Because of the very nature of physical science and medical science, motorcyclists and motorcycle passengers necessarily are some of the most vulnerable people on the road. While many drivers are vigilant to keep an eye out for all others on the road, too many are prone to overlooking smaller vehicles like motorcycles. When they do, the results can be fatal and tragic. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash in California, you need the right Oakland motorcycle accident attorney on your side to help you as you go through all of the necessary legal steps and processes to get compensation.
A crash from the central coast is yet another example of how deadly these motorcycle accidents can be. 76-year-old K.K. was driving a yellow motorcycle along Highway 1 in Cambria, according to a calcoastnews.com report. At the same time, the driver of a Jeep Cherokee was also traveling along Highway 1. The Jeep’s driver pulled onto the shoulder of the highway in order to execute a U-turn. In making the U-turn, the driver of Jeep pulled into the motorcycle’s path. The vehicles collided and K.K. died as a result of his injuries, according to the report.
Fatal motorcycle crashes are sadly common in California. According to statistics published by the state’s Office of Traffic Safety, more than 1,060 motorcyclists died on California roads and highways in 2017-2018. Many of those tragedies were regrettably avoidable, as they result from a car, truck or SUV driver’s failure to maintain a proper lookout, failure to see a motorcycle and their resulting failure to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist. That error can occur when making a turn, making a lane change or, as was the case in Cambria, making a U-turn.
In this Cambria crash, the news reports stated that the Jeep driver pulled into the path of the motorcycle. The reports also said that police did not believe that drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident.
It is reasonable to assume that the Jeep driver did not intend to pull in front of the motorcycle and cause a crash, raising the possibility that the Jeep driver engaged in insufficient observation of the roadway before continuing with his/her U-turn. One of the significant dangers motorcyclists face every day is other drivers’ failure to maintain proper attention and keep an appropriate lookout for all other vehicles on the road, including motorcycles.
When you decide to take legal action in your motorcycle accident case, hiring the right counsel is essential. Motorcyclists and their passengers, due to the fact that bikes provide less protection than cars, trucks or SUVs, often suffer more extensive and/or more severe injuries. As a result, getting a full and complete recovery from your legal case is especially important.
Your experienced attorney can help in countless ways, including the conducting of independent investigations, obtaining opinions from scientific experts about the precise cause of the crash, along with hiring medical experts and vocational experts to provide opinions about the harm you’ve suffered, including how extensive the damage was and how much those injuries will continue to affect you in the future, both personally and in terms of your earning ability. In addition to acquiring experts, your resourceful attorney can also engage in other key steps like locating eyewitnesses and reviewing relevant insurance policies, all of which can help you be as prepared and protected as possible for success.
All of this requires having legal representation with the right skills and resources. To put that kind of powerful resource on your side, reach out to the Law Offices of Stephen M. Fuerch. Attorney Fuerch is an experienced Oakland motorcycle accident attorney who has many years of experience helping injured motorcyclists and their passengers to use the legal system and get the compensation they deserve. To learn more, contact us through our website or call our office at (925) 463-2575 to schedule your confidential initial consultation today.