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Motorcycle Accidents Archives

What to know about motorcycle accidents

Motorcycle riders in California and elsewhere may be exposed to risks that automobile drivers do not face. For instance, should an accident occur, there is no significant barrier between a rider and the road. It may also be harder for those in passenger or commercial vehicles to spot a motorcycle on the road. As these hazards may result in an accident that causes serious injury, it is important for motorcycle riders to know their rights.

Motorcycle safety myths to forget

Warmer weather in California often inspires motorcyclists to hit the roadways. As more motorcycles begin using the highways and roads, some passenger car drivers may be surprised by the increase in motorcycle traffic. To stay safe, new and experienced bikers alike should try to forget some of the most common motorcycle safety myths.

Motorcyclist seriously injured after pickup trucks hits him

An accident in Long Beach left one person with serious injuries after a pickup truck crashed into a motorcycle. Shortly after the accident happened, officials announced that the victim was actually killed in the accident -- but that turned out to be a mistake. The individual survived, but suffered some serious injuries.

Motorcycle accidents can be fatal in California

When on the road, drivers should be paying attention to their surroundings. This means making sure to be aware of other vehicles on the road. Not doing so can cause a serious vehicle accident that can result in catastrophic injuries in many cases and even death in some instances in California. However, it is even more important for motorcyclists since motorcycle accidents can be particularly dangerous due to the way the driver of a motorcycle is exposed.

Is bill on motorcycle lane-splitting poised to clear all hurdles?

We visited the topic of motorcycle lane-splitting in California in a blog post earlier this spring, noting therein that riders are "allowed to ride between slowing and stopped lanes of traffic, as long as [they] do so responsibly." Our March 27 entry cited some statistics that strongly buttress the claims of advocates that the practice promotes safety on California's busy streets and highways.

Los Angeles authorities looking for wrong-way motorcyclist

Many Los Angeles motorcycle accidents are caused by speeding or distracted car drivers. While these actions are certainly unsafe, they pale in comparison to the reckless way some people operate their vehicles. Drunk driving, weaving through traffic and driving the wrong way down a street are all examples of exceptionally dangerous behavior that can easily lead to a serious crash. When such behavior causes a motorcycle accident, the resulting damage may be substantial.  

Explaining California’s motorcycle insurance requirements

Based upon the responses of many of the Long Beach motorcyclists that we’ve worked with here at the offices of Harting, Simkins, and Ryan, there’s much confusion out there about motorcycle insurance requirements. Just as is the case with auto insurance, most motorcycle owners never anticipate having to use it, and thus will often look to save by purchasing only the minimum amount of insurance required by the law. It’s difficult to put a general answer on just how much motorcycle insurance one should have, as needs vary from individual to individual. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at just how much insurance California motorcyclists are required to have, and when and where they might want to consider extra coverage.

Is lane-splitting legal in California?

No matter how much experience you have on the back of a motorcycle, you could still have questions and/or concerns over California road safety guidelines regarding the practice of lane splitting. Major law enforcement agencies and regulators in the state have refrained from offering guidance to motorcyclists on lane splitting, allowing for confusion and doubt as to what is and isn’t permissible under the law.

Motorcyclists vulnerable to motorists’ negligence

If you spend any amount of time on Southern California roadways, you have probably been involved in or witnessed a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle collisions occur all the time and often have catastrophic consequences for motorcycle riders and their families. In fact, the attorneys at Harting, Simkins & Ryan, L.L.P., handle many cases where a lack of attention and/or awareness on the part of motorists contributes to serious and fatal injuries for unsuspecting motorcyclists.