Supporting the Interests of Motorcycle Riders in San Jose, California

Motorcycle accidents injuries are most often catastrophic. Many common motorcycle injuries include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, burns, and broken bones as well as death. The San Jose Motorcycle Accident Attorneys of Needham Kepner & Fish LLP in San Jose, CA. The law firm represents the victims of motorcycle accidents and their families throughout the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and Sacramento.

3 Common Causes of Northern California Motorcycle Accidents


The negligence of drivers, both cars, and trucks, is a key element in the cause of motorcycle accidents. Frequently drivers change lanes without signaling right in front of motorcycles. Motorcycles have greater maneuverability, for this reason; automobile drivers can lose track of where the motorcycle is. Motorcycle riders must ride defensively and need to assume car drivers don’t see them.

Defective Parts

Other common causes of motorcycle accidents are defective motorcycle parts and poorly maintained roadways. Weather play a part; motorcycles are also more exposed to weather hazards and dangerous road conditions such as potholes, oil spills, and debris. An expert motorcycle accident lawyer at our San Jose firm can perform a thorough investigation. Afterward, the attorney can ascertain the potential sources of recovery and helps clients collect the compensation they deserve.

Lane Splitting

  • Lane splitting is legal in California. It is one of the few states where motorcyclists can legally do this. Lane splitting is sliding between two lanes of car traffic. In early 2013 rules that went into effect allowing motorcyclists to split lanes.
    • It is only permissible when traffic is moving slower than 30 mph.
    • Additionally legally motorcyclists can only travel 10 mph faster than the cars they are driving between, while lane splitting.
  • If a motorcycle by a car or truck while lane splitting the biker can recover damages if the driver of the car was at fault. However, if the jury finds that the motorcyclist was partially at fault, the biker’s recovery may be reduced.

Contact an accomplished San Jose Motorcycle Accident Law Firm

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, consult our experienced San Jose motorcycle accident lawyers as soon as possible. It is crucial that we can begin investigating the accident asap, examining the accident scene, contacting witnesses, and preserving evidence. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at (408) 956-6949 or use our online form. Our lawyers are available for weekend and evening meetings. If you are unable to visit our office, we will come to your home or hospital. We handle injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless you recover compensation.

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