Motorcycles are a popular form of transportation around Orange County, along with the rest of Southern California. With our relatively mild winters, motorcycle enthusiasts are able to ride year round. While they are an exciting and efficient way to get from place to place, motorcycles also expose riders to an inherent risk of serious bodily injury. In fact, data published by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that there were in excess of 80,000 motorcyclists injured in traffic accidents in 2011 alone. When motorcyclists are injured by the negligence of another person, California tort law allows them to recover for their injuries and other losses. The assistance of an experienced Orange County motorcycle accident attorney can help ensure that motorcycle accident victims get the compensation they deserve after an accident occurs.
Common Causes of California Motorcycle Accidents
In order to be able to recover after a motorcycle accident, victims must be able to establish that their accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. In the context of personal injury law, the term “negligence” refers to conduct that falls below the accepted standard of care, which is the level of care that would be exercised by a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances. Some of the kinds of negligent conduct that often result in motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Defective vehicle manufacture
- Failure to stop at a stop sign
- Failure to observe traffic signals
- Ignoring poor weather conditions
- Fatigued driving
- Aggressive driving
- Poor road maintenance or design
- Defective vehicle design
There are many other ways that negligence could potentially result in motorcycle accidents, and an Orange County personal injury attorney will be able to analyze the facts of your situation and determine whether you have a claim. In California, you generally have two years from the date of your injury to file a claim, so be sure to discuss your accident with an experienced attorney as soon as possible in order to start the process of recovering for your losses. In certain circumstances, the deadline to file suit can be less than two years and therefore it is imperative you consult with a lawyer immediately after an accident.
Common Injuries Sustained in California Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are capable of causing extremely serious injuries, in no small part due to the fact that motorcyclists do not enjoy the protections of a vehicle body as other motorists do. Among the injuries commonly sustained in motorcycle accidents are:
- Broken Bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
These injuries and others that may be sustained in a Southern California motorcycle accident have the potential to result in serious economic and non-economic losses, including medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life, among others. Discussing your case with an attorney is often the first step in ensuring your receive the compensation you deserve.
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