David Beckham, 39, got into an accident while riding his motorcycle on Los Angeles’s Sunset Boulevard, according to the New York Daily News (8.29.14). He reportedly lost control of his motorcycle while trying to avoid hitting another vehicle that had suddenly swerved towards him. The vehicle had turned to avoid the commotion caused by paparazzi who had been following Beckham.
Beckham appeared in public with a bandaged arm after the motorcycle accident, reported TMZ (8.29.14).
The motorcycle Beckham was riding was described as a “custom-built Super Vintage 93’ Knuckle.”
Motorcycle accidents involving one vehicle are not uncommon. Accidents involving motorcycles are often the result of the rider attempting to get out of the way of another vehicle. When a motorcyclist maneuvers to avoid getting hit, this can result in a single vehicle motorcycle accident. When a crash occurs, it does not automatically mean that the motorcycle rider was at fault. The driver of the other vehicle could have been a reckless driver or driving distracted.
Unfortunately, car and truck drivers often fail to look out for motorcyclists. They may not see the motorcyclist riding in an adjacent lane or behind them in the same lane. Regardless, it is most often up to the motorcyclist to avoid being hit. Avoiding being hit can force a rider to collide with other objects, including parked cars, buildings, trees, poles, guardrails and medians.
Uncovering liability in a single vehicle motorcycle accident can be complicated. Often times the driver who the motorcyclist swerved to avoid hitting will continue driving after the accident. Any evidence, including testimony from witnesses, is often very crucial in a single vehicle motorcycle accident. Working with an experienced New York lawyer with motorcycle accident experience may determine who is liable for any damages such as physical injuries and financial losses such as lost wages, medical bills and rehabilitation costs.
In 2011, 4,612 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of this number, 1437 motorcycles riders were killed in one vehicle accidents. To put the numbers in perspective, motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of total traffic fatalities, 17 percent of all occupant fatalities and 4 percent of all occupants injured. The fatality rate for motorcyclists in 2011 per registered vehicle was 6 times the fatality rate for passenger car occupants, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The New York Daily News storycited is “David Beckham uninjured after motorcycle accident at L.A.’s Sunset Strip.”