Articles Posted in Motorcycle Accidents

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This motorcycle accident requires a skilled lawyer in Vista Experienced motorcycle accident lawyer Zev Rubinstein understands that riders of motorcycles in Vista have the same rights and responsibilities as the other motorists with whom they share California’s roads. Unfortunately, riding a motorcycle also means that one’s chances of being involved in a catastrophic accident are elevated. Knowing the most common accidents before you get on the road can help you know what to watch for when you’re out there.

Motorcycle accidents are among the most dangerous traffic accidents in which one can be involved. Motorcycle riders are at an inherent disadvantage relative to other vehicles, in terms of size, weight, and protection. A motorcycle accident can cause traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, wrongful death, and other personal injuries.

Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

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iStock_000005916968Medium-300x197It should come as no surprise that a motorcycle rider is prone to serious injury in the event of an accident. Smaller size and the lack of safety features compared to a regular passenger vehicle can lead to devastating consequences when a bike is involved in a collision. If you or a loved one sustained severe injuries in a motorcycle accident, Escondido lawyer Zev Rubinstein can pursue the compensation you deserve.

One of the most common injuries a motorcycle accident victim might sustain is road rash. Road rash occurs when skin makes contact with asphalt, resulting in a severe scrape that tears off skin and can even damage muscles, ligaments, and bone tissue beneath the skin.

Though road rash can be painful and require significant treatment and recovery, many other common motorcycle accident injuries are more severe. These include:

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iStock_000017380527Small-300x199Due to their smaller size and fewer safety features, motorcyclists involved in a crash are often at greater risk for severe injury than their counterparts in passenger vehicles. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the carelessness of someone driving a car, truck, or SUV, veteran Oceanside attorney Zev Rubinstein can fight for the compensation you deserve.

Lack of attention to the road and surrounding vehicles can lead to devastating consequences for anybody involved in a collision. However, in many cases motorcycle accidents and the serious injuries that accompany them can be avoided if drivers in passenger vehicles would remember to use appropriate caution by sharing the road.

Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents stem from the reckless driving of other motorists, such as:

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Motorcycle accidents often occur when drivers in cars and trucks fail to see a bike on the road. Motorcycle riders can reclaim damages through the services of a skilled Escondido accident lawyer, but it’s important to bring as much information as you can to a consultation.

Though motorcycle accidents can be traumatic and stressful, these steps can help you receive the money you deserve if you engage the services of a lawyer.

  • Seek medical attention: Make sure any injuries you sustain are tended to and documented. Documentation of wounds and pain can help you “prove” the extent of your injuries.
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Motorcycle accidents are much more likely to result in serious injury or death than other types of traffic accidents. Without any external protection, a motorcyclist is left vulnerable to every impact of a collision. Even if the rider is wearing a helmet and protective gear, the risk of suffering a life-altering personal injury is high. Collisions involving other vehicles account for around 56% of all motorcycle accident deaths.

Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Right-of-way violation – The majority of motorcycle accidents occur because car and truck drivers fail to see bikers on the road. Or, if they do notice a motorcycle, they fail to provide enough space for the biker to safely maneuver. Cars making left-hand turns account for 42% of all car-motorcycle accidents.
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Texting and driving is all too often a deadly combination.

If you were injured or a family member was killed in a car accident that may have been caused by a distracted driver, the Oceanside attorneys at The Rubinstein Law Group may be able to help you pursue the financial compensation you need and justice you deserve. We are proud to serve as advocates for car accident victims and their families from the greater San Diego area.

In 2010, more than 3,000 people were killed in car accidents in which distracted driving played a role. Many of these were related to the use of cell phones and other hand-held devices.

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imagesCA0741PV.jpgNorth County Times Brandon Lowery reported that 57-year-old Dennis Williams of Carlsbad was fatally injured in an auto accident in Ramona while riding his motorcycle on March 4, 2012. The motorcycle accident happened around 12:30 p.m.. Williams was riding northbound on Highland Valley Road and was struck by a Honda Civic, which hit a Toyota Prius traveling southbound before hitting Williams and ejecting him from his bike. While rescue crews were in the process of airlifting him to a hospital he died from his injuries.

Our sympathy goes out to the Williams family and friends.

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Motorcycle-accident2-300.jpgSan Diego News 10 reported that an unnamed 21-year-old man was seriously injured when his motorcycle collided with an automobile on January 31, 2012. According to San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros, the auto accident happened in the Barrio Logan area at around 5p.m. when the motorcyclist who was eastbound on Main Street, struck a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, which was traveling westbound and was turning left onto Vesta Street. The rider was seriously injured having sustained multiple injuries including a broken femur and clavicle and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The incident is still under investigation by SDPD Traffic Division.

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At first blush it would seem that the driver of the Monte Carlo is at fault for violation of Vehicle Code 2181(a), which requires the driver of a vehicle who is turning left to yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction and are close enough to constitute a hazard during the turning movement. However, drivers also must exercise due care when approaching the turning vehicle. Since the intersection in question is controlled by a traffic light, the color of the light for each respective driver will be crucial in determining who is at fault as well as the speed of each vehicle. Once liability is determined, the driver and owner of the car will be responsible for the victim’s property damage and personal injuries proportionate to their respective fault.

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San Diego News 8 reported that five victims were fatally injured as a result of a hit-and-run auto accident on Saturday afternoon, November 13, 2010.  Four motorcyclists as well as a passenger in another vehicle were killed and six others were seriously injured. The accident happened on Route 98 at around 1:00 p. m, on a remote desert two-lane highway in Ocotillo. The riders were members of a Lakeside motorcycle club  who were on their way to celebrate their 10th anniversary  in Yuma Arizona. Carlos Bobadilla,  driving a Dodge Avenger swerved to avoid hitting a Honda Civic, whose driver was attempting to pass the group of riders. Bobadilla lost control of his vehicle, and drove his vehicle into the group of riders. Four of the motorcycle group members were killed as well as the owner of the Avenger.  Six others were injured including  Bobadilla who was taken to a hospital for treatment of hand fractures. The driver of the Honda, did not stop and left the scene. Bobadilla who allegedly was driving under the influence was later arrested . According to CHP officer  DeeAnn Goudie  it is still unclear if his alcohol consumption contributed to the accident, and thus he is only being charged with a misdemeanor at this time.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the friends and families of those who lost their lives.

 

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imagesCAISKFPN.jpgFox Business writer Susan Ladika reported that San Diego is ranked first among the nation’s major cities for DUI citations. The report is based on statistics from Insurance.com from November 1, 2010 to October 31, 2011. Furthermore, it is the second year in a row San Diego leads the list. However, confounding factors such as lack of public transportation and vigilance by local police could account for the high ranking. Peter Moraga, spokesman for the Insurance Information Network of California, speculates that California leads in DUI citations because it is a “car-centric state,” and law enforcement officials are “very attuned to the danger of driving under the influence.” Other factors such as tourists, visiting business people, people in the military, and young drivers contribute to the problem. According to the FBI there were 1.4 million DUI arrests in 2010.

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For the law and other factors affecting DUI accidents in California see my prior Blog post UC San Diego Study On DUI Car Accidents Causing Serious Injury Or Fatalities.