Riverside Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle accidents are often devastating, due to simple matters of physics. Unlike cars, motor bikes do not have protection of a metal encasing, nor do they have safety features like seat belts or air bags. For these reasons, motorcyclists are far more likely to experience incapacitating, disabling, or fatal injuries in an accident. If you or a loved one are struggling under the weight of medical bills, lost wages, or the other costs of a Riverside motorcycle accident, you may be able to collect compensation in the form of a personal injury lawsuit.
Motorcycle Accidents in Riverside
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of motorcycle fatalities and injuries have increased throughout California in recent years, which includes Riverside County and the Inland Empire. Some of the most common reasons for biker accidents in California, according to the NHTSA, include:
- Increased volume of riders. Our area is famous for traffic congestion, and California is the only state in the nation to allow lane-splitting. This makes getting a motorcycle an attractive prospect, so more people are purchasing them to shave minutes off their daily commute.
- Unlicensed riders. Unfortunately, not everyone gets licensed before they get on the road, which can lead to more accidents.
- Intoxication. When motorcyclists have to share the road with intoxicated drivers on the Riverside roadways, the likelihood of being in a serious accident increases. Drunk driving kills hundreds of people in our state each year, and motorcyclists are not immune.
Most Common Types of Motorcycle Injury
Unfortunately, many motor bike accidents lead to serious injury. Here are some of the most common:
- Head trauma. Even when wearing a helmet, a motorcycle accident can lead to concussion or other forms of traumatic brain injury (TBI). These are serious conditions that require lengthy healing and careful medical monitoring.
- Spinal cord injury. The force of landing on the pavement can lead to a broken neck or the bones that protect the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries vary widely in severity, but those involving the upper spine are generally more severe.
- Crush injuries. One of the main reasons that motorcycles do not have seat belts is that ejection from the bike is actually safer than being attached to it. When a bike lands on the rider, it can lead to severe crush injuries and burns from the engine.
- Road rash. This is a painful but common condition from motorcycle crashes that results from skin scraping against the pavement. Depending on the severity of the injury, road rash may require skin grafting or other intensive medical treatment.
Your Riverside Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Being involved in an accident can turn your life upside down. You may be wondering how to pay for your medical bills or compensate for any loss in income. A personal injury lawsuit in Riverside can help you pursue economic and general damages against the parties responsible for your accident. The Law Offices of Panish Shea & Boyle have a reputation for excellence in litigating motor bike cases and want to go to work for you. Contact us to schedule a free and strategic review of your legal options. Call (951) 363-2410 today!