For obvious reasons, motorcycle accidents can be devastating for riders.
Motorcycles don’t provide the protective outer shell of a car or truck, and cars and trucks far outweigh motorcycles. Following are some common causes of motorcycle accidents in California.
Potential Hazards of Riding a Motorcycle
- Left-hand turns in front of riders: In many cases, drivers turn in front of oncoming motorcycles. The rider may try to swerve or even lay down the bike, but often a collision is unavoidable. As with many motorcycle accidents, often these left-turn collisions are due to the car or truck driver’s failing to see the motorcycle.
- Illegal lane changes: Sudden or illegal lane changes are frequent causes of crashes on California freeways. Lane-splitting is allowed for motorcyclists, and sometimes drivers don’t check their mirrors before switching lanes. A motorcyclist injured in a lane-change crash may be entitled to significant compensation for injuries. Drivers who fail to signal a lane change may also be held liable for any resulting injuries.
- Rear-end collisions: The twists, turns and sudden stops on California roadways are known hazards, but people still fail to pay attention to traffic ahead. Motorcyclists who are hit from behind often suffer serious injuries as a result.
- Car doors: When riding near parked cars, it is advisable to proceed with caution, as a door that opens in your path can send you to the pavement. A driver may also be held liable for opening the door of a parked car without first checking the side mirror.
Compensation for Injuries
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Orange County, don’t wait to start exploring your options for obtaining the full and fair compensation you need. Motorcycle accident injuries often lead to immense medical expenses, lost time from work, and even permanent disability and death. For more on these matters, please see our motorcycle accident overview.