Orange County Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Tenacious Advocacy for the Wrongfully Injured
Countless motorcycle accident victims are living with serious, permanent disabilities as a result of an accident with a car driver who "just didn't see them." When a car hits a motorcycle, the injuries to the biker are generally far more serious than injuries resulting from car-on-car accidents. Because motorcycles afford little protection against the impact of a car, the results of a collision can be disastrous.
Motorcycle wreck injuries can include the following:
Accident victims are often facing months of rehabilitation, significant loss of income, stress in their family and social life, heart-wrenching issues with adjustment to life after the accident, and more. If you or someone you know was injured in a motorcycle accident, contact The Law Office of Marshall Silberberg to discuss your legal options with a highly qualified motorcycle accident lawyer. With 30 million dollars in verdicts and settlements for injured clients obtained in 2009 alone, our small law firm is a force to be reckoned with.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are often caused by many of the same things that cause car accidents: Reckless driving, uneven roads, inclement weather, and maintenance issues are just a few. Motorcycle riders are especially vulnerable to the effects of these issues. A drivers’ negligent actions that may cause minor damage to another car could cause catastrophic injury to a person on a motorcycle.
Frequent causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Driving under the influence
- Road conditions
- Inclement weather
- Dangerous left turns
- Mechanical issues
- Tailgating/driving too close
- Hazardous lane changes
Comparative Negligence in Motorcycle Accident Cases
California’s comparative negligence laws apply to motorcycle accident cases as well. To recover compensation after a motorcycle accident, you will need to file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company. The other driver and their team may attempt to reduce your compensation or deny your claim by claiming you are at fault. In comparative negligence states, your compensation can be reduced according to your degree of fault. Our motorcycle accident attorneys in Orange County are committed to proving the other driver’s fault and recovering the compensation you deserve.
California Motorcycle Laws
California motorcyclists are required to follow general traffic laws, in addition to laws that are specifically for motorcycles. Motorcycle laws in California include the requirement to wear a helmet at all times, carry a motorcycle license, and carry minimum insurance coverage. There are also specific parameters for equipment and the build of the motorcycles. For example, handlebars cannot be six inches above the rider’s shoulder height.
In the state of California, motorcycle riders are permitted to split lanes. Lane splitting helps motorcycle riders avoid traffic but can be dangerous if other drivers are not observant of motorcycles near them.
How to Prove Negligence in a Motorcycle Accident Case
Motorcycle riders typically sustain the most severe injuries in collision cases. It is possible for the person who is driving a car to be injured as well, but the size of motorcycles and relative lack of protection makes riders much more vulnerable to injury.
Although a motorcycle rider may incur the most significant damages, fault is not always clear cut and can’t always obviously attributed to the driver. You will still need to work to prove the other driver’s negligence in order to recover compensation. This can be done through the use of witness or expert testimonies, or with physical evidence such as surveillance footage, maintenance records, or bills.
Ensuring Motorcyclists are Fairly Represented
If you're a motorcyclist then you are intimately familiar with the negative stigma against riders. Motorcyclists are commonly called reckless and dangerous, just because they enjoy the sense of freedom that comes with owning a motorcycle. Nothing brings out that incorrect bias more than being involved in an accident with an automobile. The other driver, insurance companies, and sometimes even the police are quick to place blame with the "reckless" motorcyclist, when in actuality, the majority of bikers are innocent victims of distracted drivers.
When you come to the Law Office of Marshall Silberberg, you can count on our team of motorcycle accident lawyers in Irvine to stand up to the insurance companies who are trying to minimize the value of your claim. With help from our network of investigators and experts, we will do whatever it takes give our clients the best chance at maximum compensation.
Entrust Your Case to Marshall Silberberg!
Over the course of our firm’s existence, we have won more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements. Our tenacious advocacy, coupled with our extensive resources and decades of experience, enables us to obtain big results on behalf of our clients. The Law Office of Marshall Silberberg is dedicated to the well-being of our clients. We operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning that if our Orange County motorcycle accident lawyers don’t obtain a recovery on your behalf, we won’t charge you any attorney fees.