Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Nowhere in the entire United States has the same drawing power for motorcyclists as the Golden Coast. Motorcyclists are attracted to our miles upon miles of coastal freeways and exceptional biking weather. However, with an uptick in the number of motorcyclists on the roadways, there is also an increase in the rate of motorcycle accidents. Motorcycle accidents account for nearly 15% of all fatal motorized vehicle accidents. Motorcycle accidents also account for almost 7% of all motorized vehicle accidents that result in injuries to the parties involved. The numbers are particularly high, largely because motorcyclists and their passengers lack much protection between themselves and other vehicles or the asphalt. There are no walls or airbags to help protect motorcyclists in an accident. When you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you’ll need the assistance of a skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer.
Rate of Motorcycle Accidents In Los Angeles
Riding motorcycles is a popular form of transportation in Los Angeles. Whether this is fueled by the glamorous portrayal of motorcycling created by Hollywood or by the economic sense that riding a motorcycle can make, it is hard to say. Regardless, motorcycles can be dangerous. There were 111 fatal motorcycle accidents reported in Los Angeles in 2008, and nearly another 3,000 accidents that involved only injuries to those involved in the accident.
Motorcycle accidents are often very severe, and the motorcyclist often comes out of the accident in worse condition than the other party involved. There are many instances where motorcyclists suffer severe injuries, such as head wounds, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, disfigurement and broken or fractured bones. All of these types of injuries have a big impact on the victim, and carry very expensive medical bills for treatment. A skilled personal injury attorney will be able to fight for the compensation you deserve for your injuries and medical expenses.
Why Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen?
The most frequently cited primary factors for causing motorcycle accidents have been reported as:
- Traveling at unsafe speeds;
- Motorcyclists weaving in and out of traffic lanes;
- Motorcyclists “showing off” by doing tricks while riding down a highway or freeway;
- Drivers of cars or other vehicles failing to notice that a motorcyclist is driving near by;
- Motorcyclists driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs;
- Drivers failing to notice a stopped motorcycle; and
- Improper and/or unsafe turning.
Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles can become involved in many different types of accidents. Some of the more common motorcycle accidents include being rear ended while stopped at a light or signal, accidents resulting from tailgating or following another vehicle too closely, other drivers failing to notice a motorcyclist, accidents that result from improper left-turns, and accidents that result from the poor condition of the roadway or road surface. Sometimes the motorcyclist is negligent, while other times another driver may be the cause of the accident.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you need the knowledge, skills and experience that only a Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney can provide. Do not hesitate. You should immediately seek the assistance of a personal injury lawyer who specializes in motorcycle accidents. The motorcycle accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenechi R. Agu are ready to help. Our professionals are committed to providing our clients with sound legal advice, competent representation and thoughtful guidance through the aftermath of a motorcycle accident.