Orange County Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcycles are a common form of transportation in Orange County and throughout Southern California. They can get through traffic faster than a car and can fit into tight parking spots. Like all other vehicle types, motorcycles have certain limits and are more susceptible to serious damage and rider injuries due to certain types of accidents. The greatest difference between a motorcycle and a passenger car is the lack of a protective chassis, which exposes the rider directly to impact with other vehicles, stationary objects, and the road. Shield Litigation, LLP is an Orange County motorcycle accident law firm in Santa Ana, working with accident victims throughout Southern California.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents? Motorcycle accidents, like car and truck accidents, have a variety of causes. Sometimes they result from driver negligence, like distracted or drunk driving. In other cases, they arise from poorly designed and maintained roadways. Motorcyclists are especially sensitive to the hazards posed by mismanaged and poorly designed roadways because motorcycles are lighter than other vehicles, have thinner tires, and have a different center of balance. A sharp turn for a car can be a deadly one for a motorcycle.
Motorcyclists are also more susceptible to being involved in collisions with motorists who cannot see them. Motorcycles can easily enter a vehicle’s blind spot, putting them at risk of a collision if the motorist decides to change lanes. At night, this risk is amplified.
Injuries a Motorcyclist or a Motorist can Suffer in a Motorcycle Accident. Individuals involved in motorcycle accidents in Southern California can suffer the same injuries as individuals involved in car accidents. For the motorcyclist, there is a greater risk of suffering a severe or fatal injury because motorcycles do not provide the same protection as larger vehicles. In an accident, a motorcyclist can be thrown to the ground or crushed between the two vehicles.
Injuries that can result from a motorcycle accident include: Broken bones; Soft tissue injuries; Brain and spinal cord injuries; Burns; and/or Cuts.
Wearing a helmet can increase a motorcyclist’s chance of surviving an accident and avoiding a traumatic brain injury.
Pursuing Compensation for Your Motorcycle Accident Damages
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident in Orange County because in of another party’s negligence, you can seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages through a personal injury claim. You will need to support your claim with evidence that shows how your injury was the direct result of an accident that could have been prevented if the other party had taken greater care. This evidence can include: A copy of the official police report for the accident; Photographs of your injury and the accident scene; Eyewitness testimonies from the accident; Testimony from your doctor regarding your injury; and/or Documentation showing your time out of work and resulting lost wages.
Work with an Experienced Santa Ana Motorcycle Accident Attorney
When you are suffering from an injury sustained in a motorcycle accident, getting appropriate medical treatment should be your first priority. After that, contact our team of experienced motorcycle accident lawyers in Santa Ana, CA at Shield Litigation, LLP – working with injured clients & their families throughout Orange County, Anaheim, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove and the surrounding areas. We work on a contingency basis, which means you do not pay us unless you collect compensation for your damages through a successful personal injury claim. Contact us now at 714-728-3385 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.