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Imagine cruising down the vibrant streets of LA on your motorcycle, the wind in your hair, and the sun setting over the skyline. While this freedom is unparalleled, it also comes with risks. Motorcycle crashes in this bustling city are more common than we’d like to admit, often resulting from factors like erratic left turns by cars or treacherous lane splitting. Understanding these common causes is the first step to safer rides and preventing unnecessary accidents.

Understanding Motorcycle Crashes in LA

Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis where the thrill of motorcycle riding is matched by the complexity of its traffic. Unfortunately, motorcycle crashes form a significant part of traffic incidents in this bustling environment, leading to serious injuries and, sometimes, tragic outcomes. These accidents are not just statistics; they represent real challenges and dangers to riders navigating the city’s diverse and often unpredictable road conditions. By delving into the common causes behind these crashes, riders can arm themselves with knowledge and strategies to avoid perilous situations. 

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

  • Left Turns by Cars: One of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents is when a car makes a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle. Drivers often misjudge the speed or distance of an approaching motorcycle, leading to collisions. Motorcyclists should stay alert, especially at intersections, and prepare to take evasive action. Highlighting visibility, such as wearing bright clothing and using headlights, can reduce these types of accidents.
  • Lane Splitting: While lane splitting is legal in California, it can be hazardous if not done correctly. Accidents occur when motorcyclists navigate between lanes of slow-moving or stopped traffic and a vehicle unexpectedly changes lanes or opens a door. Riders should only lane split at low speeds and remain vigilant of the space between vehicles, ensuring they are visible to drivers.
  • Speeding: Exceeding speed limits or riding too fast for conditions is a common factor in motorcycle crashes. High speed reduces the rider’s reaction time and increases the severity of crashes. Motorcyclists should adhere to speed limits, practice good judgment, and keep a safe following distance from other vehicles to prevent accidents.
  • Road Hazards: Potholes, oil slicks, loose gravel, and debris are more dangerous for motorcycles than cars. Such hazards can cause a motorcyclist to lose control and crash. Riders should keep their eyes on the road ahead, adjust their speed accordingly, and avoid sudden maneuvers when encountering these conditions. Regularly inspecting and maintaining the motorcycle can also improve safety and handling.

Prevention Tips

Motorcyclists can adopt several preventive measures to enhance safety and reduce the risk of accidents. First, always wear appropriate gear, including a helmet, jacket, gloves, and boots, to protect against injuries. Secondly, stay visible to other drivers by wearing reflective clothing and keeping headlights on. Thirdly, practice defensive driving: anticipate the actions of others, maintain a safe distance, and be ready to react to unexpected situations. Finally, continually improve riding skills through advanced training courses and staying updated with traffic laws. By integrating these habits into every ride, motorcyclists can significantly lower the chances of being involved in a crash and ensure a safer road experience.

What to Do If You’re Involved in a Motorcycle Crash

If you’re involved in a motorcycle crash, your immediate actions can significantly impact your safety and legal rights. First, ensure you’re out of danger and check for injuries; move to a safe location if possible. Call 911 to report the accident and request medical assistance if needed. Exchange information with the other parties involved, but avoid admitting fault or discussing details of the incident. Capture photos of the scene, your motorcycle, and any injuries, as these can be crucial evidence. Contact witnesses and request their contact details. Finally, consult with a personal injury attorney to understand your rights and the next steps. 

Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Ardalan & Associates is dedicated to supporting motorcycle crash victims. We can guide you through every step to secure the justice and compensation you deserve. Don’t navigate this challenging time alone; contact us today for personalized, compassionate legal assistance.

About the Author
P. Christopher Ardalan has been a champion for the people since becoming an attorney in 2000 and establishing Ardalan & Associates, PLC. His practice, rooted in Southern California, emphasizes personal injury law where he, alongside a formidable team, tirelessly advocates for his clients. A Cum Laude graduate of California State University, Northridge, and Loyola Law School where he also graduated Cum Laude and Order of the Coif, Ardalan's early legal acumen earned him the moniker “The kid with the golden tongue.” His accolades include numerous mock trial victories, prestigious memberships, and high-profile awards such as being a Litigator Award® recipient and an inductee into ABOTA and the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums. Recognized by both his peers and prestigious legal associations, Ardalan’s relentless pursuit of justice is fueled by a lifelong dedication to learning and a heartfelt commitment to his clients. With a reputation as a seasoned trial lawyer and a compassionate advocate, he finds the greatest fulfillment in making a positive change in his clients’ lives, honoring his role as their voice for justice.