St. Helena Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Riding a motorcycle is a great way to experience some of St. Helena’s most beautiful views. Taking a ride through wine country can be truly exhilarating. While motorcyclists enjoy many benefits such as reduced gas mileage and the open air, riding a motorcycle also comes along with many serious risks. While most motorcyclists are safe riders, several factors increase the risk involved in motorcycle accidents. I've been helping people with motorcycle injury cases in St. Helena since 1982, and have seen how an accident can drastically affect the lives of motorcyclists and their families. I’ve also been able to help families and individuals obtain the compensation they need to recover after such a traumatic event.Traffic in St. Helena
St. Helena is one of several small communities located in Northern Napa County. It's surrounded by beautiful vineyards and pastures in one of the most rural areas of California. With a population of around 6,000 people, St. Helena has a relatively low amount of local traffic. However, there are always visitors to wine country. Tourism in the area can mean dangerous amounts of drivers who are unfamiliar with local roads.
According to data from UC Berkeley research, there were 226 traumatic car accidents reported within the city limits of St. Helena between 2007 and 2019. Out of these accidents, around 3.5 percent involved a motorcyclist. While only about four percent of collisions in Saint Helena caused a severe injury, motorcycle accidents had a significant trauma rate of around 37 percent. This shows that area accidents involving motorcycles tend to be much more dangerous.Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are commonly caused by a handful of factors including road debris, negligent drivers, weather, faulty vehicle parts, and more. If a road hasn’t been adequately maintained, the city government of Saint Helena or the state of California may be liable to pay for damages. Likewise, if drivers were recklessly operating their vehicle, they may be considered at-fault. Manufacturers may be responsible in cases that involve defective vehicle parts.
The following video goes over some of the more common causes of collisions involving motorcyclists:Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Every motorcycle collision is different. However, there are few injuries that people are likely to suffer in a motorcycle accident. Depending on the severity of the injury, people often have a difficult time recovering and may no longer be able to perform their jobs. Many people often accumulate a considerable amount of debt related to medical expenses. Some of the injuries that commonly affect motorcyclists include:
- Bone Fractures
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Amputation Injuries
- Cervical Sprain
- Road Rash
People are often worried about how they will recover from their injuries when they are concerned about serious financial issues, such as lost income and medical expenses. Usually, the stress related to these concerns can be overwhelming. However, many can get help paying for their losses by filing a personal injury claim to hold negligent parties responsible. The payments available to motorcyclists and their families vary depending on the specific situation. It is always a good idea to check with a local St. Helena motorcycle accident lawyer to get professional advice about your case.St. Helena Motorcycle Accident Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, St. Helena motorcycle accident attorney. If you or a person you love was hurt during a motorcycle crash, get in touch with me so I can give you some free, friendly legal advice. I can be reached at either (707) 564-1900 or (800) 404-5400.
Since 1982, I’ve been helping members of the St. Helena community claim fair compensation for personal injury and wrongful death cases. Learn more about the work I’ve done by reading through our Settlements and Verdicts.
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I am a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a nationally recognized group for U.S. lawyers with a previous verdict or settlement worth at least one million dollars. I’m also proud to be included in Top One Percent, a group for distinguished counsel.
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