Despite safety campaigns, more advanced
technology and safety gear, and events like Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month,
the number of serious motorcycle accidents in the state of
California seems to be increasing, not diminishing.
Nationally, the rate of motorcycle fatalities hovers around 28 times higher
than the fatality rate of standard motor vehicle use, and in California,
motorcycle deaths accounted for over 15 percent of total traffic accident
deaths in a single year alone.
At the offices of GJEL Accident Attorneys, our San Jose motorcycle accident lawyers know how dangerous riding a motorcycle can be, and how devastating motorcycle accidents are.
If you are injured in a crash, our team will be here to support you. Call today to learn more about your rights.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
While motorcycle accidents are
ubiquitous, they are not inevitable; motorcycle accidents most often occur as a
result of human error. Top examples of driver negligence that contribute to
motorcycle crashes in San Jose include:
- Following too closely/tailgating;
- Failing to yield;
- Aggressive driving;
- Illegal lane changes;
- Failing to look before turning, lane changing, or
performing another maneuver;
- Drunk driving; and
- Distracted driving.
Sometimes, the actions of a motorcyclist
can contribute to a crash, too. Lane-splitting, riding in a driver’s blind
spots, and taking turns too fast for conditions are all extremely dangerous.
Motorcycle Injuries Are Serious
Regardless of how a motorcycle accident
happens, one thing is almost always true: the injuries sustained by the
motorcyclist will be serious. With few protections to mitigate injuries–and
sometimes not even a helmet or long sleeves and pants–a motorcyclist may
- Road rash injuries;
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Spinal cord injury;
- Bone fracture injuries;
- Internal injuries;
- Facial injuries;
- Bruises and lacerations;
- Amputation injuries; and
- Psychological injuries.
These injuries can be absolutely devastating to the motorcyclist, and
life-threatening in many cases. A motorcyclist will likely incur numerous
economic and noneconomic damages as a result of a crash, including medical
expenses, lost wages, property damage losses, emotional anguish, and physical
pain and suffering.
Our Lawyers Will Help You Recover Your Maximum Compensation Amount
Understanding your rights after a
motorcycle crash can be difficult. If you’re dealing with serious losses, you
may be eager to settle your claim and take whatever recovery award is offered.
However, our lawyers encourage you to meet with an attorney first.
When another party’s negligence is the
cause of your accident and injuries, you maintain a right to bring a claim
against the at-fault party’s liability insurance. Our lawyers will help you to
prove fault and damages, and
negotiate your settlement to ensure you receive your maximum amount. If filing
a lawsuit is necessary to protect your right to recovery, we can help.
Call Our San Jose Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today
We empathize with what you’re going through after a serious accident motorcycle accident in San Jose, and are here to support and represent you. Call GJEL Accident Attorneys now to schedule your free consultation with our injury lawyers at your convenience.