Motorcycle riders tend to have a bad reputation. It can be infuriating watching a motorcycle zip in between lanes of cars in dead-stopped traffic. However, most motorcyclists do obey the laws of traffic and can often find themselves in precarious situations as they are required to share the road with cars, SUVs, and trucks, leaving themselves much more vulnerable to serious injuries in the event of an accident. These negative stereotypes against motorcyclists make it all the more difficult to collect compensation from your insurance company which is why having an experienced Anaheim motorcycle accident attorney as your advocate will get you the maximum compensation and damages while you recover from your injury.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
California has over 800,000 registered motorcycles making it the largest volume of motorcycles in the nation. Therefore, it is logical that California has the most motorcycle accidents than any other state in the country. The latest data from California’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) revealed that in 2013 there were roughly 11,780 motorcycle riders that were injured in a collision, 480 of which were killed. In Orange County, in 2013 there were 989 motorcycle collisions that led to injuries.
Common Causes Of A Motorcycle Accident
It’s important to understand that California is an at-fault state, which means whoever caused the accident is responsible to pay the damages. Even if you are not at fault for the crash, there is still a chance that you might not receive full compensation because in California there’s something called comparative negligence. This means even in a collision where you are left injured, you might be partly at fault for the accident and therefore partly at fault for your injuries.
The SWITRS list the following factors that can lead to the motorcyclist being at fault or partially at fault:
- Unsafe speed – whether that’s speeding or driving too slowly
- DUI – alcohol or drug use
- Improper turning
- Riding on the wrong side of the wrong
- Failure to yield
However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most motorcycle accidents are caused when other cars do not see motorcyclists. For example, many motorcycle accidents occur when a car makes a left-hand turn in front of the motorcycle. And although the motorcycle rider is the one that hits the car, it’s the driver’s inability to yield to the motorcyclist that caused the accident.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Because motorcycle riders do not have the same level of protection as drivers (i.e. seat belts, airbags, etc) when they are involved in a collision, the injuries tend to be more serious. Severe injuries include but are not limited to:
- Blood Loss
- Broken Bones and Fractures
- Facial and Eye Damage
- Road Rash
- Nerve Damage/Amputation
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Brain Injuries
- Spinal Chord Injuries
- Internal Organ Damage
Damages You Can Recover From A Motorcycle Accident
There are two different types of damages that can be awarded to you if your personal injury claim is successful; economic and noneconomic. Economic damages include things that are easily measurable such as lost income, medical expenses, future earning ability and coverage for long-term medical expenses (if the injury requires as such). Noneconomic damages are the opposite in the sense that the damages are not easily measurable. These types of damages include mental anguish, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment. It’s important to know there is actually a cap on the noneconomic overall damages that can be awarded. Currently this amount is set at $250,000.
Contact A Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Our motorcycle accident lawyers are here to fight for your rights while you rest and recover from your injury or while you mourn the loss of a loved one. If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered a wrongful death due to another driver’s negligence then do not hesitate to contact us. The statute of limitations for these types of cases in California is two years so it’s important to get in touch with us as quickly as you can after your accident to get the maximum amount of damages.