California is a beautiful state home to scenic vistas and breathtaking scenery. No wonder it is one of the most popular states for motorcyclists to tour! With all the motorcyclists in California, it is unfortunately all too common for them to be hit by other drivers. Fortunately for injured motorcyclists, California has some of the strongest and broadest protections for motorcyclists in the United States. Unfortunately for motorcyclists, insurance companies still work very hard to minimize the payouts for claims of injured California motorcyclists.
At J&Y Law, we know how serious motorcycle injuries are,
What is worse than a California motorcycle accident?
A California motorcycle accident that was entirely preventable.
Often in a motorcycle accident that involves a car, the relatively unprotected biker will suffer serious personal injury. If the accident was caused by the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of the other driver, the biker can pursue a personal injury lawsuit and may be entitled to recover expenses related to the accident. Such expenses include medical costs, anticipated future medical costs, lost income, future lost income, property damage,
Q: Can a motorcycle passenger sue for personal injuries if the driver died in the accident?
It all started with the stop sign he reportedly ran and his refusal to pull over to be ticketed. It quickly escalated to a hot pursuit police chase with the motorcycle reportedly blowing a red light and reaching speeds of about 100 miles an hour. Then the tragic end came– the motorcycle accident claimed the life of its fleeing driver and left his passenger with multiple serious personal injuries.
Q: Will lane-splitting result in more motorcycle accidents?
Lane splitting became legal in California on January 1, 2017. The practice is defined as allowing a two-wheeled motorcycle to be driven between rows of stopped or slowly moving vehicles.
As a practical reality, the new law legalizes the long-time practice of bikers zipping through a sea of bumper-to-bumper cars at rush hour. While the law is already in effect, the California Highway Patrol has been tasked with developing “educational guidelines”
Q: Can I sue for wrongful death if my loved one was killed by a distracted driver?
It could’ve been a scene from an action movie, but it wasn’t.
When the car collided with the motorcycle and the motorcyclist went flying, there was no stuntman and no cameras rolling. When the action stopped, there was only death–an allegedly wrongful death.
The real life characters in the above Hollywood motorcycle accident included an Uber driver with a passenger on board and a motorcyclist who was a cinematographer,
How can motorcyclists avoid fatal accidents?
More and more people are enjoying the freedom and thrills of riding motorcycles. Unfortunately, accidents involving motorcycles can turn that thrill into trauma with devastating consequences.
Motorcyclists Crashes Into Metro Train
A motorcyclist was killed after colliding with a Metro train in downtown Los Angeles in the early morning hours just a few weeks ago. Witnesses say that the man, who appeared to be in his 20s, was travelling at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
Is lane splitting legal in California?
In August, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 51 into law, effectively making lane splitting legal, a practice in which motorcyclists drive between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane.
While the California Vehicle Code has previously required vehicles to be driven within one lane and not be moved into another lane without reasonable safety, it was unclear whether or not lane splitting was legal. It has generally been an accepted practice by bikers and law officers alike,
What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents?
A motorcyclist recently died in an accident near the United States-Mexico border. The accident occurred in the afternoon hours in San Diego on southbound Interstate 5. California Highway Patrol reports that the motorcyclist lost control for unknown reasons and crashed. No one else was injured in the accident.
Top Causes of Motorcycle Crashes
California is widely regarded as one of the best states for motorcyclists. With its miles of open highway and temperate climate,
Why are motorcycle accidents more frequent in California than in the U.S. in general?
While motorcycle fatalities are, fortunately, declining throughout the nation, such fatal accidents are still occurring at an increasing rate in the state of California. Moreover, the percentages involved are not minimal. As the U.S. motorcycle fatality rate dropped 7 percent in 2013, the fatality rate in California during the same year rose 13 percent. Obviously, the reasons behind this alarming discrepancy in statistics must be addressed.
If you have suffered serious personal injury in a motorcycle accident or if a member of your family has suffered a wrongful death in California,