Dedicated and Experienced Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle accidents are some of the serious and most catastrophic accidents that occur on California roads. Nationally, the fatality rate for motorcyclists is 28 times higher than it is for car drivers and occupants in an auto accident. Cars are being made safer all the time with more passenger protections and the most advanced assistive technologies for crash-avoidance. Meanwhile, motorcycle accidents have been rising for 22 years and now account for over 14% of all traffic fatalities, even though they make up only 3% of total registered vehicles on the road. Motorcycle accident rates are even higher in California than the national average. In Los Angeles and southern California, personal injury trial attorney Jeffrey Fleitman holds negligent drivers accountable when their negligent, reckless or distracted driving has caused a serious motorcycle accident. Learn more about California motorcycle accidents below, and contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey Fleitman if you or a loved one has been injured in a Los Angeles motorcycle accident.
Car driver error causes motorcycle accidents
Not all motorcycle accidents are the fault of a negligent driver, but many are. Motorcycle riders typically spend more time learning to ride and handle their bike safely than most people do when learning to drive. Motorcyclists understand their lack of protection and vulnerability on the road to negligent, reckless or aggressive drivers, and they strive to ride visibly, predictably and defensively. Motorcycles face numerous dangers on the road from negligent driving behavior of other drivers, such as:
- Turning left into the path of an oncoming bike
- Merging into a motorcycle rider’s lane
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Swerving in front of a motorcycle
- Misjudging an oncoming motorcycle’s speed
- Crowding a motorcycle
- Blocking a motorcycle from passing
- Distracted driving
Distracted driving is especially dangerous for motorcycles. A driver’s eye gets trained to look for other cars and trucks, but smaller motorcycles are often not thought of. They are therefore easily missed by a distracted driver who is looking down at a phone instead of constantly scanning the road for other vehicles and changing conditions, as safe driving requires.
Recovering compensation after a Los Angeles motorcycle accident is an uphill battle
Proving another driver’s negligence and responsibility to the injury victim is a difficult task in any personal injury case. Motorcycle accident victims face the additional hurdle of overcoming the inherent bias many people have against motorcycle riders. insurance companies play up this view of the biker as reckless and try to shift the blame for the accident on the rider. Under California’s comparative negligence laws, every percentage of fault shifted to the injury victim is a proportionate reduction in the amount of compensation they can recover.
Los Angeles personal injury trial lawyer Jeffrey Fleitman has been handling personal injury cases, including automobile accidents, bicycle accidents and motorcycle accidents, on behalf of injury victims for over two decades. He understands how to prove the other driver’s fault while fending off attacks from the insurance company that the victim was somehow to blame. Whether negotiating a settlement with the insurance company or seeking a jury verdict in the courtroom, Jeffrey Fleitman is a staunch advocate for injury victims and their right to full and fair compensation after being injured by the negligence of another.
A Serious Personal Injury Attorney for Serious Los Angeles Motorcycle Accidents
For help after a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles or southern California, call the Law Offices of Jeffrey Fleitman at 310-399-2889 for a free consultation. We take cases on a contingency fee basis, advancing all costs of litigation and only taking a fee if we recover for you.