Orange County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Speak with an Orange County motorcycle wreck attorney who can help you file a personal injury claim. We can help you recover compensation for the motorcycle crash you didn’t cause.
It’s a well-known fact that motorcyclists have a greater risk of serious injury in a crash than other drivers on the road. Even a small spill can lead to serious injuries that could result in permanent scarring, limited mobility, and an enormous amount of pain, not to mention the financial strain an accident can produce in your life.
When other drivers put you at risk and cause an accident due to reckless or risky driving behaviors, you should be compensated for their negligence. Your motorcycle collision has likely cost you financially in property damage, medical expenses, and missed wages. You shouldn’t have to pay for these expenses when you didn’t cause the crash.
To recover your accident-related losses, hire an Orange County motorcycle accident lawyer to help you file a personal injury claim. We can investigate your crash and gather evidence and relevant documents, and we can even fight for you in court.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Wrecks in Orange County
Many factors lead to motorcycle crashes, but did you know that the majority of all crashes could have been prevented? More than of 90 percent of vehicle collisions are attributed to driver error. That’s an astonishing fact, but it makes you think about how much safer we would all be on the road if drivers were just a little more careful.
Motorcyclists are, of course, at greater risk for apparent reasons. What would be a fender-bender in a two-car collision can be a serious accident (or even a fatal one) for a motorcycle-car crash. It’s important that drivers look out for motorcyclists and take others’ safety seriously.
Here is a list of some of the most common factors that lead to motorcycle wrecks in Orange County:
- Improper lane changing
- Failure to yield
- Texting while driving
- Distracted driving
- Poor road conditions
- Roadside construction sites
- Defective car or motorcycle parts
Motorcyclists Aren’t Reckless
The insurance claims system is a strange one. You might even say it’s a completely biased system with a built-in conflict of interest. The very people who are insuring you and who agree to pay you in the event of an accident are also the people who review your claim to see if you have grounds to recover compensation.
Scratching your head? We are, too. But that’s another thing your Orange County motorcycle wreck lawyer can assist you with. If you work directly with your insurance company or that of a negligent other party on your own, the insurance adjusters will try to reduce the value of your claim by getting you to admit to partial fault.
They are known to use underhanded tactics to reduce your payout, such as unfairly painting motorcyclists as “reckless” and “risk-takers.” Just because you like to ride a motorcycle doesn’t mean you have a death wish. You didn’t ask to be injured just because you like the feeling of wind in your face.
Don’t let the insurance adjusters take advantage of you and get you to accept blame for a motorcycle accident you weren’t responsible for. Instead, let us deal with the insurance companies on your behalf so you can remain focused on recovering from your injuries.
Understanding Negligence in Motorcycle Accident Claims
When you’ve been injured in an Orange County motorcycle crash, you can seek compensation from the responsible party who caused the accident. In some cases, there can be more than one responsible party.
For example, if a speeding driver hit you from behind, but that happened because the driver’s brakes failed, you could go after the driver for speeding before the accident and the manufacturer of the faulty brakes for causing the actual impact.
The key to any personal injury claim is negligence. Negligence is based on the idea that people have a duty to not cause each other harm. This means that, when you are driving down the street, other drivers have a duty to watch out for you and ensure that you are not injured due to their carelessness.
If they fail in their duty to keep you safe, they have breached that duty to not cause harm and can be held responsible for the injury they have caused you. Because of the obvious risks to motorcyclists who are involved in an accident in Orange County, the threshold for drivers who injure motorcyclists to be found negligent is often lower than for other accidents.
If they aren’t paying attention or are engaging in risky behaviors like speeding or texting while driving, or if they are found even partially at fault for your motorcycle crash, they will most likely owe you compensation for your damages.
Compensation for Your Orange County Motorcycle Collision
Accidents cause great losses: property damage, medical expenses, and emotional trauma, among many others. It’s because of all the loss associated with accidents that we are required by law to carry insurance in the first place. So why do insurance companies feel like they don’t have to give you fair compensation for your losses?
When you’ve been seriously injured in an Orange County motorcycle accident, you are going to have expenses. Your insurance alone may not cover the full extent of your injuries and bills, and you will need to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver.
When you file a claim for personal injury, all of your related, documented losses can be added to your claim. Below is a list of some of the damages your attorney may be able to include in your claim, depending on the circumstances of your case:
- Property damage
- Hospital bills
- Medical expenses, including surgeries, medications, and more
- Mental health trauma related to the wreck
- Mental health services
- Missed work wages
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
Statute of Limitations for Filing a Personal Injury Claim
To receive compensation for all you’ve suffered, it’s important that you file your personal injury claim within a timely manner. Failure to file within the time frame allowed under the law will make it difficult, if not impossible, to receive the compensation you deserve after your motorcycle wreck.
In the state of California, all personal injury claims must be filed within two years of the date of your injury. If you were unaware of your injury for a time, then you must file within one year of the date you became aware that you were injured.
When filing a claim against the government (e.g., for poor road conditions), the statute of limitations changes. Because of complications like this, it’s important to work with an Orange County motorcycle collision lawyer who will know all the laws applicable to your case.
Work with an Orange County Motorcycle Wreck Attorney
Don’t let this motorcycle accident become a dark cloud that hangs over you for months or years. Move past the storm by filing a personal injury claim and being compensated for your losses.
Receiving compensation for all the damages you’ve suffered may give you a sense of justice for what you’ve been through and an ability to look toward a more positive future.
Contact an Orange County motorcycle accident lawyer from Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP to get the help you need while filing your injury claim. As experienced personal injury attorneys, we will fight for your rights as a victim of a motorcycle crash that wasn’t your fault. Call 1-844-404-2400 or fill out the form below for a free consultation.