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Motorcycle accidents are more common compared to car accidents. Due to this alarming statement, it is important to be aware of the common causes of motorcycle accidents to bring awareness to motorcyclists on what to look out for when on the road. 

  • Speeding. A common reason why individuals choose to purchase a motorcycle is because of its speed. This is primarily why speeding is one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. Since a motorcycle does not provide as much protection compared to a car, the chances of enduring a severe injury is highly likely. 
  • Left-hand turns. Motorcyclists are faced with dangerous situations, especially when a car is making a left-hand turn in front of them. The car may come into contact with the motorcycle if the motorcycle is:
    • Going directly into an intersection, or
    • Trying to pass the car.
    Since the motorcycle is smaller than a car, the motorcycle may appear less visible to the individual driving the car. Additionally, motorcyclists who try to pass  a car in the same lane may also be putting themselves in danger. Cars are not expecting this to happen, which will result in a potential collision happening if the motorcycle goes unnoticed.

    Generally, if a car hits another car while they are making a left-hand turn, then the one initiating the turn is at fault for the incident. However, if the motorcyclist was making illegal decisions, such as speed or being in the wrong lane, they will have some fault in the accident. 
  • Head-on collision. For a head-on collision to happen, it would require both the vehicle and the motorcycle to be driving at high speeds. The motorcyclist will typically be the one sustaining severe injuries due to a lack of protection compared to the driver in the car. 
  • Lane splitting. This usually occurs when a motorcyclist chooses to drive in between two lanes. Common causes of accidents occurring from lane splitting include:
    • The close distance the motorcycle has with the car,
    • The small space the motorcyclist has to move around, and
    • Cars not expecting any other vehicle or motorcycle to pass them during slow traffic.
    In California, lane splitting is allowed. However, it must be done in a safe way. Generally, it would be the motorcyclist’s fault for lane-splitting accidents. If the motorcyclist acted negligently when performing this action, then they are expected to either partially or fully compensate for the injuries and property damage done to the driver in the car.

    If the motorcyclist is able to show proof that it was the other driver’s fault for the accident, then that driver is responsible for covering part of or all of the motorcyclist’s injuries and property damages. 

  • Intoxication. Alcohol consumption plays a big role in motorcycle accidents. There could be individuals who go out with friends or family to get a few drinks before heading out on their motorcycle. Since motorcycles do not offer sufficient protection for the motorcyclist, they will potentially endure severe injuries from the impact. 
  • Road hazards. Motorcycles are smaller and less stable compared to a car, thus making them vulnerable to hazardous roads. The motorcyclist will face various safety threats if they do not stay alert for dangerous objects or rough roads.

Available Damages

Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out of pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries. 

A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out of pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss  of Enjoyment of Life
  • Other Non-Economic Damanges

Punitive Damages

The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact are only incorporated in 5% of all verdicts.

Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here To Help

If you or a loved one are a victim of a motorcycle accident and you believe that the other party's at fault, West Coast Trial Lawyers has experienced motorcycle accident attorneys that will help you get your desired outcome for the case. Our motorcycle accident attorneys will help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering from your injury. We have a free, no-obligation consultation at our firm. No fees are paid until your case is settled. Reach out to our legal team 24/7 by calling (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected].


If you have been injured in an accident, you can count on the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers to fight for your rights every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney.
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