This guest post is from the Orange County, California law firm of Bisnar Chase.
Although riding a motorcycle is a fun and relaxing sport and a good way to save gas money on your morning commute, motorcycle accidents are often serious–even deadly. It is important to understand your rights as a motorcycle rider and to know what to do if you are involved in a motorcycle accident. Orange County motorcycle accident attorneys can help you recover damages if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident involving a careless driver or a poorly-maintained road. Even if your injuries are not life-threatening, you may still be entitled to recover damages from those who have liability, or responsibility, for your accident.
Motorcycle accident numbers have not decreased in the last ten years as it was predicted they would after the Hurt Report and the subsequent focus on motorcycle safety. The increasing numbers of motorcycle riders attending safety classes and employing safety equipment has not significantly reduced the number of injuries and deaths due to motorcycle accidents. One reason for this may be that in most motorcycle accidents, the motorcycle rider is not at fault. Instead, a careless or aggressive passenger vehicle driver may be to blame, or road conditions may be unsafe because a governmental unit did not take proper precautions regarding street maintenance. An Orange County motorcycle accident lawyer can assess the circumstances surrounding your motorcycle accident and make a determination as to who is liable for your injuries and damages.
While this process may seem straightforward and easy it is not always so. Sometimes, liability is spread between several individuals or organizations. As an example, if a car driver was operating a vehicle he or she did not own but had borrowed from a friend, and swerved to avoid a pothole in the street, thereby striking a motorcycle rider, liability for the motorcycle rider’s injuries could actually exist on three fronts: the owner of the vehicle, the driver, and the governmental entity responsible for maintaining the road.
Clearly, navigating the morass of liability questions is not something a layperson can easily do. Instead, talk to an accident attorney and let a professional handle the work for you. No matter what you choose to do about your case, you will never go wrong talking to a professional personal injury attorney before deciding, and a good personal injury attorney will never charge you to review your case.
What have you got to lose? You can easily discover the true facts of your case, including how much you can expect to receive in damages, by talking with an Orange County motorcycle accident attorney. On the other hand, trying to handle your case alone makes no sense. You may soon find yourself puzzled and frustrated, unable to cope with the massive amounts of paperwork and “legalese” involved in such a matter. Instead of trying to handle this yourself, turn to the experts in these matters– an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.