If you ride a motorcycle daily or just for fun on the weekends then you know you need to be very careful and alert when riding.
It is so easy to be hit while at a red light or at a stop sign, and in residential areas it’s common for somebody to hit a motorcyclist while the driver backs out of their driveway.
California has more than 800,000 registered motorcycles and with all those riders it’s inevitable that there will be motorcycle accidents all over.
Please read this entire article below to get a better understanding of the laws and headaches that surround motorcycle accidents.
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident then please contact us today for help.
Why Contact Law Offices of Daniel Kim
Riding a motorcycle is a lot of fun, until one day if you get into an accident.
Motorcycle enthusiasts know that riding a motorcycle is dangerous, but most of the time they try to ignore the danger and enjoy “the ride”.
Daniel Kim is very experienced in dealing with motorcycle accidents here in Santa Ana (and all of OC) and he knows how to deal with the opposing insurance companies.
Motorcycle accident injuries tend to be pretty bad (regardless of where it takes place) and you’ll want to hire a top injury lawyer like Daniel Kim to help you with the long process.
Once you get home from the hospital and start getting phone calls from the insurance companies, realize the police report is incorrect, and you have many doctor appointments to deal with, you won’t to fight this battle alone.
Our main focus is to help our clients with their health and physical recovery, to make sure you get back to normal.
The Law Offices of Daniel Kim has over 1000 positive reviews on Yelp and Google from past happy clients.
Daniel Kim is an expert negotiator that knows how to handle the insurance companies to make sure we get you maximum compensation.
You can reach us 24 hours day, 7 days a week.
How Much Is My Motorcycle Accident Settlement Worth
We understand that if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident that one of your major concerns will be money.
The bills can pile up quick when you include an ambulance ride, the visit to the hospital, and your monthly bills like rent.
Every motorcycle accident is different and each settlement value is going to be different also.
There are just so many factors that go into determining what a motorcycle injury victim will receive once the case settles.
Some damages are easy to calculate like property damage, medical bills, and lost wages.
But other damages like pain and suffering or emotional stress are much harder to calculate and put a $$ amount on.
Of course any injuries you suffered that will affect your life down the road will for sure have an impact on your settlement offer.
If you lost a leg in a motorcycle accident for example, then you might be able to get compensation for –
- Any medications you’ll need
- Physical therapy
- Needing to remodel your home to accommodate your situation
Having to argue and negotiate with the insurance companies can become a full time job, let us do the heavy lifting for you.
Also don’t forget that some money you receive in a settlement might be taxable.
Pay No Money Unless We Win Your Case
The Law Offices of Daniel Kim works on a contingency basis.
This simply means that you won’t pay us a penny unless we win your motorcycle accident case and get you a settlement.
You can call us today for a FREE consultation and you don’t have to stress about paying us any fees until after we settle your accident claim.
We do this because we are so confident that we will win your case if you hire us, and we put the financial pressure on ourselves, not our clients.
Call us today if you have questions about a motorcycle accident or questions about how our fees work.
Common Causes For Motorcycle Accidents In Santa Ana
Motorcycle accidents in Santa Ana do happen and can have devastating consequences.
The motorcyclist is far more vulnerable than other vehicles due to the fact that there is not much protection between them and the road.
There are a thousand variables that can cause a motorcycle accident, but we have listed the most common reasons below that lead to a motorcycle wreck.
Lane splitting – when you drive between two lanes of traffic, it’s legal but pretty dangerous.
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, this spells disaster for motorcyclists.
Mechanical 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).
Driving under the influence – anyone found driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol could face both civil and criminal liability. Don’t do it.
Speeding – A motorcycle at high speeds can lead to an accident of high impact and an injurious outcome. High speeds are too often a leading cause of motorcycle accidents.
Left turn accidents – This is very common when a driver just misjudges the distance that he thinks the motorcycle rider is from him.
Abrupt stops – the old rear-end accident happens because people don’t leave enough distance between themselves and the vehicle in front of them.
Car doors – vehicle drivers must always look in order to avoid opening the door at the wrong time when a motorcyclist is driving by. Motorcyclists must be aware and slow down as well.
Distracted driving – in other words not paying attention to the road. Cell phones, eating, drinking or daydreaming can be dangerous distractions.
Common Injuries From a Motorcycle Accident
As a motorcyclist, no matter how careful you are at riding, you are still at risk of colliding with a larger vehicle out on the road.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the statistics are on the increase when it comes to motorcycle accidents nationwide.
Follow all the motorcycle laws in Santa Ana, be aware, and be a polite rider, all of this will help keep you safe.
Injuries below are probably what you’ll be dealing with –
Broken bones – usually broken legs, ankles, and broken arms are what riders deal with. The impact of the accident and being thrown to the pavement can have these results.
Head injury – this includes concussions, cracked skull resulting in brain injuries. These can be minor to severe and can be fatal in extreme circumstances.
Road rash – this is an injury that happens when a motorcycle rider slides across the pavement. Good leather jacket and pants can definitely help the rider avoid serious road rash, but if you hit the pavement in normal clothes (t-shirt, shorts, etc.) you can expect to suffer from it.
Neck Injuries –these types of injuries can be either minor and impermanent such as in the case of broken collar bones or tremendously serious resulting in everlasting paralysis or in some cases, death.
Santa Ana Motorcycle Accident Statistics
With more the 800,000 motorcycles registered in the state of California (as of 2017), the most motorcycles registered in any state throughout the US, it should come as no surprise to anyone that motorcycle accidents are quite common here in Santa Ana.
Thankfully though, Santa Ana is not the most dangerous city in all of Orange County when it comes to motorcycle accidents, as they have just slightly less than three motorcycle accidents per 1000 people each year.
Injuries And Deaths From Motorcycle Accidents In Santa Ana 2017
Injuries and fatalities are quite common when you are talking about motorcycle accidents, for obvious reasons.
Motorcycles are less protected than traditional automobiles and many motorcycle accidents are direct result of high-speed and distracted driving.
Thankfully, fewer than five people were killed as a direct result of motorcycle accidents in Santa Ana throughout 2017 – though nearly 80% of all motorcycle accidents involved at least one injury reported.
What % Of These Accident Involved Drugs Or Alcohol
Driving while under the influence in the state of California still a major problem, with 11% of all automobile accidents (including motorcycle accidents in Santa Ana) found to have been caused by drivers operating their vehicle while under the influence of drugs.
Alcohol related accidents are also on the rise, climbing slightly over 30% in the last five years.
What Is The Population In Santa Ana, How Many Registered Drivers Over 18 Years Old
The population of Santa Ana today sits at just over 334,000 people, with the last report coming in at 334,136 people (as of 2017).
Just over 27% of the entire Santa Ana population is younger than 18 years of age, which means that 73% of Santa Ana’s population are on the roads – many of them driving motorcycles.
How Many People Own A Motorcycle In California
California has the highest number of registered motorcycles of any state in the US, with the last estimate putting this figure at just over 800,000 motorcycles registered to California motorists.
Bad Intersections In Santa Ana For Motorcycle Accidents
First Street and Sullivan Street is one of the most dangerous intersections for motorcycle accidents in all of Santa Ana, with Cabrillo Park Drive and Fruit Street intersection being another that motorcyclists are going to want to either stay away from or be very vigilant while driving through it.