We all know how fun it is to ride a motorcycle around Fullerton and Southern California.
The problem is that it’s just as dangerous as it is fun.
One staggering statistic is that according to the NHTSA, over 50% of all fatal motorcycle accidents occur on the weekends between 3pm and 9pm.
On top of this, about 5% of motorcycle accidents involve a fatality.
Don’t assume the insurance company is going to pay all of your bills, instead you need to be proactive and get help.
Why Contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim
Most of the time any injury from a motorcycle crash is pretty bad, and you don’t want to delay looking for a lawyer.
It can be difficult to select the ideal injury lawyer, but if you found this website and Daniel Kim then you are on the right track.
Daniel Kim and his legal staff have been representing motorcycle accident victims for years here in Orange County.
If you have ever made an insurance claim then you know how difficult insurance companies can be to deal with, and once you start with an injury claim then the insurance companies only get worse.
Each personal injury settlement is unique and will take a different amount of time to settle.
After being involved in a motorcycle accident your life is going to be hectic as you focus on your health and recovery.
The last thing you’ll want to do fight a legal battle by yourself, which is why you want to call us today for a FREE consultation.
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Common Causes For Motorcycle Accidents In Fullerton
Riding a motorcycle can be a lot of fun but also a dangerous activity. Fortunately, motorcycles also have powerful brakes, great handling and quick acceleration which can ultimately help save you from an accident.
They also have minimum protection when they come in contact with another vehicle or the unforgiving road.
There are many reasons for motorcycle accidents in Fullerton and there is a good chance that injury will occur.
Below is a list of the most common reasons that can lead to a motorcycle crash.
A car turns left – A car fails to see the motorcyclist or judges the speed incorrectly, turning in front of you at an intersection. Most drivers are not thinking about the presence of a motorcycle.
Entering a corner too fast – This can be most dangerous and it is important that a rider not travel at high speeds when coming to a corner they aren’t familiar with or can’t see the entire turn. Try and recover by trusting the bike and riding it out. Don’t panic.
A car rear ends you – Any type of rear end accident on a motorcycle can not only cause serious injury but can be fatal. Motorcyclists must always stay aware of who is in front as well as behind them for obvious safety reasons.
A car door is opened – Careless car owners often without thinking open their door without looking. Try and avoid getting too close to the car parked on the side of the road. Be cautious and slow down when passing alongside vehicles.
Excessive speeds – The faster the speeds when in an accident the more devastating the injury. Speeding is always a leading cause of accidents period, but speeding makes it very difficult to see a motorcycle rider.
Lane splitting – Because motorcyclist can appear in the blink of an eye, remember that drivers in cars and trucks have blind spots that make lane splitting very dangerous. When you drive between two lanes of traffic, it’s legal but pretty risky.
Unsafe lane changes – Motorcyclists are hard to see, and when a person driving a car fails to use a signal or doesn’t properly look for traffic this can spell disaster for motorcyclists.
Motorcycle defects – Sometimes a manufacturer just designs a bike poorly and a defective part can easily lead to an accident (think about flat tire, or brakes failing).
Slippery streets – Rain in Fullerton can make the roads extra slippery. Watch out for oil, sand manhole covers etc. Make sure your tires are in good condition at all times especially when the roads are wet.
Distracted driving – there are more distractions then ever in today’s world. People driving and texting, checking GPS, talking on the phone and eating is big trouble for motorcyclists.
Common Injuries From a Motorcycle Accident
If you are in an accident as a motorcyclist there can be serious injuries and damages with the rider getting the worst of it.
There is some safety gear in which a rider can wear like a helmet, riding pants, jackets, gloves and pads underneath the clothing that can help prevent some injury.
Follow all the motorcycle laws in Fullerton, be aware, conscientious and take every precaution possible to help keep you safe.
If you do get hit by a car, these injuries below are probably what you’ll be dealing with –
Bone breaks and fractures – Most motorcycle crashes involve a motorcycle falling to the ground. Often the riders leg gets pinned under the bike and results in a broken leg. Other type of common bone breaks includes; arms, wrists and pelvis.
Spinal cord injury – Motorcyclists who suffer a spine injury can deal with a wide variety of problems ranging from pain to paralysis. The effects of a spinal cord injury are dependent on how severe the injury is.
Head injury – this is of course the worst nightmare for any motorcyclist (or their family and friends) to deal with. Unfortunately, a head injury is the most common injury from a motorcycle crash and this includes a concussion or even brain damage.
Road rash – Road rash describes a skin laceration that can range from mild to severe. The most severe cases require swift medical attention and occurs when the road completely removes the skin and leaves the underlying layers of tissue exposed. Ouch!
Fullerton Motorcycle Accident Stats
Southern California is beloved for its incredible weather all year round, and it comes as no surprise to anyone that plenty of motorists decide to drive motorcycles on a daily basis just to enjoy everything the climate and scenery in Fullerton have to offer.
At the same time, with all these motorcycles on the roads, that means that there is plenty of potential for motorcycle accidents to occur in Fullerton.
As of 2017, the overall accident rate for motorcyclists in this city sat at just about 2.7 accidents per 1000 people.
Injuries And Deaths From Motorcycle Accidents In Fullerton 2017
Injury rates and fatalities are pretty high when you’re talking about motorcycle accidents, for obvious reasons.
Anytime you are talking about a motorcyclist being involved in an accident it’s important to remember how exposed and how vulnerable these motorists are, especially compared to traditional automobiles and commercial vehicles.
About 70% of all motorcycle accidents in Fullerton during 2017 had at least a single injury reported.
As far as fatalities are concerned, one individual lost their life after being involved in this kind of accident during that same stretch of time.
What % Of These Accident Involved Drugs Or Alcohol
Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a tremendously risky, dangerous, and reckless – not to mention 100% illegal – decision but California motorists continue to make this decision over and over again.
11% of all accidents in the state of California are found to have been caused by motorists consuming some type of drug, and DUI arrests are up more than 30% over the last five years.
How Many People Own A Motorcycle In California
No other state in the US hands as many motorcycles registered to be operated on their roads than the state of California, and honestly it isn’t even close.
According to California State officials, there are more than 800,000 motorcycles registered to individual motorists in the state of California as of 2017.
This puts more than 100,000 registered motorcycles in the state of California compared to the second-place state on the list.
Bad Intersections In Fullerton For Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists need to be careful and cautious every single time they get on their bike, but they need to be especially cautious when driving through any of the following Fullerton intersections.
- Chapman Ave; Commonwealth Ave
- Euclid St; Orangethorpe Ave
- Harbor Blvd; Chapman Ave
- Harbor Blvd; Orangethorpe Ave
- Lemon St; Orangethorpe Ave
What Is The Fine For Not Wearing A Helmet In California
California, along with 18 other individual states throughout the US, has legal rules and requirements compelling all motorcyclists to wear a helmet while they are riding or driving their motorcycle.
Anyone found not to be wearing a motorcycle helmet will be charged with either a Simple Equipment Violation (and assessed a $10 fine) or charged with something more serious, with fines of up to $250 and potentially one year of probation.