Unfortunately, motorcyclists in California know that hit-and-run motorcycle incidents are not uncommon. Once a motorcyclist is safely out of harm's way after a hit-and-run, he or she may have many questions about what to do next. Faced with injury, damage to their motorcycle and lost work time, they may accrue mounting debts. Without another identified driver involved in the accident, they may feel like they have limited recourse.
In the past three years, there have been 288 fatal or injurious motorcycle accidents within the jurisdiction of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
When it comes to motorcycle wrecks, there are many reasons why these accidents occur. Sometimes, motorcyclists are responsible for wrecks because they were riding too fast or were not very familiar with their motorcycle. Sadly, many of these accidents occur because of reckless and careless drivers. If you ride a motorcycle in Orange County, or another part of California, you may find yourself in an accident because of a driver's negligence.
In many cities across the United States, hit and run accidents are on the rise. In fact, in Los Angeles, California, nearly half of every collision that occurred in the city involved a driver who fled the scene. In the most recent studies done in 2011, an astounding 1,449 people were killed in these irresponsible and devastating accidents. 60% of all hit-and-run fatalities have pedestrians as victims. One of the biggest problems? Alcohol. Drivers who drive drunk at the wheel are more likely to lose control, and this has become a major contributing factor in these accidents.
Throughout the United States, pedestrian-related accidents remain one of the most serious and deadly. Unfortunately, we are not at a loss of these accidents - many happen every day, every year, with 5,000 being killed each year and another 64,000 injured. This means that they account for 11% of all motor vehicle-related fatalities. On average, the statistics show that a pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident every eight minutes, many of which are due to driver negligence. Most of them tend to occur in urban areas versus rural. (1) In California, pedestrian accidents happen all the time, for many reasons. Now you can find out more about these dire accidents and the laws regarding them.
From head-on collisions involving two trucks to pedestrian accidents, traffic collisions take many forms. However, in Orange County, and across all parts of California, bicyclists face a particularly high risk of suffering an injury or being killed when they take to the road. If you are a bicyclist, or one of your loved ones rides a bike, it may be helpful to realize just how many bicyclists pass away and suffer injuries each year.
When you have been injured in a personal injury case, you may have heard about something known as subrogation or reimbursement . A question that many people have is this: Should I have to pay my health insurance company from my settlement money? Subrogation, in a nutshell, is when a person's health insurance company makes a claim for a portion of the settlement payment. It is a very confusing issue for those who have been injured in an accident. After your case is finished and you have received settlement, subrogation acts as a way for the insurance company to seek reimbursement for payments made on your behalf from the responsible party.
Years ago, voters in California passed a bill known as Proposition 213, or Prop 213, which states that uninsured drivers do not get to collect an award of pain and suffering even if the accident is not their fault. However, this does not affect the passengers involved in the accident. Despite the fact that you may be banned from general damages under this law, you can still collect compensation for medical bills and expenses incurred from your injuries. The reason? It is believed that, if you are acting negligently and driving without insurance, you should not obtain damages for pain and suffering.
No matter how careful you are, riding your bicycle on the roadways of California comes with risks. Many of these stem directly from the actions of people in the vehicles around you, and your vulnerability is only somewhat lessened by protective gear. The team at A.G. Assanti & Associates, P.C., have provided legal assistance to many cyclists who have fallen victim to a car crash.