What Are The Most Common Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents In The Woodland Hills Area In California?
The leading cause of motorcycle accidents is inattention of drivers of cars and trucks who simply fail to see motorcyclists on the road. The failure to see motorcycles is typically due to driver inattention or failure to look. Drivers making lane changes without carefully determining that it is safe to do so is all too common. Often, we are dealing with drivers who are in a hurry or distracted so motorcycle drivers need to understand that they must ride defensively and not assume that other drivers see them on the roads.
What Are The Serious Types Of Injuries That You See Motorcycle Riders Sustain From These Car Crashes?
Injuries to motorcycle riders are among the most serious and painful injuries that I see in my personal injury practice. A motorcycle rider does not have the protection provided by a car, truck or van. They are not belted into a drivers seat, inside of a solid steel frame. A motorcyclist is exposed and vulnerable in a collision and almost always thrown from the motorcycle onto the pavement and make violent contact other vehicles and hard structures like concrete curbs, fire hydrants and power poles. Broken bones, fractured jaws and skulls, internal injuries, horrific abrasions to large areas of the body, concussions and brain injuries are the rule in these collisions, rather than the exception. While proper clothing and protection is absolutely critical to rider safety, even the best helmets, gloves, boots and leather clothing is not enough to protect you from a serious injury caused by a negligent driver when you are on a motorcycle.
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As A Driver And A Passenger, Am I Required To Wear A Helmet Or Other Safety Gear In California? And Could It Impact My Case Negatively If Either Of Us Was Not Wearing The Gear When The Accident Took Place?
California law requires that people riding a motorcycle wear an approved safety helmet. This law applies to both motorcycle operators and passengers. This law has saved thousands of lives and reduced catastrophic head and brain injuries. Other important safety equipment is full body clothing. Do not wear shorts and/or tank tops. You need the protection of clothing. You should wear leather if possible. Leather acts as a second skin and is far better at protecting you than other materials if you are thrown from a motorcycle. Boots and eye protection are not required by law, but are strongly recommended when riding a motorcycle.
If you do not wear a helmet while on a motorcycle, you will get a costly ticket. If you are in a collision while not wearing a helmet, you might be blamed for your head injury, even if you are not at fault for the collision. The value and your recovery in your claim will be reduced if a helmet would have reduced the likelihood or seriousness of an injury. This is called Mitigation of Damages in the state of California.
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