Motorcycle riders usually have nothing but helmets to protect them from high speed impacts with the road or other vehicles. As a result, motorcycle accidents often result in a serious injuries or fatalities. If you or your loved one has been involved in a serious motorcycle crash, you should contact an experienced attorney to protect your rights.
At The Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock, A.P.C., our personal injury lawyers understand the laws of the road and offer aggressive, yet compassionate representation for individuals and families affected by serious motorcycle crashes. To find out how we can help you, please contact our San Diego motorcycle accident attorneys today.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can be caused by a wide range of factors, including:
- Another driver’s inability to see the motorcycle coming
- Other drivers changing lanes without proper use of their mirrors or looking over their shoulders
- Drunk driving, driving while under the influence
Other causes, which can shift liability for the crash away from other motorists, include road hazards like potholes or loose gravel, defective parts or faulty repair work. Regardless of the cause of the motorcycle accidents, an experienced lawyer will be able to find the cause, determine negligence (if any), and help the injured motorcycle rider and his/her family recover compensation.
The reason motorcycle accidents so often end in fatalities is the exposure of the rider. Though helmets are required in California, they offer only minimal protection for the brain in high speed wrecks, and helmets do nothing for the rest of the body. Those who survive serious motorcycle accidents often suffer severe, debilitating injuries such as:
- Broken bones
- Limb amputations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe road rash and burns
- Disfiguring scars
Compared to the drivers of automobiles, riders involved in motorcycle accidents are more than 20 times more likely to die and five times more likely to suffer serious injuries.
Contact a San Diego Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you or your loved one has suffered a serious injury or death in a motorcycle accident, you should speak to a lawyer immediately. Insurance companies will often try to settle these cases quickly, offering much less than what the injured person is entitled to.
To find out if you have an accident claim, you should speak with an experienced San Diego motorcycle accident attorney who is familiar with the laws of the state. To schedule a free consultation, please contact us today.