The city of Riverside is an exciting place. Its proximity to the Santa Ana River, many cultural sites, and vast array of residential and business opportunities make it a great choice for its more than 326,000 residents. Unfortunately, with so much opportunity comes some amount of risk. Riverside’s roads and highways are extremely busy, leaving smaller vehicles like motorcycles vulnerable to severe accidents and injuries.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The Riverside personal injury lawyers of OnderLaw are here to help. Since 2002, our firm has been protecting the rights of clients like you who have been wrongly injured in motorcycle accidents. In many cases, we’ve secured favorable outcomes for our clients, both in the form of awards and settlements.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your motorcycle accident case, give OnderLaw a call today. We’ll schedule a free, confidential case evaluation for you and help you to determine the best course of action towards securing compensation. Let today be the day you begin your journey towards justice.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

If you’ve been wrongly injured in a motorcycle accident, you may know how difficult it can be to build a compelling case. Besides the tasks of gathering evidence and dealing with insurance companies, those injured in motorcycle accidents often face the unfair media stereotypes of motorcyclists. At OnderLaw , we’re well acquainted with these hurdles and are ready to fight to secure a favorable outcome for you in your motorcycle accident case.

In addition, we handle all communication on your behalf. Rather than leave you to deal with law enforcement, insurance companies, and other involved parties, OnderLaw will manage all communication for you. We do this so that you can avoid accidental self-incrimination and so that you can focus on your own health and well-being as we build your case.

Why Choose OnderLaw ?

At OnderLaw , our top-rated team of personal injury attorneys has been receiving acclaim for their hard work and excellence for over nineteen years. Organizations such as Martindale-Hubbell Peer and Client Review Ratings, the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents, LLC™, and the American Trial Lawyers Association have recognized OnderLaw for our work on personal injury cases.

Motorcycle Laws in Riverside

If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to understand the local and federal legislation surrounding motorcycle use. A few such regulations have been included below for your consideration.

  • According to RMC 12.32.020, “It is unlawful for any person to operate a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, motor truck or motor vehicle on any riders’ or hikers’ trail within the county.” This means that the use of motorcycles and motor vehicles is prohibited on all hiking and riding trails within Riverside County.
  • Section 2 of the California Department of Motor Vehicle’s Motorcycle Handbook states that “The basic rules…apply to all two-wheel vehicles including, but not limited to, motorcycles, motor-driven cycles, mopeds, or motorized bicycles. Minibikes, tote-goats, trail bikes, and similar vehicles may fall within the definition of motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle.”
  • CVC §27803 states that “all riders and passengers are required…to wear a U.S. DOT compliant motorcycle safety helmet when riding a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle.”

Types of Motorcycle Accidents

Because motorcycles are smaller than traditional passenger vehicles, they are less visible to other drivers on the road and are at a higher risk of being involved in an accident. Motorcyclists also face greater risks, as their high level of exposure to weather, roadside, and other conditions makes them vulnerable to potentially hazardous conditions.

There are many kinds of accidents in which a motorcyclist may be injured, but a few of the most common types are:

  • Dooring accidents
  • Lane-splitting accidents
  • Head-on collisions
  • Left-hand turning accidents
  • Blind spot accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • T-bone collisions
  • Underride accidents


Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

As you might expect, there is no one cause for motorcycle accidents. A wide range of hazards can lead to any of the above types of motorcycle accidents. For the most part, potential causes can be broken into several categories. Examples of these causes are included below:

  • Distracted driving: When a driver of a large truck or passenger vehicle becomes distracted, they are putting all other surrounding motorists at risk, including any nearby motorcyclists. Examples of distracted driving include phone use while driving, “zoning out,” becoming distracted by navigation, or becoming distracted by other passengers.
  • Driving under the influence: If a driver should choose to operate a passenger vehicle or large truck while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they become a potential hazard to any nearby motorists. Driving under the influence may cause drivers to have impaired judgment, blurred vision, or loss of depth perception, which can all be potentially hazardous to surrounding motorcyclists.
  • Reckless driving: If a driver should fail to obey traffic laws, they are putting themselves and all surrounding drivers and motorcyclists at risk. Examples of reckless driving that may cause a motorcycle accident include failing to check blind spots, failing to yield, failing to stop at a stoplight, excessive speeding, or weaving between lanes.
  • External conditions: Not all motorcycle accidents occur at the hands of another driver. Some external factors can cause a serious motorcycle accident, as well. Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to objects on the roads, roadside construction, and other external circumstances, as they are not afforded the same protection as occupants of traditional passenger vehicles.
  • Mechanical malfunction: Should a motorcycle have a faulty part or mechanical malfunction, the motorcyclist is at risk of being seriously injured. Examples of such equipment defects include faulty brakes, flat tires, or a broken chain.
  • Municipal negligence: If a road or street should be infrastructurally unsound, motorcyclists are at risk of being seriously injured. Because they are two-wheeled vehicles and are not afforded the same suspension as passenger cars and large trucks, motorcycles are more vulnerable to serious accidents because of hazards like potholes, large breaks in the pavement, or other roadside obstructions.

Common Injuries Suffered in Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists are often more seriously injured when they are involved in an accident, as motorcycles are not equipped with the seatbelts and airbags afforded to large trucks and passenger vehicles. Oftentimes, a motorcyclist’s greatest protection is the use of a helmet, which is required by law in the state of California.

Because of these risks, the injuries motorcyclists suffer can be quite severe. A few examples of such injuries are

  • Soft tissue damage
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Internal organ damage
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Road rash
  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis
  • Lacerations
  • Contusions
  • Disfigurement
  • Amputation/dismemberment
  • Burns


Who is Responsible?

There are several parties that may be responsible and/or considered liable in a motorcycle accident case. These parties include:

  • The driver of a large truck or passenger vehicle whose behavior caused a motorcyclist to be injured
  • The manufacturer of a large truck or passenger vehicle whose defective part or mechanical malfunction caused a motorcyclist to be injured
  • The manufacturer of a motorcycle whose defective part or mechanical malfunction caused a motorcyclist to be injured
  • The government or municipal body whose negligence caused a motorcyclist to be injured

Compensation for a Motorcycle Accident Claim

Determining what type of compensation you can expect depends on the losses for which you’re seeking compensation. There are two main types of losses, or damages, for which you could be reimbursed.

Economic damages are the explicitly financial costs associated with a motorcycle accident. They may include and medical expenses (diagnostic procedures, treatments, or doctor’s appointments), repair costs to fix or replace any of your personal property that was damaged or destroyed in a motorcycle accident, or any lost wages/income as a result of time you took off from work to recover from injuries caused by a motorcycle accident. The best way to document economic damages is to keep track of all medical records and receipts, repairs receipts, pay stubs, and time cards.

Noneconomic damages are the intangible costs of suffering and pain associated with a motorcycle accident. These damages may include emotional or psychological trauma, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of mobility, or loss of companionship. The best way to document noneconomic damages is to take note of any therapy/counseling services you receive post-accident and to keep a journal of how your injuries have affected your life and daily activities.

California and National Motorcycle Accident Statistics

The California Office of Traffic Safety states that there were 474 motorcycle accident fatalities in 2019 statewide, of which 28 percent occurred because motorcyclists neglected to wear a helmet.

A 2017 report from UC Berkeley’s Safe Transportation Research and Education Center reports that there were 491 fatal motorcycle accidents statewide and 2,317 severe motorcycle accidents statewide.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reflects that in 2019, there were 5,014 motorcyclist deaths nationwide.

Give OnderLaw a Call Today

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, it’s frustrating to try and pursue the compensation to which you’re entitled on your own. At OnderLaw , we work to make this process easier for you so that you can focus on what’s important while we fight for justice on your behalf.

Give OnderLaw a call today to discuss your case with one of our attorneys and to determine the best next steps to your recovery.