Orange County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Southern California is a sought-after state for motorcyclists around the country. With famous routes, scenic coastline drives, and year-round temperate climates, SoCal is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. Unfortunately, thousands of accidents involving motorcycles happen within the state every year. They frequently occur on the busy freeways in the OC, like the I-5, the 405 or the 55 for example, but a lot of them occur on surface streets as well. Some will never fully recover from these horrific crashes. After a motorcycle accident in Irvine or anywhere in Orange County, come to our legal team for trustworthy advice.
Motor Vehicle Lane-Splitting Accidents in California
California has been in the news in the last year for being the first state to legalize motorcycle lane splitting. Although law enforcement has allowed the practice to go on in Irvine, throughout California, and many other states for decades, California was the first state to recognize it as officially legal. Since the bill passed in August 2016, lawmakers and researchers have heavily debated the safety of lane splitting and the potential effects of its legalization on the safety of the state’s motorcyclists.
Supporters of lane splitting say that it gives more control to riders and reduces the risk of rear-end collisions. The opposition believes it’s dangerous for motorcyclists and other drivers, as it puts motor bikes too near other vehicles. Despite the tension between groups, lane splitting is now legal. However, riding between lanes in California comes with rules. There is a maximum speed that motorcyclists can go while lane splitting, and riders must do so in a “safe and prudent manner.” The exact rules of lane splitting are still fuzzy according to CA law.
If a driver tries to blame you for a motorcycle accident that occurred while you were lane splitting, the law is most likely on your side. If you were obeying the new lane-splitting law at the time of the accident, the driver cannot blame you just for the practice itself. An attorney can help you fight against at-fault drivers and other parties, even if they allege your comparative negligence for the collision. Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP has experience with lane-splitting accidents, and can help you protect your rights as a California motorcyclist.
Get Help After an Orange County Motorcycle Accident
A motor bike accident can leave you with broken bones, traumatic tattooing, a head or brain injury, and many other harms – not to mention the cost of damage to your motorcycle. If you’re dealing with these damages in Orange County, speak to an attorney right away about the potential for financial recovery. There may be someone liable for your damages, such as another driver, the city, or the manufacturer of a vehicle product. We can help you seek compensation through the most appropriate civil action.
Experienced Irvine Motorcycle Accident Lawyers – Free Consultations!
Panish Shea & Boyle has a thorough understanding of California’s many motorcycle laws. We can help you sort through a recent accident, telling you what roadways laws the other driver may have broken, as well as your opportunities for legal action moving forward. We can also help you understand your own rights in terms of motorcycle helmet use, vehicle equipment, roadway usage, lane splitting, and more. Our team is here to answer any questions you may have about a potential claim. Contact us at our Irvine office to schedule your free consultation. (949) 468-5777