Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Greater Los Angeles
Some common causes of motorcycle accidents in the Greater Los Angeles area are:
- Left Turns In Front of Motorcyclists: Left turn motorcycle accidents generally occur at an intersection. Often times a motorist proceeds to complete a left turn in front of oncoming traffic and collide with a motorcyclist riding in the opposing lane. Pursuant to Vehicle Code 21801 The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which is close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.
- Unsafe Lane Changes: Unsafe lane changes, generally occur more frequently on freeways, but also on surface streets. The large majority of motorist fail to check their rear and side view mirrors. Many times motorists will abruptly change lanes without checking blind spots. We have seen this far too many times when a motorist fails to put their turn signal on and check blind spots, which ultimately results in colliding with the motorcyclist. who doesn’t have time to react or has nowhere to escape. Pursuant to VC §22107 drivers must use reasonable care when turning [or moving to the right or to the left].
- Vehicle Pulling Out of Side Streets or Parking Lot Colliding with a Motorcyclist Rider: These types of motorcycle collisions occur when a car, truck or SUV pull out in front of the motorcyclists from a side street or parking lot without looking both ways or reasonable care. These types of accidents generally cause a T-bone type or broadside collision. Under VC 21804, (a) The driver of any vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from any public or private property, or from an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all traffic, as defined in Section 620, approaching on the highway close enough to constitute an immediate hazard, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to that traffic until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety. (b) A driver having yielded as prescribed in subdivision (a) may proceed to enter or cross the highway, and the drivers of all other vehicles approaching on the highway shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle entering or crossing the intersection.
Why Should You Hire A California Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
Hiring a motorcycle accident attorney can help preserve your claim, increase compensation, and deal with the difficulties of dealing with insurance companies and insurance adjusters. Many times the adjusters will try to blame the motorcyclist by saying you were not riding at a safe speed during the collision or perhaps riding at excessive speed. Your motorcycle accident attorney will have Neurologists, Orthopedists, and other doctors to help treat you for your injuries. Many of these specialists take cases on a lien basis. This means that you will not have to pay out of pocket for the treatment you receive until you recover monies. to determine the full extent of the injuries. A quality motorcycle lawyer will hire experts, if necessary, to reconstruct the accident and/or speak to the forces exerted on the human body of the motorcycle rider.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident in Glendale near Los Angeles, CA we invite you to contact our office for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation.
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