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Motor vehicle accidents can be serious for all involved, though there are certain groups of people who are more vulnerable than others. In addition to pedestrians and bicyclists, motorcyclists are more likely to suffer severe injuries and damages than drivers and occupants of vehicles. In 2015, California was named #2 in the United States for motorcycle fatalities. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in the South Bay, you can turn to AgnewBrusavich for client-focused representation. Our Torrance motorcycle accident lawyers can help identify the at-fault party, collect evidence, and file a personal injury claim on your behalf – all you have to do is focus on healing, whether you're in the hospital or at home. As a small firm, our team cares about our community and giving each of our clients personalized attention. When you call us, you won't be treated like another case number.
How Motorcycle Accidents Occur
Motorcycle crashes can be caused by the same factors that cause any car accident: distracted driving, drunk driving, reckless driving, speeding, and more. Statistics show that most motorcycle accidents involve other motor vehicles and are caused by driver errors. However, due to their smaller size, motorcycles pose unique problems for drivers and others on the road who don't pay attention.
For example, one of the most common ways drivers can injure motorcyclists is when they fail to check their blind spots or signal before changing lanes or merging. Their smaller size enables motorcyclists to be hidden in a driver's blind spot, increasing the risk of a driver cutting them off or driving directly into them when changing lanes.
Another all-too-common accident unique to motorcyclists and bicyclists is dooring. Drivers who park their cars on the side of the street are responsible for ensuring the coast is clear before they open their doors and exit their vehicles. However, many drivers don't look and will open their doors directly in the path of an oncoming motorcyclist, which can cause accidents and severe injuries.
Why Are Motorcycle Accidents Serious?
Motorcycle accidents are not necessarily more frequent than other types of accidents, but they nearly always result in serious injury or death. According to the NHTSA, motorcycle riders are 28 times more likely to die in an accident and 6 times more likely to be injured compared to drivers and occupants of cars and other vehicles.
There are several reasons for this, including:
- Motorcyclists have less protection: Passengers and drivers in vehicles are protected in the event of a collision by seat belts and airbags, and the frame of the car itself can shield them from debris. Motorcyclists, however, lack these safety features, putting them more at risk of being thrown from their bikes and suffering traumatic injuries.
- Motorcycles have less braking power: Motorcyclists can easily spin out of control and be thrown from their motorcycles when they apply their brakes quickly. It's no secret that cars have stronger and more stable brake system than motorcycles.
- Riders have less control: In addition to poor braking, motorcycles also have sensitive steering. When motorcyclists swerve quickly to avoid a collision, it's relatively easy for them to fly off their bikes or crash into a nearby telephone pole or divider.
With little else protecting them beyond a helmet, it makes sense why motorcyclists suffer serious injuries like broken bones, amputations, spinal cord injuries, and brain injuries. Motorcyclists are also at risk of acquiring burn injuries as a result of fuel tank leakage or damage and can suffer skin trauma like lacerations and road rash.
How We Help
Because motorcyclists often suffer the most in car crashes, the recovery process may take a significant amount of time and be incredibly expensive. AgnewBrusavich is here to remind you that you don't necessarily need to cover your own expenses, and nor should you have to if your accident was caused by a negligent driver.
When you meet with us in a free consultation, our team can give you the compassion you need and determine whether you're eligible to file a personal injury claim so you can win compensation. When we take on clients, we work tirelessly to ensure that you as the client don't have to lift a finger. We handle every detail of your case from start to finish while keeping you updated. And because your damages are likely high, we take the time to build a solid case so you don't get anything less than what you deserve.