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It shouldn’t surprise anyone that El Centro is an especially popular place amongst motorcyclists. The absolutely beautiful area contains some of the best views in the country, so it’s tough to turn down a motorcycle ride nearly every day of the year.
Did you know that motorcyclists face an increased risk of injury on the road? They’re much more exposed than vehicle operators, and motorcycles are much, much smaller than the cars and large trucks that dominate our streets. Indeed, while a fully-loaded large truck may weigh up to 80,000 pounds (and most passenger vehicles weigh around 4,000), motorcycles only weigh about 400 pounds, on average.
If you’re driving a motorcycle, you’re almost 30 times more likely to die in an accident than the average passenger car driver. The experience is usually life-changing. The potential for such a serious result is one reason why so many skilled personal injury lawyers—including the El Centro personal injury lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys—extend their services to motorcycle accident survivors.
At Gomez Trial Attorneys, our team of skilled personal injury and accident lawyers is prepared to assist motorcycle accident victims in their pursuit of justice. We offer legal representation services designed to maximize the compensation that our clients ultimately receive.
Contact us today to learn more about our services. We are committed to empowering and educating our clients throughout the legal process, and we offer free, no-obligation case evaluations to new clients.
California has the highest number of motorcycles in the country compared with other states. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) estimates that there are more than 1.5 million motorcycle riders in California.
Riders are out there, and drivers should take these steps to help promote road safety for motorcyclists. Drivers must understand that motorcyclists face a higher risk on the road than do people in cars.
It’s a driver’s job to:
If you’ve come to this page, you probably have some questions about what you should do in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident. We usually help clients with questions like these at the beginning of our partnership:
If you have more questions, we encourage you to ask the legal representative you speak with on the phone. Our team has extensive experience litigating a wide variety of cases, and there’s a high probability that we can answer your question right away.
California has a universal helmet law. In fact, California is one of only nineteen states that require all motorcycle operators to wear helmets that align with federal safety standards. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has long promoted the idea that helmets reduce the risk of death and head injuries in the event of a motorcycle crash, and there’s a good reason for that. You might have heard the phrase, “there’s no such thing as a fender bender when you’re on a motorcycle.”
It’s true. 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes lead to death or serious injury. The NHTSA also found in one study that helmets managed to save the lives of over 7,400 people, and another 6,300 died because of their decisions not to wear a helmet.
The unfortunate truth is that motorcycle accidents can happen for a lot of reasons. Some potential causes include:
Inclement weather, sudden emergencies, and other factors that are outside of anyone’s control can all lead to motorcycle accidents, too.
It’s important to discuss left-turn accidents when discussing motorcycle accidents in general. Left-turn accidents are common amongst both motorcycle and passenger vehicle operators.
Usually, a left-turn accident is caused by:
There are plenty of ways for motor vehicle operators to increase the risk that they pose to motorcyclists.
Some examples of risky behavior include engaging in the following:
When vehicle drivers engage in any of these dangerous activities, they put everybody around them at risk. Motorcycle drivers and passengers do not have the benefit of several-ton cars to protect them, and as a result, they’re often impacted the most deeply in accidents.
It is impossible to list out every potential injury that might arise from a motorcycle accident.
Instead, we’d like to offer a list of some of the most common injuries that our clients present:
If you believe that you sustained an injury not listed here in a motorcycle accident, don’t worry. We’ve worked closely with clients who have experienced a broad variety of physical consequences after motorcycle accidents. Our team is prepared to assist you regardless of your specific injuries.
It may prove difficult to understand what steps are best to take right after a motorcycle accident.
If you were in a motorcycle accident, we advise that you:
It’s a normal experience to get calls from insurance agents after a motorcycle accident. In fact, if you aren’t getting those calls, you might want to see whether your phone number is properly updated in the insurance agency’s data systems.
We usually find that our clients have one of two experience with insurance agents:
Our general advice when it comes to insurance companies? Stay polite, don’t answer too many questions, and partner up with an attorney who can help with your case.
Often, legal professionals partner with experts in other industries to help strengthen cases.
Depending on the details of your case, your attorney may request the assistance of:
We recommend working with an El Centro motorcycle attorney, because an attorney will help with your case in more ways than one. He or she will help you:
A key component of any motorcycle accident case is proving who was at fault for the accident. This process is complex, and it usually only increases in complexity when additional factors are involved in a case. Attorneys are trained to handle cases like this with skill. They can help you protect your rights and maximize your compensation.
If you or a loved one sustained an injury in a motorcycle accident in El Centro, our team is here to help. We fight for accident victims’ rights in discussions with insurance companies and, if necessary, in court. Our lawyers explain clients’ legal options in plain English; we want you to understand your rights and feel confident creating a path forward.
You deserve to feel secure in your pursuit of justice. It’s just one reason why our lawyers partner closely with clients to give their cases unique, individualized attention. Contact us today or call (619) 237-3490 to find out more about how the lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys can help with your El Centro motorcycle accident case.
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El Centro, CA 92243
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