Motorcycle accidents in Costa Mesa are a common occurrence.
Surprisingly motorcycle accidents are just slightly behind the rate of bicycle related automobile accidents – and just in front of pedestrian accident rates.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash in Orange County there are definitely steps you need to take to protect yourself.
Don’t just sit around assuming that the insurance companies are going to take care of you.
You don’t want to hire an attorney who has no experience with motorcycle accidents.
Motorcycle accidents are not the same as any old car crash.
Contact our law firm today for a Free consultation over the phone.
Why Contact Law Office of Daniel Kim
The aftermath of a motorcycle accident is no joke.
Motorcycle accidents can cause severe injuries to the motorcycle rider and their passenger, but when you contact Daniel Kim you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
Daniel Kim and his legal team have years of experience dealing with motorcycle accidents in Costa Mesa and our law firm will fight for you.
Trying to deal with the insurance companies, the medical bills, and getting your motorcycle repaired can be a very stressful situation.
The Law Offices of Daniel Kim have over 1000 positive reviews on Google and Yelp.
Daniel Kim won’t settle quickly with the insurance companies just to get an easy paycheck, instead Daniel will fight for you to ensure you get maximum compensation for your injuries.
Daniel is an expert negotiator and he will use his years of experience when he represents you with your motorcycle injury claim.
Don’t wait any longer to get help, call us today for a Free consultation.
We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
How Much is My Motorcycle Accident Settlement Worth?
Our clients who’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash are always asking about what a settlement could be worth.
They want to know “how much money can I get?”, but there is no simple answer.
Every motorcycle accident will be different and every result will vary.
A determining factor in the amount of compensation you can get will be the injuries you suffered, and of course you not being at fault for the crash.
There are some damages that are much easier to calculate like medical bills, property damage, lost wages, etc.
But things like pain and suffering and emotional damage are more difficult to put a $ amount on.
Any injuries you suffered that will affect your life for the long run will definitely have an impact on the final settlement amount that Daniel Kim is able to negotiate.
If you were hit by an uninsured driver we can offer help for that situation also.
If for example you are a professional athlete and you lost an arm in a motorcycle crash, then you would be entitled to additional compensation because your future earnings are greatly diminished.
This type of injury might enable you to get compensation for –
- Physical therapy and medical care in the future
- Any medications you need to deal with pain
- Possible home remodeling to accommodate for your situation (like wheelchair ramp, etc.)
- A special vehicle that is meant for somebody who lost an arm.
Don’t fight the insurance companies alone, call Daniel Kim today.
And don’t forget that you might have to pay taxes to the IRS on the settlement you receive.
Common Causes for Costa Mesa Motorcycle Accidents
Even when you are a safe rider and follow the laws, there is a chance that another car will hit you.
The NHTSA offers a great guide about motorcycle crashes.
No two motorcycle accidents are exactly alike, but we have listed the most common factors that can lead to a motorcycle crash.
- Car doors – careless car owners just open doors while parked and don’t look
- Speeding – a leading cause of accidents in general, and motorcyclists who speed are much more likely to get into an accident
- Lane splitting – driving between two lanes of traffic, it’s legal but dangerous.
- Unsafe lane changes – motorcyclists are difficult to see, and when other cars fail to check their blind spots or use a signal, the results are typically bad
- Motorcycle defects – a manufacturer could design a bike poorly or simply a defective part can cause an accident (think about flat tire, or bad brakes).
- Dangerous road conditions – potholes, debris, broken stop lights, stop sign missing
- Left turn accidents – common when a driver miscalculates the distance between himself and the motorcyclist
- Sudden stops – rear-end accident happens because people tailgate the vehicle in front of them.
- Distracted driving – texting, looking at Google maps, talking on your phone, and sending emails
What To Do After a Motorcycle Accident
If you are ever involved in a motorcycle crash you need to get medical treatment.
You never know what injuries you might have suffered, even if you feel OK immediately after the crash it’s best to see a doctor.
There are other steps you need to be aware of that will affect any injury claim we file for you.
This is a general list to follow after you are involved in a motorcycle accident in Costa Mesa –
- Protect yourself – move out of the way of traffic and moving cars
- Call the police – the police can document the accident and later you’ll need a police report
- Talk to witnesses – exchange contact info with any witnesses
- Get drivers info – get their insurance info, drivers license, phone number, etc.
- Take photos – use a cell phone to get photos of the car, motorcycle, accident scene , etc.
- Get medical treatment – go to the hospital or doctor (this is very important)
- Call a motorcycle lawyer – Call Daniel Kim today and get answers
Common Injuries After a Motorcycle Accident
Owning and riding a motorcycle in Costa Mesa is extremely dangerous, even if you wear a helmet.
If you do get hit by a truck or car, these injuries below are very common –
Road rash – happens when a motorcycle rider slides across the pavement. Good protective clothing like a leather jacket and pants can definitely help, but if you are in normal clothes (t-shirt, shorts, etc.) you can expect to get bad road rash.
Broken bones and fractures – motorcyclists have no steel around them to protect themselves in an accident. If a motorcyclist is hit by a car it’s very common to suffer a broken bone. Broken legs, ankles, and broken arms are what riders commonly deal with.
Head injury – a nightmare for any motorcyclist. Wearing a helmet will help, but there is no guarantee. A head injury is very common from a motorcycle crash and this includes a concussion or even brain damage (TBI).
Back and Spine – if the spinal cord is injured from the impact of a motorcycle crash, it can result in paralysis (paraplegia).
Motorcycle Accident Statistics In Costa Mesa?
The overall percentage of motorcycle deaths caused by accidents in Costa Mesa for 2017 has dropped, which is great news considering the fact this rate had continued to climb higher and higher as recently as 2015.
The fact that this figure has started to trend downwards is a great indicator that Costa Mesa roads are becoming safer for motorcyclists.
How Many Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents In Costa Mesa In 2017?
Because of the nature of motorcycles and how exposed motorcycle riders are when they are involved in accidents the rate of injury is quite high in these situations.
Slightly more than 90% of motorcyclists involved in accidents in Costa Mesa during 2017 reported walking away with at least minor injuries as a result.
The GHSA has some troubling stats on motorcycle deaths per state.
What % Of Drivers Tested Positive For Drugs Or Alcohol In These Accidents?
The percentage of motorcyclists that were found to have tested positive for either drugs or alcohol during these accidents has increased significantly in just the last few years, jumping up from 23% previously to 28% now.
What % of Costa Mesa Accidents Involved A Distracted Driver?
The state of California has recently reported that more than 80% of all drivers involved in accidents on California roadways were distracted or inattentive in one way or another, and motorcyclists are not immune from this kind of behavior.
Mistakes stemming from inattention while driving a motorcycle very frequently result in accidents, and distracted driving is one of the most frequent reason cited for these types of crashes.
Most Dangerous Intersections In Costa Mesa For Motorcycle Accidents?
Harbor Boulevard and Adams Avenue in Costa Mesa is maybe the most dangerous intersection in the entire city, not only for motorcyclists but for anyone driving any type of vehicle at all.
The city recognizes the threat of danger that this intersection poses and has already put forward plans to widen the intersection by adding extra left-hand turn lanes from the eastbound route and a new right hand turn lane from the southbound route.
Other dangerous intersections are:
Harbor Blvd and Sunflower Ave
Baker St. and Fairview Rd.
Victoria Street and Harbor Blvd.