Oceanside Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle accidents are more common than we may think. This is, in part, due to passenger motor vehicles not paying attention to who else is on the road with them. Many drivers say they never saw the motorcyclist in the aftermath of a crash. Oceanside motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries or death.
Were you involved in an Oceanside motorcycle accident? Are you dealing with a traumatic brain injury? Did you fracture a femur? Suffer an amputation? Do you need surgery to be able to walk? Are you worried about how to pay your medical costs? Are you wondering if you are going to be able to go back to work?
Two-wheeled trauma on the roads these days is real, frightening, and results in serious medical disruptions in a motorcyclist’s life, provided they survive a crash. It may also result in death. Despite the real hazards of riding a motorcycle, there were over 808,377 bikes registered in California in 2019.
Nationwide, death by motorcycle is 28 times higher than collisions involving passenger vehicles. The number of motorcycles registered across the country has been increasing over the years, going from 4.2 million in 2002 to 8.3 million in 2018. California ranks in the top 15 of all 50 states for motorcycle deaths, many the result of distracted driving, impaired driving, speeding, inattention, and recklessness.
How an Oceanside motorcycle accident can end
While motorcycles are enormously popular, they are also extremely deadly when involved in a collision. There are no airbags, no seatbelts, and the biker and passenger can be catapulted into traffic. An ejection may mean landing in front of another vehicle, being thrown into a building or light pole, ending up under another vehicle or being run over. Across the U.S. in 2018, 4,985 motorcyclists died in accidents.
If the motorcyclist and/or passenger survives a crash, recovery may take months, or years. It may result in permanent disability.
The deadliest point of impact for a motorcycle crash is the front. Injuries sustained can include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Paralysis – monoplegia, quadriplegia, paraplegia, hemiplegia
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Road rash
- Soft tissue injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Knee, hip injuries
- Back injuries
Motorcycle riders and passengers may seek compensation for their injuries in a motorcycle accident from the motorcycle driver’s insurance company and/or the other driver’s insurance provider.
Restitution is usually based on who was liable for the crash. If the car driver and the motorcyclist were fault, a passenger may be able to seek indemnity from both insurance companies. How much an insurance company may offer to pay is usually predicated on who was at-fault for the crash.
Dealing with insurance companies is frustrating and often results in disappointing results, as their main goal is to reduce the amount paid out on a claim, if possible, or deny it instead. Retaining experienced legal counsel can avoid the uncertainty of trying to file a claim. The experienced Oceanside motorcycle accident lawyers from The Levinson Law Group protect your legal rights, give you straight answers to tough questions and stay with you every step of the way.
Causes of Oceanside motorcycle accidents
Reasons for an Oceanside motorcycle accident:
- Ignoring traffic signs – signals and other rules of the road
- Road rage – drivers tailgating, weaving all over the road, yelling, gesturing and honking their horns.
- Tailgating – a passenger vehicle rides the bumper of a motorcycle leaving no room to stop suddenly.
- Motorcycle recalls – a recall due to a defective part that puts the biker at risk of having an accident.
- Speeding – speed is common on the highways and byways in Oceanside. When a car loses control while speeding, the motorcyclist may end up in a deadly accident.
- Distracted driving – driving while using an e-device takes your attention away from driving. Approximately 660,000 drivers use their cell phones or other electronic devices daily while driving.
- DUI/DWI – drinking and driving and driving under the influence of drugs means drivers do not make smart decisions, react in slow motion and with diminished motor skills.
- Fatigued driving – driving while struggling to stay awake, the driver does not have the mental capacity to pay attention to others on the road.
Common Oceanside motorcycle accidents
The most common types of motorcycle accidents in Oceanside include:
- Rear-end accidents – caused by distracted driving and running into a motorcyclist stopped at a sign or light, or tailgating.
- Left-turn accidents – Left-turn accidents are fairly frequent, and typically mean the motorcyclist hits the side of the car turning left and can be ejected into on-coming traffic, the sidewalk, or ditch.
- Lane splitting – riding between two lanes of traffic. Drivers may change lanes suddenly.
- T-bone collisions – send a vehicle into another vehicle or a motorcyclist. The driver may have run red light or was driving while distracted.
- Head-on collisions – Head-on collisions result in death for the motorcyclist. If either vehicle was speeding, the force of impact is greater. The biker may be ejected into the path of another on-coming vehicle.
Contact the Levinson Law Group Today
If you or a loved one were involved in an Oceanside motorcycle accident, reach out to the Levinson Law Group attorneys right away. At the Levinson Law Group, our dedicated team of Oceanside motorcycle accident lawyers is here to help.
If you have questions about the recovery process, we can answer them. If you are not sure you want to bring a case against the other driver, we will not pressure you. We only want to make sure that you are informed and make the best decision for yourself and your family.
When you decide to work with the Levinson Law Group, you can rest assured that you will have someone in your corner throughout the entire process. To learn more about your options, call the Levinson Law Group at 760-512-8088. We accept cases on a contingent fee. That means that if there is no recovery in your case, you pay no fee. And in most cases, we even advance the costs.