Motorcycles can be more challenging to control when they are operated at higher speeds. Experienced riders can lose control when they encounter unexpected traffic, dangerous road conditions or when unanticipated hazards appear in the rider’s path.
Speeding is typically one of the leading causes of California motorcycle accidents, but not the only one. If speeding was a component of your accident, a Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer at Salamati Law can analyze all the facts and circumstances. They can determine if you have a right to recover damages from other negligent drivers.
California is a comparative negligence state. This means that even if a rider is partially responsible, their right to recover damages is not eliminated– but reduced in proportion to fault. So, if, for example, the other driver was speeding or made a dangerous left turn in front of an oncoming rider, that driver may be liable for a portion of the rider’s injuries and losses.
Riders should always operate their bikes according to posted speed limits and adjust their speed to account for heavy traffic and hazards. If an accident does happen, the rider should connect with a motorcycle speeding accident lawyer as soon as possible. It will protect the rider against claims from the other driver and secure the right and opportunity to collect damages that reflect the other driver’s contribution to the accident.
As noted above, speeding is one of the most common motorcycle accident causes. Other factors include the rider’s inexperience with the style of bike they are riding, mechanical failures, impairment by drugs or alcohol, and ignoring the dynamics of automobile traffic. Moreover, a high-speed motorcycle accident is most likely to cause serious injuries or fatalities.
Our Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers have extensive experience in representing riders who have suffered common motorcycle injuries:
Some driving practices, such as speeding between cars, can exacerbate injuries when an accident happens. Lane splitting may be legal in California, but even experienced riders can be caught off guard when a vehicle suddenly moves across a roadway and cuts off the lane-splitting rider.
Nonetheless, drivers do have an obligation to check their surroundings when they change lanes. The fault for reckless driving accidents may not lie entirely with the rider in a lane-splitting speeding motorcycle accident. In every case, we are ready and able to help when a rider suffers serious injuries, even in this type of accident.
Experienced riders understand the importance of choosing a motorcycle that corresponds to their skills and experience and is suitable for the conditions that the rider expects to encounter. A less experienced motorcyclist might be tempted to select a bike that is designed for speed. Speeding motorcycle accidents happen when a rider goes beyond their abilities. Cyclists who can control that urge are less likely to suffer serious adverse consequences.
Please see our website or call the Los Angeles offices of Salamati Law for a no-fee consultation after you have suffered injuries in a high speed motorcycle accident. If you retain our firm and we accept your case, you will incur no fees unless we recover damages for your losses and injuries. We earn our fees as a percentage of those damages.