Santa Clarita Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Santa Clarita is a beautiful city located approximately 30 miles northwest of Downtown Los Angeles along the I-5 Freeway with a population of around 180,000 people, making it the third-largest city in Los Angeles County.
This peaceful city has become a popular place for families looking for an alternative to the grind and rising housing costs of living closer to LA, opting instead to commute to and from work in places like Santa Monica, Burbank, West Hollywood, Century City, Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills, etc.
One of the most popular ways to commute to and from Santa Clarita is by motorcycle.
Riding a motorcycle in Los Angeles traffic can be a time-saving practice as lane splitting (riding between vehicles) in California is mostly legal.
But anytime a motorcycle is sharing the road with other motor vehicles such as cars, delivery vans, Ubers and commercial trucks, the risk of being involved in a catastrophic accident increases drastically.
If you are commuting between Santa Clarita and an area closer to central LA, you will most likely be using the 405 freeway or 5 freeway which are two of the busiest roadways in the entire United States.
Interstate 5 is also one of the most dangerous in California, being in the top two freeways for fatalities in the state every year.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in, around, or commuting to and from Santa Clarita, contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim today for a FREE consultation.
Why Should I Choose The Law Offices Of Daniel Kim To Represent Me?
If you’ve been injured in a Santa Clarita motorcycle accident, you’ll soon find out that the injuries sustained in the crash and the recovery from them are just the beginning of the battle.
It won’t be long after you get home and start recuperating from your injuries that the medical bills and phone calls from insurance companies start coming in hard and fast.
Dealing with insurance companies can be a frustrating and time-consuming endeavor. Insurance adjusters are highly trained professionals whose primary goal is to pay you as little as possible or nothing at all by tripping you up and making it sound like you are either at fault for the accident or your injuries were not all that bad.
You should never sign anything insurance companies send you directly after a motorcycle accident, and when asked to make a recorded statement, you should always decline until after you have sought legal advice.
Choosing a great personal injury attorney is the difference between getting cheated into accepting a lowball offer and spending years trying to piece your life back together both medically and financially, or coming out on top and getting the maximum compensation available for the injuries and trauma you have sustained.
At The Law Offices of Daniel Kim, we pride ourselves on our track record of winning record-breaking settlements and compensation claims when it comes to motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents in Santa Clarita.
We only deal with motor vehicle injury cases and are experts in both motorcycle accident law and the tactics and shenanigans the insurance companies will try and used to lessen the value of your case.
Daniel Kim and his legal team are an aggressive law firm that will not be intimidated to back down by State Farm, James River, Liberty Mutual, or any insurance company big or small.
We treat all our clients with the compassion and respect they deserve and fight tooth and nail to make sure you get the medical treatment you need and the financial compensation required to make you whole.
We have well over 1000 positive reviews from previous clients on websites like Facebook, Yelp, and Google, and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions and help guide you through this traumatic experience.
Contact us today to speak with Daniel Kim and his experienced attorneys for a free consultation and initial case review.
What Should I Do After A Motorcycle Accident?
The reality is that if you are involved in a motorcycle accident with another motor vehicle you will more than likely have sustained injuries to some degree.
If you’re able after being hit, try to immediately assess the extent of your injuries and call 911 to request both police and medical assistance.
Once the paramedics or ambulance arrives, have them examine and treat you at the scene and asked them to transport you to the nearest hospital or emergency room.
This is very important as sometimes even minor injuries are masked by shock and/or adrenaline and can become much bigger problems later if not detected, diagnosed and treated quickly. This is also important for the strength of your case to prove your injuries as quickly as possible.
Before leaving the scene, get the names and addresses of anyone who witnessed the crash, as well as the registration, drivers license, insurance card, vehicle information, and contact info from all other drivers involved in the accident.
Get the name, badge number, and contact phone number for the police officers on the scene also so we can obtain a copy of the police report later.
Take as many photos and videos of the accident scene as possible, documenting everything from all property damage, visible injuries, road conditions, weather, road signs and markings, and anything else you can think of. There is no such thing as too much visual evidence.
Whilst these are all good examples of what you should do after an accident, there are also some things you should not do after being involved in a motorcycle crash.
Do not under any circumstances admit fault or say you are sorry to anyone. This will be construed as you admitting liability and could jeopardize the validity and value of your case.
Do not speak with any insurance adjuster or investigator until after you have spoken with Daniel Kim.
Do not get your bike repaired or fixed without first talking with Daniel and the legal team, as they may need it for evidence and may be able to get repair costs covered by the insurance company.
Do not try and negotiate with the insurance companies yourself or use a family friend that has taken one basic law class in junior college. You will need an experienced motorcycle accident injury attorney to fight for you and be your legal advocate. You will need The Law Offices of Daniel Kim.
Common Injuries Sustained Motorcycle Accidents
Although there have been significant improvements in motorcycle safety gear over the last few years, and wearing a motorcycle helmet is mandatory in California, accidents still happened and it is unlikely you will be able to walk away completely unscathed after being hit by a car or truck.
Some of the most common injuries we deal with include:
Head and brain injuries – although wearing a helmet will significantly increase your odds of surviving even the smallest motorcycle crash, accidents that happened at high speeds or when you are thrown from a bike and landing headfirst after being hit by a speeding car can still cause major brain trauma.
Back and neck injuries – whiplash, neck sprain, and bulging discs are all common in motor vehicle accidents, but spinal cord injuries are even more common in motorcycle accidents. In the worst-case scenario, your spinal cord could be severed or damaged severely enough to cause permanent paralysis.
Broken and fractured bones – because of the unprotected nature of being out in the open when riding, the impact of a much larger and heavier car or truck can easily cause broken or fractured bones. Broken legs and arms of the most common complaints in motorcycle collisions, with broken ribs, pelvic bones, hands, and collarbones also commonly seen.
Road rash – this is one of the most common injuries a motorcyclist will sustain when they are in an accident or lay their bike down on the asphalt. Road rash happens when a rider slides across the road and layers of the skin are rubbed away. This is very painful and can lead to muscle and nerve damage as well as severe infection. Always get this checked out immediately by a medical professional.
No matter what the extent of your injuries, you must seek medical attention directly after being involved in a Santa Clarita motorcycle crash. If you have any questions about what to do or where to go, call Daniel Kim immediately.
Santa Clarita Motorcycle Accident Stats
Santa Clarita is perfectly positioned for some great and popular motorcycle rides along the 126 through Fillmore and out towards Ventura and the ocean, up through Castaic and the Grapevine towards Bakersfield and Central California, and along the 14 through Palmdale and Lancaster to either meet up with 395 towards Mammoth or I-15 to Las Vegas.
Because there are so many great riding opportunities in and around Santa Clarita, there are always a lot of motorcyclists on the road, which ultimately means there are also motorcycle accidents.
In 2017, there were 16,505 motorcycle accidents in California which resulted in 15,527 reported injuries and 541 deaths.
Approximately 80% of all motorcycle accidents result in serious injury or death, and motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to be killed in an accident than a rider in a passenger car. Hire Santa Clarita Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Bad Roads And Intersections For Motorcycle Riders In Santa Clarita
The I-5 freeway is hands-down the most dangerous stretch of roadway in and around Santa Clarita for any motor vehicle, but especially for motorcycle riders.
Other roads to watch out for include:
Wiley Canyon Road
Golden Valley Rd
Dangerous intersections include:
Bouquet Canyon Road and Seco Canyon Road
Langside Avenue and Soledad Canyon Road
Sierra Highway and Soledad Canyon Road
McBean Parkway and Newhall Ranch Road
Soledad Canyon Road and Whites Canyon Road
Bouquet Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road
Bouquet Canyon Road and Newhall Ranch Road