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Orange County Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

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In Orange Country, the weather is almost always agreeable for a motorcycle ride. Hitting the road on a bike is one of the best ways to take in the gorgeous scenery our county has to offer. Unfortunately, traveling via motorcycle can also be hazardous. According to data from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, accidents by motorcycle occur at a frequency of 26 times more often than car accidents per miles traveled.

Motorcycles, by their very nature, don’t have many safety features, so the injuries sustained in an accident can be devastating. In 2013 alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 4,668 motorcyclists were killed and an estimated 88,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes. Moreover, motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic related fatalities that year. Tragically, most motorcycle accidents are not the fault of the motorcycle driver, yet they have to shoulder the consequences.

Types of Motorcycle Injuries

Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration compiles data on motorcycle injuries. Lower extremity injuries are the most common afflictions for riders, and include road rash, burns, or crush injuries from the weight of the bike falling on them. Other types of possible motorcycle injuries are:

  • Open and closed head injury. These are more common in riders who neglect to wear helmets while they’re riding.
  • Upper extremity injuries. Broken arms and damage to the muscles of the shoulder are commonly sustained from hitting the pavement with great force.
  • Core injuries, including those to the abdominal area and chest. In extreme cases, internal bleeding and organ failure are possible.

As a rider, you can take certain precautions to protect yourself. Wearing a helmet and appropriate protective gear to prevent road rash are good starting point, but defensive driving and gear can only get you so far – circumstances beyond your control can still cause accidents.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Due to their very nature, motorcycle accidents present a number of risks to the riders involved. According to NHTSA crash data:

  • Older motorcyclists are more at risk than younger riders. In 2014, 54% of motorcyclists killed were over 40 years old.
  • Speeding contributes to higher fatality rates for motorcyclists. In 2014, 33% of all motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were speeding as compared to 20% for passenger cars.
  • Motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes are more likely to have a BAC over .08 than passenger cars: 29% vs. 22%.
  • Helmets save lives. In 2014, 10 times more motorcyclists died in states that did not have mandatory helmet laws.

Common Accident Causes

Some drivers aren’t as careful around motorcycles as they should be. Negligence and recklessness lead to accidents. Distracted driving, even for a moment, can lead to catastrophic consequences for riders. Here are some unique situations motorcyclists have to contend with on the road:

  • Left turns ahead of you. Drivers don’t always think about checking their blind spot, though they’re supposed to. A minor annoyance for a driver can spell serious injury for a rider.
  • Side swiping. Again, motorcycles are small enough that drivers tend to miss them. A sideswiping accident is almost always the result of negligence.
  • Rear-end accidents. A “fender bender,” is an annoyance to a car, but for a motorcyclist, it can be life-threatening. Being rear-ended can mean serious injuries or death for a rider.
  • Dooring Accidents. If you’re riding your bike through town, a driver might not check for you before they open their car door into traffic. What could be a minor accident becomes more serious when there’s a motorcycle involved.

Hiring an Attorney

At the Law Offices of DiMarco Araujo Montevideo, our personal injury attorneys are committed to securing the best outcomes for our clients. When we take on your motorcycle accident case, we fully commit ourselves to finding the party at fault and making them pay. We gather our own evidence, talk to witnesses, view police reports, and request notes from your doctor to prove your accident was the direct result of negligence.

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, your main focus should be recovery. Let us do the negotiating with the insurance company and opposing counsel. We know all the tricks people use to try to make you settle for less. We don’t stop fighting until you get fair compensation.

To get started on your personal injury claim, call our office to set up a free case evaluation. One of our associates will sit down with you to review the facts of your situation and offer advice, free of charge. To set up a consultation, contact us today.