Motorcycle Accident

Orange County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, our attorneys can help. Contact our experienced legal team for a free consultation today.

The statistics around motorcycle accidents are alarming.

Though motorcycles make up only 3% of registered vehicles and account for just 0.7% of the miles traveled, motorcycle riders are three times more likely to be involved in an injury accident.

While any accident has the potential to be serious and even fatal, bikes tend to fare much worse in a motorcycle accident than motorists. According to Reuters, the average cost of a motorcycle accident is $4,569, compared to $2,995 for car accidents.

Further, the severity of injuries for motorcyclists is dramatically increased, with these collisions accounting for approximately 14% of all traffic fatalities.

At Khalil Law Group, we are experienced Orange County motorcycle accident attorneys, representing clients such as accident victims and family members in a variety of motorcycle accident cases ranging from broken bones to a traumatic brain injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

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Why You Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

A motorcycle accident is a traumatic experience. Even if you’ve managed to come out of the motorcycle accident unscathed, your bike could be totaled, or an injury could manifest itself months or weeks later.

It’s our job as personal injury attorneys at Khalil Law Group to make sure that the facts surrounding the motorcycle accident are represented truthfully, and we’ll evaluate if you could be eligible for compensation for your injuries, including head injuries. After motorcycle accidents, your sole focus should be on your medical treatment and recovery, not sorting through paperwork.

As Orange County motorcycle accident attorney, we can help motorcycle accident victims throughout Southern California with the following:

  • We scour the police report to get an accurate picture of what happened while you were riding a motorcycle. For example, were you in the driver’s blind spot, what were the weather conditions like, was the motorist guilty of driving while intoxicated

  • We negotiate with insurance companies, whose goal is to pay you as little as possible. A motorcycle attorney can help handle all the paperwork and follow-up as part of the attorney-client relationship.

  • Law firms seek compensation for any damages and serious injuries you’ve experienced, including reimbursement of lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Orange County, CA?

Compared to cars and trucks, motorcycles are relatively small, and they can be hard to see. Most drivers are well aware of other vehicles on the road, but they’re not as conscious when it comes to motorcycles and riders. As a result, accidents happen more frequently than they should.

Some of the most common reasons our clients are involved in motorcycle accidents include:

Cars Making Left-Hand Turns

Left-hand turns can be difficult and dangerous in even the best conditions, but when there’s a motorcycle involved, the chance for something going wrong increases. If you’re sharing a lane with the vehicle or the car doesn’t yield while you’re going straight, a collision is more likely.

Most of the time, the vehicle that hits you is at fault, and reviewing the information and paperwork about the incident can give us insight into your specific case. It’s also important to keep in mind that motorcyclists’ actions could potentially affect compensation. For example, speeding or aggressive maneuvers could be interpreted as reckless.

Our Orange County motorcycle accident lawyers have seen it all, and our law firm is ready to help.

Texting and Driving

According to The National Safety Council, cell phone use (including texting and driving) is responsible for 1.6 million crashes per year. Despite steep fines for not abiding by hands-free cell phone use in California, violators persist.

Drivers need only take their eyes off the road for a split second to check their phone, email, or text messages to cause a collision that results in a motorbike accident.

Drunk Driving

Alcohol use impairs reaction times, making it a leading cause in both single motorcycle accidents and those involving cars in Orange County and throughout California.

It goes without saying that because motorcyclists don’t have the protection of a vehicle body, safety belts, and airbags, motorcycle accident injuries can be much more serious.

Lane Splitting

In most states, lane splitting is illegal, but this maneuver is allowed in California, and it’s well within your rights to do it responsibly. As a reminder, lane splitting is when a motorcycle passes between cars in different lanes. Lane splitting is also referred to as lane sharing because you’ll be using the same lane as the vehicle.

A motorcycle rider can save a lot of time by zipping through traffic jams, but that convenience to motorcyclists can come at a cost if a car isn’t paying attention, swerves in a lane, or acts aggressively for another reason.

Road Hazards

Drivers aren’t the only potential hazards that many motorcycle riders face. Slick roads, loose gravel, potholes, and debris can all threaten a rider’s safety and cause motorcycle injuries. It’s helpful to learn how to navigate and avoid these, but it’s also possible that some hazardous road conditions can be the result of negligence.

It’s up to your motorcycle accident attorney to review the facts of your case and help make that determination.

What to Do If You’ve Been in a Motorcycle Accident

The moments immediately following an accident are vital, and the actions you take can potentially help or harm your case.

There are several steps you’ll want to take at the scene and immediately following these accidents:

  1. Get yourself and everyone around you to safety. You might need to call an ambulance. In the meantime, do you best to get people and vehicles out of the way of oncoming traffic. 
  2. Collect information from the other driver(s). Get their contact information and insurance card. If you have a smartphone on you that wasn’t destroyed in the accident, take pictures. 
  3. Gather evidence. While you have your smartphone in hand, photograph your motorcycle and the other vehicles. Insurance companies will also collect their own evidence, but these images taken at the scene can be valuable. Until your case is settled, hold onto your motorcycle as it might be critical in providing information about the circumstances of the accident. 
  4. Seek medical treatment. If you’ve been seriously injured, this step is a given. However, even if you don’t have obvious injuries, it’s still advisable to see a doctor. You might experience pain or soreness after the adrenaline from the situation wears off, and medical documentation is important for your case. 
  5. Don’t talk to anyone before seeking guidance from a motorcycle accident lawyer. Orange County, CA insurance adjusters from the other party are likely to contact you to get more information via phone, email, or in writing. As lawyers, we advise our clients to divulge nothing about the accident.

    Feel free to take down their phone number and contact us right away to follow up. Their goal is to reduce or potentially eliminate your compensation. Instead, our Orange County motorcycle accident lawyers will fight for your rights. 

  6. Consult a personal injury attorney for a free consultation. Most motorcycle accident lawyers offer a complimentary case evaluation. You should know your rights and if you have the potential for motorcycle accident lawyers to help you get compensation for your injuries.

Do you have any questions about your case? Request a free consultation with an experienced motorcycle injury attorney today.

We’re here to help you during this difficult time. At Khalil Law Group, our attorneys offer free, no-obligation consultations at our Newport Beach, CA office. Call us at (714) 617-5189

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