Full Compensation for Motorcycle Accidents
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Quite simply, motorcycles are both popular and dangerous in Southern California. Popular because we enjoy great weather year-round, and motorcycles provide a way to deal with our notorious traffic. (You can legally split lanes and generally get to your destination faster on a motorcycle.) Dangerous because car and truck drivers often fail to properly watch out for motorcyclists, and due to the very freedom and maneuverability motorcycles—and California’s motorcycle laws—allow. At Banker’s Hill Law Firm, A.P.C. in San Diego, we provide strong legal representation for victims of motorcycle accidents, working to obtain full and fair compensation for motorcycle accident injuries and damages.
California Motorcycle Laws
California law does not prohibit motorcycles from passing other vehicles proceeding in the same direction within the same lane, a practice commonly called “lane splitting.” Rather, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) encourages car drivers and motorcyclists to follow the traffic laws that are on the books, such as speed limits and signaling requirements, and to use common sense and courtesy while on the road. The CHP also warns motorcyclists to not drive too fast, as a motorcycle collision is highly likely to cause injury or death; to assume people in cars do not see you; and to avoid blind spots in other vehicles, particularly large trucks. However, avoiding motorcycle accidents cannot be the entire responsibility of motorcyclists—and it’s not. Our San Diego motorcycle accident attorneys hold car drivers responsible for not sharing the road safely with motorcyclists.
San Diego County Motorcycle Accidents
In 2017, the San Diego Reader reported that San Diego County ranks the fourth worst of 58 California counties in motorcycle accident deaths, and a 2018 article noted that motorcycle deaths in Southern California are so common they only make the news when they cause a major traffic tie-up. The most dangerous situation for motorcyclists occurs when car drivers are making left-hand turns. In fact, these types of motorcycle accidents account for over 40% of all accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle. Typically, the turning car hits the motorcycle when the motorcyclist is going straight through an intersection or is passing the car. In many cases, a driver looking for cars before turning perceives only an absence of cars, not the presence of a motorcycle.
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The CHP warns motorcyclists to not drive too fast, as a motorcycle collision is highly likely to cause injury or death; to assume people in cars do not see you; and to avoid blind spots in other vehicles, particularly large trucks. Our San Diego motorcycle accident attorneys hold car and truck drivers responsible for not sharing the road safely with motorcyclists.
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The San Diego motorcycle accident lawyers at Banker’s Hill Law Firm, A.P.C. possess a thorough understanding of motorcycle riding practices in Southern California and how insurance companies approach motorcycle accident injury claims. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, we can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages. Give us a call today to set up a free consultation regarding your motorcycle accident.