Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles can be very dangerous and a leading cause of automobile accidents on highways and city streets. Thousands of people have died as a result of a motorcycle accident.

A person can get into a motorcycle accident in many ways. Some examples include riding a motorcycle and being sideswiped by a car, colliding with another motorcycle, or crashing due to poor road and weather conditions. One thing is certain; no two motorcycle accidents are alike. Moreover, statistics show that most of the time it is a combination of factors that result in motorcycle accidents.

Basic standard of care: A person must use reasonable care in driving a vehicle. Drivers must keep a lookout for pedestrians, obstacles, and other vehicles. They must also control the speed and movement of their vehicles. The failure to use reasonable care in driving a vehicle is negligence. (CACI 700) The duty to use reasonable care does not require the same amount of caution from drivers and pedestrians. While both drivers and pedestrians must be aware that motor vehicles can cause serious injuries, drivers must use more care than pedestrians. (CACI 710)

Several safety factors will help a motorcyclist. First, you should always wear a helmet. Statistics alone verify that riding a motorcycle is dangerous. Second, avoid riding in hazardous weather conditions. Sure, you may be an excellent driver, but others are not. Do not put your life in the hands of others. Third, never ride negligently. Do not perform tricks or stunts on major highways to show off. Do not fail to check your blind spots. And never, ever drive drunk. If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident, Charles P. Charlton can help you. Call Charles P. Charlton for a free consultation immediately at (310) 651- 9906. Dowload our Accident Checklist