Motorcycle accidents are not as common as car accidents for several reasons. First, cars are much more prevalent on the highways than motorcycles. Additionally, motorcycle riders are required or choose to take more safety courses than most automobile drivers, so motorcycle riders as a whole tend to be more aware of defensive driving techniques. Finally, motorcycle riders are well aware that in a collision between themselves and a car, they will end up with far greater injuries in most cases, so motorcycle riders have a heightened interest in avoiding a collision with a car.
However, despite these facts, motorcycle riders are up to 35 times more likely than car drivers to wind up in an accident per vehicle mile traveled, according to the Hurt Report conducted early in the 1980s at the request of several states and the federal government. This seminal study found that motorcycle riders are in great danger on the highway, despite the fact that few motorcycle accidents are directly attributable to motorcycle rider error. Recent studies have supported the Hurt findings.
This means that in the majority of motorcycle accident cases, motorcycle riders are not at fault. These accidents occur due to the errors of car drivers, who either do not take seriously the rights of motorcyclists on the road or who are unaware of the differences in allowing right-of-way for motorcycles and cars. For example, when a car driver is waiting at a stop sign for cross traffic to clear, a motorcycle will often appear to be farther away than it actually is due to the differences in speed and size of the two vehicles. Many car drivers have overestimated the amount of time they have to make it across an intersection in front of an oncoming motorcycle and have caused terrible accidents as a result.
Anaheim motorcycle accident lawyers help the victims of motorcycle accidents to recover damages when they are injured in a collision caused by someone else's negligence. These professionals understand the laws that govern motorcycle operation and the realities of motorcycle accidents, and can help victims recover adequate damages for their injuries.
Motorcycle accident attorneys in Anaheim are ready to work with you to recover all the payments to which you are entitled, including compensation for physical injuries, emotional distress, and other problems related to your motorcycle accident. Talk to an expert in motorcycle accident law today and begin recovering your expenses from your motorcycle accident.