Rancho Cordova Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Many people live in the Rancho Cordova area because of the seasonal weather and the ability to ride their bikes as often as possible. While motorcyclists typically are skilled in operating their vehicles, other drivers contribute to accidents through negligence, and in some cases, reckless behavior. The driver of a vehicle that hits a motorcycle often claims that he or she did not even see the bike, which is a big part of the problem.Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Throughout California, more than 400 people are killed in motorcycle accidents each year, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These deaths are despite the fact that California requires bikers to wear helmets at all times while operating or riding on a motorcycle. Far more bikers are severely injured each year. At the Law Offices of Edward Smith, our experienced Rancho Cordova Motorcycle Accident Lawyers know how devastating these accidents can be on the person who was injured and his or her loved ones.Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
There are many causes of motorcycle accidents, including operator error and biking under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, in many accidents, there was some other reason for the accident, including:
- Driver negligence – These accidents often involve a car or other vehicle pulling into the path of a motorcyclist, turning in front of them, merging into the bike’s lane, or other accidents where the driver failed to observe the bike completely or did not correctly assess the distance between them or how quickly the bike and car would close the gap in distance. These accidents often happen at high rates of speed and the biker does not have the added protection of airbags, a steel frame, or seat belts (not that these would be a good idea on a bike). The protective clothing that a biker may wear usually is not sufficient to prevent serious cuts and abrasions, referred to as road rash, along with a myriad of other potential injuries;
- Driver recklessness – In these cases, a driver makes a decision to act in a manner that may endanger the safety of another with reckless disregard for the outcome. Aggressive driving often falls within this category;
- Road hazards – These take many forms, including poorly maintained roadways, improperly set-up construction sites, and even wash-out from people’s driveways. The potholes, protruding obstacles, or debris can lead to a serious motorcycle accident where the biker lays down his or her bike or is thrown from the bike; and
- Mechanical problems – There may be maintenance problems, but it also is possible that bike was not fixed properly by a mechanic or there could be inherent problems with the design or manufacture of the bike.
Regardless of the type of accident, if it was caused by the negligence of another person, it is important to bring a claim as quickly as possible. This is because there are time limits on when a case must be commenced. Once that time has run, there is nothing that can be done. In addition, evidence may deteriorate or disappear and witness recollection may fade. In order to maximize the chances of recovery, it is crucial to get the right attorney working on your behalf as soon as possible.
The following video discusses some of the most common causes of motorycle accidents.Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Rancho Cordova
I’m Ed Smith, a Rancho Cordova Motorcycle Accident Attorney, with the primary accident information site on the web, www.AutoAccident.com. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another, call me now at 916.921.6400 or 800.404.5400. You also can call us to receive friendly advice during a free initial consultation. The Rancho Cordova Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at the Edward A Smith Law Offices are ready to get to work for you immediately.
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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 9.3.19]