Motorcycle Accident Attorney Orange County

Motorcycle accidents can be devastating for injured victims. If you sustained injuries in an Orange County motorcycle accident, you have the legal right to file a claim for your injuries and other damages.

However, independently pursuing a claim can be complicated. You need a skilled motorcycle accident attorney in Orange County who can help you fight for the maximum compensation possible.

If you are searching online for the best motorcycle accident attorneys in Orange County, contact Glotzer & Leib, LLP.

With over 50 years of personal injury experience, our firm understands the challenges of pursuing a motorcycle claim in California. We can help you fight to hold the responsible party accountable for your injuries and seek the compensation you deserve.

Primary Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Orange County

Orange County is a popular place for recreational motorcycle riders with our mild year-round climate and numerous scenic roads, including the start of Highway One in Dana Point.

Motorcycles are also a popular transportation option for commuters looking to beat some of Southern California’s notorious bottleneck freeways. With more motorcycles on the roads and highways every day, it’s no surprise that the risk of a serious accident increases.

Any number of factors can contribute to a motorcycle collision. However, some causes are more common than others.

Some of the primary elements of motorcycle collisions in Orange County include:

  • Distracted driving, such as texting, looking at the GPS, changing a radio station, or talking to passengers;
  • Speeding and other traffic violations such as failing to stop at a red light, making an illegal turn;
  • Tailgating other cars, trucks, and motorcycles;
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  • Riding a motorcycle with little to no experience;
  • Splitting lanes; or
  • Racing and acting recklessly.

Not all motorcycle accidents are caused solely by other motorists. There may be other factors and parties to consider as well. If there was a significant road hazard that the city might be responsible for, you could have a claim against that government agency.

Perhaps something was wrong with the other vehicle or your motorcycle, such as a defective product part. That could mean there’s a claim against a vehicle or part manufacturer as well.

If you are a motorcycle rider, you may be wondering why we mentioned splitting lanes since California is one of the only states where riders can legally split lanes. However, while you have the legal right to split lanes, it doesn’t mean the other motorists realize that or see you.

In different situations, some motorists get mad that you can split lanes and purposely try to cause a collision. Any motorist who intentionally blocks or impedes you is violating California law.

How to Determine Fault in Orange County Motorcycle Accidents

Determining liability against the other party is crucial. Failure to do so means you risk jeopardizing your settlement.

That’s one of the reasons we strongly recommend hiring an experienced Orange County motorcycle accident attorney. We know what evidence is most important in proving liability against a negligent driver, and we can build the strongest case possible to get you the compensation you need.

Pure Comparative Negligence

Because California is a “pure comparative negligence” state, you can collect a portion of your damages even if you are partially responsible for the accident. Even if you are primarily at fault for the collision, you are not restricted from receiving compensation.

However, any award you receive will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, should a jury find that you are 50% at fault, you would receive only 50% of your damages. Even if you are 99% at fault, you could still collect one percent of your losses.

Because of this law, insurance companies will do everything possible to place as much liability on you as they can. This tactic reduces their exposure and potential payout.

Not hiring a skilled motorcycle accident attorney in Orange County puts you at risk of receiving less compensation than you are entitled to. We will gather all the necessary evidence, speak with witnesses, and handle all negotiations when you hire our firm.

In some cases, it may also be necessary for us to hire an accident reconstructionist. This person is an expert in determining how accidents happen. They can review your case, conduct their own investigation, and prepare a report of their findings. That report could be crucial evidence in your claim, especially if your case goes to trial.

California’s Universal Helmet Law

Another critical factor in your case is the California helmet law. Were you wearing a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmet at the time of the accident? California has a universal helmet law, which means all riders must wear the approved type of helmet.

If you were not, the insurance company would undoubtedly use that in their negotiations. They will try to place additional liability on you and claim they are not responsible for any head injuries that could’ve been avoided had you worn a helmet as required by law.

Common Types of Injuries in an Orange County Motorcycle Accident

With the lack of safety protections for motorcyclists, it should come as no surprise that injuries in motorcycle accidents can be devastating.

Some of the most common injuries that our Orange County motorcycle accident lawyers represent clients for include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries,
  • Internal bleeding,
  • Organ damage,
  • Spinal cord injuries,
  • Lacerations,
  • Road rash,
  • Broken bones,
  • Crushed limbs,
  • Skull fractures,
  • Disfigurement, and
  • Scarring.

Many of these injuries are permanent or leave victims with life-long residual pain. Accident victims may not be able to return to work, partake in their favorite hobbies, or even handle their regular daily activities at home.

If you sustained severe injuries in your accident, it’s even more essential to hire a skilled Orange County motorcycle injury lawyer with experience handling catastrophic injuries. At Glotzer & Leib, LLP, our attorneys have years of successful personal injury trial experience, including multiple seven-figure verdicts.

Contact Our Orange County Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

When choosing a motorcycle accident attorney in Orange County, we understand you have countless options. With Glotzer & Leib, LLP, you’re benefiting from our five decades of personal injury experience.

We believe in fighting tirelessly to protect the rights of our clients. You aren’t just another case file with our firm. We have the skills and resources to take your case to trial if that’s what is in your best interest.

Our law office is not a personal injury “mill” firm that settles cases as quickly as possible to move on to the next one. We are committed to helping you pursue the maximum compensation possible. We understand how traumatic a motorcycle accident can be and will prepare the best case possible.

Contact our office today at (747) 241-8288 to schedule an initial consultation to learn more about how we can assist you following an Orange County motorcycle accident.


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