Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Orange County

Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Orange County Women Lawyers Association, OCTLA, OCWLAWhether you’re cruising the Pacific Coast Highway, Carbon Canyon Road, or Ortega Highway, you know that there’s nothing like riding in Orange County.

With the joy of riding a motorcycle comes the risk of accidents, and the risk is high in California. We have more motorcycles than any other state, and Orange County in particular has some of the busiest roads in the state.

If you have been hurt in a motorcycle crash, it’s important to act quickly and find an attorney you can trust, and that has specific experience with motorcycle crashes and the subsequent short term and long term injuries.

Discuss your claim by contacting one of the Orange County motorcycle accident lawyers listed below and make sure to tell them that you found them on OrangeCountyLawyers.com!

Orange County Motorcycle Accident Lawyers:

Abouelsood & Ass., APC

Abouelsood & Ass., APC

Aaron Hicks

Aaron Hicks

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Helpful Information About Choosing an Orange County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

  • You can research the Bar license status, suspensions or reprimands of an attorney at the California Bar Association website.
  • The California Bar Association does not have a “Specialty” certification for personal injury law like some other areas of practice, but many lawyers choose to focus their entire practice on motorcycle & automotive accident matters.
  • Motorcycle accident lawyers are paid on contingency, typically 33% – 45% (plus cases costs). Discuss this with your attorney when you call.
  • Some attorneys will be able to meet with you at their office, your home, the hospital, or over Zoom. It’s important to ask these questions when you call.

Fighting for Compensation After a Motorcycle Crash

In California, you have two years after your accident to file a claim against the liable party. However, getting the compensation you deserve is rarely easy. You will need to prove the other party’s role in the accident, show that the accident led to your injuries, and demonstrate the ways your injuries have affected you.

Most motorcycle accident claims are settled through negotiations. It’s unlikely that your case will go to court, but still possible. As a result, you need an attorney who is both a skilled negotiator and an aggressive advocate in court. Their goal will be to seek full compensation for all of the costs associated with your accident, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, disability or disfigurement, and pain and suffering.

Evidence is an important part of your personal injury claim, but it starts degrading right after a crash. For example, consider the crash scene. If you wait to take pictures or video footage, it will be too late. If you wait six months to contact an eyewitness, you’ll be lucky if they remember any details of the collision. The sooner you connect with an Orange County motorcycle accident lawyer, the better.

Motorcycle Crash Attorneys Near Me:

The Ledger Law Firm...

5160 Birch St. Suite 100 Newport Beach, CA 92602
5160 Birch St. Suite 100 Newport Beach, CA 92602

Roberts | Jeandron Law...

4440 Von Karman Ave Suite 350 Newport Beach, CA 92660
4440 Von Karman Ave Suite 350 Newport Beach, CA 92660

Wilson Kyncl & Khashan...

12832 Garden Grove Blvd Suite 240 Orange, CA 92843
12832 Garden Grove Blvd Suite 240 Orange, CA 92843

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12900 Garden Grove Blvd #132, Garden Grove, CA 92843
12900 Garden Grove Blvd #132, Garden Grove, CA 92843

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in California

Some motorcycle crashes are the result of poorly maintained roads, unsafe bike components, or unclear signage. Remember, though, that most collisions are the result of human error. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle collisions include:

  • Drug or alcohol impairment
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Inexperienced riders or drivers
  • Failure to yield right of way
  • Unsafe passing, lane changing, or turning
  • Unseen obstacles in the road
  • Inattentive or distracted driving

Motorcycle Specific Laws in California

Following all relevant laws can help you avoid issues with any future accident claims.

  • You must have a motorcycle specific driver’s license to operate a motorcycle.
  • In California, it is illegal to ride without wearing a helmet. Breaking this law could lead to a fine and probation.
  • Lane splitting is legal in California, provided that traffic is moving at a pace lower than the speed limit because of traffic.
  • Motorcyclists cannot use the shoulder for lane splitting.
  • Intentionally blocking or opening a car door to prevent a motorcyclist from passing is illegal.

Challenges for Motorcyclists

There are several challenges that motorcyclists face on the freeways, roads and intersections in Orange County. Some of those challenges include:

  1. Visibility: Motorcycles are smaller than cars, making them less visible to other drivers on the road.
  2. Weather: Riding in rainy weather can be dangerous due to reduced visibility, slick roads and lack of traction.
  3. Lane splitting: In California lane splitting is legal but can be dangerous as cars may not be aware of motorcycles in between cars.
  4. Road conditions: Potholes, debris, and other hazards on the road can be especially dangerous for motorcyclists due to the lack of stability compared to a car or truck.
  5. Fatigue: Riding a motorcycle for long periods of time can be physically and mentally tiring.
  6. Distracted driving: Motorcyclists need to be extra vigilant of other drivers who may be distracted by their phones or other devices.
  7. Lack of protection: Unlike cars, motorcycles do not provide the same level of protection in the event of an accident.

Experience Matters

When you’re seeking compensation for a motorcycle accident, choose an attorney with extensive experience in this area of personal injury law. Motorcycle crashes are unique because many insurers are still biased against motorcyclists. There’s often an assumption that a rider is always the at-fault party, as riders are assumed to be reckless and aggressive operators. Your attorney should be able to work against these assumptions, prove the other party’s liability, and pursue the compensation you’re owed.

Ready to find the right motorcycle accident attorney in Orange County for your claim? Browse our listings and contact a lawyer near you to get started.

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