San Bernardino Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
With a population of more than 200,000 people, some simply like the freedom of riding through the San Bernardino Mountains.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a a San Bernardino motorcycle accident, it is crucial that you understand your legal rights. Contacting a San Bernardino motorcycle accident attorney is a first step towards achieving that level of understanding.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol's 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one fatality and 48 injuries occurred as the result of motorcycle accidents within the city of San Bernardino. Countywide, 26 people were killed and 436 were injured in motorcycle crashes.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4,502 people were killed in motorcycle crashes in the year 2010. Motorcycle-related deaths increased by 55 percent since the year 2000. It is common for motorcyclists to suffer devastating injuries in an accident because of the lack of protection that motorcycles provide. There are no seatbelts. Motorcycles do not have airbags. There is no metal frame surrounding the motorcyclist. The only protection that a motorcycle rider has is what he or she chooses to wear.
California Motorcycle Helmet Laws
According to California Vehicle Code Section 27803: "A driver and any passenger shall wear a safety helmet meeting requirements established pursuant to Section 27802 when riding on a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle." In fact, it is unlawful to operate a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle if the driver or any passenger is not wearing a safety helmet.
Preventing Serious Injuries
There is no question that helmets save lives and prevent serious head injuries. In fact, the CDC reports that motorcycle helmets prevent 37 percent of crash deaths among motorcycle riders and 41 percent of crash deaths for motorcycle passengers. Helmets are the best pieces of safety equipment a motorcyclist can wear. But it is also important for motorcyclists to pay attention to their clothing. Motorcyclists should wear upper body clothing that covers their skin.
Gloves, long sleeves, and long pants should be worn at all times. They should be bright colors or reflective outerwear to increase visibility. It is also a good idea to wear protective clothing that has armor points in the shoulders, elbows, back, knees and ankles. Another great way to prevent a serious or catastrophic injury is to ride defensively. Motorcyclists who choose to exceed the speed limit, drive impaired, or dangerously split lanes of traffic, put themselves and others at risk of suffering a serious injury.
Compensation for Injured Victims
Injured victims of San Bernardino motorcycle crashes can pursue financial compensation from the party responsible for the accident. For example, if a car driver causes the crash by driving carelessly or recklessly, then, he or she can be held accountable for the injuries suffered by the motorcyclist. If the motorcycle rider crashed because of a defective motorcycle part, then, the manufacturer of the faulty product can be held liable. If a dangerous condition on the roadway caused or contributed to the crash, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can be held accountable.
In such cases, a claim must be filed within six months of the incident. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover damages including medical expenses, lost earnings, hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages.
The experienced San Bernardino motorcycle accident lawyers know and understand the emotional and financial challenges faced by victims and their families. We help these victims hold the negligent parties liable and obtain fair and full compensation for their losses. Please contact us for a free consultation and a comprehensive case evaluation. 949-203-3814.