San Diego Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle accidents are like other vehicle accidents in some ways, but are far less crashworthy than closed vehicles. They are also less visible to other drivers and pedestrians and less stable than four-wheel vehicles. Operating a motorcycle requires a different combination of physical and mental skills than those used in driving four-wheel vehicles. Motorcyclists and their passengers are more vulnerable to the hazards of weather and road conditions than drivers in closed vehicles.
Motorcyclists are vulnerable to a unique set of risks on the road, which means that even the most experienced riders can crash. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own, our San Diego motorcycle accident attorneys at the law offices of Howard A. Kitay may be able to get you compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other accident related expenses.
- In 2012, 4,957 people died in motorcycle accidents, up 7.1 percent from 4,630 in 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- In 2012, 93,000 motorcyclists were injured up from 81,000 in 2011.
- Motorcyclists were about 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a accident per vehicle mile traveled in 2012 and five times more likely to be injured.
- 11 percent of all roadway accidents that occur in the United States involve motorcycles.
- Head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes.
- A motorcyclist not wearing a helmet is 40 percent more likely to die of a head injury than one who wears a helmet.
- A motorcyclist not wearing a helmet is 15 percent more likely to suffer a non-fatal injury than one who wears a helmet.
Unfortunately, motorcyclists have very little protection in an accident. Motorcyclists can reduce the risks of injury, however, by exercising reasonable care in anticipating another motoristsâ€™ conduct, conducting a safety check of their motorcycle, not riding at certain times, and by wearing protective clothing to minimize injuries.
It is a misconception that most motorcycle accidents are due to aggressive driving by motorcycle riders. In fact, most motorcycle accidents occur because car and truck drivers do not see motorcyclists. There are a number of different types of motorcycle accidents, some of them include:
- Poor weather conditions
- Lane splitting
- Ignoring traffic signs
- Not utilizing a turn signal
- Ignoring traffic conditions
- Not seeing a motorcyclist due to glare or other view obstructions
- Inexperienced motorists
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Vehicle defects
- Roadway defects
- Construction zones or road hazards
- Distracted drivers
- Motorists failing to yield the right of way at intersections
The moments following a serious motorcycle accident can make the difference between recovery and a life of permanent injury or disability. It is crucial that everyone involved in a San DiegoÂ motorcycle accident get medical attention regardless how minor the injuries may seem. Common injuries suffered include road rash, facial fractures and disfigurement, broken bones and burns. Injuries can range from minor to disabling, such as limb amputations, spinal cord injuries, paralysis and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).
If you have suffered injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident in San Diego, you need a knowledgeable and experienced San Diego motorcycle accident attorney on your side. Motorcycle accidents can raise unique issues, and insurance companies may try to cheat you out of the money you deserve. Our expertise in California accident law and the benefits you may be entitled to is second to none. Contact the law offices of Howard A. Kitay at 619-578-2222 for committed, skilled, representation. We have served the San Diego community since 1989. Call us today for your free consultation.