Newport Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you have been the victim of a motorbike crash, the Newport Beach motorcycle accident lawyers of Bisnar Chase can help. Our team of skilled and experienced trial lawyers will fight to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
Motorbike accidents happen more often than you might think in Newport Beach. A motorcycle is an extremely powerful machine, capable of incredible top speeds and the ability to maneuver through traffic. Unfortunately, they also offer little protection to riders, and a crash can leave victims with severe injuries.
When you or a loved one suffer an injury in a motorbike crash, it can be life-altering. But our Newport Beach motorcycle accident attorneys are here to help. Contact us now for expert guidance on your case. If you have been hurt, we can help you find justice.
Causes of Motorcycle Crashes in Newport Beach
A large proportion of motorbike crashes involve collisions with cars and other vehicles. Motorcycles are smaller and harder to see than most other vehicles, and many accidents happen because a careless car driver did not even see the biker. Some of the most common motorcycle crash causes include:
- Dangerous Turns
Many crashes happen due to a vehicle making a left turn across oncoming traffic with the driver failing to see an approaching motorbike.
- Lane Changes
It is common for motorcycles to be hit by cars as the larger vehicle is changing lanes, particularly on fast-moving freeways. The biker will often be hidden in the car's blind spot.
- Road Conditions
Dangerous road conditions, such as a slick surface, or a cracked and uneven roadway, can be especially dangerous for motorcycle riders.
Inanimate hazards, such as debris in the road, or vehicles parked where they shouldn't be, can be especially dangerous due to the high speeds and lack of protection offered by motorcycles.
Some crashes involving motorcycles happen due to people driving under the influence. But many are simply a result of carelessness, with drivers failing to see a motorbike approaching.
While they are much less powerful, many of these same hazards apply to scooter riders. Scooter engine sizes are usually capped at about 250cc, but a crash can equally leave a rider with serious injuries.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
A motorcycle crash can cause severe injuries. In fact, motorcycle riders are far more likely to sustain serious injuries in a collision than the driver of a car. This is for multiple reasons. For one thing, motorbikes are inherently less stable than four-wheeled vehicles. They also lack the protection of an enclosed chassis. When a bike is involved in a collision, there is nothing to absorb the impact or stop the rider being thrown to the ground at high speeds.
Unfortunately, if a car accident in Newport Beach involves a motorcycle, the rider is almost guaranteed to suffer an injury – or worse.
The laws surrounding protective equipment for motorcycles varies by state. In the state of California, all motorcycle riders must wear a helmet by law. However, it is common for motorcyclists in Newport Beach to ditch any other protective gear, such as thick leather jackets and pants.
This clothing can make biking conditions unbearable when the high temperatures hit in Southern California. But riding without protective clothing also leaves bikers defenseless in the event of an accident.
Some of the most common injuries include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Torn flesh – when a rider hits the road at high speeds with exposed skin
- Broken bones
- Serious burns
- Torn ligaments and tendons
- Severe trauma including internal injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
There is a wide spectrum of possible motorcycle accident injuries. No matter how badly you were hurt you should contact an experienced motorbike accident lawyer in Newport Beach for the best help and guidance.
Our Newport Beach personal injury lawyers specialize in cases in which victims have suffered physical harm or trauma. Call now for immediate assistance.
Newport Beach Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Motorcycle accidents are responsible for a high number of road injuries in Orange County. According to the California Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS):
- There were more than 1,000 collisions involving motorbikes in Orange County in 2018
- While some crashes only resulted in property damage, a huge 82% caused injury or death
- Motorcycle accidents led to 42 injuries and 1 fatality in Newport Beach in 2018 – as well as 1,015 injuries and 25 deaths across Orange County
- In 2017, more than 5,000 riders were killed in motorbike crashes in the U.S.
- Statistics show that you are nearly 30 times more likely to be injured if you are riding a motorbike, compared to driving a car
Why Hire a Newport Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a motorbike crash, you deserve justice. Our motorcycle accident attorneys based in Newport Beach can offer expert help, giving you the best chance possible of legal success.
Many people ask how long they should wait to hire a lawyer for a motorcycle accident case. The answer is that you should hire an attorney as soon as possible. There is a statute of limitations on such cases, and it is best to get the ball rolling quickly.
Hiring a high-quality attorney can ease the burden on your shoulders. When you suffer a severe injury, you need to focus on recovery. Working with a motorcycle accident lawyer near you will allow you to do just that.
Our experts will be able to guide you through every step of the legal process. They will be able to build a strong case for your motorcycle crash lawsuit, using evidence including:
- Police reports
- Medical reports and proof of expenses
- Pictures and video footage from the scene of the accident
- Proof of injuries
- Witness statements
Our attorneys are adept at negotiation compensation settlements with opposing insurance companies and lawyers. However, sometimes an acceptable settlement cannot be agreed. The best Newport Beach motorcycle accident lawyers are also ready to take your case to trial when needed.
Experienced Trial Lawyers
At Bisnar Chase, we have plenty of trial experience. In fact, managing partner Brian Chase has received numerous trial awards – including Trial Lawyer of the Year. Brian Chase has been nationally recognized as one of the nation's top motorcycle trial attorneys. If your defendant's insurance company is not offering a fair settlement, we can take them to court and make them reassess their decision to lowball your claim.
Our reputation as some of the best trial lawyers in the U.S. is well-known among insurance companies. This may allow us to settle your case far more simply because the insurance company is wary of taking us on in court. Brian has obtained millions of dollars for his clients over the years, even obtaining a record-breaking $24.7 million verdict for a client who suffered serious injuries.
Motorbike Crash Compensation
No two crashes are exactly the same and the amount of compensation a motorcycle accident victim might be awarded will always vary from case to case.
Compensation will depend on a variety of factors. These can include the severity of a victim's injuries and the level of pain and suffering they have experienced, as well as their medical expenses and ongoing care costs. Beyond physical pain, the level of emotional trauma experienced during a crash can also play a part in the amount of compensation a victim can expect.
Our Newport Beach motorbike accident attorneys are experienced in handling these kinds of cases, and will be able to work with you to target an acceptable compensation amount. We will always fight for the maximum amount possible for our clients.
Superior Representation with Bisnar Chase
Our law firm's goal is to offer superior representation to every client. We take great pride in serving Newport Beach – including residents in and around the 92660 area – where we have been based for more than 40 years.
Bisnar Chase maintains an excellent 96% success rate and has collected more than $500 million for the firm's many satisfied clients. We also offer a 'No Win, No Fee' guarantee, advancing all costs to make sure motorcycle accident victims do not pay a penny unless we win their case.
Contact us today for a free consultation, and find out more about how Bisnar Chase can help you.