Motorcycle riding is much more difficult, dangerous, and complex than driving a car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that the risk of a fatal crash for a motorcyclist is 35 times greater than for a passenger car. Furthermore, approximately 80% of reported motorcycle crashes result in serious injury or death (for automobiles, the figure is 20%). As you can see, riding a motorcycle is a distinctly different, more perilous activity than driving a car. Negligent and inattentive automobile drivers who are using cell phones or distracted in other ways cause many motorcycle accidents.
Lane sharing is completely legal in California. (Experienced motorcycle injury attorneys should not refer to this practice as “lane-splitting”). Even when a negligent driver swerves into a motorcyclist, or suddenly or inattentively changes lanes causing an accident, some drivers, some jurors, and even some police officers may unfairly place some of the fault on the motorcyclist that was fully in compliance with California law. You should be prepared with an experienced trial attorney that can effectively convince a jury that the motorcyclist is 0% at-fault under these circumstances. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, or any collision, do not give a recorded statement to an insurance company before you have hired an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to protect your rights.
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