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Riding a motorcycle comes with many great benefits, especially in a place like Oroville that offers residents such easy access to beautiful mountain roads and incredible California scenery. Not only is driving a motorcycle exciting, but it also helps save on gas and decreases emissions. However, riding a bike also comes with some very serious risks. While the majority of motorcyclists are cautious drivers, they are still liable to suffer significant injuries in the event of an accident.

As an Oroville motorcycle accident attorney, my job is to help injured motorcyclists and their families obtain the compensation they need to recover their personal and financial wellbeing.

Motorcycle Accidents in Oroville

With a population of around 15,000 people, Oroville is a relatively small city. However, despite its size, Oroville has seen its fair share of vehicle accidents. According to data from multiple agencies, including the California Highway Patrol and the Oroville Police Department, there were 1,055 traumatic auto accidents within Oroville city limits between January 1, 2008, and January 1, 2020. Out of these 1,055 crashes, 63 involved a motorcyclist. During the same time period, there were 10,888 traumatic crashes across Butte County, 793 of which involved a motorcycle.

Motorcycle accidents in Oroville had a much higher rate of fatal and severe injuries than other crashes. While around 2.2 percent of Oroville crashes involved deadly trauma, motorcycle collisions had a fatality rate of about 4.7 Similarly, Oroville motorcycle collisions had a severe injury rate of around 25.4 percent while accidents overall were at approximately 8.3 percent.

What Makes Motorcycle Accidents So Dangerous?

As an Oroville motorcycle accident attorney, I have seen first-hand just how dramatically a crash injury can affect someone’s life. Motorcycle collisions tend to involve more severe trauma than other crashes simply because motorcyclists aren’t protected by the same safety features that passenger vehicle drivers are. Without airbags, seat belts, and steel walls, motorcyclists are vulnerable to a wide range of severe injuries. Some of the injuries that motorcyclists commonly suffer during accidents include:

Many of these injuries are likely to dramatically affect your life and, in the worst cases, can be fatal. To learn more about how you can avoid motorcycle accident injuries by practicing safe driving techniques, watch this informative video:

The Cost of an Injury

Being injured in a crash can have major consequences.

In many cases, recovering from an injury takes a long time and is both mentally stressful and physically painful. During the recovery process, many people are unable to participate in activities they care about. In severe cases, you may need help with regular daily tasks while you recover.

Accidents can also have a massive financial impact. Being injured can cause issues with mobility and/or cognition, which may leave injured motorcyclists unable to perform their jobs. For many people, this means losing a source of income that they need to pay their bills. Furthermore, the medical costs associated with accident injuries can be very steep. Many injured motorcyclists need to pay for surgeries, hospital beds, and ambulance rides, as well as physical therapy sessions, medications, and more. In severe cases, you may need to hire in-home care or make accessibility modifications to your house.

Altogether, these issues can leave crash survivors feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. As an Oroville personal injury lawyer, I believe that injured motorcyclists deserve to have financial security during their recovery. Thankfully, many crash survivors can claim payments for their damages by working with an attorney to pursue a personal injury claim.

What is an Injury Claim?

By filing an injury claim, people who’ve been injured in accidents attempt to hold parties who are responsible for the accident financially liable. These parties are often reckless drivers whose negligent actions caused the collision. However, there are also often other parties such as vehicle product manufacturers or governments responsible for roadway maintenance that also have a share of liability. In some cases, crash survivors can claim compensation through their own insurance policy.

Injury claims can be complicated, and negligent parties usually attempt to disclaim responsibility for the crash. For this reason, it’s critically important to have an Oroville motorcycle accident lawyer on your side who has experience negotiating high-value injury claims with insurers as well as taking cases to court if they are unable to settle. Your attorney will be able to investigate your accident and put together a strong case to advocate for your right to claiming the compensation you deserve.

Can I Afford an Attorney?

Many people are unsure of whether or not they will be able to afford a skilled, experienced lawyer for their injury case. However, crash survivors should always have a lawyer that has the resources and knowledge to effectively handle their situation. For this reason, I take cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that my clients are not responsible for payment unless I can successfully resolve their case. This means that no matter their financial situation, my clients have access to top-quality legal representation.

Oroville Motorcycle Accident Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, an Oroville motorcycle accident attorney. Suffering an accident injury can change your life. If you have been hurt during a motorcycle accident, call me at either (800) 404-5400 or (530) 392-9400 to receive my free, friendly advice.

I’ve been helping people in the Oroville area with serious injury cases since 1982. During this time, I’ve been able to obtain many excellent settlements and verdicts.

To learn more about me and my work, take a minute to review my client feedback at:

I’m a member of a group of lawyers who’ve won or settled cases worth at least 1 million dollars, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. I am also a member of a national forum for distinguished counsel, Top One Percent.

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