Orange County Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycles have been steadily gaining popularity. While some people make riding in Orange County a lifestyle, others just enjoy the multitude of freedoms that are naturally afforded to those who ride a hog. While the gas mileage and pricing is good, they are a dangerous method of transportation. Many drivers do not pay attention to their two-wheeled road companions, and motorcycles offer far less protection when an accident does occur.
Motorcyclists deserve the same rights and freedoms on our roads and highways as anyone else, and, in your time of need, you need an Orange County motorcycle lawyer that works for you with experience dealing with motorcycle accidents and their injuries. When you or your loved one has no choice but to obtain compensation for his or her medical bills after a motorcycle crash, you need the services that Timothy J. Ryan & Associates provides.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Surprisingly, many of those who are involved in motorcycle accidents are not novice riders. Experienced riders can be caught in an accident simply because another driver did not pay attention to the road. Motorcyclists are at a higher risk of having an accident due to someone else’s negligence: texting and driving to driving under the influence, all of which lack of attention can cause catastrophic injury to a rider’s body. Sometimes, faulty equipment on your motorcycle or on the other driver’s vehicle can lead to serious collisions.
Motorcycle accidents can be horrific for both the bike and the rider. Motorcycles offer limited protection against accidents, and injuries can range from road rash to broken bones and even death.
According to the CDC, a motorcyclist is nine times more likely to be injured in an accident, and 37 times more likely to die, as compared to a passenger in a 4-wheel automobile. These rates are alarming, yet very little has been done to help protect motorcyclists on the roadways. When you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need to act fast. While the insurance companies may act like your friends by offering a settlement, the reality is that they are not on your side. Insurance companies offer the smallest amount necessary, thinking that the sum will make you, the victim, go away. You should not be forced into taking a settlement that you do not want, especially when you and your well-being are worth so much more.
What Injuries Can I Be Compensated For?
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from a motorcycle accident, there are monetary damages, which can be recovered. A monetary recovery depends on the types of injuries that you sustained; for example, someone with severe head trauma may be entitled to more than someone with cuts and scrapes. However, it is possible for someone with less severe physical injuries to gain a large monetary sum. While past medical expenses are often asked for, you can ask for payments for future medical expenses.
This is common with an injury that takes many years to recover from or even psychological therapy. There are many factors that are taken into consideration and not all have to do with your physical injuries. Many times mental, emotional, and psychological injuries occur after a motorcycle accident. These “unseen” injuries can be part of a lawsuit just as physical injuries may be. You can also seek out a monetary sum for property damage to recover the loss of your motorcycle or other property that was damaged. Another category that you may recover a sum is called, “loss of consortium.”
This type of claim occurs only when a spouse is significantly injured or killed, and the spouse cannot have normal emotional, physical, or sexual relations. If you’re looking for steps to take after an accident you can read our motorcycle accident guide for additional help. Regardless of your injuries, it is always best to consult an attorney to find out the best path to follow for your monetary recovery.
Filing a Case in Orange County
Filing a case in Orange County can be tedious, so having the absolute best Orange County motorcycle accident attorney possible is the goal. While smaller lawsuits can be settled rather quickly, perhaps within a few months, it is common for motorcycle accidents injury lawsuits to last for years. Also, if you decide to take an insurance settlement, you will recover compensation much quicker. However, always consult an attorney before deciding to take an insurance settlement; because once you take it, you cannot re-initiate your claim.
This is a long-term commitment for you and for your attorney, but the lengthy process can help you obtain a better settlement or judgment. Few things move quickly when pursuing injury compensation; however, there is always something going on behind the scenes. For your part, you will be asked to turn over your medical records, names of witnesses who witnessed the accident, traffic reports, police reports, information about lost wages, information about spousal lost wages (if applicable), future medical expense estimates, and any other information that you have access to.
This seems like a lot of information, but it is all necessary to help prove your claim. If you decide to turn down the insurance claim settlement amount, your attorney can try and negotiate a higher settlement for you. This can take months; however, it can be successful. If this fails, then you can proceed to court.
You and your attorney will decide who to name as a defendant, as many times there is more than one party responsible. The average wait time from filing to a jury trial date in Orange County is 12 to 18 months. Depending on your circumstances, it may take longer. After the lawsuit is filed, interrogatories and depositions of yourself and any witnesses will occur. While it may seem scary, these are simple questions that are asked in written form (interrogatory) or deposition (spoken word).
After document discovery and depositions, a trial date should be given to you. The longevity of the date can range from weeks to months, depending on the complexity of your case. A trial gives you the chance for your peers – your neighbors – to hear your case, and for them to decide the outcome. If the outcome is not pleasing, your attorney can appeal the verdict and monetary award; however, appeals can take many years.
Orange County, CA is a vibrant city with many attractions. Places like Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Anaheim Stadium, Honda Stadium and South Coast Plaza are just a few of the many attractions that draw in visitors. Although we help victims of personal injury accidents in all Orange County cities you can find some of the many we serve below.
- Huntington Beach
- Costa Mesa
- Newport Beach
- Laguna Beach
- Garden Grove
- Fountain Valley
- Lake Forest
- Aliso Viejo
- and many others
Our Ties to The Community Help You
Orange County is a beautiful place to live, and our residents take pride in their community. This is one reason why we have been able to have so much success for those we represent. The staff at Timothy J. Ryan & Associates is very active in the community and takes great pride in providing their service. Mr. Ryan believes in giving back to the community. He is not only very active in the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, but he is also presently a chairman on the Board of Trustees at Huntington Beach Hospital, the Board Manager of the Orange County YMCA, the Editor of Forum Magazine (California Trial Lawyers Association), previously served on the Statewide Liaison Panel for the State’s Ford/Firestone Litigation, and is a chairman on the Board of Directors for SeaCliff County Club in Huntington Beach, California.
Mr. Ryan is also a former City of Huntington Beach Planning Commissioner. Mr. Ryan and his associates are deeply dedicated to Orange County and Huntington Beach. They know the people and the environment, and this helps make them better attorneys. They will help you get the best compensation possible for your motorcycle accident injury case.