Motorcycle accidents can cause severe and debilitating injuries. Serious injuries sustained by a motorcyclist may include brain injury, injury to the spinal cord, broken bones, significant orthopaedic injuries, permanent disfigurement, and skin abrasions and bruises. When a motorcycle accident occurs because of the negligence of another person, a skilled attorney can help a motorcyclist obtain compensation to pay for the cost of medical treatment, pain and suffering, loss of income and cost of repairs.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents
A motorcyclist is at great risk of injury than an occupant of a vehicle. Due to the lack of protection that an enclosed vehicle provides to its occupants, motorcyclists often sustain more significant injuries or death as a result of an accident. The following circumstances often cause motorcycle accidents:
- Poor visibility: Motorcycle riders are more difficult for drivers to see because a rider is smaller and take up less space on the road.
- Lane splitting: Motorcycle accidents may occur when vehicle drivers are unaware of the presence of a motorcyclist manoeuvring between vehicles. Lane splitting often occurs when traffic is moving slowly.
- Hazards on the road: While cars can safely manoeuvre over potholes or drive over puddles and objects on the road, motorcycles are often unable to do so safely.
Does California Law Require Motorcyclists to Wear Helmets?
Helmet laws in California requires that a motorcyclist and passenger wear a helmet. Motorcycle accidents involving riders not wearing a helmet often result in more injuries. Because helmet laws in California requires helmet use, the failure to wear a helmet may limit the compensation a motorcyclist can receive for head and neck injuries, even if another person’s negligence caused the motorcycle accident. However, a motorcyclist can still recover compensation for injuries and other losses.
Motorcycle Accident Damages
Because of the severity of many motorcycle accident injuries, a person may be unable to work and medical bills may mount, and the level of physical and emotional discomfort may become severe. The recovery of damages from the person responsible will help to alleviate the stress of living with one’s injuries. Compensation may include an award for medical treatment, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Compensation will include recovery for the past, present, and future costs of medical care and lost wages. At Brenner Law we will hire experts, such as medical professionals, economists, and life care planners to help calculate how much compensation a motorcycle accident claim is worth. For example, a medical expert will determine the type of treatment and rehabilitation needed, while a life care planner will research, analyze, and plan what it will cost to care for the accident victim. If the accident victim is unable to return to their same occupation before the injury, the damage award will include compensation for the difference in income.
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