Motorcycle Accidents Can Be Devastating. If You Have Been Injured In A Motorcycle Crash In Orange County, We Can Help You Obtain Maximum Compensation Fast.
Motorcycle crashes happen on Orange County roads and freeways with alarming frequency. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, motorcyclists are up to 26 times as likely to be involved in a fatal accident than car occupants are.
Motorcycle accidents are often catastrophic and the injuries caused by a crash can be life changing. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, you need the help of a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer to guide you through the claims process and ensure that you get maximum compensation in the shortest period of time possible.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes
- Collisions with other vehicles: 56% of motorcycle accident fatalities occur because of collisions with cars and trucks. Most of the time, the car or truck strikes the motorcycle head-on. It’s a common misconception that most motorcycle accidents happen because of unsafe or aggressive riding. In truth, most accidents occur because drivers fail to see motorcyclists because they are smaller than cars, may be concealed in blind spots, or for other reasons.
- Cars making left-hand turns: The single most common type of crash involving a motorcycle and passenger vehicle occurs when a passenger vehicle makes a left-hand turn into the path of an oncoming motorcycle. A study found that 42% of motorcycle accidents involving cars and motorcycles happen this way.
- Lane splitting: The California Highway Patrol recognizes that when done safely and prudently, lane splitting by motorcycles is perfectly legal. That said, passenger vehicle drivers may not see an approaching motorcycle, or may fail to check blind spots before changing lanes.
- Alcohol and substance use: Drivers who are impaired because of alcohol consumption or substance use are common causes of serious accidents involving motorcycles and passenger vehicles.
A 2013 study conducted by researchers at Texas Tech University suggests that many motorcycle accidents are caused by errors in human perception based on the relative size of objects. This could explain why a vehicle turning left in front of an oncomming motorcycle is the most common cause of motorcycle crashes.
The study, which looked at the relationship between the size of an object and the brain’s ability to judge the distance of the object, found that our brains perceive smaller objects as being farther away than larger objects at the same distance. Because motorcycles are smaller than cars, this may help explain why drivers sometimes fail to accurately judge the distance of an oncoming motorcycle when making a left turn.
Contact Our Orange County Office Today
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle crash, give the Law Offices of Corbett H. Williams a call today at 949-679-9909 for a free consultation. You can also conduct us through the contact form below and we will respond promptly.