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A motorcycle crash may lead to grave injuries

As you make your way across town on your motorcycle, you enjoy the feeling of the wind whipping across your face. It is a sign of the unique freedom that comes with riding motorcycles. Unfortunately, as a motorcyclist, you are also vulnerable to dangers that the drivers of passenger cars do not experience.

If a car driver in California hits you while you are on a motorcycle, you can easily suffer serious injuries. However, if the other driver caused the motorcycle crash due to negligent behavior, it is within your rights to seek compensation for your injuries.

What unique dangers face motorcyclists on the road?

As a motorcyclist, you have no substantial barriers to protect you from other cars or the road as other motor vehicles do. In addition, other motorists might find it difficult to anticipate and see motorcycles, thus leaving motorcyclists prone to grave injuries in the case of a motorcycle crash.

It is for these reasons that research shows that motorcyclists have a five-times-greater chance of an injury in an accident than a car driver does. Research also shows that, in 66 percent of accidents involving a motorcycle and another car, the other car's driver violated the right-of-way of the motorcyclist, thus causing the accident.

Your rights as a motorcycle accident injury victim

If a car driver has injured you in a motorcycle accident due to his or her carelessness behind the wheel, you may choose to file a personal injury against this person, seeking damages. A successfully fought suit may lead to a monetary damage award that might help you to cover your related medical bills and other losses stemming from the collision.

What if you were partially to blame for the motor cycle accident?

If authorities determine that you were partially to blame for the motorcycle accident, you may still be able to recover damages. However, in this situation, according to the doctrine of comparative negligence, you would not receive 100 percent of the damages you would have received had the other party been totally responsible for the crash.

Instead, the court would calculate your damages based on your level of fault for the collision. It is within your rights to pursue the maximum damage amount to which you deserve, given the circumstances surrounding the motorcycle crash.

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