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Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

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Motorcycles are becoming increasingly popular in densely-populated areas due to their small size, fuel efficiency, and ability to navigate quickly through heavy road traffic. However, motorcycles also carry a greatly elevated risk of serious injury or even death as a result of an accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured or lost their life as a result of a motorcycle accident, you may be eligible for compensation for your losses, including medical expenses, rehabilitation, vehicle damages, income replacement, and more. An experienced Sacramento motorcycle accident attorney can help you navigate the legal process surrounding your claim and fight for the compensation you deserve. Smolich & Smolich is a Sacramento-based law firm with the legal knowledge and experience you need in a personal injury advocate.

Call Smolich & Smolich today at (916) 571-0400 and speak with a motorcycle accident attorney about your claim.

The Increased Risk of Motorcycle Accidents

There are a number of factors that contribute to the high amount of danger a motorcycle accident inherently carries. Motorcyclists are encouraged to exercise extreme caution on the roads in order to avoid sustaining serious injuries.

Motorcycle accidents carry an increased level of risk due to these and other factors:

  • Lower visibility to cars
  • Lower stability
  • Operating difficulty
  • No safety barriers between driver and asphalt
  • Increased sensitivity to road hazards

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Many motorcycle accident cases are the result of negligent behavior by drivers (such as speeding), or a lack of awareness about motorcycle riders around them (such as in cases of car door collisions or “dooring”). In general, awareness and observation are key when sharing the road with motorcycles. Motorcycle accidents may also be caused by external factors, such as weather conditions or a manufacturer’s failure to produce functioning motorcycle parts.

Motorcycle accidents can be caused by:

  • Unsafe lane changes — If a driver fails to check their blind spots or rear-view mirrors, they may not see a motorcyclist next to them. The failure to use a turn signal can also endanger motorcyclists if they are not able to react to the driver’s moves. Splitting lanes is also legal in California, which can contribute to accidents with unaware drivers.
  • Speeding — Speeding is dangerous in most driving situations and can be especially hazardous when paired with a lack of awareness of motorcycles.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs — When intoxicated, drivers are impaired in all abilities.
  • Left-turn accidents — Drivers who do not properly turn left can injure nearby motorcyclists.
  • Car door collisions — When parked on a busy road with street parking, drivers can open their car doors right into motorcyclists if they are not paying attention.
  • Dangerous road conditions and inclement weather — Road hazards and weather conditions can cause decreased visibility and slippery or uneven road surfaces.
  • Defective motorcycle parts — If a part malfunctions, a motorcyclist can lose control of their vehicles.

Motorcycle Helmet Laws in California

The state of California requires all motorcycle drivers and passengers to wear a helmet at all times. Helmets must be compliant according to the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) standards, which include a weight minimum of three pounds, a thick inside lining, and a chin strap. Although face shields and other protective gear are “suggested” by the Department of Motor Vehicles, they are not required by law like helmets are. Wearing a helmet is required by law because doing so can prevent traumatic brain injuries and potentially save the life of a motorcyclist.

Helmets not only reduce your risk of injury, but can help if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim. California follows pure comparative negligence laws, meaning compensation for injury victims is reduced according to their percentage of fault. If you were not wearing a helmet, your compensation could be reduced because you were negligent and therefore partially at fault for your injuries.

Whatever the reason for your accident and whatever the severity, you should not hesitate to retain the services of a skilled Sacramento motorcycle accident attorney. The attorneys at Smolich & Smolich have decades’ of combined experience in personal injury practice and are capable of making a compelling case for compensation on behalf of injured motorcyclists who need their voices heard.

For assistance with your motorcycle accident injury claim, contact Smolich & Smolich today and receive a free initial case evaluation.

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