Understanding the Rights of Injured Motorcycle Riders

Statistics show that motorcycle riders face greater risks of suffering injury and death than others on public roads and highways. This is due to the fact that riders have little protection against outside forces, and because drivers can easily overlook them when on the road. These factors make motorcyclists extremely vulnerable to drivers who fail to uphold their duty to drive responsibly, obey the rules of the road, and keep others free from preventable harm. In fact, negligent driving is one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents.

Examples of negligent driving include:

  • Drunk or drugged driving
  • Speeding & aggressive driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Failure to yield
  • Unsafe lane changes

Whether it is driver negligence or defective auto parts that cause an accident, motorcyclists are at risk for suffering serious, long-term injuries. Some of the most common motorcycle injuries include:

  • Road Rash
    In most motorcycle accidents, the rider slides for some distance on concrete. The pavement can scrape through clothing and skin, leaving extensive wounds. Wearing thick clothes, pads, and gloves can help riders minimize their chance of suffering road rash during an accident.
  • Bone Breaks & Fractures
    Because motorcycle accidents often occur at high speeds, there is a high chance that a collision will lead to broken bones. The lower body is especially vulnerable in such situations. Wear boots and thick clothing to provide extra protection for any situation.
  • Biker's Arm
    After being thrown from a bike, many motorcyclists attempt to break their fall by landing on their arms. Unfortunately, this instinctive action can lead to permanent nerve damage in the arm and body. You can protect your arms with elbow pads and jackets
  • Head & Neck Injuries
    Injuries sustained to the head and neck region are the most dangerous wounds a biker can suffer. These can permanently damage the nervous system, and are a leading cause of death. Statistically, you run a much greater chance of surviving a motorcycle accident if you are wearing a helmet—don't forget this crucial piece of protective equipment!

When riders suffer these or other types of injuries as a result of another's negligent or wrongful acts, they may have the legal right to recover their damages by filing a personal injury claim. These claims are hinged on proving that another's actions more likely than not caused a victim harm, and that victims deserve to be compensated for their losses, which can include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost work wages and future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional injuries

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident – or if you have lost a loved one in a preventable motorcycle crash – our Santa Barbara personal injury attorneys are prepared to help you understand your rights and what we can do to secure the compensation you deserve.

To discuss your case during a free case evaluation, contact Santa Barbara Injury Law Group today.