Experienced Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorneys for Southern California Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Sef Krell in Encino represent victims of motorcycle accidents in southern California. With knowledge of the special considerations and challenges a motorcycle accident case often presents, our injury lawyers fight to make sure our injured clients receive the compensation they need to recover from their injuries and the legal damages caused to them.
Negligent drivers cause motorcycle accidents
A collision between a motorcycle and any other vehicle can cause serious personal injury or wrongful death to the motorcycle rider. Motorcycles are considerably smaller and lighter than cars, trucks and SUVs, and riders have little protection against an impact with another vehicle. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t seem to appreciate these facts and drive negligently or recklessly around motorcycles, either causing a crash or forcing the motorcycle to lose control, drive off the road, flip or skid. Safe, careful driving includes being aware of the presence of motorcycles on the road and treating them with respect.
Negligent riders can cause auto accidents too
Bikers are held to the same laws, rules of the road and standards of care as automobile drivers. Motorcyclists, therefore, must ride safely with due regard for other vehicles on the road. Riders should be aware of the limitations of their bike and their own skill in handling it. Like car drivers, motorcyclists should alter their riding according to the given road conditions, weather conditions and traffic. Helmets should be worn in accordance with the law. A motorcyclist who causes an accident can be civilly liable to the people injured in an auto accident, and riders who were partially negligent (such as by not wearing a helmet) may not be able to recover for the full amount of their injuries.
Know and understand California’s lane splitting laws
California law allows motorcyclists to ride on the white line or in a lane already occupied by another vehicle in order to pass another vehicle. Although illegal in most places in the country, these practices of lane splitting, lane sharing and white-lining are allowed in California so long as they are done in a “safe and prudent manner.” While it is certainly wise for the motorcyclist to take care and attention when lane splitting, drivers of cars and trucks should understand that lane splitting by motorcycles can and does occur, and they should take care when changing lanes in traffic, knowing that a motorcycle may be coming up quickly behind them.
Experienced Southern California Personal Injury Attorneys for Your Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident on the streets of Encino or the highways of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, contact the Law Offices of Sef Krell to speak with an experienced southern California personal injury accident attorney.