Automobile, Motorcycle & Bicycle Accidents
Automobile, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents can result in serious personal injury or wrongful death to drivers and passengers alike. Given the millions of cars on California's roads and highways, even defensive driving may not be enough to protect you from an accident. The lawyers at Levitt, Leichenger & Aberle, Attorneys at Law, have decades of experience representing people who have been injured in collisions with negligent or reckless drivers.
Drivers and occupants of automobiles face significant risks of serious personal injury or wrongful death when involved in an automobile accident, especially when the other car is a heavier truck, van, or SUV. Neck and spine injuries frequently occur from rear-end collisions, while head injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), are often the unfortunate result of rollovers and roof crushes. Head-on collisions are particularly dangerous because the speed of the vehicles is multiplied in the resulting force on the passengers.
Serious personal injury or wrongful death is a likely occurrence for a motorcyclist involved in a serious crash, whether a collision with a car, truck, or van, or single-vehicle accident with injuries sustained from colliding with the roadway, tree, or embankment. Even when helmeted, head and neck injuries are common results of impacts with vehicles or flipping over the bike.
The most common causes of motorcycle accidents include the negligence of another driver who does not see the motorcycle or does not give the motorcycle sufficient space to maneuver. Road conditions are another serious hazard for the motorcyclist. Motorcycles are much more sensitive to road defects and debris than cars and trucks and can easily lose control when encountering these hazards. Construction and work sites are especially dangerous because of the likelihood of debris on the roadway, ungraded pavement or other rough surface, and less room to maneuver or take evasive action.
The same issues that endanger motorcyclists are present with bicycle riders as well. Cyclists are even more exposed to injury than motorcycle riders, and are more sensitive to road faults. The handling of a bicycle is less stable than a motorcycle, and the ability to take evasive action is often less than that of a motorcycle, given the much slower speed available to the cyclist.
Bicycle riders possess all the rights and responsibilities of motor vehicle drivers. They are subject to the same rules of the road, and have an equal right to be on those roads, and other drivers must be attentive and drive with the appropriate caution around them.
The Comparative Negligence Defense
Defendants often claim that the injured driver or rider was also negligent and in some way contributed to the accident or exacerbated the injuries, by driving recklessly or following too close, or by not wearing a seat belt or a helmet. In California, such contributory negligence is not a complete defense to recovery, but will serve to limit the amount of damages an injured plaintiff can collect. Under California's doctrine of pure comparative negligence, even a plaintiff who is more than 50% responsible for causing an accident may still sue and recover from a negligent defendant for that person's portion of negligence.
The Value of Experienced Representation
The attorneys at Levitt, Leichenger & Aberle, Attorneys at Law, are particularly experienced in handling motor vehicle accident cases. Our familiarity with these types of cases enables us to appreciate the extent of liability owed by the defendant and to argue persuasively for a full and fair recovery, whether in negotiations with the insurance company or in front of a jury seeking a verdict and monetary judgment. If you or someone you love has been harmed in an accident, get the quality representation you deserve by calling us today at (323) 655-1101 or filling out our on-line contact form.