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​What Are the Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

Many of the causes of motorcycle accidents are not related to motorcyclists. Those causes include: Other motorists: Approximately one-third of multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes result from other motorists turning into the motorcycle's path. Other motorists may also cause motorcycle accidents by tailgating, running red lights, stop signs, yield signs, driving while distracted or intoxicated, or engaging in other dangerous driving behaviors. Road conditions: Potholes, uneven roadways, large cracks in the road, dangerously positioned work crews, non-operational traffic lights, and other road conditions can contribute to motorcycle accidents. Pedestrians: If a pedestrian suddenly crosses the road illegally, a motorcyclist may have to...

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2 Recent Bay Area Motorcycle Crashes Leave 2 Motorcyclists Dead

A pair of tragic news stories from here in the Bay Area are distinct in several notable ways, but they both have some similarities as well, starting with the fact that both were fatal accidents in which the people who died were aboard motorcycles. Motorcycle fatalities are depressing frequent. Almost 1,000 motorcyclists and motorcycle passengers died in California in 2018-2019. This means nearly 1,000 families without the love, companionship, and support of a loved one. If that's happened to your family, be sure to take prompt action and retain an experienced San Mateo motorcycle accident lawyer to advocate for you....

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In an Instant: How Your California Motorcycle Ride Can Suddenly Turn Disastrous Due to Other Drivers’ Negligence

Fatal motorcycle accidents can occur so quickly. One moment you're simply cruising down the road and the next... everything changes for the worse. If that accident causes you catastrophic injuries or fatally injures your loved one, then it has permanently altered your whole world. It may also have had a devastating effect on your family's financial security. A knowledgeable San Mateo motorcycle accident lawyer can take on the legal system and/or the insurance companies to help you seek the financial recovery you need. N.H. was one of those motorcyclists. The 21-year-old man was driving along a city street in northwest...

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Motorcycle Lane Splitting in California

For most, lane splitting is something of a gray area. Is it legal for motorcyclists to ride in between lanes in California? If so, when are they permitted to do so? Yes, motorcyclists are generally permitted to ride between lanes. In fact, California has some of the clearest lane-splitting laws in the nation. Generally speaking, motorists have the onus to avoid striking lane-splitting motorcyclists. What Is Lane-Splitting? California Vehicle Code § 21658.1(a) defines lane splitting as driving a motorcycle, as defined in Section 400, that has two wheels in contact with the ground, between rows of stopped or moving vehicles...

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Vroom and Doom: Risks and Tips for Motorcyclists

[vc_row el_class="child__page"][vc_column][vc_column_text]California is home to more than 1.2 million licensed motorcyclists and many more car and truck drivers. With so many motorists on the road, it is important for everyone to drive safely. Motorcycle users must be especially cautious because of their increased exposure to injury and the dangers other drivers present, such as when a car turns in front of a motorcyclist. Unfortunately, accidents are common and the number of victims killed or injured in motorcycle-involved collisions has been rising for the past 10 years in California. According to the California Highway Patrol’s traffic-records system, 586 motorcyclists were killed...

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A Pre-Dawn Motorcycle-Versus-Truck Crash Leaves One California Motorcyclist Dead

Motorcyclists and their passengers are among the most vulnerable people on the road. Many times, motorcycle accidents result in the death of a motorcyclist or motorcycle passenger and, too many times, they are the result of a car, truck, or SUV driver who failed to maintain a proper lookout and made negligent errors due to their failure to notice the motorcycle. If you've been hurt by someone else's negligence while you were aboard a motorcycle, you should be proactive and get in touch with an experienced San Mateo motorcycle accident lawyer right away. A fatal motorcycle accident from nearby San...

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State of California Claims Improved Traffic Safety: Is It True?

[vc_row el_class="child__page"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The California Office of Traffic Safety reported the good news that overall traffic fatalities in the state were down by 10.3 percent in 2009, the lowest level since statistics were first kept in 1975. Traffic safety seemed to increase overall, with alcohol-impaired fatalities down by 7.6 percent from 2008. Seat belt usage was up even among teen drivers, and motorcycle fatalities declined for the first time since 1998. The euphoria over the appearance of increased traffic safety, however, must be tempered by the reality that traffic accidents still constitute the fifth-leading cause of death in the nation’s largest state....

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First Few Months Are The Riskiest For Motorcyclists, Study Says

Studies show that, by a wide margin, the most dangerous time for motorcyclists is the first year of ownership, especially the first month. According to the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), riders are approximately four times more likely to be injured or involved in a motorcycle accident during their first year than the entire second year. In another HLDI study of insurance claims made by motorcycle owners, it was found that 22 percent of the 57,000 claims made from 2003 to 2007 were made within the first 30 days after the policy took effect. As time passed by, the claim...

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A California Motorcyclist Recovers $23M in Damages After a Catastrophic Accident Ended in a Leg Amputation

Catastrophic injury accidents are undeniably traumatizing. One day, you are an “ordinary” person living an “ordinary” life and then, in the blink of an eye, all of that is taken away. When that happens, you may have endured excruciating pain. Your injuries may prevent you from ever again doing the jobs you’d done all your life, and they may forever alter what you are able to do for your family. These kinds of accidents — and the massive harm they cause — may create a need for especially large amounts of compensation to address all of the damage done. If...

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A Fatal Crash is a Tragic Reminder of the Dangers Motorcyclists Across California Face

The rate of fatal accidents involving at least one motorcycle has been going up for decades. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that people on motorcycles are, per mile driven, roughly 28 times more likely to die on board their bikes as compared to people in cars, trucks or SUVs. Many times, those accidents occur through no fault of the motorcyclist involved. If you’ve been hurt in a crash while you were aboard a motorcycle, don’t wait to take action. Reach out promptly to contact an experienced San Mateo motorcycle accident attorney. One of the more...

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