With its miles of gorgeous beach highways and scenic mountain roads, Northern California has always offered motorcycle enthusiasts endless opportunities for recreational riding. 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 more 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 2014 data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
• Motorcyclist deaths occurred 27 times more often than fatalities in other types of vehicles.
• The number of motorcycle rider deaths in California increased from 463 in 2013 to 519 in 2014 – a 12.1 percent jump.
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 Who Can Help
We hope you never need our services, but if you are seriously injured through no fault of your own while riding a motorcycle, Redding injury 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.
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 with an insurance company – either yours or the other party’s. 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 an accident, contact Redding, CA 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.