Shasta Lake Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Shasta Lake sits right at the edge of one of California’s most prized natural features. Residents of Shasta Lake have quick access to some incredible mountain landscapes. For these reasons, it’s obvious why many area drivers enjoy riding motorcycles on local roads. Being a motorcyclist comes with lots of great benefits, including reducing fuel use while experiencing the open air on California’s world-class highways. However, riding a motorcycle also comes along with some severe risks. While the majority of motorcyclists are cautious and attentive on the road, they are very vulnerable in the event of a crash and are likely to suffer serious injuries.
As a Shasta Lake motorcycle accident attorney for over three decades, I’ve seen first-hand just how these injuries can seriously affect the lives of motorcyclists and the people they love. While these accidents often have devastating consequences, I’ve also been able to help many families with recovering the full amount of compensation they need to cover their financial and personal losses.Shasta Lake Motorcycle Accident Statistics
With a population of just over 10,000 people, Shasta Lake is a relatively small community. This means that there generally isn’t much traffic within city limits. However, the city has still seen a fair number of auto accidents. According to data from local authorities such as California Highway Patrol and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, there were 129 injury-causing vehicle accidents within Shasta Lake between 2008 and 2019. Out of these 129 collisions, 11 (or 8.5 percent) involved a motorcycle. These motorcycle accidents resulted in 11 injuries, most of which were not severe, and none of which were fatal.
During the same period, there were 855 traumatic motorcycle accidents in Shasta County. These crashes caused 917 injuries and cost another 47 people their lives. These motorcycle accidents tended to be much more severe than other collisions in the area. While non-motorcycle collisions in Shasta county had a severe injury and fatality rates of 7.81 and 2.91 percent, respectively, motorcycle crashes were fatal 5.15 percent of the time. They caused severe injuries at a rate of 25.26 percent. These statistics clearly show just how dangerous vehicle accidents are for local motorcyclists.What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Motorcycle accidents can happen for a wide variety of reasons. Some of the most common factors include reckless drivers, defective vehicle products, dangerous roads, inclement weather, and more. However, the vast majority of cases are caused by a negligent party who is either totally or partially at-fault for the accident, usually a driver who violates one or more traffic laws. However, other at-fault parties can include vehicle manufacturers that fail to ensure the safety of their product or government entities who do not adequately maintain their roads. In many cases, these negligent parties can be held accountable for the damages caused by accidents. This is accomplished by filing a personal injury claim against the negligent party and/or their insurance company.
If you would like some more information about the most common kinds of motorcycle collisions and what riders can do to avoid injuries, check out this short, informative YouTube video:What Are The Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries?
Motorcycle collisions are liable to cause a variety of injury types. However, a few particular types of trauma more frequently affect motorcyclists. These include:
- Bone Fractures
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Cervical Sprain
- Road Rash
- Amputation Injuries
All of these injury types have the potential to seriously change your life and, in the worst cases, can even be fatal. Furthermore, recovering from a serious injury is often a physically painful and mentally stressful process that can take months or even years. Usually, crash injuries leave motorcyclists with symptoms that affect them for the rest of their lives.
On top of being difficult physically and mentally, the recovery process is also often costly. Many people who survive motorcycle accidents need ambulance rides, hospital stays, surgeries, medicines, physical therapy, and much more to fully recover. All of these can be very costly, and families are often left wondering how they will be able to afford their medical bills. Furthermore, accident injuries can also make it difficult or even impossible for crash survivors to perform their jobs, which may result in a sudden, serious loss of income.What Can I Recover?
The effects of a serious injury often leave crash survivors and their families in a complicated situation. However, by seeking help from an experienced, skilled Shasta Lake motorcycle accident lawyer, survivors are often able to claim compensation for the full amount of damages that they have suffered.
However, injury claims can be very complicated and are highly dependent on your specific circumstances. To find out what you may be able to recover for your injuries, it’s best to get in touch with a trustworthy lawyer in your area and speak personally about your case. Because most lawyers offer free phone consultations, there’s nothing to lose by reaching out for the information that you need to move forward.Shasta Lake Motorcycle Accident Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, a Shasta Lake motorcycle accident attorney. If you or a person in your life was injured during a motorcycle accident, please get in touch with me to receive free, friendly advice about your case. To contact me, dial either (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400.
My law firm has helped people in Shasta Lake and nearby areas with cases that involve severe injuries and wrongful death for nearly four decades. To see how we have been able to help our clients obtain fair payments for injury claims, view our list of settlements and verdicts located on our website. Take a look at my online profiles where you can find reviews from my clients themselves:
I’m a proud member of the Million Dollar Advocates, a forum for US lawyers who’ve successfully won or settled a case for which their client was awarded a minimum of one million dollars. I’m also part of Top One Percent, a group for distinguished legal counsel.
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