2019 saw 157,850 motorcycles registered in Los Angeles County, according to the DMV. The densely-packed streets of Los Angeles are dangerous for everyone, but especially motorcyclists, who aren’t afforded the protection of a vehicle shell or chassis. Motorcycle accidents are a daily occurrence in Los Angeles, but fortunately, we’re here to help you pay for your medical bills, lost wages and wrecked bike if you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident.
Your primary opponent, if you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle crash in L.A., is the other driver’s insurance company. This opponent will defeat you if you don’t have a lawyer. They will “defeat” you the moment you accept their offer without retaining the services of an experienced motorcycle accident attorney, since that offer will not be even close to fair. They may have even tricked you into reducing your own settlement by accidentally admitting fault for the accident by the time they make you their unfair offer.
You need lawyers the insurance companies fear and respect if you want a fair offer from the insurance companies. Insurance companies fear and respect us.
You need experienced lawyers like the lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen to handle talking to the insurance companies for you so you don’t accidentally incriminate yourself.
You deserve the finest medical treatment available for your injuries, and we can get you that. Best of all, our doctors won’t charge you until your case is over, and neither will we! Our services are free until and unless we obtain a recovery for you.
Call us now at (310) 826-8082 if you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle crash in Los Angeles. You can also fill out the “Do I Have A Claim” case evaluation form on the right, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or interact with one of our live chat specialists.
How We Obtain Compensation For Motorcycle Accident Victims
We obtain compensation for our motorcycle accident clients by proving that their motorcycle accident occurred because somebody else acted negligently.
Negligence on the road can take many forms, from speeding, to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to driving while distracted by a cell phone. Negligent drivers in California are liable for damages caused by their negligence due to California Civil Code Section 1714 (a).
Civil juries in California are given instructions stating that a failure to be reasonably careful in order to prevent harm from occurring is negligence. One is supposed to do what reasonably careful people would do in the same situation. One is supposed to not do what reasonably careful people would not do in the same situation. Action and inaction can both be negligent. California juries, when deciding if someone was negligent, are asked to determine what a reasonably careful person would or wouldn’t do in the same situation.
These juries are also given instructions stating that a successful negligence claim must prove that negligence happened, somebody got harmed and the negligence played a substantial role in causing that harm.
Common Types Of Motorcycle Accidents
There are many types of motorcycle accidents we see regularly, including:
Vehicles Making A Left-Hand Turn
These are the most common type of motorcycle accident we see. 42 percent of two-vehicle fatal crashes involving a motorcycle and another kind of vehicle involved the other vehicle turning left in front of the motorcycle, according to the NHTSA.
Accidents where vehicles strike motorcycles from the front are unfortunately far too common and extremely deadly.
Lane splitting became legal in California in 2016 because of AB-51. Lane splitting is when a motorcycle passes two vehicles by driving in between them, between lanes. Lane splitting accidents are common because of the proximity to vehicles involved and the fact that drivers of cars don’t expect motorcycles to pass them between the car next to them.
Alcohol And Speeding
These are common causes of motorcycle accidents, and since motorcyclists are so vulnerable, they often lead to death or serious injury.
Road hazards such as potholes and slippery pavement can be more likely to cause motorcycles to crash than cars or trucks.
Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The City of Los Angeles, CA saw 2,085 motorcycle collisions in 2018, leading to 2,350 injured people and 40 deaths, according to UC Berkeley data. 677 of the collisions occurred on state highways, 32 of the collisions involved pedestrians and 12 of the collisions involved bicycles. 379 of the collisions involved severe injuries.
681 of the collisions were broadside collisions and 550 of the collisions were sideswipe collisions. 334 of the collisions were rear-end collisions.
The most common hour for motorcycle collisions to occur was from 3 PM to 5:59 PM.
Automobile right of way violations were the most common violation to occur in motorcycle collisions in Los Angeles in 2018, occurring in 568 of the collisions. Unsafe speed was the next most common violation, occurring in 434 of the collisions. Unsafe lane change and improper turning were also common violations, occurring in 358 and 302 of the collisions, respectively.
Motorcycle accident victims were mostly male, with peak representation in the age range of 20 to 34.
The busiest area of Los Angeles in terms of motorcycle collisions was the area in between downtown and Beverly Hills.
Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits
You have two years from the date of your motorcycle accident to file a lawsuit in California. The experienced lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen can make sure all paperwork is filed in a timely manner for you.
Motorcycle accident injuries can be especially severe, so now is not the time to hire some jack-of-all-trades TV or billboard lawyer who takes every kind of case under the sun. Now is the time to hire the expert motorcycle accident specialists at Nadrich & Cohen.
Call us now at (310) 826-8082 if you or a loved one was injured or killed in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles. You may be eligible for financial compensation.