Motorcycles have surged in popularity in recent years. Not only are they fun to ride, they are also environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and easy to park on the crowded streets of Sacramento. With the increase of motorcycles on the road, there has also been a sharp rise in serious Sacramento County motorcycle accidents.
Whether your accident was caused by a negligent driver's failure to see you in his or her blind spot, a defect in your bike, or a dangerous road, you deserve compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, the insurance company will do whatever it takes to deny your claim. This is where the Piering Law Firm can help. We will stand up to the insurance company on your behalf so you receive the just compensation you deserve.
Learn more about how we can help with your motorcycle accident case by contacting us today.
Types of Motorcycle injuries
When a car or truck collides with a motorcycle, the motorcyclist always loses. A motorcycle provides little to no protection in a crash. Even when bikers wear protective gear, motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries.
The most common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Bone injury and fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Road rash
- Brain injuries
- Wrongful death
Our Sacramento motorcycle accidents attorneys have years of experience handling motorcycle accident cases involving:
- Driver negligence
- Defective products
- Motorcycle recalls
- Dangerous roads
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Cars in front of motorcyclists turning left: The single most common cause of modern motorcycle accidents is other motorists making left turns in front of bikers. Many drivers have a hard time estimating the speed of motorcycles, so they may mistakenly believe they have time to make a left turn before you come through the intersection. Some motorists also are not looking for motorcycles when turning, and they see an absence of cars and mistakenly assume the intersection is clear.
- Vehicles changing lanes ahead of bikers: Another common factor in many motorcycle accidents involves car drivers trying to change lanes in front of you. Because of your small size on a bike when compared to passenger vehicles, you sometimes disappear into other drivers’ blind spots, meaning motorists may cut you off unintentionally, but with deadly results.
- Vehicles striking motorcyclists from behind: When you get into a fender bender driving a car, you may suffer only minor injuries or minimal damage to your vehicle, but when a driver strikes you from behind and you are on a motorcycle, the repercussions can prove far more severe. You may face a higher likelihood of getting struck from behind after dark, or when something unexpected pops up in the roadway, such as an animal or another obstacle.
California Motorcycle Injury Statistics
Motorcycle injuries are devastating. Many are catastrophic, meaning they result in damage that causes long-term or permanent disability that significantly affects your quality of life. Others lead to tragic and untimely deaths.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in the year 2018, 4,985 motorcyclists were killed. A total of 28% of them were drunk. That same year, only 71% of riders wore helmets.
Data collected by the Insurance Information Institute (III) estimated that in 2017 there were over 89,000 non-fatal motorcyclist injuries nationwide.
Whether you have suffered a severe injury as a result of your accident, or if you have lost a loved one, we are here to help you.
Fighting For The Rights Of Motorcyclists
Unfortunately, injured motorcyclists often find themselves fighting an uphill battle. The insurance company may try to prove that you caused the accident due to reckless or careless driving. We will complete a thorough investigation into your accident, working closely with accident reconstructionists to prove the cause of your accident.
At Piering Law Firm, we are aggressive advocates for injured motorcyclists and the families of bikers who have been killed in fatal accidents. With more than 50 years of combined experience in personal injury law, our attorneys Robert Allen Piering, John Beals, and Sukhtej Atwal know the insurance companies' tactics and how to defeat them.
While the majority of motorcycle accident cases are settled outside of court, our motorcycle accident attorneys in Sacramento will prepare your case for trial. This allows us to enter into negotiations with the strongest possible case, which often results in a favorable settlement. If your rights and interests are best protected in the courtroom, we will fight hard to recover the maximum damages allowed under the law.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Sacramento motorcycle accident lawyers, call (916) 476-2399 or contact us online. Home and weekend appointments are available. We handle cases on a contingency basis, which means you do not pay us until we win. Se habla español.
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