Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Los Angeles

With its warm weather, spectacular scenery, and plentiful open roads, California is a beautiful place for motorcycling. But unfortunately, motorcyclists don’t always receive the respect and consideration they deserve from other motorists. Negligent drivers may cut them off in traffic, fail to see them in a blind spot, or simply fail to share the road as required by law. Any of these negligent actions pose a severe threat to motorcyclists. A motorcycle crash can leave riders and passengers with severe injuries and substantial financial losses.

If you suffered injuries in a California motorcycle accident, it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. The Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers at Custodio & Dubey LLP have 40 years of experience helping crash victims pursue the compensation they need to rebuild their lives. With our help, our clients have recovered more than $25 million in total compensation. Call or contact us today for a free initial consultation.

Leading Causes of Los Angeles Motorcycle Accidents

Some of the top causes of motorcycle accidents in Los Angeles include:


Driving too fast put motorists and others in danger of being involved in a severe collision. The faster a vehicle moves, the harder it is to maintain control and maneuver safely through traffic. There’s also less margin for error. Speeding drivers could easily miss a motorcycle in their path or cut off a biker moving lawfully through traffic. The force of impact in a motorcycle accident caused by speeding is likely to result in serious and catastrophic injuries.

Driving Under the Influence

Drivers who drink alcohol, use illicit drugs, or aren’t careful with prescription medications can experience many harmful side effects that prevent them from driving safely near motorcyclists and other road users.

Impaired drivers have dulled reflexes, which makes it harder to recognize and respond to hazardous situations. Drugs and alcohol can also affect a driver’s judgment, making them more likely to take unnecessary risks or fail to recognize an imminent collision. Alcohol and drugs can also increase a driver’s feelings of fatigue, increasing their odds of falling asleep behind the wheel and causing a motorcycle accident.

Failure to Share the Road

Motorcyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as any other vehicle on the road. When other drivers fail to share the roads as they should under California law, the risk of a traffic collision increases exponentially.

Distracted Driving

There are three main ways that distracted driving can cause a motorcycle accident. First, a distracted driver might take their hands off the wheel if they’re texting, talking on the phone, or adjusting in-vehicle controls. Second, they might take their eyes off the road by looking at a navigation device or talking to a child in the back seat.

Finally, distractions can take a driver’s concentration off what’s happening around them. This can occur if a driver talks to passengers, daydreams, listens to music, or reads a billboard. Distracted drivers can easily miss spotting a motorcyclist until it is too late.

Failure to Check Blind Spots

Motorcycles are much smaller and sit lower to the ground than most other vehicles. This means they are much less visible to other motorists. Drivers who don’t check their blind spots might sideswipe a motorcyclist in an adjoining lane or cause a motorcyclist to swerve or stop to avoid a collision. In either instance, a major accident is likely.

Lane Splitting

Lane splitting occurs when a motorcycle travels between two stopped or slower-moving traffic lanes, enabling them to keep moving forward. California is one of the few states where lane-splitting is legal under certain circumstances, but motorcyclists should still be cautious when doing so. Other drivers might open their doors in front of motorcyclists traveling between lanes or move their vehicle directly into the motorcyclist’s path.

Left-Turn Accidents

Left turns can lead to a motorcycle accident in several ways. The most common scenario happens when a turning vehicle hits a motorcycle going straight through an intersection. The other driver might underestimate how far away the bike is in this situation, increasing the risk of a catastrophic collision.

Other left-turn motorcycle accidents happen when drivers try to beat a yellow light, run stop signs and slam into crossing motorcycles, or attempt to change lanes in the middle of an intersection.

Dangerous Road Conditions

Motorcyclists are more easily affected by dangerous road conditions because they have fewer wheels than cars do. Loose gravel and other debris can cause a motorcycle to lose traction and crash. Poor weather – rain, ice, snow – can also create a more slippery road surface and cause another vehicle to slide out of control and strike a neighboring motorcycle.

How Can a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer from Custodio & Dubey LLP Help Me?

Hiring an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer is crucial if you’ve been injured in a crash. To obtain compensation from the negligent party, you will need to prove that their recklessness caused the wreck. You’ll need compelling evidence to get the motorcycle accident settlement you deserve.

A Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney at Custodio & Dubey LLP will assist with every aspect of your case. We will:

  • Conduct an independent investigation of the motorcycle accident
  • Identify all parties who can be held liable for your injuries
  • Gather evidence to document your losses
  • Place an appropriate dollar value on your motorcycle accident case
  • Build a compelling claim for compensation and file it on your behalf
  • Negotiate with the insurance company for a full and fair settlement
  • Bring your case to trial if a settlement agreement cannot be reached

The good news is that most motorcycle accident claims can be resolved without ever going to trial. That’s the result we fight for at Custodio & Dubey LLP – and we’re good at what we do. Call or contact us today for a free initial consultation with a top Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer.