It can be an enjoyable day riding a Harley all over Irvine and the scenic roads, but you need to be careful.
According to the NHTSA, over 50 % of all fatal motorcycle accidents occur on weekends from 3-9pm, and just over 5% of all motorcycle accidents end up being fatal..
If you are an avid rider, or just ride on the weekends all of this information below could be very useful to you.
Accidents do happen, and then you are injured from a motorcycle crash you need to know where to turn for professional help.
Towards the bottom of this article are quite a few stats on motorcycle crashes in Irvine, and they are staggering.
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How Much is My Motorcycle Accident Settlement Worth
It is not uncommon for a motorcycle accident victim to want to know how much their settlement might be worth.
They do ask “how much compensation can I get”, and we always say we need to research your case to get more facts.
Each motorcycle accident in Irvine is completely different and not one set compensation plan can be applied to all motorcycle accident lawsuits.
But the damages that you suffer are a Huge determining factor in the amount of the settlement you are eligible to get.
Your injuries from the motorcycle accident will be included with any settlement negotiation our law firm makes.
But things like pain and suffering are much harder to put a $ amount on.
Your settlement can be affected also by any injuries that will affect you for a long period of time.
This type of injury might enable you to get compensation for –
- Physical therapy and medical care in the future
- Any drugs or meds you need to deal with pain
- Possible home remodel so you have access (a wheelchair ramp, etc.)
- A special vehicle that is meant for somebody who lost a leg
- A home health care aide to help around your house (stuff you can’t do anymore).
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Common Causes For Irvine Motorcycle Accidents
As a motorcyclist, no matter how safe you drive, there is still a chance that another car will hit you while driving on Irvine roads and freeways.
See the list below of what causes many motorcycle accidents.
Car doors – car owners when exiting their vehicle often open their doors without looking
Speeding – this is always a leading cause of accidents period, but speeding makes it very difficult to see a motorcycle rider and the higher the speed the worse the impact and injuries.
Lane splitting – Driving between two lanes of traffic. This is legal but pretty dangerous and when at high speeds can be disastrous.
Unsafe lane changes – motorcyclists are hard to see, and when a person driving a car fails to check their blind spots or use a signal, motorcycle accident can and will occur.
Inexperienced drivers – these drivers are very likely to compromise the safety of motorists and make for unsafe road conditions.
Dangerous road conditions – crumbling pavement, potholes and lack of necessary signs can often create these unsafe conditions.
Driving under the influence – DUI drivers can be extremely dangerous and these drivers can face both criminal and civil liability.
Sudden stops – people don’t leave enough distance between themselves and the vehicle in front of them.
Distracted driving – nowadays with people driving and texting, looking at maps, and even writing emails.
Common Injuries From a Motorcycle Accident
It is a reality that riding a motorcycle is extremely dangerous and even if you wear a helmet, there are still plenty of horrible injuries that you need to worry about.
Motorcyclists are approximately 40 times more likely to die in an accident than those driving in a car.
Many injured motorcyclists will receive severe injuries which can potentially leave them suffering their whole lives.
It is important to follow the motorcycle laws of Irvine and be cautious and considerate drivers. Let’s keep our roads safe.
If you do get hit by a car, these injuries below are probably what you’ll be dealing with –
Road rash – the skin is the largest organ on the human body. In a motorcycle accident the skin scrapes along the pavement, asphalt or other surface which leads to significant injury. Layers of the skin are torn away and rocks, glass etc. can enter in the wound leaving major damage to the motorcyclist.
Broken bones – the main problem for bikers is that they have no steel (or protection) around them to protect themselves in an accident. Usually broken legs, ankles, and broken arms are what rides deal with.
Foot Injuries – these injuries can be very debilitating. Foot fractures include both the feet and toe bones and can be extremely painful when they occur. They can put a rider out of commission for a long time and sometimes permanently.
Head injury – this is of course the worst nightmare for any motorcyclist (or their family and friends) to deal with. Sadly, a head injury is the most common injury from a motorcycle crash and is always the worst case scenario.
Back and Spine – when the spinal cord is injured from the impact of a motorcycle crash, it can result in paralysis (paraplegia).
Motorcycle Accidents In Irvine In 2017
In the city of Irvine throughout 2017 there were just slightly over 1000 motorcycle related accidents that were reported to the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Deaths From Motorcycle Accidents In Irvine In 2017
While it’s obviously true that driving a motorcycle is considerably riskier than driving a car or truck, or SUV, the good news is that no one passed away in Irvine during 2017 as a result of a motorcycle accident.
Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents In Irvine In 2017
Injuries were up from the year before in Irvine, but that’s to be expected when you’re talking about a motorcycle being involved in any kind of traffic accident or incident.
All told, just over 900 injuries were reported as a result of motorcycle related accidents on the roads of Irvine during 2017.
Tested Positive For Drugs Or Alcohol In These Accidents
For most people, the general idea of getting on a motorcycle after you have been drinking or using drugs seems completely crazy.
According to the state of California, however, 32% of all motorists that have been involved in an accident are found to have tested positive for drugs in their system.
On top of that, the amount of people found to have been consuming alcohol during these kinds of accidents is up 36.8% over the last eight years – and shows no signs of trending downward anytime soon.
Irvine Accidents Involved A Distracted Driver?
Distracted drivers are a major problem when behind the wheel of any automobile, but when you’re talking about distracted and inattentive drivers that are on a motorcycle, things get even riskier.
80% of all motorists in California involved in an accident are found to have been distracted during or immediately leading up to the accident, with inattention one of the most common causes of these kinds of traffic incidents.
40% of motorists also report using their smart phones while they are driving even though it is illegal, something that even motorcyclists are starting to do thanks to next-generation Bluetooth technology.
Dangerous Intersections In Orange County For Motorcycles?
There are plenty of dangerous intersections throughout Orange County, but the three most dangerous intersections in all of Orange County have to be the intersections of Cabrillo Park Drive and Fruit Street, Rio Vista Street, Lincoln Avenue, Culver Drive and the Irvine Boulevard intersection.