Glendale Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Every year, thousands of motorcyclists are injured or killed on California roads. Often, automobile drivers claim that they didn’t see a motorcycle before colliding with it, but this is no excuse for careless or reckless driving behaviors. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident and you believe another driver or party was at fault, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
The Glendale auto accident attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, PC are committed to protecting your rights, including your right to justice and a fair recovery. With over three decades of combined experience, we have successfully secured more than $100 million on behalf of our clients; our team is ready to fight for you.
Contact us online or by phone at (818) 507-4311 today for a free, confidential consultation.
Far too many motorcycle accidents are the result of someone else’s negligence. Even the most cautious of motorcyclists are at risk when they share the road with larger, heavier vehicles. Because they are relatively unprotected, even when wearing the proper safety gear, motorcyclists tend to suffer severe, even catastrophic injuries when they are hit by other vehicles.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted driving, including cellphone use/texting while driving
- Speeding, following too closely, and other unsafe/illegal driving behaviors
- Side-swiping motorcyclists when changing lanes
- Turning into the oncoming path of a motorcyclist
- Failing to stop at red lights/stop signs or yield the right-of-way
- Driving while under the influence of drugs/alcohol
- Reckless driving, such as street racing or engaging in road rage behaviors
- Hitting motorcyclists who are legally lane-splitting
Defective motorcycle parts, including brakes and tires, as well as dangerous conditions and/or defective road design, can also lead to serious accidents. In these and other similar instances, injured motorcyclists may be able to hold negligent/liable parties accountable for their losses.
Also referred to as “lane-sharing,” lane-splitting is when a motorcyclist drives between two rows of moving or stopped vehicles in the same lane. This practice allows motorcyclists to easily navigate heavy traffic and avoid rear-ending vehicles that have suddenly stopped, but it comes with many risks.
California is the only state that currently does not have laws against lane-splitting. While it is legal to lane-split, the state does not encourage lane-splitting and advices all drivers and motorcyclists to practice common sense driving to avoid accidents and injuries. The California Department of Vehicles also clearly defines lane-splitting as between two vehicles and separated from driving on the shoulder lane-splitting, which is illegal.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) provides a variety of tips for safe lane-splitting practices:
- Avoid lane-splitting at high-speeds and when traffic is unpredictable
- Be fully aware of all vehicles in your immediate vicinity
- Maintain visibility to other vehicles with reflective or bright clothing and to avoid blind spots
- The far-left lanes are considered the safest spots to lane-split
- Always use blinkers and mirrors when lane-splitting
Motorcyclists should also be aware that is illegal for other drivers to intentionally block or impede motorcyclists if it could cause harm, and they do have the right to pursue legal action against such drivers.
Immediately following a motorcycle accident, it is crucial that you seek medical attention. You should also try to document what happened (if possible) by taking photos of the scene of the accident, recording witness statements, and filing a police report. Make sure to obtain the contact and insurance information of the other driver and report the accident to your own insurance company. However, you should refrain from speaking with the other motorist’s insurance company until you have first spoken to an attorney.
At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we can put our collective three-plus decades of legal experience to work for you. Our Glendale motorcycle accident attorneys often conduct independent investigations into the cause of the accident and work with various experts and accident reconstructionists to uncover exactly what occurred. We are prepared to serve as your dedicated guide and aggressive advocate in our efforts to secure the maximum compensation you are owed.
Call our office today at (818) 507-4311 or fill out and submit an online contact form for a complimentary consultation.