Oakland Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Representing Injured Motorcyclists Throughout Northern California
Because they lack the same protections as drivers and passengers in other vehicles, motorcyclists tend to sustain far worse injuries than other motorists when accidents occur. Sadly, many motorcyclists die as a result of their injuries. For injured victims and the families of those wrongfully killed, the future is incredibly uncertain.
If you or someone you love was involved in a motorcycle accident in the Bay Area or throughout Northern California, turn to the Oakland motorcycle accident attorneys at Pacific Workers’ Compensation Law Center for the legal guidance and representation you need. Since 1994, we have been dedicated to representing injured individuals here in our community and, with more than 130 years of collective experience, our attorneys are fully prepared to fight for you and your recovery. We understand the unique challenges injured motorcyclists are up against—and we know how to overcome them. Our aggressive approach has helped us earn over a 98% success rate in the cases we have handled. We invite you to reach out to us today to learn more about how our team can help you.
Contact Pacific Workers’ Compensation Law Center today at (888) 740-6434 to request a free and confidential consultation. When you work with us, there are no attorneys’ fees unless we successfully recover compensation for you.
California Motorcycle Laws
All motorcyclists who ride in California should be aware of and abide by all state motorcycle laws. Like any other motorist, those who operate any type of motorcycle are required to follow the same traffic laws as any other type of motor vehicle. This means following all traffic control devices (stop lights, stop signs, crossing guards, etc.), yielding the right-of-way to others when required, and refraining from engaging in any lawful driving activities, such as driving while drunk, texting while driving, and more.
Additionally, California has several motorcycle-specific traffic laws, including but not limited to:
- All motorcycle operators and riders in the state of California must wear an approved motorcycle helmet. There is no exception for age or any other factor.
- Motorcyclists in California are permitted to “lane split,” meaning they are legally allowed to ride between cars/lanes in the same direction as traffic.
- Any motorcycle manufactured after 1978 must be equipped with daytime headlights, and daytime headlights must be used.
- All motorcycle operators must carry minimum liability insurance in the following amounts: $15,000 in bodily injury/death coverage per person, $30,000 in bodily injury/death coverage per accident, and $5,000 in property damage.
Additionally, if a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, they have two years from the date of the accident to bring a personal injury claim. This is known as the statute of limitations.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
There is a common misconception that motorcycles are inherently dangerous and that riders often engage in risky, reckless behavior. However, this is simply not true. In fact, the vast majority of motorcyclists are highly skilled, careful, and responsible drivers.
Put simply, the number one cause of motorcycle accidents is negligence. While this negligence is occasionally on the part of the motorcycle operator, far more often, it is the negligence of another motorist that leads to these accidents. Many drivers fail to look out for motorcyclists or act carelessly when sharing the road with them. In some cases, motorists may even act aggressively toward motorcyclists—with devastating consequences.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents that can be attributed to another person’s negligence include:
- Distracted driving (including using a cell phone/texting while driving)
- Drunk driving/driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Fatigued driving
- Improper/unsafe lane changes
- Merging into a motorcyclist who is lawfully lane splitting
- Opening a parked car’s door into a motorcyclist’s path
- Dangerous unprotected turns
- Traffic law violations
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Road rage/aggressive driving
In somewhat rarer cases, the negligence of another third party may lead to a motorcycle accident. Examples include defective road design or construction, defective car/motorcycle parts and safety equipment (including defective motorcycle helmets), and more.
What to Do If You Were Injured in a Motorcycle Accident in Oakland
After seeking medical attention and ensuring that you get the proper treatment, the most important thing you can do after your motorcycle accident is to contact a personal injury attorney. Often, the liable insurance company will employ deceptive tactics in order to get you to unknowingly admit fault; this gives them grounds to dispute or deny your claim. Do not speak to any insurance adjuster from the other person’s insurance company. Instead, reach out to the Oakland motorcycle accident lawyers at Pacific Workers’ Compensation Law Center to make sure your rights are protected.
There is no cost, nor any obligation to hire us, associated with your initial consultation. When you choose to work with Pacific Workers’ Compensation Law Center, you get an entire team of dedicated legal professionals, experienced attorneys, medical experts, and others all working on your behalf. We offer contingency fees, meaning we do not charge attorneys’ fees unless/until we successfully recover compensation in your case, either through a settlement or verdict.