Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Orange County
Motorcycles are not only less stable and visible than cars, they provide riders with far less protection, making them more vulnerable to suffering serious injury or death in an accident.
If you were injured while riding your motorcycle because of another driver or a bad road, our OC personal injury attorneys can assist you in obtaining compensation to cover past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. This may be your first time, but it isn't our first time.
Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie has been representing motorcycle, car, and truck accident victims for over 40 years and we have an outstanding track record of success. We have vast experience working with local law enforcement, medical professionals, and the courts to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. We know that insurance companies are biased against bikers. Fight back! Talk to us in a free consultation and see what we can do for you. The number is (949) 752-7474.
A motorcycle rider was struck by driver rounding a curve. We successfully established that the driver was in the course and scope of his employment, even though he was on vacation and only had $15,000 in liability insurance. We accessed his employer's $1 million policy to cover our client's losses. This case was turned down by three law firms before we took it on. As you can see, we go the extra mile to take care of you.
You only have two years from the date of the crash to file a claim, unless your claim is against a government agency – like the city responsible for the roadway. Then, you have even less time. Don't delay. Call us immediately so we can start building your case while you focus on getting better.
Our law firm sees that many motorcyclists wipe out because drivers forced them to take evasive maneuvers. What may look like “a single-vehicle collision” on the outside really needs to be investigated. As we assess your claim, we will look at its strengths and weaknesses and devise the best strategy possible. But you should know that even if you are found partially to blame for the accident, that's no reason not to file a lawsuit. California works on a standard known as “comparative negligence,” which means if the driver was 90% responsible for your stay in the hospital, he is on the hook to pay 90% of all your related bills!
Bikers are acutely conscious of the dangers they face, and less likely to make risky maneuvers. Car occupants in their steel cages don't tend to be as watchful. Most crashes in Orange County are caused by:
- Distracted driving
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Taking left turns without looking
- Not checking blind spots
- Driving while inebriated
Another thing we should mention is lane-splitting. It is perfectly legal in California, so the fact that you were lane-splitting cannot be held against you in an accident. Tourist drivers cannot use “I didn’t know” as a defense.
Lane splitting refers to when a motorcycle drives through lanes of traffic, rather than staying in one lane. Currently, California is the only state where lane splitting is legal. With the Californian population constantly growing, and thus our traffic becoming more and more dense, it is no wonder that lane splitting is so common amongst bikers.
However, many car drivers don’t bother looking before they switch lanes. This leaves motorcyclists at risk of severe injury. Often times, even in clear cases of driver negligence, the biker is blamed for the ensuing accident.
This isn’t fair, and you shouldn’t be liable for someone else’s poor decision making. When lane splitting, be sure to drive under the speed limit, don’t cut off cars, and avoid weaving through traffic as much as possible. If you follow the law and stay alert, the driver responsible for the accident will have no way to pin the blame on you.
To preserve your net recovery after paying for your bills, fees, and long hospital stays, it’s important to pay attention to your medical management. Your health insurer or the hospital will seek reimbursement from any money you recover from the motorcycle accident case. Our experienced Orange County car accident attorneys will negotiate this reimbursement to preserve the maximum amount for you.
The pain and suffering a motorcycle accident victim suffers may go far beyond physical problems. We know to ask for compensation for:
- Diminished cognitive abilities
- Inability to return to one's previous job or need to obtain new employment
- Changes in personality
- Severe financial pressure caused by multiple doctors' visits, multiple surgeries, prescription medications, and physical rehabilitation, among other issues
We don't just ask for it; we know how to get it. If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident as a result of someone else's negligence in Orange County, we urge you to contact us immediately, so that you can get the compensation you deserve. Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie has won hundreds of millions in verdicts and settlements for our clients since 1974. We will do our best for you as well. Call (949) 752-7474 to schedule your case evaluation.
Motorcycle Accident Verdicts and Settlements
- $1,000,000 - Motorcycle rider hurt while on vacation
- $401,980 - Cyclist was side-swiped
- $125,000 - Motorcycle rider strikes left turning car
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