Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Every time a motorcyclist goes out on the road they face hazards that other motorists don’t have to consider due to their smaller size. Most drivers who are involved in an accident with a motorcycle later claim they didn’t even see the motorcyclist. And in the event of an accident, motorcyclists are much more likely to experience severe injuries and even death. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need a motorcycle accident attorney who understands your case and can help you get the compensation you are entitled to.
There are several different types of accidents that are somewhat unique to motorcycle cases. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer should understand the nature of these accidents and the impact they will have on your claim.
Lane-splitting is when a motorcycle drives between two rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane. Although controversial, lane-splitting is legal for motorcyclists in California, provided that the motorcyclist was lane-splitting in a safe and prudent manner. Given that the general public considers motorcyclists to be reckless daredevils, these cases can be quite difficult to prove.
There are two main challenges in lane-splitting accidents:
There are no clear guidelines as to what constitutes “safe and prudent” lane-splitting. A motorcycle attorney may use the following to build your case:
Proving that the other driver was negligent can also be challenging. Examples of negligence in lane-splitting cases include things such as the driver changed lanes without signaling or veered into your lane to avoid an accident with the car in front of them. Statements from witnesses and accident reports will be critical to proving your case. Helmet camera footage can also be tremendously helpful. These challenges are why it is critical to work with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.
Another type of accident unique to motorcycles is when a driver in a parked car opens the door into you. This can cause you to swerve into traffic or knock you off your motorcycle, resulting in an accident and serious injury. While many insurance adjusters will blame the motorcyclist for colliding with a stopped vehicle, drivers are actually required by California law to check for motorcyclists before opening the door. Failing to do so, even if they claim that they “didn’t see” you, constitutes negligence, and they may be held liable for your injuries.
Here are some common scenarios that can lead to open door accidents:
Proving the parked motorist’s negligence can be challenging, as many people are reluctant to consider opening a car door as negligent. A motorcycle accident lawyer can use the law and the facts to make a compelling argument as to why they should be held accountable for your injuries.
The compensation you may be entitled to depends on the circumstances surrounding your case. For example, if there was no other traffic around and you were simply knocked to the ground, the insurance company may take your case less seriously. Accidents where the motorcyclist was knocked into traffic tend to receive higher compensation. Regardless of the facts of your case, a motorcycle accident attorney can build a strong case and advocate for fair compensation.
Because motorcycles are less visible than other vehicles, they are especially at risk of collision when other vehicles make left turns in the following scenarios:
Left-turn accidents are especially dangerous as the motorcyclist may be moving at a high rate of speed.
The fundamental challenge in left-turn accident cases is proving that the other driver was negligent. The following actions may be considered negligence in left-turn accident cases:
A motorcycle accident attorney can gather the evidence you need to support your claim. They should understand the challenges you face and, more importantly, know how to overcome them to get you the results you need.
In addition to the causes mentioned above, there are other situations that can easily lead to a serious motorcycle crash:
Lawyers do more than just file lawsuits. In fact, they most often help their clients avoid going to court. At Banafshe Law Firm, PC, we take the following steps to help you get the compensation you deserve:
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need an injury law firm on your side who will make sure you get fair compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation with a motorcycle attorney at our firm, contact us today at 800-789-8840.
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