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San Fernando Valley Motorcycle Crash Lawyer

On the roadways of San Fernando Valley, motorcycle riders are more likely to be seriously injured because of their size, in comparison to other vehicles, and the way other motorists share the roadways. More than eighty percent of all motorcycle crashes result in the death or serious injury to the rider. Motorcycle accidents can have significant negative financial, emotional, and physical effects on the rider and his or her loved ones. Contact The Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg at 310-997-0904 for a free consultation with our distinguished motorcycle accident attorney. With over three decades of experience and an award-winning trial attorney, The Law Offices of Howard C. Kornberg give our clients above par representation with excellent litigators.

Motorcycle Statistics And Dangers

  • In the United States, one out of every thirty-six people you meet has a motorcycle.
  • California is the third leading state in motorcycle deaths.
  • Left-hand turns being made by other vehicles are the cause of forty-two percent of all motorcycle accidents.
  • Forty-three percent of motorcycle accidents are the result of drunk driving.
  • Motorcyclists account for over 2,100 fatalities and 56,000 injuries annually.
  • The fatality rate per mile traveled for motorcyclists is sixteen times that of car occupants, and the injury rate is about four times that of car occupants.
  • A Motorcycle rider’s risk of a fatal crash is thirty-five times greater than drivers of any other motor vehicle.
  • According to the CDC, thirty percent of non-fatal motorcycle injuries happen to the legs and feet. Head and neck injuries follow closely at twenty-two percent of all injuries from motorcycle accidents. Head injuries can include a concussion or even brain damage. While concussions can range from mild to severe, brain damage can be debilitating or fatal.

The State of California has set no law dictating an age restriction for passengers on motorcycles. However, California has motorcycle rider safety restrictions including:

  • All riders must wear a U.S. Department of Transportation compliant motorcycle helmet.
  • Passenger seats must be securely fastened to the motorcycle behind the driver’s seat.
  • Passengers must have footrests in place, which must be used while the motorcycle is in motion.

Most Reported Causes

In a good percentage of cases, the reason for the motorcycle accident is due to careless drivers. In fact, research conducted by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), found that in all motorcycle accidents occurring between motorcyclists and cars, the motorcyclist was either not at fault or less at fault than the other driver eighty percent of the time. The ten most common reported causes of motorcycle accidents are:

  1. Unsafe lane changes
  2. Car doors
  3. Speeding
  4. Driving under the influence
  5. Lane splitting
  6. Sudden Stops
  7. Inexperienced drivers
  8. Left-turn accidents

What To Do After

If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident in San Fernando Valley, contact The Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg at 310-997-0904 or email us to request a free consultation. Our clients are under no obligation to pay for our fees or costs upfront and in fact, we do not get paid if we do not win for our clients.