Culver City is a popular neighborhood on the west side of Los Angeles just a mere 8 miles from the world-famous Venice Beach and the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
Because of its location between other popular West LA areas, and busy roadways such as Venice Blvd, Washington Boulevard, and Interstate 405 passing through it, Culver City sees a seemingly endless stream of heavy traffic day in and day out.
Many residents and Angelenos consider Culver City to be one of the most accident-prone and congested locations in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.
Unfortunately, that spells bad news for motorcycle riders that are either commuting to work and home, headed to a restaurant in Culver City’s thriving downtown area, or just passing through to get to the coast for a Sunday ride up PCH.
Whenever motorcycles are sharing the roads with heavy traffic such as trucks, Uber’s, cars, and delivery vans, the possibility of being in an accident increases.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash in Culver City, contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim today for a free consultation.
Why Should I Contact The Law Offices Of Daniel Kim
If you are injured in a Culver City motorcycle accident, your priority will be recovering from your injuries and getting back to your normal life as soon as possible.
But you’ll soon find that more often than not it’s not that simple.
Just as you are being to heal, you will start getting calls from insurance companies and begin to see the bills pile up.
Dealing with insurance adjusters and the legal system can be complex and frustrating to say the least.
That’s why you need an experienced and specialized law firm such as The Law Offices of Daniel Kim to deal with all this on your behalf.
Daniel Kim and his legal team have been serving residents of Culver City and Southern California for many years and are well-versed in motorcycle accident laws and the legal loopholes that insurance adjusters will try and use.
We have over 1000 positive reviews on Facebook, Yelp, and Google from previous clients who rated us highly because of our compassion and dedication to getting them the maximum compensation possible.
We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
When you call us you will speak with an actual attorney, not just an assistant like many other law firms.
We will do everything we can to answer your questions in our initial conversation and case review, and operate on a no win no fee policy.
Contact Daniel Kim and his experienced legal team today.
Dealing With The Insurance Companies
Being injured in a Culver City motorcycle accident is a terrible ordeal to have to go through.
But it’s not only the medical recovery from the injuries sustained that will be frustrating.
It’s also what comes next – dealing with the aftermath of the accident and the insurance companies.
Soon after your accident, you will be in contact with both your insurance company and also the negligent parties insurance companies.
You will be assigned an insurance adjuster and in the beginning, it may seem like they have your best interest at heart.
But this will soon change.
Insurance adjusters are not your friend and have no intention of fairly compensating you for injuries and damage to property sustained in an accident with their policyholder.
Insurance adjusters are highly trained and experienced representatives of the insurance company whose primary goal is to pay you as little as possible or even nothing at all.
One of the reasons an insurance adjuster will want to speak with you shortly after the accident is they hope you will accept a lowball settlement offer before you speak with an attorney and find out the actual estimated value of your claim.
The insurance adjuster will ask to take a recorded statement in the hopes that you may slip up and say something that inadvertently devalues or negates your claim.
You simply must not make any statements or sign any paperwork until you have consulted with an experienced personal injury attorney.
The Law Offices of Daniel Kim provide personalized and experienced service to all our clients every step of the way.
We want to get to know you and garner a full appreciation for the losses and trauma you have suffered.
This allows us to communicate and negotiate with the insurance companies comprehensively on your behalf to help get you every dollar you deserve. Contact us today for a free initial case review and consultation.
Common Causes For Motorcycle Accidents In Culver City
Motorcycle enthusiasts are usually extremely passionate about riding, whether it’s a daily commuter or a weekend warrior.
But most motorcycle riders also understand that anytime they get out on the road they are at a higher risk of serious injury if they are in a crash.
There are a variety of reasons they can cause a motorcycle accident, and some of the most common include:
Distracted driving – one of the most common reasons for motorcycles to be involved in an accident is inattentive drivers. In fact, reports suggest that as many as 8 out of 10 of every passenger vehicle involved motorcycle accident is caused by driver inattention. Texting, checking email, talking with passengers, or just trying to multitask while behind the wheel can lead to an accident. Motorcycles are usually more difficult to see than other larger motor vehicles even under the best conditions, and if a driver is distracted, the chances that a motorcycle rider may not be seen increase dramatically. Pay attention.
Speeding – this is the leading cause of all motor vehicle accidents across the nation every single year. Speeding cars or trucks may not have time to stop or be able to get out of the way of the motorcycle rider if they see them at the last moment which can lead to catastrophe. Alternatively, motorcycle riders themselves that speed can cause crashes also, especially on the sport bikes which can reach excessive speeds of up to 190 mph. These types of bikes have a fatality rate almost 4 times that of a Harley Davidson style cruiser or other motorcycles.
Motor vehicle drivers failing to look – a significant number of motorcycle crashes occur in the middle of an intersection when a car or truck is attempting to make a left-hand turn without seeing a motorcycle rider. Changing lanes without looking is also dangerous in California as motorcycle riders are often in between the cars riding through traffic. This is known as “lane splitting’ and is mostly legal in California. Car and truck drivers need to always look before merging.
DUI – driver impairment or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is both highly dangerous and highly illegal. Someone driving while intoxicated does not have the same cognitive abilities and reflexes as a sober person, and may find it even harder to see someone on a motorcycle, particularly at night.
Car doors opening – also known as “dooring”, this is when a car driver or passenger opens their door without looking or seeing the motorcycle approaching and cause the rider to collide with it, often sending the rider over the handlebars.
Bad weather conditions – Culver City and Southern California enjoy great weather almost year-round, but when it does rain it can cause dangerous conditions. Because of excess oil and gas built up on the road, roads can become very slippery after rain. Motorcycle riders are also a lot harder to see in rainy or gloomy weather. Pay extra attention during these times.
No matter what the reason for your accident, Daniel Kim’s legal team has seen them all and have the experience to fight for your rights as a Culver City motorcycle accident victim.
Culver City Motorcycle Accident Stats
California has more registered motorcycles than any other state in the nation with over 800,000 registered bikes.
This should come as no surprise given the state’s incredible weather and famous scenic routes for riding.
In fact, California has the most roads listed in the “Top 100 Motorcycle Roads” by leading magazines and websites.
But this makes it also inevitable that there will be more motorcycle accidents in California than any other state.
In 2017, there were 16,505 reported motorcycle accidents in California which resulted in 15,527 injuries and 541 fatalities. Los Angeles County had the most in the state with 4,493 injuries and deaths.
It is estimated that 75% of all motorcycle crashes involve a collision between a bike and at least one motor vehicle.
Motorcycle riders are killed approximately 26 times more often than those in a passenger car.
Worst Roads And Intersections In Culver City
Culver City sees a high amount of traffic on its city streets every day, thanks to major thoroughfares and freeways passing through the city.
Especially dangerous for motorcycle riders are the freeways that intersect Culver City. More motorcyclists are injured and killed on the 405 and 90 freeways than most other city streets.
Other Culver City roads to watch out for include:
- Sepulveda Blvd.
- Culver Blvd and Overland Ave.
- Venice Boulevard.
- W. Washington Boulevard.
- Jefferson Blvd.
- Inglewood Blvd.
- Washington Place.
- National Blvd.
- Motor Ave.
- Robertson Blvd and Exposition Blvd.