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Chico Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Chico Motorcycle Accident Attorney

The riders of motorcycles can find themselves in unfavorable situations following accidents, even if they are the most experienced or safest of riders on the roads of California. Even though motorcycling is one of the most popular hobbies in the state, there are close to one million registered riders, it doesn’t mean there aren’t dangers lurking at every turn. What makes motorcycling so dangerous? For starters, there are drunk drivers, road hazards, inclement weather, animals, and ignorance. I have been serving the Chico and surrounding communities in Northern California for 35 years and during that span, I have witnessed some of the most horrific injuries caused by motorcycle accidents. If you have suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident, call me at (530) 392-9400 for compassionate, friendly, and free legal counsel.

An Overview of Chico

Located in Butte County, California, Chico was incorporated in 1872 after being founded in 1860 by John Bidwell. Bidwell was a passenger on one of the very first wagon trains to reach the California area in 1843. The 2010 census recorded a population of a little over 86,100 residents. An estimate from 2016 reflects an increase to roughly 91,500 residents as the popularity of the city continues to soar. From 2000 to 2010, the population jumped by an estimated 26,200 people. The city sits at the northern tip of the Sacramento Valley and the Sacramento River is just five miles to the west from the city’s limits.

There is plenty for residents and visitors to do in and around the city of Chico. From Bidwell Park to bicycling, to museums to the theater; there’s no shortage of fun in this beautiful city in the Sacramento Valley. As you’d expect, there are hundreds of motorcycles on the roads of Chico at any given time. The total number of motorcycle accidents in Chico between the years 2012 and 2016 came in just under 60 at 59. Of those 59 accidents, one resulted in a fatality. Only five accidents involved alcohol during that span.

Dangerous Intersections Throughout Chico

You will find that almost all the roads of Chico present dangers for motorcycles. Some are more dangerous than others based on condition, hazards, vehicle traffic, pedestrian traffic and more. Trucks pose a significant danger to motorcyclists in Chico. For example, a truck ran a stop sign in October 2017, killing two riders on a motorcycle, according to the California Highway Patrol. Investigators were not sure at the time of the crash if drugs or alcohol played a role.

Intersections are the most dangerous places for motorcycles. Here are some of the most dangerous spots in Chico:

  • W 9th St and Salem St
  • W 2nd St and Ivy St
  • W 5th St and Oak St
  • W 1st St and Nord Avenue
  • E 1st Avenue and Neal Dow Avenue
  • E 7th Avenue and Sunset Avenue
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?

Many novice riders, or those considering becoming a rider, will ask this question of experienced riders. They will come across very different answers. Just about anything can cause a motorcycle accident, including the weather, potholes, leaves, debris, dirt, inattentive drivers, animals, defective parts and drunk drivers.

What Types of Injuries Can I Suffer?

No two motorcycle accidents are the same. But, the injuries caused by motorcycle accidents are quite common. Whether minor or fatal, motorcycle accidents can change your life, and the life of your family in a matter of minutes. You could find yourself missing work for months on end as you go through rehabilitation. Or, you could find yourself swimming in debt from medical bills that continue to pile up on your desk. Either way, a motorcycle accident rarely has a good outcome. The most common motorcycle accident injuries include:

The video below discusses some of the most common motorcycle accidents.

Will I Have Trouble Paying Medical Bills?

One of the very first questions clients will ask me during a consultation following a motorcycle accident is if they will have trouble paying their medical bills. This is understandable. Even minor injuries can lead to thousands of dollars in medical care and plenty of time out of work. If medical bills begin to pile up they will surely sit on top of your normal monthly bills such as a mortgage, credit cards, utilities, and auto loans. This makes an already stressful situation even more overwhelming for you and your family. Dealing with insurance companies and acquiring compensation for the injuries suffered is much easier when helped by an experienced personal injury attorney.

Chico Motorcycle Accident Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, a Chico motorcycle accident attorney. It’s in your best interest to review every single option available following a motorcycle accident. This includes taking legal action against the negligent driver involved in your accident. Speaking with me can help you make an informed decision as to how to proceed with your case. If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, I advise you to call me at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400 for friendly, compassionate, and free legal advice. If you prefer, I can also be reached via my website,

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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 10.24.19]

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