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California Motorcycle Accident Injuries & Deaths

The wind in your face, the control, the ease of movement-- there are a lot of reasons that people love riding their motorcycle and with the many roads and highways, California has one of the strongest motorcycle cultures in the United States. Unfortunately, it is the same sense of unrestrained freedom that attracts so many to this mode of transportation that is also the reason why motorcycle accidents are so deadly. To put things in perspective, a motorcycle accident is 26 times more likely to lead to a death than if the individual was riding in a car. Much like when it comes to truck accidents and smaller vehicles, the huge size and protection differential makes it an unfair fight from the beginning.

Common Causes of California Motorcycle Deaths

  • Vehicle Error: 2/3 of all motorcycle accidents are the result of a vehicle violating the right of way
  • Visibility: motorcycles are much smaller the cars and trucks they share the road with and as a result, there are visibility issues when it comes to other drivers seeing them. Busy roads, bad weather conditions and confusing intersections are all major factors that can result in a motorcycle being hit by a car or truck that did not see them in time to respond
  • Road conditions: whether it is a permanent road issue like a pot hole or a temporary one cause by weather, when road conditions are bad the potential for a motorcycle accident increases greatly
  • Speed: Many motorcycle riders love riding at high speeds. The problem with this is that this can cause a "wobble" on the front tire that causes the operator to lose control and crash. The wobble occurs when there is a misalignment of the front and rear tire.
  • Rider error: Operating a motorcycle is completely different than driving a car. Even the most skilled riders get into deadly accidents.

Determining Fault In A California Motorcycle Accident Death

So who is responsible following a California motorcycle accident death? Similar to a car or truck accident death, the answer to this involves looking at the specifics of the case and proving the following elements: duty of care, breach and injuries. Potential liability can rest on the following parties:

  • The rider: As mentioned above, rider error can be a contributing factor in a crash. If the rider is responsible, you still may be able to recover. This can be a complicated legal analysis involving accident reconstruction, % analysis and other considerations so if this is the situation you are dealing with-- please give us a call immediately.
  • The other driver: The other party to the crash may be completely or partially responsible for the death and actions against them and/or their insurance company may provide you with some much needed financial compensation following your loss
  • The motorcycle manufacturer: Design and manufacturing defects are not uncommon in the motorcycle world and if the bike was in some way faulty then the manufacturer should bear some or all of the responsibility.

Following a motorcycle accident death, you are likely experiencing a range of emotions, frustrations and maybe even anger. Dealing with your loss is and should be your priority at this time but you cannot delay in seeking legal representation. Time is of the essence when it comes to asserting your legal rights-- you do not want to miss this important opportunity to recover for your loss. One call to the Walch Law Firm is all you need to make and we will take it from there.

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