Orange County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our Orange County Motorcycle accident Lawyers for a no obligation case review. We've been representing motorcycle accident plaintiffs for over 35 years. We've collected and settled over $200M for our clients. Call today to see if you're entitled to compensation. 949-203-3814.
At Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys we deal with vehicle accidents nearly every day and, over the years, many of them have been motorcycle accidents throughout Orange County. With a massive population, plenty of money to spend on the newest and fastest bikes, and increasing traffic stretching from the 22 freeway, east on the 91 freeway, and all the way down the 5 freeway, motorcycle accidents are bound to happen.
Seeking Compensation for Your Losses in Orange County CA
Injured victims of motorcycle accidents can seek compensation from the at-fault parties for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, permanent injury and emotional distress. When an individual is killed in a motorcycle accident, his or her family members can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages as well. In the case of hit-and-run motorcycle accidents or collisions involving uninsured drivers, injured victims can seek compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of their auto insurance policies.
The knowledgeable Orange County motorcycle accident lawyers at BISNAR | CHASE have more than 3 decades of experience representing injured accident victims and their families. We know what it takes to fight insurance companies, corporations and other entities that make it challenging for our injured clients to seek the compensation they rightfully deserve.
Riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating and cost-effective. It offers commuters an easier way to make their way through Orange County's congested freeways. However, riding a motorcycle also comes with significant risks. Motorcycles are smaller vehicles that are easier to overlook than cars, trucks or SUVs. They also provide very little in terms of protection to riders in the event of a crash. Even the most skilled Orange County riders can get seriously injured in a traffic collision.
Orange County Motorcycle Accidents Stats
Hundreds of motorcyclists are injured while riding in Orange County each year. According to California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 18 motorcyclists were killed and 796 were injured in Orange County accidents in the year 2010.
Anaheim led all Orange County cities with 98 motorcycle injuries followed by Santa Ana with 67 and Huntington Beach with 59. Also, five fatalities and 34 injuries were reported as a result of motorcycle accidents in the unincorporated areas of Orange County.
Causes of Orange County Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents, like many other types of traffic accidents, can happen in a split second. It only takes a moment of distraction or inattention. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Orange County include:
- Failure to look for motorcyclists before changing lanes, turning left or entering traffic
- Running a red light or stop sign at an intersection
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Exceeding the speed limit or driving at a speed that is unsafe for traffic, roadway or weather conditions
- Driving while distracted
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Dangerous or defective roadways and poorly designed street intersections
How Can OC Riders Prevent Accidents?
You cannot control the actions of other drivers, but you can reduce your chances of being in an accident by riding defensively. It is important that all riders go through motorcycle safety courses. Even experienced riders can benefit from refreshing their knowledge and sharpening their skills. When you ride, here are some safety steps you can take to do your part when it comes to crash and injury prevention:
- Obey the speed limit. When you stay under the speed limit, it is easier to maneuver around dangerous situations. When you are exceeding the speed limit or traveling at an unsafe speed, it is more difficult to slow down or to maintain control of your motorcycle.
- Adjust your speed to the conditions. The posted speed limit is based on ideal roadway conditions. If the roadways are slick or if there is intermittent traffic or roadwork, you should slow down and use extra caution.
- Wear proper gear. It is easier to avoid an accident if you can see clearly. Make sure you wear a helmet that properly protects your eyes and face. To prevent injuries such as road rash, it helps to wear long pants and long sleeves, preferably riding gear designed for motorcyclists.
- Assume the worst. It is best to ride defensively and to assume that drivers do not see you. Try to make eye contact with other motorists before entering an intersection and keep a safe distance between your motorcycle and the vehicles in front of you.
- Never ride your motorcycle under the influence. Always ride sober.
What to Do If You Have Been Injured in Orange County
If you have been injured in an Orange County motorcycle accident, make sure you remain at the crash site. If you are too injured to move, simply stay where you are and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. If, however, you are able to move without causing additional harm, you should collect evidence from the crash site. It would still be in your best interest not to decline medical treatment at the scene. If you need to ride the ambulance to the emergency room, do so. It is better to be safe than sorry. It is difficult during a time of shock and confusion to accurately gauge what types of injuries you may have sustained. Leave it to the professionals.
Take photos of the vehicles involved in the crash and of the surrounding area. Take wide-angle shots that show the entire crash site as well as close-up shots of tire skid marks, damaged vehicles and injuries. Obtain contact information for all parties involved in the accident as well as for eyewitnesses. Also, get a copy of the police report. Make sure you get proper medical attention and treatment. Follow the doctor's orders. Contact an experienced Orange County motorcycle accident lawyer to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.
Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
In a motorcycle crash, almost always, it is the rider and his or her passenger who suffer the more serious or catastrophic injuries. Some of the most common injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injury or head injuries
- Spinal cord trauma - neck and back injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones or fractures
- Lacerations or amputations
- Road rash
- Burn injuries
BISNAR | CHASE has represented California clients since 1978 including many California motorcycle accident victims who'd been told by other law firms that they didn't have a case. Let us see what we can do for you. Call for a no obligation consultation with our award winning personal injury attorneys.