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Motorcycle Accidents

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For a motorcyclist, there is rarely such a thing as a minor accident.

Motorcyclists are completely exposed. Even in low-speed collisions, motorcyclists often fly off their bikes. When motorcyclists are involved in higher-speed accidents or collisions with cars, the results are often catastrophic.

Sharing The Road With Motorists:

Most motorcyclists know the challenges of sharing the road with other motorists. Many things that motorists do (or do not do) can put motorcyclists at risk:

  • Failing to look before changing lanes
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Failing to give motorcyclists a full lane
  • Failing to signal a turn
  • Tailgating

In general, when drivers do not pay enough attention to motorcyclists riding on the road with them, accidents happen. These individuals can be held liable when their actions or negligence results in injuries or death.

What causes motorcycle crashes in Southern California? In Los Angeles County alone, according to a regional public news report (KPCC), the number of motorcycle crashes saw a 49 percent increase in the years 2003-2012. And, in 2012, far more motorcyclists died in crashes while riding – a 59 percent increase – as compared to just two years earlier. What could account for this? KPCC cites a handful of possible factors: the fact that “it’s always motorcycle season” in SoCal; more inexperienced riders (as well as riders who push the limits) on the roads; and higher gas prices that provide an economic incentive to ride a motorcycle rather than drive a car or SUV.

Motorcycle Accidents Often Result In Serious Injuries

Motorcycle accidents are among the most devastating. The cyclist almost always flies off of the motorcycle on impact. This can result in serious, life-changing injuries, including:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury and paralysis
  • Compound bone fractures
  • Amputation
  • Disfigurement
  • Road rash

When an accident is caused by another person’s mistake, the victim should not have to worry about the financial ramifications of the accident. Accident victims may have medical needs that span a lifetime. Compensation should be sought to cover every expense – medical or otherwise – associated with the accident.

What is traumatic brain injury? Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is common in motorcycle crashes. Even if the rider wore a helmet, an impact at almost any speed will cause the brain to move inside the skull, leading to a concussion. (Concussion severity will vary from accident to accident.) In serious cases, blunt force trauma may cause bleeding and the necessity of emergency medical intervention. TBI in its mildest form can lead to temporary headache and dizziness, among other symptoms; severe TBI can lead to permanent cognitive damage (a vegetative state), coma or death. TBI is common in motorcycle crashes because the only thing separating the rider’s head from outside forces is the helmet – and sometimes not even that.

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If you are a tenant that lives in a unit which has violations from government agencies, you may have a claim against your landlord for collecting rent while these violations persist.  At NPN Law we routinely represent tenants who live in residences which have been violated by health, housing, building and safety departments.   We can help to subpoena these files from government agencies so that the tenant is aware of the problems with the rental unit. 

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Prior to renting a unit the unit must have a certificate of occupancy. Common examples of unpermitted units include: Converted garages, Converted closets, Unpermitted building additions. If you live in any of these types of units you may be entitled to a return of the rent that you have paid. 

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It is illegal for a landlord to retaliate against a tenant for exerting their legal rights such as complaining to a government agency regarding the conditions of the tenant’s residence. If you have complained to your landlord or a government agency regarding the conditions of your residence and the landlord has thereafter sought to evict you contact NPN Law to protect your rights.   You may be entitled to damages for the landlord’s retaliation.

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