Hold Bad Drivers Accountable when They Behave Unsafely
As motorcycles are not enclosed like other vehicles, damages sustained to riders in an accident can be severe. Negligent and inattentive automobile drivers make motorcycle riding much more difficult, dangerous, and complex than driving a car. If you have been involved in an accident, get the help of a Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village motorcycle accidents lawyer by calling Westlake Injury Law today.Call (805) 338-6880 now for a free consultation with the experienced legal team at Westlake Injury Law.
Accident Statistics for Motorcycle Riders
Riding a motorcycle is far more perilous than driving a car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that the risk of a fatal crash is 35 times greater for a motorcyclist than for a car, with approximately 80% of reported motorcycle crashes resulting in serious injury or death. It is vital that other drivers make an effort to pay attention to riders sharing the road with them.
In 2020 in Los Angeles County 29.86% of riders involved in accidents were seriously injured. Factors that contribute to more serious motorcycle accident injuries include:
Automobiles failing to yield the right-of-way
Impairment by alcohol or drugs by either the motorcyclist or the driver
Failing to obey traffic lights or stop signs
California Motorcycle Lane Sharing Requirements
California laws allow motorcyclists to share the lane with other vehicles. Nevertheless, negligent drivers may fail to see motorcyclists and change lanes, causing an accident. In these cases, defense attorneys have been known to place the blame on the rider by claiming they were partially at fault. These claims are almost never true, so it is important to obtain the help of an experienced Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village motorcycle accidents lawyer to help you obtain the compensation you are owed.To increase the odds of a favorable settlement, accident victims should take steps following an accident, such as:
Refusing to give a recorded statement to any insurance company before hiring an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to protect your rights
Taking photos of the damage
Seeking immediate medical attention for any injuries
Even when a negligent driver swerves into a motorcyclist, there may be some who will unfairly place blame on the rider. With the help of an experienced trial attorney in Ventura County on your side, you may be better able to convince a jury that you or the victim of the accident was 0% at fault in the incident.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, please contact us today for a free consultation.
Timing is Everything.
Do not delay in addressing your legal concerns. If your situation has gotten out of hand, contact a Ventura County lawyer at the Westlake Injury Law to learn more about how we may be able to help you.