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We all know that riding or sharing the road with a motorcycle requires extra caution. After all, bikes handle differently than cars, and bikers aren’t surrounded by a protective layer of steel. So why do so many devastating motorcycle accidents keep happening?

Watch for Motorcycles

Studies repeatedly indicate that drivers fail to see motorcycles. Many motorcycle accidents are, therefore, caused by automobile drivers’ failure to yield the right of way to the motorcycle. 

According to 2017 motorcycle accident data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 42% of accidents involving a motorcycle and another type of vehicle occurred because the vehicle turned left into the path of an oncoming motorcycle.

The operator of an automobile has a duty of care to share the road with all other vehicles, including motorcycles. When an operator does not drive with awareness and crashes into a motorcycle, the automobile driver may be found to have been negligent. 

Ernst Law Group is a premier San Luis Obispo and California plaintiff’s rights law firm. We aggressively protect the rights of those whom the negligence of others has harmed. If you were injured or if a loved one lost their life in a motorcycle accident, Ernst Law Group San Luis Obispo personal injury lawyers have the experience, knowledge, and resources to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim. 

We can provide you with an experienced San Luis Obispo motorcycle accident lawyer to assist you with building a strong case. Your claim can help you recover the full costs of your accident losses, including your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our motorcycle accident attorneys by calling (805) 678-0272 or using our convenient form to contact us online.

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What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

Motorcycle accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. One thing that tends to be consistent is that motorcycle operators are more likely to be seriously injured or killed when involved in an accident with another vehicle.
The NHTSA study cited above states that the majority of fatal motorcycle accidents (57%) involved collisions with other vehicles in transport.
Common factors in serious motorcycle crashes include:

  • Speeding – Drivers speeding around motorcycles may not have time to react to prevent a collision.
  • Following too closely – Even slight contact with a motorcycle can cause the rider to become unseated.
  • Merging into the motorcycle – Failing to check blind spots is a common contributor to motorcycle crash circumstances.
  • Turning left into the path of the motorcycle – Drivers underestimate the speed at which oncoming motorcycles are traveling, causing them to make judgment errors as they turn into the path of the oncoming motorcycle.
  • Alcohol use – Alcohol use is a commonly cited crash factor for drivers involved in motorcycle collisions as well as operators of motorcycles themselves.
  • Distracted driving – Driving a larger vehicle around motorcycles requires extra vigilance, so distractions can prove deadly.
  • Roadway hazards – Debris in the road or loose gravel can cause a motorcycle to lose control, especially while making turns.
  • Defective products – A defective part or design feature could be a factor in the crash or make the driver more likely to be injured in the event of an unavoidable crash.

Statistics for Motorcycle Accidents in San Luis Obispo

The sunny roads of California’s coast make for gorgeous riding conditions, but they can also spell disaster for motorcycle operators caught in a traffic accident.

According to data from UC Berkeley’s Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS), San Luis Obispo saw 132 motorcycle accidents from 2010 to 2017. Fortunately, none of these accidents have been fatal. However, 21 resulted in severe injuries, 66 in visible injuries, and 45 in complaints of pain (suspected injuries).

California leads the nation in overall motorcycle registrations, with 857,273 motorcycles registered in 2019, according to the state’s DMV

Despite the high number of registrations, California has a low overall volume of motorcycle occupant fatalities compared to motor vehicle fatalities. 2017 data from the Governors’ Highway Safety Association shows that 15.1% of all motor vehicle fatalities were motorcycle riders

That’s high enough to put California as the 14th worst state, but it pales in comparison to states like Nevada, where motorcycle occupants make up 22.6% of all road fatalities.


How can our San Luis Obispo Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Prove Negligence After a Motorcycle Accident? 

“Negligence” refers to a situation where a party (a person or a company) failed in their expected duty of care to keep the motorcycle operator safe, leading to injury and damages.

For instance, driver distraction is the result of the driver’s failure to adhere to safety laws. Drivers must pay attention to the road and the act of driving. If a motorist is distracted by talking to other passengers, inserting a CD, reaching down to pick up food or drink, texting, or other behavior, and the distraction causes an accident with a motorcycle, the motorcyclist may seek compensation for damages. 

A motorcyclist who was injured as a result of a defective part may seek compensation from parts manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and others who may be liable for placing the motorcyclist at risk. 

Roadways must be properly maintained and safe for drivers, and in certain instances, a lawsuit may be brought against the government.


The Ernst Law Group Represents Injured Motorcyclists in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims

If you were involved in a motorcycle accident that was caused by the negligence of another, you may recover compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. If a loved one lost their life, the decedent’s family may receive compensation in a wrongful death claim. 

Insurance companies do not have the client’s best interest in mind; they are concerned with saving money by paying the least amount of compensation possible. 
When you are represented by an experienced, skilled, and respected motorcycle accident lawyer from the Ernst Law Group, insurance companies, and liable third parties will be more inclined to offer a fair settlement. They know that your Ernst lawyer will not hesitate to take the case to trial for a verdict. 
For a free case evaluation, contact a San Luis Obispo motorcycle accident lawyer with The Ernst Law Group by calling (805) 678-0272. There are no upfront fees; we don’t get paid if you don’t win. 

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How Can Ernst Law Group Help?

Ernst Law Group custom tailors our representation to you. Our San Luis Obispo personal injury attorneys have been named Super Lawyers and Top Trial Attorneys by numerous organizations including the highest possible rating for ethics and skill. We have developed our negotiation and litigation expertise by successfully taking on the tough cases and fighting against the biggest corporations and insurance companies. We will put our decades of collective expertise to work when representing you in court if you’ve been harmed or a loved one lost his life due to negligence.


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