The city of Anaheim is an exciting place to live. From its cultural sites and restaurants to sports centers and many businesses, Anaheim is expanding, both in the opportunities the city offers and in its growing population.

As you might expect, with such a busy environment comes some risk. The crowded streets and frequent traffic can make the roads a dangerous place for motorists, particularly those riding motorcycles. Because of their exposed nature and low visibility to other vehicles, motorcycles are frequently involved in accidents that aren’t their fault.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to some compensation. The Anaheim personal injury attorneys of OnderLaw are well-equipped to help you gather evidence, communicate with insurance companies, and build a winning motorcycle accident case. Since 2002, we’ve been winning trials and securing favorable settlements for clients in their motorcycle accident cases and are committed to doing the same for you.

Are you ready to take the next step towards securing restitution? Call OnderLaw to schedule a free, confidential consultation today. We’ll put you in contact with one of our attorneys, who can help you determine the best course of action in your motorcycle accident case.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

Dealing with the effects of a motorcycle accident can be grueling. Between recovering from your injuries, communicating with third parties, and understanding the laws surrounding such accidents, building a claim or case on your own is no easy task. Luckily, our team of personal injury attorneys at OnderLaw has been successfully handling cases like yours since our inception.

When you hire an OnderLaw attorney, you’re getting more than just a qualified lawyer. With OnderLaw comes a wealth of winning strategies, a wide network of legal connections that extends throughout the nation, and over nineteen years of experience. At OnderLaw , we are committed to managing all claim-related communication on behalf of each client. This means that rather than leave you to manage all the necessary discussions with insurance companies, law enforcement, and third parties, potentially risking accidental self-incrimination, we cover all communications on your behalf to create a more streamlined process for your case and to take one more burden from your shoulders.

Why Choose OnderLaw ?

In addition to the many settlements we’ve achieved and awards we’ve won over the years, OnderLaw has received local and national recognition for our hard work and attention to detail. Organizations like The American Society of Legal Advocates, The American Trial Lawyers Association, and Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America have recognized OnderLaw for our excellence, both in and out of the courtroom.

Another reason to hire us is that one of our core values is that everyone deserves quality legal representation, no matter how much money they have. When we choose to represent you, you won’t have to pay us any money upfront. Once we obtain compensation for you, we’ll take an agreed-upon percentage. If we don’t get money for you, you won’t owe us anything.

Types of Motorcycle Accidents

There is a wide range of types of motorcycle accidents. These accidents can involve one or more other vehicles or may involve only the motorcycle and a stationary object or pedestrian. The type of motorcycle accident in which you are injured can have an impact on what kind of compensation you can expect.

You may sustain injuries in any of the following types of motorcycle accidents:

  • Dooring accidents
  • Head-on collisions
  • Rollover accidents
  • Turning accidents
  • Multiple-vehicle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Stationary object accidents
  • Sideswipe accidents

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents can be caused by a wide variety of incidents and circumstances. You may be entitled to compensation if you’ve sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver exhibiting any of the following behaviors:

  • Driving under the influence: Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs may be putting themselves and those with whom they share the road at risk. Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol may cause motorists to experience blurred vision, lack of depth perception, and poor judgment. In this condition, although they may see a motorcyclist, they may not have the judgment or motor control to avoid an accident.
  • Reckless driving: Drivers whose behavior is careless or negligent may be putting themselves and those around them at risk. Examples of reckless driving include speeding, lane-splitting, weaving, following too closely, and failing to obey traffic signs.
  • Distracted driving: Drivers whose focus is not on the road risk becoming involved in accidents with surrounding vehicles. Drivers can become distracted by external factors (weather conditions, roadside construction, nearby accidents, etc.) or internal factors (navigation, “zoning out,” etc.). When driving distracted, a driver can fail to spot a smaller motorcycle in time to prevent an accident.
  • Failure to check blind spots: When drivers fail to properly check their blind spots by using all mirrors and actually looking over their shoulders, they can easily miss a motorcycle riding in the lane beside them. Swerving into the motorcyclist’s lane at highway speed can cause catastrophic accidents, and potentially, pile-ups.

Common Injuries Suffered in Motorcycle Accidents

As you might expect, there are many injuries that those involved in motorcycle accidents may sustain. It is important to keep track of any injuries you suffer, both by official medical record or photographic evidence. You may be entitled to compensation if you suffer any of the following injuries in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault:

  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis
  • Contusion
  • Laceration
  • Organ damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Burns
  • Neck damage

Who Is Responsible?

In the state of California, liability is determined on the basis of negligence. In most cases, negligence is considered an action or lack of action that harms another party. California is a pure comparative negligence state, meaning each party will be considered liable to the same degree to which they’re found negligent.

For example, if the court finds that you are entitled to $250,000 of compensation but also find that you were 15 percent liable, the court would award you $212,500, which is 85 percent of $250,000.

Compensation for a Claim

For most motorcycle accident claims, compensation comes in two forms. You may be entitled to compensation for one or both of the following types of damages, depending on what kinds of injuries, property damage, and trauma you suffered as a result of a motorcycle accident.

Economic damages are the financial costs associated with a motorcycle accident. They may include:

  • Property damage: If your vehicle, personal property, or any other belongings were destroyed in a motorcycle accident or required repairs, you may be entitled to compensation for property damage.
  • Medical costs: Any accident-related doctor’s appointments, diagnostic procedures, or medical treatments you receive as a result of a motorcycle accident may be eligible for reimbursement.
  • Lost income: If you were forced to take time off of work in order to recover from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident and lost income or wages as a result, you may be entitled to compensation for lost income.

The best way to document economic damages is to keep copies of all repairs receipts, medical records, pay stubs, and time cards.

Noneconomic damages are the intangible costs related to the accident. These damages are intended to be compensation for any pain and suffering you experienced as a result of a motorcycle accident. These damages include:

  • Emotional/psychological trauma: If you face emotional or psychological scarring as a result of a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for this trauma.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life: If your quality of life significantly suffers as a result of a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
  • Loss of mobility: If your mobility is significantly impaired because of a wheelchair, walker, cane, lost limb, or other mobile impairment that is a direct result of a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To best document noneconomic damages, keep records of any therapy/counseling services you receive and maintain an account in a journal of how the accident affects your daily activities and your life as a whole.

Accident Statistics

A report from the California Office of Traffic Safety claims that there were 474 motorcycle accident fatalities in California during the year 2019.

According to data from the University of Berkeley Safe Transportation Research and Education Center, there were 2,317 severe motorcycle injuries in California in 2015 and 491 fatalities in the state during the same year.

A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that in 2019, there were 5,014 motorcycle fatalities, with motorcyclists nearly 29 times as likely to die in a crash per vehicle miles traveled than occupants of passenger vehicles.

Need Help? Call OnderLaw Today

If you’re ready to take the next step towards claiming the restitution you deserve, call OnderLaw today. We’ll schedule a free, confidential case evaluation to help you decide the best way to proceed with your motorcycle accident case.

Don’t allow a lack of legal know-how or an uncertain financial situation keep you from pursuing justice. Call us today to begin your journey towards the compensation you deserve.