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Consequences of California Motorcycle Accidents

 Posted on April 10, 2023 in Personal Injury

santa clara motorcycle accident lawyerThe state of California has some of the best areas for motorcycle riding in the country, including the Angeles Crest Highway, Joshua Tree National Park, and the Pacific Coast Highway One. It is estimated that more than 800,000 people own motorcycles in the state of California. Motorcyclist enthusiasts come from all walks of life – young, old, male, female, white-collar workers, blue-collar workers, etc. Unfortunately, as popular as riding is, it is also one of the most dangerous forms of transportation. Many people who are involved in motorcycle accidents suffer catastrophic injuries and fatalities are high.

Most Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents

There are a number of factors that contribute to a crash, such as driver negligence or recklessness, defective motorcycle part, and weather and road conditions. These factors can lead to:

  • Intersection accidents – One of the most common locations for motorcycle accidents are intersections, and many of these crashes are caused by vehicle drivers attempting to take a left-hand turn, cutting in front of the motorcycle that is traveling in the other direction and has the right of way.

  • Head-on crashes – These types of accidents are often the most severe and often result in the death of anyone who is riding the motorcycle.

  • Rear-end crashes – When a vehicle follows too closely behind another, there is often the risk of a rear-end crash if the front vehicle slows down or stops suddenly and the back vehicle is too close and cannot stop in time. When that front vehicle is a motorcycle, the injuries to the rider can be devasting, with the rider often thrown from the bike or pushed into the vehicle in front of them.

Most Common Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Due to the lack of protection around them, when a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, the injuries are more serious than in other types of vehicle accidents. Motorcycle accident injuries can include:

  • Head and brain injuries – It is imperative that all motorcycle riders wear helmets, even in states that do not require one, however, even with a helmet, the rider can still suffer severe injury to their head or brain. Injuries can be severe enough to cause permanent brain damage.

  • Spinal cord injuries – Injuries to the spinal cord can leave the rider with loss of sensation or paralyzed.

  • Fractured bones – The impact of being thrown from the bike can cause serious fracture bones.

  • Road rash – Road rash is one of the most common motorcycle accident injuries and can even occur in minor accidents and is caused by the rider landing and sliding on the pavement, which causes the skin to be peeled away.

Contact a San Jose Personal Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need a skilled Santa Clara County motorcycle accident lawyer to advocate for you. Call Fuller Law Firm at 408-234-7563 to schedule a free case evaluation to see what kind of legal options you may have.




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