Walnut Creek Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Given the cost of fuel and long distances many people travel to get to work or school these days, motorcycles provide an economical alternative to the automobile. Motorcycles also allow a person access to certain lanes that are otherwise reserved for carpools. Unfortunately, motorcycles are also the most dangerous form of motor transportation, and each year accidents leave tens of thousands with injuries that are in many cases very serious. The attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP may be able to assist you in obtaining compensation if you have been injured in an accident, and it is to your advantage to hire legal representation rather than try to fight a big insurance company on your own.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues an annual report with statistics on motorcycle deaths and injuries. On average approximately 2,500 Americans lose their lives in motorcycle accidents each year, and over 50,000 are injured. In California, 414 people died in motorcycle accidents in 2011. This is significant because roughly 12% of the population of the U.S. lives in California, yet about 16% of the motorcycle accidents occur in this state. In essence, California’s mortality rate for motorcycle accidents is higher than the national average. The majority of riders who lose their lives in such accidents are ages 20-29. In Walnut Creek, 13 people were injured in motorcycle accidents in 2012.
When a motorcycle accident occurs there is an overwhelming likelihood that the rider will suffer injury. This is due mainly to the nature of motorcycles: they offer virtually no protection when another motor vehicle crashes into them, no fender or bumper. Also, as two-wheeled vehicles motorcycles depend upon forward momentum and balance to remain upright. Anything that interferes with this balance is likely to bring about an injury accident. Among the injuries motorcyclists tend to suffer are:
- Loss of limbs
- Broken or crushed arms or legs
- Back and neck injuries
- Head and brain injuries
Protective equipment does offer some safeguard against injury, particularly helmets. However, goggles and gloves can do little to offer protection when a 2,000 pound automobile plows into the motorcyclist at 40 miles per hour.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
While the potential causes of motorcycle accidents are many, a few comprise the majority of injury crashes. Among these are:
- Driver distraction
- Excessive speed on the part of the driver, motorcyclist, or both
- Failure to abide by the rules of the road, including observing traffic signals
- Backing into a motorcycle in a parking lot
- Opening a parked car door into the path of the motorcycle
- Driving under the influence
- Moving into a lane occupied by the motorcycle
- Turning into the path of the motorcyclist
- Failure to see the motorcycle
Do Not Try to Negotiate Your Claim Alone
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash it is in your best interests to hire an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to handle your case. The attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen have decades of experience successfully representing motorcycle injury clients. Call us today to arrange a free consultation.
We are located on N. California Blvd. If you are taking the I-680 use Exit 44B, go toward Sacramento/Walnut Creek/Concord to Ygnacio Valley Road, Exit 46B. Drive 0.4 miles and then turn right onto Ygnacio Valley Road. Turn right onto N. California Blvd. at the intersection where the USA Gasoline station is located. You will pass Cole Ave., but if you come to Civic Drive you have gone too far. If you are unable to drive your car, The County Connection runs a free bus service. Take Route 4 along Civic Rd. and N. Broadway. Exit the bus at the corner of Civic Center Dr. and N. California and walk approximately 0.4 miles north.
Nadrich & Cohen, LLP
1701 N. California Blvd #161 Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Phone: (925) 478-2070