Santa Ana Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Many Californians enjoy motorcycling for leisure or simply as alternatives to typical cars, but it’s essential that every motorcycle owner understands the inherent risks that come with riding. Motorcycles are inherently more dangerous than enclosed passenger vehicles for many reasons, and riders must take those risks into consideration before hitting the road.
When motorcyclists suffer injuries due to negligent drivers or when negligent motorcyclists harm others on the road, injured individuals can seek compensation for their damages through personal injury claims. The law firm of Bentley & More, LLP has helped many clients in the Irvine, Santa Ana, Anaheim and Orange County area secure millions of dollars in damages for clients in many different types of motorcycle accident cases. Our motorcycle accident lawyers want California riders to understand the risks of motorcycling and what to do after an accident.
Dangers of Motorcycles on Orange County Roads
Typical passenger vehicles such as cars and trucks have enclosed seating areas, protecting occupants from inclement weather and offering some protection from collisions. Motorcycles are completely open, leaving riders exposed to the elements and offering no protection from collisions. Additionally, motorcycles are more agile than larger vehicles, tempting some riders to travel at excessive speeds and engage in risky behaviors.
California law is very clear about helmet use. All motorcycle drivers and passengers need to wear Department of Transportation-approved helmets while on the road. Research has proven these helmets reduce motorcycle accident fatalities and brain injuries. Riders should also consider wearing eye protection and protective clothing such as leathers and joint pads.
Most motorcycle injuries involve broken bones, deep cuts, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and friction burns from sliding on asphalt called “road rash.” These injuries often require extensive medical care, resulting in expensive medical costs for injured riders. If a motorcyclist suffers such injuries due to a negligent driver, he or she can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party.
Building an Orange County Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit
Like most other car accident claims, injured plaintiffs in motorcycle cases must prove negligence to succeed in their lawsuits. Proving negligence requires establishing four facts in court:
- Duty. The plaintiff must show how the defendant had a duty to act with reasonable care.
- Breach. The plaintiff needs to show that the defendant breached his or her duty of care.
- Substantial factor causation. The plaintiff must prove that the defendant’s negligence was a substantial factor in causing his or her broken bone injury. The defendant’s negligence need not be the only cause of the injury, because a “substantial factor” is a broad standard, requiring only a cause that is something more than negligible or theoretical.
- Damages. Finally, the plaintiff must have suffered some measurable loss to sue. If the plaintiff did not suffer any injuries or incurred no economic loss, he or she likely does not have a claim.
Anyone who has suffered injuries or damages in a motorcycle accident in Orange County needs reliable legal representation to succeed in a personal injury claim. The lawyers at Bentley & More, LLP have secured millions in damages for our clients in Santa Ana, Anaheim, Irvine, and throughout the Orange County area. Schedule a FREE initial consultation about your motorcycle accident, and one of our Orange County motorcycle accident lawyers will be happy to let you know how we can help.