Northern California has always offered motorcycle enthusiasts endless opportunities for recreational riding. And over the past few years, in an effort beat higher gas prices and avoid ever-increasing traffic congestion, thousands of motorcyclists have also joined daily automobile commuters and commercial vehicles on urban streets and freeways.
Unfortunately, more motorcycles on the road mean a higher number of accidents. Even the most cautious riders run the risk of serious injury due to negligence by automobile drivers or problems with defective bikes, helmets, and gear. In some cases, dangerous hazards, faulty road or bridge engineering, deficient signage, or poor maintenance can be the cause of serious motorcycle accidents (see video above).
According to a comprehensive report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in May 2015, the number of crash-related fatalities involving motorcycles has more than doubled in the past 10 years.
• More than 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in accidents in 2013.
• Over 4,600 were killed in traffic accidents in 2013.
• Motorcyclists were about 30 times more likely to suffer a fatal accident compared with car occupants, and 5 times more likely to be injured.
Although a good number of motorcycle accidents are the result of excessive speed or riding under the influence of alcohol, failure of automobile drivers and other vehicle operators to respect the rights of motorcyclists is also a major cause of injury accidents. And when cars and motorcycles collide, the motorcycle and its rider will always take the brunt of the damage.
Redding Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
We sincerely hope you never need our services, but if, through no fault of your own, you are seriously injured while riding a motorcycle, Redding motorcycle accident attorneys Barr and Mudford can help you recover damages for both the immediate expenses as well as any long-term medical costs that may result from your injuries.
Motorcycle Accidents, Insurance Companies, and Your Best Interests
The other party’s insurance company will be anxious to settle your case as quickly as possible and, more often than not, in their best interests rather than yours. Because you may not always know the full extent of medical care that may be required to treat your injuries over the long term, we strongly advise that you talk with a personal injury lawyer before you talk to any insurance company. Your financial well-being and that of your family will likely depend on it.
Motorcycle accident cases can be extremely complex. The personal injury lawyers at Barr and Mudford, highly regarded throughout the state of California, have considerable experience with serious motorcycle injury cases and have successfully handled even the most difficult.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact attorneys Barr and Mudford for a free consultation. Quick action helps protect you and your family’s future. Call us at (530) 243-8008 or (800) 528-2020, or contact us with details by email.