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Anderson Motorcycle Accident Attorney

motorcycleWith a population of around 10,000 people, Anderson is a relatively small Northern California community and certainly offers its residents a relaxed atmosphere. The city is also close to some of California's most incredible sights including, Lake Shasta, the Trinity Mountain Range, and more. Because of its close proximity to beautiful drives, many Anderson residents choose to ride motorcycles either for fun or for their main form of transportation.

Riding a motorcycle is an excellent way to get around and comes with many benefits, such as saving on gas and reducing your environmental impact. However, driving a bike also comes with some well-known risks. Even though the majority of motorcyclists are cautious drivers, motorcycle riders are very likely to suffer severe trauma in the event of a crash.

As an Anderson motorcycle accident attorney, my job is to help motorcycle accident survivors and their families recover financially and personally following serious accidents.

The "Personal" Personal Injury Attorney

I have been working with individuals and families on motorcycle accident cases since 1982. Over the years, I have earned the above nickname. People often refer to me as the "personal" personal injury attorney because of how I choose to run my firm. I think of my firm as a family, and I treat my clients like they are part of it. While many attorneys choose to maintain a strictly professional relationship with their clients, I try to connect with my clients on a personal level.

While the strictly professional approach can work for some, my experience is that by getting to know my clients personally, I can better understand how accident injuries have affected their lives. In turn, having this knowledge helps me to be a better advocate for their rights while negotiating with insurance companies or presenting their case in court.

Motorcycle Accidents in Anderson

Even though Anderson is relatively small, it is contiguous with one of the largest cities in Northern California and has a fair amount of vehicle traffic on any given day. According to data from local agencies like the California Highway Patrol and Anderson Police Department, there were 408 traumatic auto accidents in the city between 2008 and 2020. Out of these accidents, 31 involved a motorcycle. This means that motorcycle accidents accounted for nearly eight percent of collisions in the city.

While there were a significant number of motorcycle accidents in Anderson itself, residents often take to more rural roads while out on a ride or drive to a location in Redding for a night out. Across all of Shasta County, there were 9,702 collisions during the same period. Out of these accidents, 921 were motorcycle crashes.

Common Motorcyclist Injuries

Motorcyclists are more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to suffer severe or fatal trauma. In Anderson, the fatality rate for all auto accidents was around 2.2 percent, while motorcycle collisions were deadly about 6.5 percent of the time. This shows that motorcycle accidents in Anderson were nearly three times as likely to cause fatal trauma.

The reason that motorcyclists are more likely to suffer injuries is that they are relatively unprotected. Even though motorcyclists typically wear helmets, armored jackets, and other gear to keep themselves safe, they still lack seatbelts, airbags, and other safety features provided by passenger vehicles. Some of the most common injuries that motorcyclists suffer during crashes include:

All of these accidents have the potential to be very serious and can leave motorcyclists with symptoms that dramatically impact their lives.

Motorcycle Safety Tips

Because motorcyclists face such serious risks, it's essential to know how to drive defensively and keep yourself on the road. For more information about operating a motorcycle safely, watch this video:

Recovering from an Injury

Motorcycle accident survivors often face a difficult path to recovery. Recovering from an injury can be mentally stressful as well as physically painful, and usually takes significant time. Many people suffer symptoms related to their accident injury for months or even years after the collision takes place. In severe cases, motorcycle accident survivors are left with permanent health issues like chronic pain or loss of mobility.

On top of these concerns, recovery can also be costly. In many cases, accident survivors need multiple surgeries as well as medications and physical therapy to regain their health. Taken altogether, the medical costs associated with injury recovery can be overwhelming, especially when injury symptoms affect your ability to work.

How Can I Afford to Recover?

Many crash survivors worry about how they will be able to move on with their lives if they are unable to afford the medical care they need. Fortunately, it's often possible for injured parties to claim compensation for the losses that they have suffered. Crash survivors can obtain this compensation by working with an Anderson motorcycle accident lawyer and filing a personal injury claim against negligent parties involved in the crash. However, accident cases can be complicated, and it's always best to have professional advice before you take any legal action.

Anderson Motorcycle Accident Attorney

I'm Ed Smith, an Anderson motorcycle accident attorney. If a motorcycle accident caused you or a loved one serious injury, give me a call at either (800) 404-5400 or (530) 392-9400 so that I can provide you with free, friendly advice.

I have been assisting people in Anderson with major injury claims for almost four decades. To find out more about my team and me, see the settlements and verdicts, we have been able to obtain for our clients.

Before you call me, you can learn more about my work by reading what my clients themselves have written on:

I belong to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. This is a group of United States lawyers who have been able to obtain a verdict or case settlement that had at least one million dollars in value. I am also part of Top One Percent, a forum for distinguished legal counsel.

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