Car drivers must be alert to the presence of motorcycles sharing lanes, splitting lanes, stopped, or turning at intersections.

The sad truth is that many vehicle drivers are not paying attention to the road ahead, which often results in a tragic yet avoidable motorcycle accident.

How car vs. motorcycle accidents happen

A motorcycle rider, no matter how careful, can be the victim of a car vs. motorcycle collision. The leading cause of these accidents are human error, recklessness, or negligent driving behavior. Some of the most common driver errors that result in a motorcycle accident involving a car include:

Distracted driving

A vehicle operator may be texting, talking on the phone, eating, or just daydreaming and fail to notice a rider in an adjoining lane or stopped ahead.

Drunk driving

Intoxicated drivers are dangerous. When a motorcyclist is sharing the road with a drunk driver who may be swerving, wrong-way driving, or fails to stop, it can lead to serious injuries or death.


Drivers who violate traffic laws are not rare in San Jose. When a driver speeds, the ability to stop quickly is reduced and the driver may collide with a motorcyclist.

Aggressive driving

We’ve all seen them — drivers who feel they have the right to drive in an aggressive, reckless manner. This driving behavior can lead to colliding with a motorcyclist when making rapid lane changes, swerving, running red lights, or other careless action.

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After a motorcycle accident with a car, choose a law firm that won’t compromise

A motorcyclist who has been seriously injured will need extensive medical care and rehabilitation to attempt a recovery to better health. The legal issues surrounding the case may not be top-of-mind, but hiring an attorney could be critical to the outcome of claim. There is a natural bias against motorcyclists, and an insurance company may use this bias to try to avoid paying a fair settlement. At The Swanson Law Group, we take a no-compromise approach with insurance companies.

Don’t settle for an attorney who settles

Our legal team of Ben Swanson, Esq., Zaneta Conroy, Esq., and Greg Schaffer, Esq. is relentless, dangerous, strategic, unstoppable, and feared by the insurance industry. If they want to try to reduce the value of a claim, we are unshakeable. We represent injured riders who are being victimized by insurance companies, and we happily take them to court if they want to cheat our client out of the compensation they deserve. Don’t accept a low settlement offer without speaking to us first. We go above and beyond in providing services to our clients, including providing up-front money and access to medical care without the need to pay until the case is settled.

Types of injuries in car vs. motorcycle accidents in San Jose

The injuries sustained by a rider hit by a car can be life-altering or in the saddest cases, fatal. Some of the most common injuries suffered by the motorcyclist include:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Joint damage (hips, knees, ankles, elbows, wrists)
  • Severe abrasions, prone to infection and disfigurement
  • Internal organ damage
  • Crush injuries
  • Amputations
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Surviving a motorcycle accident with a car: The road ahead

When a motorcyclist survives an accident with a car, they are often facing a long road to recovery and may never return to their full health. They may be facing a future with physical, emotional, and cognitive impairments. The injured rider is in desperate need of a fair settlement, as many are unable to work and earn a living or enjoy life as they did before the accident. The road ahead is full of challenges, but when you’re represented by The Swanson Law Group, you have the full support of a group of professionals who are dedicated to helping clients rebuild their lives.

Free case consultation

We urge you to connect with us at The Swanson Law Group for a free, no-obligation consultation. If we take on your case, you will owe us no legal fees unless we win. Our team is personable and relatable, and we work with loyalty and integrity. Allow us to turn your chaos into tranquility. Call today.

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