Rancho Cucamonga Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
California is by far the state with the largest number of motorcycles on the road in the country. That said, motorcycles make up only three percent of total vehicle registrations in the state, yet they account for 17% of all traffic fatalities. Motorcycle riders have a right to share the road with other vehicles, but they are exposed and vulnerable to the most serious injuries and wrongful death when coming into contact with larger, heavier vehicles. Motorcycle accident lawyer John D. Lueck puts his decades of legal experience to work on behalf of motorcycle accident victims in San Bernardino and southern California. Learn more about the dangers faced by motorcyclists on California roads, and contact the Law Offices of John D. Lueck in Rancho Cucamonga if you or a loved one has been injured in a San Bernardino motorcycle accident.
Most common causes of motorcycle accidents in southern California
The two most common causes of motorcycle accidents in California happen when:
- Driver makes a left turn into the path of an oncoming motorcycle
- Driver strikes motorcycle or forces biker off the road when turning, merging or changing lanes
In the first instance – making a left turn when a motorcycle is approaching from the opposite direction – most often the driver is misjudging the oncoming speed of the motorcycle. The smaller size of the motorcycle makes it more difficult to judge its actual distance and speed. It is sometimes frustrating to a driver waiting to make a left turn across traffic who can’t seem to find an opening, but safety needs to always be the first priority, and a left turn should not be executed when other vehicles are approaching in the opposite lane.
In the second scenario, the driver often does not check to see the motorcycle before executing the traffic maneuver. All cars have blind spots which drivers are obligated to account for by using their turn signals, using their mirrors and looking over their shoulders before making a turn or a lane change. This is especially important in the case of motorcycles, which are more difficult to spot because of their smaller size. Also, many motorists are simply not thinking about the possibility of motorcycles on the road, since they make up such a small number of total vehicle registrations and are encountered less often. Typically, if a driver does not see or hear a motorcycle approaching, the driver is not considering that a motorcycle may be coming from behind in another lane.
Sometimes the driver may know a motorcycle is in the vicinity but just assumes the rider will get out of the way. Bikes are indeed much more maneuverable than cars, but this maneuverability can work against them, as other motorists may tend to drive more recklessly or aggressively around motorcycles, assuming they can easily get out of the way. Riders, however, know full well the limitations of their bikes and that simply “getting out of the way” safely is not a fair assumption, and it is not always possible.
Distracted driving makes things worse for motorcycles
There is no doubt that distracted driving is on the rise, due primarily to the advent of smartphones and in-vehicle infotainment systems, and the perceived need of drivers to be constantly checking in with their social media feeds and news and entertainment apps. As traffic accidents have risen across the board due to distracted driving, rates have especially increased for motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. These groups are already less visible to motor vehicle drivers because of their size and are especially vulnerable to a distracted driver who is only occasionally glancing up at the road from a device or dashboard. Of course, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians are also extremely vulnerable to suffering catastrophic injuries or death in a collision with a motor vehicle, due to their lack of protection in a crash.
Help is Available after a Serious San Bernardino Motorcycle Accident
Getting compensation after a motorcycle accident is never easy. Motorcyclists face an uphill battle to fight the inherent bias against motorcycle riders held by many, including drivers, insurance adjustors and jury members. Also, motorcycle riders with serious injuries need serious representation to get the care and compensation they need. At the Law Offices of John D. Lueck, we work to oversee your treatment plan and make sure your costs are covered while fighting for maximum compensation. We let you focus on healing while we focus on getting you the compensation you need.
For help after a motorcycle accident in San Bernardino, contact the Law Offices of John D. Lueck at 909-484-1963 for a free case evaluation from a dedicated Rancho Cucamonga motorcycle accident lawyer.