yosemite National Park. The city is also within a two-hour drive from the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay.
With a population closing in on 82,000 people, there are traffic jams on a daily basis throughout the city of Merced. With hundreds of motorcycles on the roads each day, it’s not surprising that motorcycle accidents are common throughout Merced. In the span of just five years, there were 84 motorcycle accidents within the city limits. Of those 84 accidents, four were fatal, and 12 involved alcohol. Riding a motorcycle is so dangerous due to the lack of protection for riders, making it 35 times more likely you will suffer a fatal injury in a crash compared to being involved in a motor vehicle crash.Merced Dangerous Intersections
The city of Merced has seen its fair share of motorcycle accidents. For example, in July 2017 a motorcyclist was severely injured during a crash at the intersection of G Street and Olive Avenue. This is one of the busiest and most dangerous intersections in the city of Merced. According to the Merced Police Department, a motorcycle and white pickup truck collided in the intersection, sending one person to the hospital.
Some of the other dangerous locations in Merced include the following areas:
- G St and W 21st St
- R St and W 18th St
- W Olive Avenue and R St
- E 27th St and Agnes Way
- E 23rd St and Glen Avenue
Just like the aftermath of a car accident, riders involved in a motorcycle accident will often second guess and wonder how they might have done things differently in order to avoid the accident altogether. When you look at motorcycle accidents in the Merced area and throughout Northern California, you begin to find a theme as to the most common causes. The list below is not exhaustive, but does explain some causes you might encounter as a rider:
- The Weather: The weather can play a big role in motorcycle accidents. Most riders will not take their bikes out if the weather is already bad. But, there are times where riders will get caught in storms or other random weather events. This inclement weather can lead to tragic accidents due to high winds, heavy rain, limited visibility, and flying debris.
- Negligent Drivers: Negligent drivers are another common cause of motorcycle accidents in Merced. This category includes any driver who operates a vehicle while distracted, while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, disregards the rules of the road or engages in any other type of negligent behavior while driving.
- Roadway Hazards: Hazards in the roadway can be deadly for motorcyclists. These can include potholes, leaves, debris, dirt, dead animals, gravel, tree limbs, stranded vehicles and more.
- Defective Products: A part on the motorcycle could be defective, which could lead to it failing to operate properly, which then could cause an accident. Defective products are the responsibility of the motorcycle manufacturer.
The injuries that motorcycle riders can suffer differ based on the severity of the accident. Even minor accidents can cause injuries that do not manifest until days after the crash. Because of this possibility, it is always best to seek medical treatment both on the scene and at a hospital immediately following the accident. Motorcyclists involved in an accident could suffer any of the following injuries:
- Damage to nerves
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Cervical Sprains also known as whiplash
- Road rash
The following video discusses some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents.Merced Motorcycle Accident FAQ
I suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident and am out of work for a while. How will my bills get paid?
One of the biggest worries motorcyclists have following an accident aside from their recovery is how their bills will be paid. Many injuries suffered can leave riders out of work for months at a time as they go through rehabilitation. The thought of having medical bills piling up on the counter can be overwhelming. Add in the rest of your monthly financial responsibilities and your stress levels will become unbearable. An experienced injury attorney can help you communicate with insurance companies and secure compensation that can help to pay costly medical bills.
How do I know if the helmet I'm wearing meets the state's helmet law requirement?
The best way to find out if your helmet meets the state's helmet law is to see if there is a U.S. Department of Transportation label on it. It should say "DOT." The label certifies that the helmet meets federal safety standards.
What should I do first if I was involved in a motorcycle accident?
If you have been injured, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. After that, call an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to find out about your legal rights. You should also take pictures of your injuries and any damages to your bike. Keep copies of all your medical bills and related expenses.Merced Motorcycle Accident Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, a Merced motorcycle accident attorney. The last thing you will want to do following a motorcycle accident is to navigate the legal waters alone. You need to make informed decisions regarding your situation. Why not reach out to me today for some free, friendly advice? I can be reached at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400.
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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 3.9.20]