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Motorcycle accidents: Risks, causes and liability

Motorcyclists can be seen on California roads in great number just about every single day. While this may be a commonly used form of transportation in this state, it is still considered by many to be a relatively dangerous one. Motorcycle accidents simply occur far too frequently and they generally have serious - if not fatal - outcomes. If you or a loved one has been involved in such an event, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses.

Riding a motorcycle, a risky affair

It is believed that approximately two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents are the result of the other driver violating the motorcyclist's right of way. A lot of times this is due to a failure to see the motorcycle rider. When collisions do occur, motorcyclists are far more likely to suffer serious or fatal injuries compared to drivers and/or passengers in cars - up to 26 times more likely. Despite public education and awareness campaigns regarding motorcycle safety, the number of fatal wrecks involving motorcycles is still quite high.

What are the common causes of motorcycle accidents?

Just like any other type of automobile accident, there are a number of reasons as to why a motorcycle crash might occur. However, there are some unique problems specifically faced by motorcycle riders. These include:

  • The size of their vehicles make them smaller visual targets.
  • They are more greatly affected by road hazards.
  • Their bikes can become unstable easily.
  • These vehicles require a certain level of skill to ride.

Who may be held responsible following a motorcycle accident?

If you wish to seek compensation following a motorcycle accident, you may be able do so by filing claims against the party deemed responsible for the incident, such as the other driver or the vehicle manufacturer. Determining liability after a motorcycle accident can be a bit of a challenge, though. In some cases, if fault of another driver is clearly evident - even if it is just partial - it can be quite easy. However, if there is any indication that a manufacturing or design flaw contributed to the crash, going through the necessary steps to confirm this can take some time.

California residents who have been injured or lost loved ones in motorcycle accidents may have legal recourse. If this applies to you, an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you file the appropriate claims in civil court. Through successful litigation or out-of-court negotiations, you may achieve financial relief for any and all economic and non-economic damages that are deemed legally recoverable.

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