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Serious Motorcycle Accidents in Orange County
In the entire United States, California has the largest volume of motorcycles at an astounding 800,000 who are registered on the roads today. There is a huge attraction to motorcycling in California, especially in Orange County where there are tons of beautiful sights to see and places to be. California’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) shows us that, in 2013 alone, there were more than 11,780 motorcycle accidents leading to injuries. Many of these collisions surprisingly took place in the Southern California counties, like San Diego and Los Angeles. Orange County accounted for 989 collisions with injuries that year.
In fact, just last year in 2017, there were many fatal accidents involving motorcyclists and vehicles. The Orange County Breeze, an Orange County news website, shows us that there have been many of these accidents: from motorcyclists killed in semi-truck accidents, on highways, near beaches, in collisions with motor vehicles, and more.
Dangerous Highways Leading to Dangerous Results
For motorcyclists, safety is key in Orange County, where everything moves at a fast pace. Freeways in Orange County seem to be the most dangerous with traffic stopping and going suddenly all day long. But, believe it or not, the vast majority of people who are killed or injured in motorcycle accidents gain these injuries or lose their lives on surface streets. Here are some of the most common roadways for motorcycle riders to become injured in Orange County:
- Santiago Canyon Road, known as the “road of death” with the most dangerous intersection, according to the Orange County Register
- Ortega Highway, known as one of the most deadly highways for motorcyclists with its hairpin turns and open stretches of road
- Laguna Canyon Road for many fatal accidents in the mornings and many impaired drivers
Motorcycle accidents happen every year for many reasons, one of the largest reasons being the negligence of other drivers sharing the roadways. There are many types of accidents that are more common than others when it comes to vehicle-on-motorcycle accidents. For instance, you see a lot of accidents in Orange County where a driver may make a left turn in front of a motorcyclist, especially at intersections where speed is incorrectly judged. These accidents can also occur when a car changes lanes too abruptly in front of a rider, especially when there are many blind spots on a highway. No matter what, these accidents happen as a result of negligence, as drivers tend to pay less attention to smaller vehicles sharing the roads.
Helping You With Your Claim
Because Orange County is a county where safety matters and they are constantly working on reducing motorcycle accidents and fatalities, motorcycle accident laws are always being put in place to protect riders. These laws dictate driver awareness and preventing accidents when drivers pay attention to those around them.
After your injury, we want to help you gain compensation for your motorcycle injuries, but only after you have received medical treatment and gathered as much information possible to make your claim. This means everything from writing down the summary of events, taking photos of your motorcycle, speaking to witnesses, and so many other concepts that will become important in your case and show the severity of your accident in general.
We want to make a difference in your life after you have been injured in an Orange County motorcycle accident. That is why we want you to contact us as soon as possible at the Los Angeles Injury Group to speak to you about how you can be successful in your claim and work within California’s time limits for filing. Call us today at 310-954-7248 for more information.