Burbank Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Thanks to great year round weather and thousands of miles of incredible roads, motorcycle riding is a very popular hobby for people throughout Southern California.
In Burbank, it is also a very popular way to commute to work, school and more, allowing rides to circumvent traffic and slash travel times by driving between cars stuck in traffic, also known as “lane splitting.”
Of course doing this and just riding a motorcycle in general can be very dangerous at any time of the day or night for riders and their passengers.
An NHSTA report states that about 5% of all motorcycle crashes are fatal, and that over 50% of all fatal motorcycle accidents occur between 3 and 9pm on the weekends.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident in Burbank, whether it is with an Uber driver, commercial truck driver or even someone opening their car door without seeing you coming, contact The Law Office of Daniel Kim today for a free no obligation consultation.
Why Contact The Law Office of Daniel Kim
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Burbank California, you will need expert professional legal help.
Choosing the right Burbank motorcycle accident attorney and legal team to represent you can literally change your outlook and circumstances overnight.
Don’t simply hire someone just because they are a relative or family friend.
You need an experienced lawyer that will come out swinging from the get go.
The Law Office of Daniel Kim have been advocates for Burbank motorcycle accident victims for many years, and have over 1000 positive reviews from satisfied former clients on Yelp, Facebook and Google.
Insurance companies are notoriously difficult to deal with after a motorcycle accident, and have their own way of both determining fault and trying to get out of paying the victim any kind of compensation.
Filing a claim against an insurance company or negligent driver is a complex process, but these steps can be made easier with a good lawyer.
When you contact the legal team at The Law Offices of Daniel Kim, we will explain the whole process, your rights, what you should expect, and what you should do next.
The Law Office of Daniel Kim is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
We will help you seek the proper medical treatment for any injuries you sustain as a result of your accident, as well as follow up care for a full recovery.
Daniel Kim and his team know exactly how to handle the insurance companies and will fight them tooth and nail to get the maximum compensation possible for your case.
We have a 99% client satisfaction rate, and treat all clients and claims with compassion, dignity and fervor.
The Law Offices of Daniel Kim can help you file your personal injury complaint or even wrongful death claim, as well conduct discovery, actively participate in settlement negotiations, and if needed, argue your case in court.
Dealing With The Insurance Companies
Insurance companies are easy to deal with when you just pay them a monthly installment, but when you are injured in a car crash and you need help, the insurance companies are a little harder to deal with.
You have to remember that insurance companies are in the business of “making money”, and this means they don’t like paying out big settlements to accident victims.
Daniel Kim and his legal team are well versed in handling insurance companies and all the games they play.
Your best bet is to contact Daniel Kim today and learn what you don’t want to say to an insurance adjuster (or phone rep).
Nobody ever said that life is fair, and after being injured in a motorcycle accident you’ll quickly realize this is true.
Common Causes For Motorcycle Accidents in Burbank
There is always a chance you will involved in a motorcycle accident or hit by another vehicle like a truck, car, or even Postmates driver when you are out riding.
Visibility of the motorcycle and rider is the most important thing in preventing accidents, but some people are just too distracted to see the motorbike around them.
Because motorcycles only have two wheels, it makes them less stable than a car and of course also a lot less protected.
Road hazards such as oils slicks, potholes and debris can make a road much more dangerous than it would be for a car or truck.
Every accident is unique and there are countless ways that a motorcycle accident might occur.
Here is a list of some of the most common:
Crashes involving another vehicle – about 75% of all motorcycle accidents involve other vehicles.
Lane changes – when a car is in front or beside you, but doesn’t see you in the lane they are merging into.
U-turns – when a car decides to flip a u-turn quickly they may not see a motorcyclist in the lanes either beside or opposing them.
Car doors – when a careless driver or passenger of a parked car open their doors quickly without checking to see if the coast is clear.
Sudden stops – when a vehicle in front of you comes to sudden stop and the motorcycle crashes into the back of them. This is very common on highways and freeways.
Distracted driving – even though it is illegal, there are still a lot of drivers out there texting, looking at GPS, and even scrolling through social media whilst driving. This often makes them unaware of their surroundings and can even cause them to swerve into another lane without noticing.
Intoxicated driving – driving under the influence (DUI) is responsible for a high number of motorcycle accidents. Don’t drink and drive, and definitely do not drink and ride!
Speeding – the leading cause of all accidents across the board. Speeding cars find it even more difficult to see motorcycle riders, and make stopping quickly nearly impossible. If you are out riding and see drivers speeding or driving recklessly, steer clear of them. Let them pass, and keep your eyes peeled with them in front of you.
Common Injuries From A Motorcycle Accident
Injuries suffered by a motorcyclist involved in any crash can be very serious, often requiring immediate medical assistance and a long term recovery.
Wearing a DOT approved helmet is the law in California for both the rider and pillion passenger, and can drastically reduce the risk of serious head trauma when worn during an accident.
Always wear bright reflective clothing while riding, especially at night and during inclement weather.
Protective clothing can help save you from serious injury, and at the very least cut down road rash.
injuries we have seen from a motorcycle accident:
- Spinal cord, neck and back injuries – whiplash, neck sprain, and herniated or bulging discs are all common complaints after a motorcycle accident. But the most frightening is a spinal cord injury. When the spinal cord is severely injured, it can cause permanent disability such as paralysis (paraplegia).
- Head injuries or TBI – besides death, this is usually the worst case scenario for motorcycle riders, and is one of the most common reported after a crash. Concussions and TBI can take months to begin recovering from, and in some cases can lead to permanent brain damage.
- Road rash – a very painful injury that occurs when a rider slides along the asphalt, especially when only wearing minimal clothing such as t-shirt and shorts. Again, wearing protective clothing such as leather or even kevlar lined specialty motorcycle pants can help prevent this.
- Fractures and broken bones – very common as bikers have zero protection around them when they come into contact with another vehicle, the road or a guard rail.
- Internal injuries – this could include a collapsed or punctured lung, internal bleeding, or damaged organs that will need immediate treatment and possibly even surgery.
If you are involved in anytime of motorcycle accident in Burbank, it is imperative that you seek medical attention right away.
Next, contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim for a Free phone consultation and let us help you get on the road to recovery.
We will be by your side every step of the way.
Burbank Motorcycle Accident Statistics
California has the most registered motorcycles in the entire US with over 800,000 as of 2018.
Although exact statistics for motorcycle accidents in Burbank are not available at this time, in 2017 there were 16,505 reported motorcycle accidents in the State of California.
Of those, there were 15,527 injuries and 541 fatalities, with Los Angeles County having the most with nearly 5,000 injuries and fatalities.
Sport bike riders are approximately 4 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than any other type of bike rider such as a cruiser (Harley Davidson or Indian) or cafe racer (Triumph or Honda.)
Additionally, motorcyclists between the ages of 16 and 24 are far more likely to be involved in accidents than riders between the ages of 30 and 50.
Experience and rider safety training also count according to the statistics, with more than half of all riders involved in accidents riding for less than 5 months.
Almost a quarter of all report motorcycle accidents involved alcohol, as well as in almost half of motorcycle fatalities. Don’t drink and drive.
Bad Roads And Intersections In Burbank For Motorcycle Accidents
Burbank is a very busy city with major roads and freeways helping thousands upon thousands of people pass through it every single day.
Some of the worst roads and intersections in Burbank include:
- 134 Freeway – this freeway has pavement grooves (also known as “rain grooves”) making it difficult for many motorcycles to ride on.
- I-5 Freeway – there is major road construction on both sides of this freeway all the way through Burbank, with uneven pavement, hard to see lanes, and construction equipment everywhere.
- San Fernando Rd – a long straight road with many drivers speeding and trying to beat the Metrolink Train at certain crossings.
- N. Hollywood Way – particularly around the entrance of the Hollywood Burbank Airport.
- Magnolia Blvd – especially between Cahuenga Blvd and Victory Blvd where there are a lot of shops, restaurants and businesses.
People are looking for parking and not paying attention.
Keep your head on a swivel and the rubber side down.