If you’re traveling in San Jose by motorcycle, ride with caution — motorcycle accidents are common, resulting in numerous injuries and fatalities. Despite the fact that all motorists in California have a duty of care not to cause injuries to others on the road, motorcycle accidents are frequently caused by negligent drivers. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in San Jose, be sure to work with the right personal injury attorney.
The motorcycle accident attorneys at J&Y Law are here to help. Backed by decades of experience, we have a proven track record of helping our clients obtain meaningful compensation. Our legal team will fight to protect your rights so that you can focus on recovering.
We understand that a motorcycle accident is a devastating experience — many riders are critically injured, some may never ride again. We also recognize that motorcyclists have a right to safe passage on the streets of San Jose. When you work with our legal team, you can rest assured that we will provide you with aggressive legal representation and exceptional service.
California Motorcycle Safety Laws at a Glance
Contrary to popular misconceptions, motorcycle safety laws are not designed to restrict your freedom, but rather to reduce the risk of injury and death. First, motorcycle helmets are mandatory for all riders and passengers. Although not required, motorcycle riders can also reduce the risk of injury by wearing protective gear such as leather jackets, heavy pants, motorcycle boots, and gloves. Moreover, motorcyclists younger than 21 must complete a rider education course through a state-authorized training center.
There are also specific equipment requirements for motorcycles, starting with daytime running headlights for all motorcycles built during or after 1978. In addition, motorcycles must have side-view mirrors, as well as passenger seats and footrests for both the rider and a passenger. Other mandatory motorcycle safety equipment includes turn signals and a muffler that conforms to maximum decibel restrictions.
Do I need motorcycle insurance in California?
Yes. All motorcycle owners must carry the minimum liability insurance coverage — $15,000 per person, $30,000 for those involved in an accident, and $10,000 for property damage.
Nonetheless, motorcycle accidents can and do lead to serious injuries. Many victims are left with lingering pain and suffering, significant medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. At J&Y Law, we are dedicated to helping motorcycle accident victims obtain just compensation.
Common Causes of a Motorcycle Accident in San Jose
Motorcycle accidents are typically caused by negligent drivers who may not have seen the motorcyclist for any number of reasons. While motorcycles are often hard to see, drivers must be aware of their surroundings at all times. In any event, motorcycle accidents in San Jose are often caused by driver errors such as:
- Distracted driving
- Unsafe lane changes
- Failure to yield at intersections
- Driving under the influence
- Speeding/reckless driving
Additionally, motorcycle accidents can also be caused by road defects — potholes, gravel, oil spills, uneven pavement, and debris — in which case a personal injury lawsuit can be filed against the city, county or state agency responsible for the maintenance of a particular road or highway. Finally, when mechanical defects cause a motorcycle accident, a lawsuit can be filed against the manufacturer, distributor or seller.
Contact Our San Jose Motorcycle Accident Attorney
At J&Y, our purpose is to help our clients get back on their feet after being injured in a motorcycle accident. Although the road to recovery may be long, we will be there every step of the way. Our attorneys will take the time to understand the circumstances that led to your motorcycle accident. What time of day was it? What were the weather and road conditions? Did the driver who struck you violate any traffic laws?
We will obtain and review the police report, identify and interview witnesses, and document your injuries and property damage. It is critically important to obtain medical records from your treating physicians so that we prove the extent — and cost — of your injuries. By conducting a thorough investigation, we can show how the other driver was liable.
When it comes to obtaining compensation for you, we know that insurance companies often seek to settle claims for as little money as possible. Our team will make sure that any settlement offer accounts for all of your future financial and medical needs. If the insurer fails to make a fair and reasonable offer, we are fully prepared to litigate the case in the San Jose courts. Regardless of the forum, know how to obtain the maximum compensation you deserve. Contact our San Jose location today. The consultation is free and you will not pay any attorneys fees until we win your case.