Every motorcycle accident attorney at Jimmie Kang Law Firm knows the uphill battle injured motorcyclists face when trying to recover compensation for their injuries from the insurance companies of drivers who have caused crashes. Many auto insurance carriers will take a “deny and defend” posture when handling claims involving injured or deceased motorcyclists. But a lawyer from our firm can get the maximum compensation for injury and fatality cases that California law allows. In fact, in 2016, we settled a case on behalf of a motorcyclist who lost his leg when a truck merged into his lane of traffic before trial for $4.15 million.
Our motorcycle accident cases are always handled on a contingency fee basis. No fee is charged unless there is a financial recovery for you. Complete our online intake form and get a free case evaluation with an Orange County motorcycle lawyer today.
Motorcyclists at Risk
With little protective equipment to absorb the impact of a collision with a vehicle, motorcyclists receive some of the most significant injuries of any person traveling on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,976 people were killed and 88,000 people were injured in motorcycle crashes in 2015. That fatality rate was an increase of more than 8.3% from the previous year. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in a period of ten years, the number of motorcycles went up 63%, and the number of fatalities more than doubled during the same period.
- This national trend has been echoed in California. According to the California Department of Transportation’s 2016 California Crash Facts and Statistics report, Motorcycle fatalities increased 11 percent from 494 in 2015 to 548 in 2016.
Each motorcycle accident attorney at Jimmie Kang Law Firm understands that injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents change the lives of those who are injured. Our commitment to injured motorcyclists has been recognized in the motorcycling community in Orange County and beyond, as former clients refer fellow injured riders.
Life-Changing Effects of Motorcycle Injuries
In one of the most comprehensive analyses of injuries related to motorcycle crashes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied the type and severity of injuries of more than 1 million motorcyclists treated in emergency rooms from 2001-08. The results of the study revealed that the most common nonfatal injuries were:
- Lower Extremities: 30% of injuries were to the leg and foot area.
- Head and Neck: 22% of bikers reported injuries of some degree to these areas.
- Upper Trunk: These included injuries to the chest, shoulder, and back.
- Lower Trunk: The arms and hands are common areas of the body to be injured.
Injuries Commonly Encountered
California data suggests that more than 35% of motorcyclists injured in accidents have what is considered to be an “A” injury, one that prevents them from engaging in the activities they enjoyed prior to the crash. Examples of these injuries can include:
- Brain injury
- Joint injury
- Internal organ damage
- Back/neck injuries
- Loss of limbs
When discussing injuries related to motorcycle accidents, it should be noted that California does not require the use of helmets. Consequently, we see a significant number of clients with brain trauma related to a crash. Jimmie Kang Law Firm is committed to helping our clients receive the medical care they need. Orange County residents can count on our firm to connect them with leading brain injury and physical rehabilitation specialists both in the metropolitan area and across the Midwest.
Primary Causes of Motorcycle Crashes
In order to recover compensation for injuries related to a motorcycle accident, the injured party has the burden of establishing that the driver who caused the crash was negligent. Driver negligence can cover situations where:
- The driver failed to keep a proper lookout
- The driver was distracted
- The driver failed to yield
- The driver was speeding
- The driver failed to follow traffic control devices
- The driver failed to gauge the speed or distance
- The driver operated their vehicle while intoxicated
These types of negligent conduct may contribute to motorcycle crashes including:
- Left-turn crashes
- Rear-end accidents
- Intersection crashes
- Head-on crashes
- Lane change accidents
Our Experienced Lawyers Can Help You
When a motorcyclist is injured in an accident, it often impacts both the individual and their family. From the moment a motorcycle accident lawyer is retained, we begin aggressively preparing your case so we may present it in the most favorable light for a settlement with an insurance adjuster or a trial before a jury.
To help build a strong case for you, our attorneys regularly do the following:
- Order police reports
- Take statements from witnesses to the crash
- Photograph the scene of the crash and damage to vehicles
- Review video footage of the incident
- Hire an accident reconstructionist to re-create the crash
- Review computer recordings or “black boxes”
- Order medical records and bills
- Talk directly to the insurance carriers for the parties
- Request copies of traffic light sequencing data
Our goal is to shoulder the responsibility for your financial recovery, so you can focus on your physical well-being.
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Talk to a Lawyer About Your Motorcycle Case Today
A motorcycle injury attorney at Jimmie Kang Law Firm can assist you during this time of need. We offer free consultations at a convenient location to discuss your legal rights. Regardless of where your motorcycle accident occurred, we can help you recover the maximum compensation for your injuries. For more information, visit the resources below:
- Free Motorcycle Accident Guidebook
- Motorcycle Accident FAQs
- Motorcycle Case Valuation
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- Drunk Driving
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- Motorcycle Accident FAQ’s
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- Valuing Motorcycle Cases
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