Motorcycle & Scooter Collision Claim Procedures For California Motorcycle Accident Victims
AB-51 was signed into law by the Governor of California on August 19, 2016, allowing motorcyclists to ride between two lanes of traffic on California’s roadways. Does that mean that it just got safer to ride a motorcycle in California? In 2013, approximately 17% of motorcycle accidents in California involved lane splitting. However, lane splitting was never explicitly prohibited by state law here in California, so the effects of AB-51 on safety does not seem necessarily promising.
Overall motorcycle collisions and fatalities increased 23 percent from 2003 to 2012 and, in that same time span, accidents involving motorcycles increased by 49 percent in Los Angeles County. Those statistics require that safety be paramount to any discussion on motorcycle riding. So, if lane splitting is not the biggest danger on the road to a motorcycle rider, then what is? The most common and most dangerous of crashes involving a car and a motorcycle is at an intersection where the car is making a left turn in front of a motorcycle, otherwise known as a “broadside or T-Bone” accident. This type of motor vehicle accident is already severe when it involves only cars. However, in the case of a motorcycle, the results can be fatal.
Whether you are a single rider or multiple riders on the same motorcycle, you need to take extra precaution when entering an intersection with vehicles waiting to turn left in front of you. Usually, a driver attempting to make a left turn is mainly preoccupied with looking for other cars. As such, you are a more likely target and victim and will need to take measures to prevent being victimized by automobile drivers, specifically, vehicles making left turns. What measures can you take? Upgrade your lighting. LED light bars and LED lighted mirrors with auxiliary running lights make your motorcycle more identifiable. You may also wear colorful protective gear that allows you to stand out.
Unfortunately, all the preparation and caution in the world may sometimes not be enough to prevent the broadside, rear-ender, head on collision, or side-swipe accident. In those difficult times, you need the right law firm to fight for your best interests and seek the compensation you deserve. At Venerable Injury Law, we have been advocating for the riding community from our very first day because we know that every accident involving a motorcycle rider is a serious one.
We utilize decades of experience and leverage the knowledge of our accident reconstruction and accident safety experts to thoroughly investigate all cases to see all the possible angles, including potential defects with the motorcycles themselves. At Venerable, we say after a motorcycle accident, we never let you ride alone.