at Sette Law understand the attraction of riding motorcycles – our temperate
climate combined with natural beauty and ease of commuting in traffic! However,
as Petaluma motorcycle
accidents lawyers, we are very aware of the inherent dangers of riding
bikes for fun and for transportation in Petaluma.
personal injury attorneys collect data compiled by state and national
entities that found a 175% increase in fatalities between 1998 and 2008. The
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration points out that motorcycle
riders have a 26% increased chance of death per miles traveled than those
riding in cars. Petaluma motorcycle accident lawyers are also aware that there is a perception
that the motorcyclist is usually at fault in motorcycle accidents. As with many
assumptions, our Petaluma injury attorneys know this perception is unfair and often
erroneous. But, based on statistics, it’s clear that motorcyclists must
exercise extreme caution when riding on the streets and freeways of Petaluma.
motorcycle accident lawyers know that even minor lapses of attention put
riders in danger. There is small margin for error when the rider is so
vulnerable. And, according to our motorcycle accident attorneys, the OTS (California Office of
Traffic safety) has pinpointed the riskiest behavior of riders. Speeding tops
the list of causes in accidents along with a motorcyclist making improper turns
or driving under the influence. Naturally, the same behaviors lead to car
accidents as well in Petaluma. But, motorcycle accident lawyers remind riders that they are at
far greater risk of death than are occupants of cars. The NHTSA has numbers to
back up this statement for riders in Petaluma. Motorcycle accidents in 2006 resulted in 72.34%
deaths out of 100,000 accidents nationwide. Compare that to 13.10% fatalities
in car crashes over the same period. In
2012, the NHTSA reported that motorcycle riders were 26 times more apt to die
in a crash than were the occupants of a car, per vehicle miles traveled.
Education is Key to
Safety in Petaluma
motorcycle accident lawyers find statistics like the aforementioned,
shocking. However, we know that simple changes to riding habits can save lives
in Petaluma. Motorcycle
accidents can be avoided through education and enhanced safety
practices. The California Highway Patrol sponsors a very effective program that
teaches riding skills to lower the danger of Petaluma motorcycle accidents. Attorneys at Sette
Law explain that the California Motorcyclist Safety Program also results in a
certificate that waives the requirement for riders to pass a driving exam at
the Department of Motor Vehicles in Petaluma.
injury attorneys at Sette feel it’s particularly important for older
motorcyclists to practice consistent safety habits. The NHTSA reports that 56%
of fatalities in the U.S. were suffered by riders over the age of 40. The stats
likely apply to as well to riders in Petaluma. Motorcycle accident lawyers point out that this age
group also experienced more severe injuries. Brown University searched for the
factors behind older riders facing higher threat of injury and death nationwide
and in Petaluma motorcycle accidents. Our lawyers believe the Brown findings should be
taken seriously by motorcyclists over the age of forty who favor large
motorcycles (think Harleys). Big machines like these are harder to control and
prone to roll-over in a motorcycle accident.
injury lawyers say that young riders have their own set of challenges.
Inexperienced riders often favor the light, fast and powerful motorcycles in Petaluma. Motorcycle
accidents, attorneys say, are more severe at high speeds that can be
quickly reached on sports-model bikes. The data supports this statement and
applies to Petaluma motorcycle accidents. Our lawyers say that risk of a crash is four times
greater on a sports bike than it is on conventional motorcycles in Petaluma.
Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
support Safety Measures in Petaluma
Motorcycle riders can enhance their safety by adhering to
proven safe-riding practices. Our Petaluma injury attorneys believe these safety tips are highly
effective and easy for riders to adopt in Petaluma.
accident lawyers say first, always be aware that one of the most common motorcycle accidents
is caused by cars making unplanned turns in front of motorcycle riders in Petaluma. Motorcycle accident
lawyers say this reality should be ever-present in the minds of
motorcyclists. The same is true of cars changing lanes on roadways in Petaluma. Injury attorneys
explain that most automobile drivers are looking at other cars, not
anticipating the smaller bikes as part of the traffic flow. A survival skill
for motorcyclists is awareness – awareness of blind spots for motorists. According
to Petaluma motorcycle
accident lawyers, riders should get out of blind spots as soon as
feasible. When a rider can see the eyes of a motorist in the car’s mirror, the
motorist can also see the rider.
As elsewhere across the U.S., wearing a quality motorcycle
helmet can protect the rider from brain injury in a motorcycle accident. Our lawyers know that
a rider without a helmet has a 40% greater risk of dying from a brain injury in
a Petaluma motorcycle
accident. Our lawyers, of course, are aware that California law requires
helmets – but the quality of the protective helmet can vary. Nationwide, it’s
estimated that riders wearing proper helmets have 37% less chance of dying in a
motorcycle accident in Petaluma. And, the temptation to ride sans helmet
outside of the Golden State should be resisted – helmets save lives whether in
Reno, Nevada or Petaluma.
accident lawyers support safety through education and good riding
practices. But when Petaluma motorcycle accidents happen, lawyers at Sette Law help injured
riders get compensation for injuries they’ve suffered due to no fault of their
own. Consequently, it’s important to establish the details of any Petaluma motorcycle accident.
Our attorneys tap police reports, witnesses and recall of the individual
involved in a motorcycle
accident. Our lawyers determine liability and then support the victim
through a legal process that is often complex and requires legal expertise.