A motorcyclist involved in a traffic accident faces a serious risk of injury or death. Due to physical vulnerability, the lighter weight of motorcyclists, and the tendency of many drivers to ignore or fail to grant due respect to them, motorcyclists need to drive defensively. Even helmeted and with road gear, a motorcyclist has little protection when colliding with another vehicle, the road, or nearby objects. Even driving defensively and with caution, the motorcyclist cannot always predict what other drivers will do nor control their negligent actions.
Per published data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), close to 5,000 people lost their lives in motorcycle accidents in the United States in 2013. The majority of these accidents involved collisions with another vehicle. Southern California, with its mild and sunny weather throughout the year, is a popular area for motorcycle enthusiasts and clubs. It is also a densely populated and highly trafficked area of vast, intersecting freeways and roads, often clogged with rush hour traffic. For this reason, those motorcyclists who live in Los Angeles and the surrounding counties, from San Diego to Santa Barbara, need to exercise vigilance and caution when sharing the road with others.
According to NHTSA, injury to the head and chest area are common in motorcycle injuries and deaths. These accidents can also easily happen due to faulty equipment, such as defective tires and brakes. Fires may erupt due to damage and breaks in the fuel system, causing further potential injury to victims. Those most likely to be injured or die in a motorcycle accident are men aged 16 to 24.
Because of the severe nature of the injuries that can follow from a motorcycle accident, it is important to be represented by an experienced personal injury lawyer who will work to identify all those responsible for your injuries or for the death of your loved one. At the Law Offices of Haleh Shekarchian, our attorney has an extremely high success rate in recovering fair compensation for clients through personal injury claims and lawsuits. Our firm has recovered millions of dollars in damages for clients. Let us use our extensive experience to help you.