Motorcycle Accident

Rider Killed in Successive Motorcycle Accidents

- Paul Zuckerman

Motorcycle accidents can be devastating – for the motorcyclists, their families, witnesses and others involved in the accident, as was seen in a recent local accident.

A motorcycle rider crashed into the back of a pickup truck at the intersection of East El Norte Parkway and North Rose Street, and was thrown off his bike. Moments after, a white long-nose semi-hauling truck passed by and ran over him. The driver did not stop at the scene of the accident.

The driver of the pickup truck in the first crash was not injured, but the motorcycle rider succumbed to his injuries at the accident site.

Investigation of the Motorcycle Accident

Police investigators searched for and found the driver of the big rig that ran over the motorcycle rider. While the truck showed signs of involvement in an accident, the driver was apparently unaware that his truck had run over the rider.

Police also mentioned that they found no evidence of alcohol or drug use on the deceased motorcyclist.

Responsibility for Motorcycle Accident

A motorcycle collision can have serious or fatal consequences particularly when the other vehicle involved is a big one such as truck or trailer. Even with a motorcycle helmet, a rider can suffer spinal cord injury, lost limbs, and traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident.

Collecting all of the evidence soon after an accident has occurred is essential in determining legal responsibility for a rider’s injuries. If the rider appeared not to have slowed down at the intersection, an examination of the motorcycle parts and components may reveal the proximate cause of the accident. A medical expert’s opinion may also be necessary to determine the role and responsibility of the second truck in the death of the rider.

Depending on the circumstances surrounding the successive collisions, the family of the deceased motorcycle rider may be entitled to compensation for the death of the rider.

Importance of a Personal Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one are involved in a motorcycle accident with multiple collisions, establishing the causes and contributing factors in a complex accident can be a challenge. A personal injury attorney with extensive experience in motorcycle accidents can help you by gathering essential evidence and sorting the legal issues to establish your claim against the party or parties responsible for your injuries.

In Los Angeles and San Diego, residents can rely on the experience of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, one of the biggest personal injury law firms in California. Our attorneys work diligently to obtain maximum compensation, which in many of our cases have resulted in multi-million dollar outcomes for our clients.

We invite you to call our offices today at (213) 514-8332 to speak to one of our attorneys about your particular situation.


How Do Helmets Decrease Your Chances of Major Injuries in a Southern California Motorcycle Accident?

- Paul Zuckerman

How Do Helmets Decrease Your Chances of Major Injuries in a Southern California Motorcycle Accident?.
Brain Injuries and Motorcycles
Head injuries are the leading cause of death for motorcyclists. According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), helmet use for motorcyclists reduces the risk of death by 37% and the risk of head injury by 69%. Various studies have shown that there is a sharp increase in head injuries when comparing injured motorcyclists who did not wear helmets to those that did.

Proper Helmet Use

All motorcyclists should only wear helmets that have been approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). These helmets are tested to ensure that they will withstand the force of a crash in order to properly protect the head of a rider. While there are many types of helmets on the market, a full-face helmet is best. These helmets have a windshield for your face and a chin bar. These types of helmets are most effective because they protect against blows against the head from all directions. Use a helmet every time you are on a motorcycle, even a short trip, as this will ensure that in any accident your head will be protected against as much as possible.

Recovering from a Devastating Crash

The Beverly Hills motorcyclist injury attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley understand that even the best helmet and gear cannot prevent all injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another party, we can assist you in your search for compensation to cope with the physical, financial, and emotional damage you have suffered. Call us at 213-514-8332 for a free consultation on your case.

IIHS Petition for Mandatory Motorcycle Anti-Lock Brakes

- Paul Zuckerman

IIHS Petition for Mandatory Motorcycle Anti Lock BrakesThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute recently filed a petition requesting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to require all new motorcycles sold in the United States to feature anti-lock brakes. The petition states that anti-lock brakes may be able to prevent at least 4,000 of the motorcycle accident fatalities that occur each year in the U.S., as well as thousands of motorcyclist injuries.

According to IIHS studies, anti-lock brakes could potentially reduce fatal crashes by 31% by allowing riders to brake properly in emergencies. Without anti-lock brakes, when a rider uses full force to brake, there is a high risk that the wheel may lock and create a much more dangerous situation. Some injured riders have even claimed that they were afraid to brake as hard as they could for fear of the wheel locking up.


The president of IIHS and the Highway Loss Data Institute, Adrian Lund, said, “We hope NHTSA will agree that it’s time to take action to ensure all riders get the benefit of this lifesaving technology.”

Motorcycle accidents can have serious consequences for riders, even when they are wearing proper safety gear. If a car or truck does not notice a motorcyclist in time, the rider can be thrown from the bike and suffer catastrophic injuries, such as broken bones, traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord damage.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle crash, please call our experienced Beverly Hills injury attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley for a free consultation about your legal rights and options. We can help you seek the compensation you deserve from those responsible for your losses.

Government Accountability Office Calls for Stronger Support for Motorcycle Safety

- Paul Zuckerman

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recently released an evaluation of the federal and state government work concerning motorcycle safety. Within their evaluation, the GAO has called for major improvements in how governments increase motorcyclist safety in order to prevent accidents, injuries, and death.

The GAO made two suggestions, which have been supported by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). First, Congress should give states more flexibility in how they use federal highway safety funds, allowing them to address motorcycle safety issues in new ways. States can only spend funds currently on raising awareness of motorcycles on the road and providing motorcyclist training.

Government Accountability Office Calls for Stronger Support for Motorcycle Safety

The GAO suggests that funds be used for enforcing helmet and safety laws, supporting motorcycle advisory committees, developing plans for motorcycle safety, improving motorcyclists licensing, and creating programs that encourage helmet usage and safe riding while preventing dangerous behaviors including impaired riding.

The second suggestion is that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provide information to states that can be used to reduce motorcyclist injuries and accidents. It is recommended that the NHTSA work toward resolving gaps in knowledge concerning motorcycle accidents and finding which approaches work best in promoting safety. Currently, the NHTSA is planning on releasing a guide to motorcycle safety research efforts in early 2013.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness, you have the right to seek compensation for the physical, financial, and emotional losses you have suffered. At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, ourBeverly Hills, CA motorcycle accident lawyers have been successfully representing injured victims for years and can apply our experience and resources toward making your case a success. To learn more about how we may be able to assist you, call 213-514-8332.

June 17th is National Ride to Work Day for Los Angeles Motorcyclists

- Paul Zuckerman

 June 17th is National Ride to Work Day for Los Angeles MotorcyclistsIn an effort to increase awareness for motorcycling as a safe and popular form of transportation, June 17 is designated as National Ride to Work Day. The annual event began in 1992 as a fun, informal ride for motorcycle and scooter owners to take to the road together at least one day out of the year. In 2000, the non-profit organization Ride to Work was formed to help organize the event, which has now gained popularity worldwide.

Ride to Work encourages everyone to take their motorcycle or scooter to work on June 17 in order to demonstrate:

  • Motorcycles provide social benefits for riders, such as a sense of community, confidence, and even stress relief.
  • Motorcyclists are not limited to a specific group of people; riders come from all walks of life.
  • More motorcycles or scooters on the road help reduce traffic and parking congestion.
  • Motorcyclists enjoy shorter commutes and use up less gasoline.

Whether you are participating in Ride to Work day or not, the event provides an important reminder that all motorists must share the road and make safety a priority every day of the year.

At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our Los Angeles motorcycle crash lawyers understand that not all accidents are preventable. However, if you or someone you love has been injured or worse due to the negligent actions of another motorist, the at-fault party may be held accountable for the damages they have caused. Please call us at 213-514-8332 to discuss your legal options.