San Diego County is a hot bed for motorcycle enthusiasts. Cruisers, sport bikes, touring bikes, standard bikes, dual-purpose bikes, and dirt bikes are everywhere.
Part of the reason is the gorgeous weather, but another reason is that California is a motorcycle friendly state that has laws unique from the rest of the states. The most obvious difference is that it is legal for motorcyclists to engage in “lane splitting,” where they are able to travel in between lanes of traffic.
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Lane splitting is, of course, convenient for motorcyclists, so they can bypass traffic that is at a standstill. At the same time, it poses a difficult challenge for everyone else on the roadway. Drivers of trucks and cars must be vigilant at all times of motorcycles splitting lanes. The problem is that not everyone on the roadway remains vigilant. Consequently, many accidents occur when motorcyclists are lawfully splitting lanes and are hit by vehicles making unsafe lane changes. Motorcycle accidents can also happen for other reasons like other vehicles not sharing the roadway, tailgating and defective roadways.
What is certain is that even though the laws are friendly to motorcyclists, insurance companies treat motorcyclists the complete opposite. Motorcyclists are typically seen by insurance companies as reckless, care free, having no regard for their own safety, and most of all, negligent. In most cases, insurance companies will argue the motorcyclist is at fault, even if he/she is clearly not at fault. In addition, insurance companies do not put as much value on motorcyclists’ injuries because again, insurance companies stereotype motorcyclists as lacking any regard for their own personal safety.
Since there are so many unique factors at play in motorcycle accident cases, you need an attorney experienced in handling them. Give us a call, as we have successfully handled many of them.