Teenager Killed in Dirt Bike Accident

Recently in Palo Cedro, a dirt bike accident occurred that killed one teenager and seriously injured another teenager. The California Highway Patrol reports that at the time the accident occurred the two teens were riding dirt bikes on private property located between Old Highway 44 and Stillwater. Due to reasons that are still undetermined, the two teenagers collided on their vehicles. Law enforcement has reported that both teenagers were wearing protective gear at the time of the accident. Additionally, law enforcement does not believe that alcohol or drugs played a contributing role in the accident.

This event is an example of just one of the many dirt bike accidents that occur each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that several thousand dirt bike riders below the age of 19 are treated in emergency room for nonfatal injuries. Additionally, over a dozen dirt bike riders die due to accidents like this one that occurred in Palo Cedro each year.

The Causes of Dirt Bike Accidents 

There are many reasons why dirt bike accidents occur in the state of California each year. While some of these accidents are caused due to the negligence of the dirt bike rider, the cause of other accidents are simply beyond the driver’s control.

Some of the reasons why dirt bike accidents occur include the following:

  • Adverse weather conditions.
  • Dirt bike riders who use their bikes under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Dirt bike riders who operate their bikes too aggressively.
  • Distracted dirt bike riders.
  • Excessive speeding by dirt bike riders.
  • Failure by dirt bike riders to yield to the right of way.
  • Inadequate vision due to lack of light.

 Safety Tips for Dirt Bike Riders

 There are some important safety rules that should be followed by all dirt bike riders, which include the following:

  • Always wear a helmet. Preferably, the helmet was created in compliance with regulations created by the United States Department of Transportation.
  • Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles including other dirt bikes.
  • Pay attention whenever operating a dirt bike because many accidents are caused by distracted drivers.
  • Wear proper safety clothing which should include close-toed shoes, goggles, gloves, heavy long sleeved shirts, long pants, and protective eye goggles. 

Speak to Sanford A. Kassel Today About Your Dirt Bike Accident

 Many dirt bike riders fail to consider just how serious accidents can be. Accident victims frequently find themselves overwhelmed by the seriousness of injuries or fatalities that arise from dirt bike accidents. Many accident victims find themselves facing large medical bills and many other complications that make daily living difficult. Fortunately, if another party is responsible for the accident, there might be the possibility of obtaining compensation for your accident.

Our legal counsel has the knowledge necessary to help analyze exactly how your dirt bike accident occurred and determine the various legal strategies that exist to pursue the compensation you deserve. From the initial phone call, clients understand that our attorneys know just how devastating dirt bike accidents can be. Our lawyers also remain committed throughout your legal journey to fighting for the compensation that you deserve. Call our law office today.

The Causes of San Bernardino Rollover Accidents

According to an August 2017 article in The Press-Enterprise, a Fontana driver was killed and a passenger critically injured in a rollover crash. The driver, a 19-year-old from Fontana, was killed and her passenger critically injured after a rollover crash in the early morning hours. The female driver, operating a 2002 Chevy Silverado, was traveling on Bridlepath Drive about 1 a.m. when the victim allegedly struck the center median. Both the driver and passenger were ejected from the vehicle.

Although witnesses indicated that the driver was allegedly speeding at the time, police were conducting an investigation into the crash at the time of the report. It is not known if the passenger will sue the driver’s estate.

What is a Rollover Car Accident in San Bernardino?

A rollover car accident involves a vehicle turning or flipping repeatedly prior to landing either on its roof, side, or upright. The rollover accident can happen for any reason such as a manufacturing defect in the vehicle. A manufacturing defect may cause the vehicle to tip over at any time while the vehicle is in operation.

A rollover accident can be caused by a number of factors. Some of the most common include:

  • Type of motor vehicle: The majority of rollover accidents involve larger motor vehicles like trucks, SUVs, buses, and tractor-trailers. They have a higher center of gravity than most passenger vehicles, making these vehicle more prone to rolling over upon impact.
  • Speeding while making a turn: Failing to slow down in time to make a left or right turn is one of the main causes of a vehicle rollover. Speed while turning often contributes to the instability of a vehicle. When these things happen, the rollover accident may become deadly. Negligence may be a factor when speeding while making a left or right turn.
  • Weather conditions: Weather conditions can have a serious impact on a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle. Weather conditions include rain, hail, or a thunderstorm. Even if the rain has ceased, the wet surface combined with oil or residue on the street can cause a rollover accident.

Negligence in Rollover Accidents in San Bernardino

If a rollover accident happens and it is no one’s fault, an accident victim injured in the crash cannot sue for injuries. The other driver must be at fault in the rollover accident. Now, if the other driver is at fault and does not want to pay damages, the accident victim does have legal recourse. He or she can sue for negligence.

Negligence is the failure of a driver to act like a reasonable driver would in the same and/or similar circumstances. The driver must do things like obey traffic laws and not cause an accident. If someone does not act like a reasonable driver, he or she can be found negligent if those actions lead to an accident.

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Proving a Negligence Per Se Car Accident Cause in San Bernardino

The San Bernardino Sun reported in September of 2017 that five people were injured in a street racing incident involving two vehicles colliding. According to police, the accident happened when a vehicle traveling eastbound on Second Street broadsided a vehicle traveling southbound. The second vehicle was traveling along the 215 freeway around 8:30 p.m. The woman in the second vehicle, the one exiting the freeway, was critically injured.

Police claim that the first car traveling eastbound was racing another vehicle at the time of the accident. A total of five victims were treated at area hospitals following the crash. It was not indicated in the report if the other people injured were involved in the street racing.

The report did not indicate if the woman who was critically injured in the crash would file a personal injury claim in California court. Speed racing is against the law. A driver racing another driver in San Bernardino is breaking a traffic law. For this reason, the accident victim mentioned above may be able to sue using a more specific form of negligence to bolster the lawsuit.

Pure Negligence and Negligence Per Se in San Bernardino are Different Forms of Wrongdoing 

General, or pure, negligence occurs when a person fails to act as a reasonable person would in the same and/or similar circumstances. For instance, a reasonable driver would not have raced another driver while operating a motor vehicle in California. A negligent driver fails to act as another driver would have in the same situation when he or she races another vehicle and causes a crash.

However, negligence per se maybe separately invoked when a driver being at fault for a car accident violates a traffic law.

Proving Negligence Per Se in a San Bernardino Car Accident10

According to California law, a driver is liable under negligence per se if he or she:

  • Violated a traffic law, ordinance, or statute in California
  • The violation of the traffic law was the proximate cause of the accident victim’s injury, death or damage to property
  • The death or injury happened because the driver violated a statute designed to protect the accident victim from the exact harm
  • The accident victim was in the protected class the statute was enacted to protect from harm

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You were involved in an accident in which a driver broke a traffic law or statute. You may have a slam dunk case, but that does not mean you do not have to fight. You still have to prove that negligence per se was the reason why you were injured. That is where we come in. We will represent you and help you gain the copmensation you deserve after an accident. Contact us.

Riverside Motorcycle Crashes: Who is Liable?

According to a July 2017 article in The Press-Enterprise, a motorcycle crash occurred on the 215 Freeway in Riverside, which backed up rush hour traffic on both the 215 and 60 freeways. The crash was initially reported as a hit-and-run accident that occurred shortly before 5 p.m. south of Central Avenue. The crash involved a motorcycle, pickup truck, and another type of vehicle, and was ultimately determined not to have been a hit-and-run. The California Highway Patrol did have to shut down three lanes of the highway, as it took them 30 minutes to clear the vehicles to the roadside. This caused a backup in the northbound traffic all the way to Frederick Street in Moreno Valley. Around 6 p.m., traffic was backed up from Valley Way in Jurupa Valley to the crash site.

The report did not include any information about injuries to the motorcyclist or drivers. No further information was included regarding whether any of the individuals involved planned to file a personal injury claim for damages.

A motorcycle accident typically involves a motorcycle and a vehicle such as a car, truck, or commercial vehicle. It may also include some negligent act that causes a motorcyclist to hit and damage property such as a building or street sign. The injuries incurred in a motorcycle accident can range from minor to devastating or even fatal.

A Vehicle Owner is Liable for a Riverside Motorcycle Crash

According to California’s permissive use law, every driver is responsible for the injury, death, or property damage he or she causes while driving. The owner of the vehicle is also liable for the accident caused by a driver who borrows the vehicle.

The personal injury law does not distinguish whether the consent, or permission given to a driver, need be expressed. A vehicle owner can give permission to use a vehicle by giving the driver his or her car keys or nodding an answer when asked to use the vehicle.

Permissive use pertains to any type of vehicle accident, not just motorcycle accidents.

Owner Liability for a Motorcycle Crash in Riverside is Limited

An owner is not totally liable for an accident caused by a driver who borrows his or her vehicle. An owner’s liability is limited. He or she can be sued for damages related to the victim’s injuries or death up to $15,000. The amount increases to $30,000 if the accident caused death or injury to multiple people.

Exceptions to the Permissive Use Law in Riverside

A vehicle owner liability is not limited if he or she knew the driver did not have a driver’s license at the time the vehicle was lent to the negligent driver. Limitations also do not apply if the negligent driver was an employee or he or she used the vehicle to run an errand for the owner.

Getting Damages You Deserve from a Riverside Motorcycle Accident

At Sanford A. Kassel, we maximize compensation because we conduct a thorough investigation into who caused your motorcycle accident. We are not intimidated by the fact that the owner of the vehicle that hit you tries to avoid liability. We know the law and will use our experience with permissive use to get you the money you need for your injuries. Contact us for a free case review.

Single-Vehicle Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclist who died after crashing into falling tree felled by Boy Scouts identified (Fox 13 News - Salt Lake City)

Motorcyclist who died after crashing into falling tree felled by Boy Scouts identified (Fox 13 News – Salt Lake City)

It is a common misconception that a motorcycle accident usually involves another vehicle, and not just the motorcycle. This is not always the case. Frequently, a motorcycle accident is the result of the motorcycle driver attempting to get out of the way of another vehicle, or swerving to avoid debris in a roadway.  This type of accident is referred to as a “Single-Vehicle Motorcycle Accident”.

Recently in the news, there was tragic Single-Vehicle Motorcycle Accident, which was caused when the motorcyclist crashed after hitting an Aspen tree that had just been felled by a Boy Scout troop.

Road hazards that are considered minor irritations for an automobile can be a major hazard to a motorcyclist. Types of road hazards include: debris, potholes, puddles, railroad tracks, uneven pavement, oil slicks, or other objects on the roadway.

Motorcycle riders must be aware of their legal rights. Learn what remedies are available to them, in the event they are involved in a Single-Vehicle Motorcycle Accident.

Motorcycle insurance laws usually differ from automobiles. Therefore, it is helpful to consult with a knowledgeable attorney, regarding the applicable laws in your state.

Identifying any and all at fault parties in any Single-Vehicle Motorcycle Accident is a very complex task. If you or someone you care about has been involved in a motorcycle or other motor vehicle accident, contact the experienced accident team at SANFORD A. KASSEL, A Professional Law Corporation for assistance. Our firm offers a FREE consultation. We work with a top-notch team of investigators, and  will use our resources to get you the answers you need, and the compensation you are entitled to.

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