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San Diego is a community that's made for motorcycles. The weather is generally amenable to such modes of transportation, and being able to maneuver through traffic is an advantage to larger vehicles in many different contexts. Unfortunately, driving a motorcycle in San Diego can also be extremely dangerous, and many accidents involving these vehicles necessitate the help of San Diego motorcycle accident lawyers.
Below you'll find information regarding the inherent disadvantages faced by those driving and riding motorcycles when faced with a collision with a larger vehicle, the types of damages that could be sought by someone who's been wrongfully injured in such a collision and finally how you should proceed if you or someone you love has been harmed in a motorcycle accident in or around San Diego.
Disadvantages Faced by Motorcycle Drivers in Collisions
Clearly, motorcycles can present extreme danger to anyone when a collision occurs. Not only are motorcycles much smaller and lighter than larger vehicles, but those driving and riding on these vehicles are extremely exposed to the elements that surround them and serious if not grave injuries as a result.
There is no protection offered by a motorcycle, which means that if a collision occurs, those on motorcycles face a direct impact with other vehicles and the nearby pavement in the area. While motorcycle helmets have saved many lives, the violence and force generated in these collisions can sometimes render a motorcycle passenger helpless regardless of whether these passengers are wearing helmets.
Another inherent problem faced by those on motorcycles involves vision. Simply put, drivers of sedans, SUV's and trucks have often stated that they simply did not see a motorcycle before making impact with it, and this generally means that the motorcycle driver faced the full force of impact in a collision.
Types of Damages Potentially Available as a Result of a Motorcycle Accident
Depending on the facts that surround a motorcycle accident, those wrongfully injured in such an incident could potentially pursue the following types of damages:
Medical costs - Clearly, if someone is wrongfully injured on a motorcycle, he or she could seek damages to compensate for medical costs incurred as a result of the injuries he or she suffered.
Lost wages - Certain motorcycle accidents are severe enough that the person injured will be unable to work and generate income. If this inability to work is a result of being wrongfully injured, the injured party could seek recovery of these lost wages.
Pain and suffering - Almost anyone who's involved in a motorcycle accident has been through a traumatic and painful experience. The law allows for recovery of damages on this basis.
Finally, not all motorcycle accidents are the result of another driver's negligence. There are situations in which the motorcycle was defective either in its design or manufacture that could cause injuries, and this situation could lead to a cause of action against those responsible for placing a defective motorcycle on the market.
If you or someone you love has been harmed in this sort of incident, you need to contact the San Diego motorcycle accident lawyers at the law firm of Mitchell | Gilleon today to schedule a free initial consultation.