Attorney Mark A. Doughty is a life-long motorcyclist who understands the multitude of dangers encountered on the roads and highways in and around Sacramento. People injured in motorcycle accidents in Northern California can trust the Law Offices of Mark A. Doughty to provide them with knowledgeable and effective representation in their personal injury lawsuit.
Motorcycle accidents can occur in a number of settings and be attributed to a number of different causes:
Road Defects - Unsafe conditions on public roads are particularly dangerous to motorcycle riders. Insidious defects in the road, such as uneven pavement or defective joint sealant, may go unnoticed by larger vehicles, but may be serious enough to cause a motorcycle rider to lose control of the bike. Similarly, debris on the road may not pose a hazard to a car or truck, yet it may send a motorcycle off the road or into a skid. The debris need not be large or avoidable; sand or silt blown onto the roadway from a nearby construction zone can drastically alter the road conditions, making it unsafe even at normal highway speeds.
Construction/Road Repair - Road repair or construction zones may redirect traffic onto the shoulder, which is often times littered with dangerous debris, providing hazardous obstacles or dangerously altering the road surface for a motorcycle.
Driver Error - Many automobile drivers do not appreciate the fact that they share the road with much smaller, less visible, and more vulnerable vehicles. A driver who is distracted may not see a motorcycle until it is too late to avoid a collision. Other drivers simply do not respect motorcycles and will drive recklessly or heedlessly in their presence, causing bikers to veer off the road in order to avoid an accident.
Rider Error - Riders themselves are expected to know and obey all the same rules of the road that apply to drivers of automobiles, including driving in accordance with the given road conditions and understanding the limitations and handling of the vehicle they are operating. Even if the rider's own negligence contributed to the accident, the rider may still recover from another party for that negligent defendant's comparative negligence which caused the accident to occur.
Product Defects - Even where the accident is attributed to rider error, the possibility of a defect in the motorcycle, from a tire failure to a faulty design, should not be overlooked. Our firm's experience in products liability cases teaches us to always investigate the equipment itself, whenever a product failure could have caused or contributed to the accident.
If you have suffered a motorcycle accident as a result of another's negligent or wrongful conduct, contact the Law Offices of Mark A. Doughty to discuss your case with a fellow biker and lawyer who has obtained numerous favorable verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured clients.