You Have Rights as a Motorcycle Accident Victim
Most insurance companies are reluctant to compensate victims of motorcycle accidents. Motorcycle accidents come with unique challenges in getting compensated, one example is that insurance providers may not be willing to accept responsibility and pay up, even if the accident was clearly caused by another driver.
When it comes to motorcycle accidents the outcome is notoriously difficult to predict. That’s why victims of these accidents need experienced injury attorneys on their side. Harsh Law is well known for recovering claims from insurance providers.
As top-rated high desert accident lawyers, Harsh Law attorneys know what it takes to go up against insurance providers and will diligently fight to recover for what you and your loved ones are entitled to.
High Desert Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
According to statistics from the California Office of Traffic Safety (https://www.ots.ca.gov/ots-and-traffic-safety/score-card/), there are approximately 800,000 registered motorcycles in the state. Among those registered, there were 16,505 accidents reported annually – roughly 2% or a 1 in 50 odds of a motorcycle driver being involved in an accident.
The number of fatalities for motorcyclists is significantly greater than fatality rate of passenger vehicles. Motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars and often have high performance capabilities. Motorcycles lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle when crashing, so their riders are more likely to sustain injuries or death. The United States federal government estimates that per mile traveled in 2018, the number of deaths on motorcycles was nearly 27 times the number in cars.
Additional items from the OTS report:
- Motorcycle fatalities decreased 9.4% from 523 in 2018 to 474 in 2019.
- Motorcyclist deaths from not wearing a helmet decreased 18% from 34 in 2018 to 28 in 2019.
- Engine sizes of motorcycles whose drivers were killed in crashes have gone up dramatically. Among motorcycle drivers killed in 2019, 34 percent drove motorcycles with engine sizes larger than 1,400 cc, compared with 9 percent in 2000 and less than 1 percent in 1990.
There are strict traffic laws all motorists must abide by, but unfortunately, other drivers don’t always comply – most significant accidents cited at-fault drivers for not, “seeing” motorcyclists on the road. The vast majority of motorcycle collisions in California are the result of another driver’s negligent actions. Speeding, failure to yield, weaving in and out of lanes, and driving while intoxicated are just some of the many factors that contribute to the injuries and deaths of riders in the state.
Common Factors Contributing to Motorcycle Collisions in San Bernardino County
The factors that cause an accident in the high desert of California are not always easy to determine, but most cases can be attributed to a driver’s disregard for traffic safety laws. The padding and helmets worn by motorcyclists offer minimal protection compared to passenger automobiles when accounting for the steel encasing of most vehicles.
Our California motorcycle accident lawyers are committed to helping you recover the damages you have suffered because of another motorist’s negligence.
If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident, you have the right to seek legal help. Contact our personal injury attorneys, in San Bernardino County and Riverside County, today to schedule a free consultation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have experience protecting the rights of motorcycle accident victims and work diligently for you.