ODESTO MOTORCYCLE INJURY ATTORNEY
With its great weather, beautiful scenery, and well-maintained highways, California is a natural draw for motorcycle enthusiasts. Located in the Central Valley amid farmland, Modesto has its share of riders who love to cruise their bikes on State Highway 99 or ride to a nearby national park. With such pleasure comes danger as well, unfortunately, for motorcycle injury accidents are common.
We at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP have dedicated a portion of our practice to representing clients who are injured in motorcycle accidents because of another’s negligence. A motorcycle accident lawyer with our firm is not afraid to take on the difficult cases, and will fight aggressively to help the client recover losses related to the accident.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
While local and county statistics on motorcycle accidents are unavailable, nationally the numbers should give one pause. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that riders are 35 times more likely to die in an accident that passengers or drivers in cars. 11% of all motor vehicle accidents involve motorcycles. Moreover, close to 90,000 individuals are injured nationwide just on highways in motorcycle accidents. Of these, approximately 5,000 die.
Common Causes and Injuries
The sad irony of all this is that a fatal motorcycle accident is very often preventable. Some riders fail to take basic precautions. Others, perhaps overtaken by the free-spiritedness of a bike ride, make dangerous maneuvers and drive at excessive speeds.
One should not make assumptions about motorcyclists because of the foolish actions of a few, however. Most riders obey state traffic laws and operate their bikes courteously. Unfortunately, such is no guarantee against injury, as the statistics clearly show. Many riders are hurt due to the negligence of others. Among the most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:
- Weather conditions. Rain, snow, ice, and wind pose particular problems for the rider.
- Failure to maintain the motorcycle properly. Riders need to make sure that everything is in working order, and that tires are properly inflated.
- Defects in manufacture or workmanship. A motorcycle may simply be poorly designed or manufactured. Lawsuits for such defects characteristically involve multiple defendants.
- Roadway defects. Potholes, stones, construction debris and other material can cause the motorcyclist to lose balance and/or control.
- Lighting conditions. This includes glare from the sun.
- Motorist negligence. The motorist may swerve into the motorcycle’s path, drive too close behind, turn into the path of the motorcycle, open a car door into the rider’s path, etc.
Driving under the influence accounts for many motorcycle injury accidents. However, a large number of motorists who hit riders state that they simply did not see the motorcycle. This phenomenon has thus far defied any clear and definitive explanation other than that drivers seem to be looking only for other cars.
What Can Be Done
A motorcyclist may suffer terrible injuries when involved in an accident because there simply is nothing to protect him. Among the most common injuries are broken bones, lacerations, leg and back injuries, spinal damage, neck injury and head/brain trauma. It is important to note that many of these injuries tend to be very serious in nature and victims may never fully recover.
It is important that a motorcyclist who is injured seeks to remedy through a motorcycle accident lawyer, but it is even better to avoid injury in the first place. Riders should take a proactive approach by driving defensively and wearing protective gear. Motorcycle helmets, in particular, can save one’s life.
Call a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP
The attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP have over 25 years of experience successfully representing clients who have been injured in motorcycle accidents due to another’s negligence. We will fight for you and help you gain compensation for your medical bills, lost income, scarring, pain, suffering and more. Our Modesto office is located on the corner of Coffee Road and E. Rumble Road in downtown. If you are traveling to our office by bus take Bus 32.
Our Modesto Office:
822 E. 9th Street Suite 5, Modesto, CA 95354