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Motorcycle Accidents Archives

Fatal motorcycle accident in Desert Springs highlights dangers

A quick Internet search for motorcycle accidents in California will reveal just how common these types of accidents are; with headlines involving motorcycle crashes occurring on a near weekly basis. While these crashes are common, they are also far too often, fatal.

Vulnerability and liability in motorcycle accidents

It is undeniable that the joys and freedoms of motorcycle riding also come with some significant risks. Because motorcyclists are exposed to the environment, they are far more vulnerable than car drivers if they are involved in an accident. Thus, accidents between a car and a motorcycle often lead to catastrophic injury or death for the motorcyclist even when the car driver suffers minimal injury.

New report shows Baby Boomer motorcyclists at risk

The Baby Boomer generation that first thought of motorcycles as something cool as opposed to a sign of criminal activity and to a large extent mainstreamed motorcycle riding are now seeing a spike in the number of injuries and deaths related to motorcycle accidents.

After an accident, we advocate for motorcyclists

As a previous post on this blog discussed, there is a common misperception in Los Angeles County and throughout California that when a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, his or her injuries are somehow his or her own responsibility. Some people are quick to assume that a motorcyclist had to have been speeding or weaving through traffic right before an accident, and many people also equate not wearing a helmet with being responsible for a motorcycle accident.

Between the stats: motorcyclists not always at fault for crashes

Even with lots of public education efforts, many people in the greater Los Angeles area still operate under the misconception that in a motorcycle accident, even if it is a multi-vehicle accident, the fault somehow lies with the motorcyclist.

When drivers are not careful around motorcycles, we speak up

As a previous post here discussed, there are lots of different ways for other motorists to take extra care around motorcycle riders and keep them safe. Although certainly not every accident involving a motorcycle is the other person's fault, drivers in the Los Angeles area should not make excuses for themselves that motorcyclists are hard to see or, worse, that they themselves have a habit of driving poorly.

Legal protections are available for motorcycle accident victims

Motorcycle riders can be in a uniquely vulnerable position on the roadway. Additionally, they can be especially exposed to negligent and careless drivers. Motorcycle riders can be susceptible to inattentive drivers who fail to observe them, and it is important to keep in mind that motorcycles do not enjoy the same protections passenger vehicles afford. Unfortunately, statistics illustrate how dangerous the roadways can be for motorcycle riders.

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