Motorcycle riders are not always the only ones injured in an accident. For example, what about when bike operators are carrying a passenger? Motorcycle operators carrying passengers on the back of the bike may have some liability themselves in the event of an accident. A crash or collision wounding the passenger could mean the operator has to pay him or her money damages. After the adrenaline and exhilaration wear off after a motorcycle crash, you are left with bills and headaches.
If you have suffered motorcycle riding injuries while a passenger on a bike that another person was operating, you need an experienced personal injury attorney by your side. Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC has a proven track record of fighting for injured motorcycle passengers’ rights from San Francisco to Torrance to the Inland Empire.
Most of all, we take measured steps to hold legally liable parties accountable in and out of court. And we labor tirelessly to assist accident victims in obtaining the maximum compensation deserved under California law. And since we handle all motorcycle collision claims on a contingency fee basis, you don’t pay any attorneys’ fees unless we win money as part of your damages claims. Passengers can even be thrown off the bike and killed just as quickly as a rider.
The causes of motorcycle accidents could be negligent actions by another motorist. In some cases, the collision may be a combination of a negligent driver and the rider operating the bike. The rider/operator of the bike might be irresponsible. He or she could make an error in judgment. This could cause an accident. It could also contribute to a collision with another motorist. Typically, head-on collisions and left-hand turn accidents are what takedown riders and passengers the most.
The California Vehicle Code requires motorcycles carrying passengers to maintain a securely fastened seat or use a joined sidecar built to carry a passenger alongside the motorcycle while in operation. Also, footpegs capable of accepting feet must be installed for the passenger. And the passenger must keep their feet on the footrests while traveling around on the back of the motorcycle. Also, the biker and the passengers must wear proper footwear, DOT-approved helmets, and riding gear. And the same goes for riding with a child on the back of the bike.
Noteworthy here is that a motorcyclist carrying a passenger in violation of the California law can be held fully or partially liable for any injuries resulting from the accident. And the same goes for a passenger who became unruly, failed to lean, or remain properly seated, which led to the collision. Besides children, each passenger is assumed to know they must wear a proper helmet, and if not, it’s on them, damages will get reduced based upon their comparative fault.
Moreover, having a passenger on a bike is a tremendous responsibility. And this is because riding a motorcycle is far different than having a passenger in a four-wheel vehicle. This remains the case, particularly if the new passenger. Riding on the back of bikes means the occupant needs to move their body along with the rider.
Drivers in automobiles and commercial trucks assume this responsibility when they have passengers. But there remains a higher level of safety in those vehicles. They are in an enclosed cage with seatbelts, for starters.
Actions or inaction of a motorcyclist resulting in injury to passengers is negligence. If that occurs, the passenger legal rights. He or she can then seek financial compensation for their damages. The law entitles them to do so.
Leaning with the rider is probably the number one thing a motorcycle passenger can do to avoid tipping or flipping the bike while turning or cornering. Maintaining a proper center of gravity is crucial when riding with a passenger on a motorcycle’s back.
Motorcycle passenger injuries are often caused due to the negligence of the operator. Typically, the operator failed to conduct a property safety pre-ride rundown to explain things like leaning into corners and keeping feet on footrests. Other times the operator decided to ride with cold tires and loses control of the motorcycle, causing, or contributing to a multi-vehicle collision. When this happens, most passengers have no sissy bars or handlebars to grab onto. Because of this, they can fly into the windshield or radiator of an oncoming car, truck, or bus, for example.
High-speed, high-velocity impact injuries from motorcycle collisions can cause victims to suffer compound bone fractures, facial cuts, lacerations, and disfigurement injuries. These accident injuries can also cause broken cheekbones, crushed ribs, and lungs. So, after your road rash and heavy scarring, you may be down for weeks recovering from a broken pelvis, for example. And if you thought that wasn’t enough, impacting your head, even wearing a helmet, can cause a motorcycle passenger to suffer CTE and Mild Traumatic brain injuries that could take a lifetime to heal. Experienced motorcyclists are cautious when riding. But when they have a high-risk passenger on the bike and acting recklessly, things can go wrong. Showing off his or her riding skills can put the passenger in danger. The harm caused to the motorcyclist’s passenger can be great or small. To recap, getting thrown off a bike carries risks of scrapes, wounds, or wrongful death.
The passenger riding on most bikes will usually family, significant others, friends, and loved ones. That injured victim person may be forced to sue the motorcycle operator. This experience can be highly emotional for the unwary victim passenger. It’s hard for you to sue someone you love, and it could destroy your relationship. But the injuries people will suffer in a motorcycle wreck might be significant. So this makes it imperative for you to seek compensation to cover your damages. So what do you do? You call Ehline Law Firm, that’s what!
As discussed above, the victim is usually someone close to the operator. Formal relationships make the passenger apprehensive about filing a legal claim. And this remains true even though it’s generally against the biker’s insurance often.
It’s even more complicated if one has to file a lawsuit to recover damages. And this can expose the personal assets of the motorcyclist. One of the biggest fears for the passenger is how it will affect their relationship. There can be other factors. Also, this is because these crashes are often dangerous, with severe or fatal injuries to both people.
If you were a passenger on a motorcycle and injured in a crash, you may have questions. It is common to have questions about your legal rights and options to get damages. Also, this is an emotional situation between the injuries and the effects they have on your life. When the operator of the motorcycle is in a close personal relationship, you need a lawyer.
Our lawyers can assist you in evaluating your claim. We can explain your legal rights to recover damages. The damages the passenger may get are significant. They include medical expenses, ongoing care. They also include rehabilitation, therapy, loss of wages. Sometimes they have the loss of opportunities, pain and suffering, and other damages. But to win you real money, your lawyer may need to employ accident reconstructionists and even life care planners. Our Los Angeles injury attorneys can determine the best way to proceed with your claim. Our motorcycle accident lawyers can help protect your rights in this complex process.
Recovering compensation is possibly a phone call away. Call us right now for a free legal consultation. Our number is (213) 596-9642. Don’t leave money damages on the table, and don’t blow the statute of limitations. Ehline Law Firm represents motorcycle passengers injured in Torrance, Central Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange, San Bernardino, Sacramento County, and the areas in between Northern and Southern California.
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