Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Oxnard & Ventura
Dedicated Advocacy in Southern California Since 1968
When it comes to ideal places to enjoy the sport of motorcycle riding, it is hard to top the Southern California coastline. Ventura County is home to many biking enthusiasts who enjoy the freedom and exhilaration that this exciting sport offers. There is no denying that part of this exhilaration comes from the inherent risk involved in motorcycle riding.
Unfortunately, many non-motorcyclists stereotype bikers as “reckless” or “irresponsible.” If you or someone close to you has been involved in a serious motorcycle accident, you may have already discovered these archaic attitudes reflected in the reluctance of many insurance companies to attribute blame to the proper source. This is absolutely wrong, and at The Law Offices of Schurmer & Wood, we are dedicated to protecting our clients from the consequences of unfair stereotyping.
A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in over 80 percent of all accidents involving a motorcycle, the driver of the conventional vehicle was either entirely at fault or more at fault than the biker. We are here to fight for the compensation you deserve if you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident in Ventura County, whether that involves standing up to an insurance company or taking the issue to court. Call a motorcycle accident attorney from our Oxnard team today to learn more.
Helpful Motorcycle Safety Tips
While there is no specific way to completely avoid a motorcycle accident, there are certain precautions you can take to decrease the odds and increase your safety.
Some of these precautions include:
- Wearing the proper gear—Whenever you ride a motorcycle, it’s important that you protect your body in case of an accident. By wearing long pants and sleeves made out of thick, durable, and protective material, you can prevent abrasions to your skin and other serious bodily injuries. It’s also recommended that you wear gloves, eye protection, and strong boots that cover your ankles. Even though Southern California doesn’t get too chilly, it’s important to wear heavier gear as it gets into the colder temperatures.
- Make sure other motorists can see you—Regardless of where you’re riding, it’s important to wear bright colors and reflective gear in addition to having proper reflective gear on your bike. It’s also imperative that you use your headlight for both day and nighttime rides. As you’re riding, stay in the section of the lane that allows you to be the most visible to other motorists. Don’t be afraid to honk if you’re unsure whether you’re in other motorists’ line of vision.
- Wear a helmet—Head injuries are incredibly common in motorcycle accidents. The easiest way to protect your head is to wear a full-face, Department of Transportation-approved helmet. Additionally, it’s recommended that you replace your helmet every five years or after a crash.
- Stay alert and aware—Even though there are laws in place that prohibit texting while driving, motorists still tend to do so. It’s important to stay aware and alert of any sudden dangers, such as lane changes or swerves. Because road conditions can also be dangerous to bikers, it’s important to watch out for any potholes, patches of sand, bumps, and other potential road hazards.
- Approach intersections with caution—According to the National Safety Council, approximately half of all crashes occur at intersections. Intersections where a driver makes a left turn in front of you are the most common causes of crashes, which is why it is important to look in all directions as you approach and drive through an intersection.
- Do not drink and drive or speed—According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, more than 40 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents are caused by alcohol-impaired drivers. Additionally, speeding drivers are the cause of more than a third of motorcycle crash fatalities.
- Be cognizant of bad weather conditions—The rain definitely affects both the road conditions and drivers. It’s important to look up the weather forecast prior to departing for your ride.
- Take a safety course—Whether you’re a new or an experienced motorcyclist, it is important to take a motorcycle safety course, even if it’s just a refresher.
Request a Free Case Consultation with an Oxnard Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
At The Law Offices of Schurmer & Wood, we are committed to protecting the rights of people injured in motorcycle accidents because of the negligence or carelessness of other drivers. Or firm has a reputation for committed and successful advocacy.
Call us today to learn more during a free case evaluation. We know how to protect your rights and we are prepared to go the extra mile to make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve in the wake of a serious accident.
Our firm's personal promise and commitment to you is to make sure that we care about you as a person. Every client who has been injured deserves the proper representation and our goal at Schurmer and Wood is to ensure that they get that.
They made me feel like my case was their number one priority.- Scott C.
I appreciate the professionalism and courtesy I received from the staff.- Tammy G.
The office staff was extremely helpful!- Elisa D.
Hands down the best law firm in Ventura County!- Jonathan W.
Thank you Mr. Schurmer and Ms. Wood for all of your help, wisdom & fairness.- Christopher C.
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