How to Stop the “Hit and Run” Epidemic in Los Angeles!

Woodland Hills car accident lawyer Barry P. Goldberg is an expert on all things “hit and run.”  For years, Barry P. Goldberg has written numerous articles regarding accessing Uninsured Motorist benefits whenever a deserving client is injured in a hit and run accident.  However, very little has been written on how to actually STOP the…

3 Facts About Motorcycle Accidents

In the San Fernando Valley, riding a motorcycle is a popular pastime — and form of transportation for many hoping to avoid the terrible congestion on the 101 or on the busier side streets. Unfortunately, accidents involving automobiles and motorcycles are quite common in this area and motorcyclists, without the steel casing of a car or truck to protect them, are at an increased risk of injury. If you or a loved one are injured in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, know that California law is on your side. Indeed, if through no fault of your own, a vehicle hits you, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can explain more.

Lane Splitting and Motorcycle Accidents in California

Last year, California became the first state in the nation to allow lane-splitting for motorcycle riders, a practice that had long be legal in many countries in Europe and Asia. Lane splitting, also sometimes called lane sharing or stripe-riding, is riding a motorcycle between lanes or rows of slow moving or stopped traffic moving in the same direction. Lane splitting in California does not give motorcycle riders a free pass to ride recklessly and should be performed with care and caution.

Facts about lane-splitting

How Are Motorcycle Accidents Investigated in California?

San Fernando Valley motorcycle accidents can be extremely serious in nature. Because motorcycles offer less protection for the driver, motorcycle accidents can cause permanent injuries and even death. Motorcycle drivers, their passengers, and family members (in the event that the driver or passenger is killed) may be eligible to receive financial compensation if a motorcycle accident is found to be the fault of another driver or condition. Here’s what you need to know about how California motorcycle accidents are investigated.

Determining Fault

Your Top 3 Questions about Motorcycle Accidents in California Answered

When motorcycle accidents happen in California, riders and their passengers can be more than seriously or permanently injured. They can also be killed. Between lost wages, medical expenses, and the loss of the motorcycle, it can be a stressful experience. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident in Woodland Hills, California, first read the answers to the following questions and then contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.

Are Motorcycle Accidents in California Always the Fault of the Person on the Motorcycle?

Motorcyclists and “Riding” Under the Influence

Drunk driving is a problem year round, and particularly during the holiday season. Recent reports show that over 16,000 people were injured in drunk driving accidents in California in one year. That number is far too high. Drunk driving puts not only the driver’s life at risk, but it also increases the risk of injury or death to other motorists.

And drunk driving isn’t just for automobiles. Recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that drunk driving deaths involving motorcycles are on the rise and that motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes are 2.5 times more likely to have consumed alcohol than passenger vehicle drivers.. Indeed, motorcyclists have the highest percentage of alcohol-related deaths — about 46% of riders killed in accidents, according to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), have alcohol in their system at the time of their death.

Drunk Driving Consquences

Common Injuries Occurring with Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are fairly common in the US. And unfortunately, many of them are deadly. According to a recent survey by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 4500 motorcyclists were killed in motorcycle accidents in 2014. While helmets and proper driving practice can help decrease these accidents to an extent, truth be told, it is likely almost impossible to completely eliminate them.

Motorcycle accidents are also more severe than other auto accident for several reasons, including the lack of vehicle lack safety equipment such as seatbelts, airbags, and steal frames. This can result in a range of injuries, from mild road rashes to more severe brain injuries. Keep reading to learn more about motorcycle accidents and financial recovery.

1.    Road rash

Motorcyclists who drive with their skin exposed are vulnerable to abrasions from the pavement. Of course, even in sturdy clothing, the gear may still get ripped due to pressure or torn upon collision. This can allow the skin to get scrapped too. The resulting wounds may wind up scarring, which can last forever.