[Content Updated 05/12/2021] Teenaged and other inexperienced riders can present a grave risk to other users of California’s freeways, roads, and highways. Many youngsters dream of being able to ride a motorcycle on the streets legally. Others end up getting passenger cars, especially when they understand the risks other drivers can present to a motorcyclist at any age. Either way, getting an M1 or regular traditional car license is a right of passage for many youngsters, especially boys who want to get a bike.
We all know that someday our automobile will be our primary form of transport. We see this is how most people get to and from work. Teens driving a car or riding a motor vehicle are one step closer to adulthood. But the teen’s transition from novice to expert auto ist will never happen overnight.
Yes. We motorcycle lawyers are experts with litigation experience. But teen motorcyclists are not experienced in street riding, even if they road motocross growing up. Teens riding street bikes remain numerous, unsophisticated, and inexperienced when it comes to pavement jammed with so many moving, fixed objects, and distractions. Other motorists sharing roads with these teens will have varying driving/riding experience levels. This mixture of veteran, novice, or impaired road users will make each vehicle sharing the road an ever-present threat to teen motorcycle riders. You will often see overconfident riders, risk-takers, and daredevils among the number of road users out there. And sometimes, these “rebels without a cause,” will place others and themselves in grave roadway danger. These reckless teen riders and autoists cause victims hundreds of deaths and catastrophic injuries every year.
Our motorcycle lawyers see many tragedies caused by teen riders and against teen riders by other adolescents on the roads. One way teens blatantly disregard others comes with the territory. College-aged kids have a reputation for partying and driving fast. Fill a teen with firewater, and many of these young adults believe they are immortal. When a teen rider remains in this impaired state, they will experience slower reaction times. Adults and teens are significantly impaired when driving a vehicle with any amount of alcohol or narcotics in their blood.
Other distractions are the occasional spring break passenger on the back of a bike, wearing her G-string. Depending upon the distraction, a youthful driver could easily collide with a fixed or moving object. And that may create a chain of events leading to death and serious bodily injuries. Teens must avoid texting, fidgeting with their iPhone or iTunes, and pay attention while riding sober! At least 100,000 young adults aged 16 to 24 died in rider inexperience accidents from 2003 and 2012. And these figures aren’t expected to see any substantial improvement anytime soon.
The frustrating search for a high-caliber motorcycle speeding injury attorney can be frustrating for a teen rider. When a teen rider accused of speeding gets injured in a crash, most lawyers will reject the case outright. Most personal injury lawyers will tell the potential new client it isn’t a “slam dunk.” It would help if you didn’t listen to these ambulance chasers. Young bikers injured by another speeding vehicle often see their potential case rejected out of hand. And once a bunch of lawyers on the first page of Google reject your case, you will probably feel the stigma of being a biker and teen simultaneously! Even if you find a sub-par injury lawyer to help you with your motorcycle crash case, you will likely receive horrible customer service. Michael P. Ehline, Esq., of Ehline Law Firm, is the motorcycle rider’s friend for a good reason.
We have recovered millions of dollars throughout the Golden State for victims of catastrophic traffic collisions just like you. And this firm is run by a lawyer who rides. And this aggressive advocate is someone who doesn’t wholesale reject cases due to some preconceived notion about you or your lifestyle.
Yes. Like most teens, a large portion of newly or provisionally licensed riders think they are indestructible, expert drivers. But after their first spill or scary speed-wobbles, most of them get the message that they have a lot to learn. Some of these daredevils will continue taking extreme risks to prove to themselves and others that they are cool or have masculine prowess, indestructible, etc.
We all know that rebellious teens vary in their degrees of recklessness, but most kids tend to be off the mark when it comes to their perception of their skills. Most learn what is best for them by doing, not from what some “square” or “out of touch” adult tells them.
Many youngsters and novices don’t seem to grasp that riding a motorcycle on California roadways is an inherently dangerous activity that requires a maximum amount of safety training and rider protection. Some teens are distracted, seeking varying degrees of attention, such as riding with a g-stringed female passenger on the back of the bike.
As old as time immemorial, teens have drunk and driven to show off to their peers while intoxicated. Teens like to modify their race bikes with loud pipes and generally like to be loud and obnoxious compared to the more mature veteran riders. (spring break comes to mind.)
Teens in passenger cars are not much safer and indeed are one of the main causes of distracted driving accidents in California. Most experienced riders stay away from vehicles filled with teens blaring iTunes. Most experienced riders know that teens lack the life experience that a long-time rider or driver has achieved through repetition and training.
Teen motorcycle riders and adult motorcycle riders generally don’t text when riding. The necessity of having both hands on your handlebars helps prevent that habit from interfering with motorcycle rider-bike control. Sometimes riders will use wristwatch text devices while riding, but it’s rare. The real danger to teen motorcyclists face ignoring the motor vehicle operators’ actions around them. In the real world, defensive motorcyclists will profile each vehicle’s occupants, starting with the driver’s apparent age.
If the other driver sharing the road with you is old, they may have slower driver reaction times but lot’s of experience. If you think the other vehicle operator looks young, they may have little experience and quick reaction time, BUT they will react incorrectly. (Ex: turning out of a rear tire spin instead of turning your steering wheel into the spin.
Amazingly, teens do tend to text less than adults while driving their motor vehicles. When a teen does text and drive, their lack of experience in grasping the external dangers is more pronounced. The risk is as clear as the back of their riding gloves. But it is often too late to avoid a crash when a teen is distracted.
Women, especially teenaged girls, are notorious for applying makeup while driving, possibly trying to light up a hit out of a marijuana pipe, and the list of distracted driving problems goes on and on. This above behavior is a snapshot of the many causes of teen calamities that change lives on California freeways and highways for the worse. The 2003-2012 statistics prove that out of approximately 100,000 blooming adults, those aged 16 to 24 died in cataclysmic motor vehicle wrecks. And as we Californians see more teens get licensed provisionally and permanently, these numbers will continue to grow.
Below is a list of the most common types of driver-related calamities common with teen drivers:
The list could go on. And these are just some general observations. Nonetheless, one can see that teens can present a danger to other riders, and you may have been one of the casualties left in their wake if you ride a motorcycle or even a traditional motor car.
Teen responsibility is also a big deal. Many teens can’t get jobs. So they purchase insurance for the bike so that they can get their M1 license. But then, they let their insurance expire because they cannot pay the premiums or afford an insurance bond. When this happens, they are now driving without insurance, which is a violation of California law. So now what? If a teen with no insurance gets injured or adversely harms another, what is the procedure to get paid? How do these victims get reimbursed for all the money, time, and pain that has become expended?
Many questions arise as follows:
A: Yes. But uninsured riders don’t get general damages, only special damages. So this means you can only collect for calculable economic losses. In other words, you can only seek money for your past, present, and future lost wages, medical bills, lifetime care, and things of a financial nature. Because the law deems it unjust for you not to have mandatory automotive liability insurance, you can’t collect general damages such as pain and suffering. But hiring a motorcycle lawyer like Ehline Law is a great way to discover your rights and obligations.
A: A mounted rider who can prove contact, and not just evasive action, can generally collect insurance money from their own UM or UIM coverage. Sometimes, they can claim it from a homeowner’s insurance policy (H/O). But that coverage only applies in dismounted situations. Examples of when this insurance comes into play include walking your bike along the shoulder after running out of gas and getting run over by another person.
Or you may have been a simple bystander or pedestrian walking on the sidewalk. In those cases, you can claim against your H/O. If you have none of the above insurance policies to attach, there is always the ability to attempt wage garnishment.
Also, you can try garnering a judgment for money. But you would still need to make efforts to collect on the judgment from the defendant, etc. So it is crucial to understand how important insurance is and how it works.
Knowing the above info about teens and how many of them may not have any coverage, an experienced rider should always purchase UM and UIM insurance without fail. Although this won’t prevent serious injuries, it certainly can help pay for bills. These costs may get covered by med pay, so you can pay back things like taking an ambulance, rescue helicopter, or even funeral expenses in some cases.
We have all seen that the collision rates for teens are much higher than for veteran riders. Most of all, this means the danger of bodily injury is significantly greater for those sharing the roads with teen motorists. As it stands, all motorcyclists have to be especially careful when they are traversing in and out of the lanes.
But sometimes, even cautious veteran riders become tangled up in a crash. Often it will happen with a reckless or inexperienced “rebel without a cause” cyclist.
Although young riders do not exclusively cause deaths on motorcycles, many fatalities are attributable to this. After all, these trademark “fancy-free” personality types are all too often present in novice motorcyclists. Unfortunately, this is the character trait associated with many catastrophic motorcycle accidents.
First, teen motorcyclists should remain humble while riding and sharing our roads. Understand that you cannot let hormones and a lust for danger rule your life when others are also at risk of paying for your youthful indiscretions. So how do you ever learn if you can’t ride? How do you get good? The answer, in a nutshell, is: crawl before you walk.
You have already taken the first step by reading this excellent and informative web page. Also, you are already learning to respect your bike and the rules of the road for motorcyclists. Now dig in and read some more. Double down and get more professional training on a closed track.
Yes, a closed and managed track is the best place to learn the safest way to drop a bike and survive. Plus, you get how to pull a wobbling motorcycle out of a spin, etc. Also, riding courses help riders how to transition safely from lane to lane, lane splitting or lane sharing, etc.
Most of all, be courteous to other riders and cars. Understand that you are less visible to motorists than they are to you. Also, learning civility and healthy habits will go a long way. So make sure always to check your mirrors. Always use your turn signals, and yield the right of way. Don’t become distracted by music, iPhones, or iTunes.
Start in a several-mile radius and learn the area. And increasingly learn how to take turns and how to distinguish when you are and are not in a motorist’s blind spot. Therefore, you can hone your riding abilities immensely. As you become more comfortable, move your riding radius out. Eventually, try negotiating a short spin on the freeway and between one-mile stretches of on and off-ramps. Developing your riding prowess in this way is an excellent method to build confidence and remain relatively safe.
Last, initially, ride at the least congested times. And then, as you become more skillful, venture into rush hour traffic. Riding with a veteran and playing follow, the leader remains an invaluable tool. And it makes sense to utilize these techniques when you’re older too. Because riding in packs increases visibility to other cars and vehicles, it is among the best ways to stay safe.
Teens are famous for taking ill-advised actions. But if they are on the adult playing field, they must act grown up. For example, if riding on freeways, they become held to the standard of a reasonable driver. Sometimes they must drive at different speeds for the conditions present. We all must keep others safe.
Failing to abide by traffic rules, blowing through signs, cutting people off, and being a road hog, etc., is intentional conduct and pure disrespect. This is also a deliberate act of driving unsafely and disobeying the rules of the road. Other dangerous things a novice rider does could be out of lack of familiarity with the bike. Or it may be due to the traffic conditions. But it could be some other situation that leads to an unavoidable incident. If your case involves an injury to someone else or their property, you’re on the hook to pay the victims for their costs of repairs and replacement. Deliberate or not, a traffic violation is still a violation.
Sometimes a rider is punished with a monetary fine, penalty assessments, and other court fees. Other times, a rider could have their license taken away. Sometimes riders die or kill someone else. Meanwhile, serious homicide charges and wrongful death lawsuits become filed. The quagmire of tragedies from rider inexperience can’t be underestimated or pushed under the rug.
True. A little-known fact is a limitation of liability of parents for child negligence. And this means that an injured rider may only be able to collect a small amount of money from the parents. So unless a large insurance policy exists, or you bought enough UM or UIM coverage, you’re on the hook.
True. Good luck trying to squeeze money out of a college or high school kid. Veteran motorcycle riders must always beware of these additional contingencies they face when riding. They would be smart to beef up on their insurance.
Also, it is an excellent idea to have a big life insurance policy if you ride day-to-day. Buy more coverage, even if just for recreation. Make sure always to maintain situational awareness. Also, travel with calm and collection at all times. Act with politeness towards others. Exercise control over what you can. Most of all, avoid those things you believe you lack power over. In the words of Clint Eastwood, every “Man’s got to know his limitations.”
All people sharing the road must recognize that the road is a microcosm of the greater community. Young, middle-aged, and senior citizens all share and travel upon the streets. So before you ride, commit these crucial points to memory.
Were you injured due to the reckless or negligent conduct of a novice rider? When all else fails, injured teen riders can contact a tenacious, excellent, and experienced motorcyclist injury law firm. At Ehline Law, we are lawyers who ride motorcycles. We will stop at nothing to achieve our goal of a windfall settlement or verdict reminiscent of manna from heaven. Our charismatic Los Angeles personal injury attorneys have helped clients recover over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements. We have the experience and financial ability to take any case to trial and beat any insurance company. Do you want to receive maximum compensation for your motorcycle claim too?
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