Riding a motorcycle through the streets of Weston and other areas in Southern California can be a lot of fun, but it is also a risky endeavor. While most rides go off without a hitch, motorcycle accidents are common, and they can be among the deadliest on the road. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that in eight out of 10 motorcycle accidents, injury or death for the operator of the motorcyclist results. Even in accidents that don’t appear that serious, the stage can be set for a lifetime of pain and suffering, months or years of therapy and rehabilitation, and potential surgeries.
Accident victims often struggle with the high costs that are synonymous with motorcycle accidents, all at a time when they’re not able to work and are facing various medical treatments and procedures in order to recover. The Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman and our Weston motorcycle accident attorney understand the nuances of such accidents and have successfully helped many clients recoup damages to help make them whole again financially.
Common Motorcycle Accident Causes
It is sometimes the case that an inexperienced or inattentive motorcycle operator causes his own crash. However, this is the exception, not the rule. Most motorcycle accidents can be traced to:
- Errors by drivers on the road. Other drivers, who are either not paying attention, driving recklessly, speeding or distracted by texting or talking on cell phones are the most common source of motorcycle accidents. Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs can also cause violent motorcycle crashes.
- Defects in the design of the motorcycle. Negligence on the part of the motorcycle’s manufacturer can lead to unsafe conditions and potential crashes. For example, if an error on the assembly line when the brake system on the motorcycle was installed slips by inspectors, a crash can result.
- Road conditions. Uneven pavement, pot holes, and even debris left by road crews can cause a motorcyclist to lose control and crash.
Regardless of the cause of the crash, motorcycle accidents are notorious for leaving riders with significant injuries that cause long-term medical issues. Even minor motorcycle accidents can cause injuries such as broken bones, deep lacerations and cuts, and road rash. More serious accidents involving motorcyclists may result in injuries to the head and neck, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries; permanent damage to muscles; spinal cord injuries, including conditions that cause paralysis; burn injuries, including those that lead to permanent disfigurement and scarring or that can require surgical correction.
Motorcycle Accident Liability
More than one person or entity may be found liable in a motorcycle crash. Typically, blame lies with the driver of a passenger vehicle. The government agency responsible for road maintenance is sometimes also held liable, depending on the circumstances. Another potential litigant in motorcycle accident claims is the motorcycle’s manufacturer or the company that made the parts for the bike. A seasoned accident attorney can help identify all potential defendants for your claim to ensure you get the maximum compensation you are entitled to under the law.
The Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman and our Weston motorcycle accident attorneys have experiencing resolving cases just like yours, ensuring that you are properly compensated for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Schedule your no-cost case review now.