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The many causes of motorcycle accidents

Southern California is a perfect place to ride a motorcycle. The weather is often dry and warm, and the scenery can be beautiful, not to mention riding a motorcycle can be a cost-effective way to travel. Despite the benefits of riding a motorcycle, there are many disadvantages, several of which can leave a motorcyclists susceptible to being injured or killed in a motorcycle accident. It is crucial that motorcyclists are aware of these dangers and the legal actions they can take in the event that they are harmed by the negligence of another.

Motorcyclists are more than 25 times more likely to be killed in a wreck when compared to those traveling in a car. Most often, these wrecks occur when drivers of passenger vehicles fail to yield to motorcyclists. This frequently happens when a vehicle is making a left turn, and its driver neglects to recognize an oncoming motorcycle. Of course, since motorcycles are smaller vehicles, they may be harder to see, but this is no excuse for a driver whose motorcycle unawareness causes an injurious or fatal accident.

There are other ways that motorcycle accidents occur. For example, a driver may change lanes and collide with a motorcyclist because he or she fails to recognize that someone is next to him or her. Drivers also tend to fail to slow and stop in time to avoid colliding with a motorcyclist ahead of them. Regardless of how these wrecks are caused, they can leave victims and their families with serious physical, emotional, and financial hardship.

This is where a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit may provide relief. In order to succeed on one of these claims, though, strong legal arguments must be made to convince a judge and jury that the defendant was negligent, that negligence caused the accident, and actual compensable damages were suffered. Victims may find it helpful to have the assistance of a qualified legal professional.

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