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The Five Most Common Causes Of A Motorcycle Accident

Posted on: April 22, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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Motorcycle accidents are not more common than other traffic accidents, but they are more apt to result in serious injuries or fatalities. Thus, it pays for motorcyclists to know the leading reasons for accidents and to use the information wisely. If you are a motorcyclist in California and you are injured because someone else was driving negligently, discuss your rights and options – including the possibility of a personal injury lawsuit – as quickly as possible with an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney. The leading reasons for motorbike accidents are:

  1. Cars making left-hand turns: This is the most dangerous situation that motorcyclists face. A left turn is a factor in 42 percent of all motorcycle-automobile collisions.
  2. Lane-splitting: When a motorcyclist rides between lanes or tries to maneuver between lanes in a traffic jam, it’s always dangerous. Auto and truck drivers expect a motorbike to be inside a lane, not between two lanes.
  3. Recklessness and negligence: Auto and truck drivers aren’t responsible for every motorbike accident. A large percentage of motorcycle accidents happen because a motorbike rider was either speeding or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. While speeding and alcohol are common reasons for all kinds of traffic accidents, the injuries they cause in a motorcycle crash are far more likely to be serious or fatal.
  4. Road hazards: Motorcycles face more danger from road hazards than cars and other vehicles. A motorcycle has only two wheels, so potholes, dead animals, slick pavement, and unexpected objects on the road pose a serious safety threat.
  5. Lack of motorcycle experience: Experienced riders know how to handle their motorcycles and deal with hazardous road conditions, but becoming experienced takes serious time and effort. Until you have mastered a motorcycle, it’s smarter to stay off the busier streets and highways.

A motorbike can be delightfully entertaining, but it’s also a serious responsibility. If you own a motorbike or if you are thinking about one, consider taking a motorcycle safety course. And if you’re injured by a negligent driver while riding your bike anywhere in California, don’t wait to make the call. Take your case immediately to an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney.

Five Common Mistakes Made After A Motorcycle Accident (And How To Avoid Them)

Posted on: April 20, 2015 by in Personal Injury
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Motorcycle accidents cause thousands of serious injuries every year. If you are a motorcyclist and you’re injured by a negligent driver in southern California, discuss your options – which may include a personal injury lawsuit – as quickly as possible with an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney. You should know, however, that the actions you take immediately after your motorcycle accident will directly influence your case and the amount of your settlement. Don’t make any of these five common mistakes after a motorcycle accident:

  1. Leaving the scene: It is imperative that you stay on the scene until insurance information has been exchanged and the police have arrived. If you or anyone else is injured, call for medical assistance.
  2. Not calling the police: Always call the police immediately after you’ve summoned medical assistance. You’ll usually need a police report if you file a personal injury claim, and you may need the testimony of the officers as well.
  3. Not obtaining insurance information: Ask the other driver for his or her driver’s license number, car registration information, license plate number, address and telephone number, and insurance documentation. Copy the information accurately, or if you can, take pictures of the documents and license plate with the other driver’s permission. Of course, you’ll have to reciprocate and share your information with the other driver as well.
  4. Not obtaining medical treatment: Even if you do not “feel” injured, have a doctor look at you. Injuries that seem trivial at first can emerge later as major medical problems. If you file a personal injury claim, you’ll need medical documentation right from the start.
  5. Not obtaining an attorney: Next to not obtaining medical treatment, the worst mistake you can make after a motorcycle accident is failing to seek out the counsel of a good personal injury lawyer. If you are injured in any traffic accident in southern California, contact an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney immediately after obtaining medical treatment.