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Orange County Motorcycle Crash Causes Injuries

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A motorcycle accident in Orange County involving a big-rig caused serious injuries to one person the afternoon of July 20, 2010. The Orange County Register reports that the injury crash occurred at the intersection of Raymond and Chapman Avenues. The truck was making a right turn on to Chapman and the motorcycle was headed east on Chapman. The injured motorcyclist was taken to an area hospital. Police are looking into what caused this collision.

I sympathize with this injured rider for what he is going through at this time. I hope he has not suffered major injuries and pray that he has a quick and full recovery.

Accident Statistics

There were 35 fatalities and 801 injuries involving motorcycle accidents in Orange County in 2008, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). During the same year in Orange County, 152 people died and 13,414 were injured as a result of all car accidents.

Right-of-Way Issues

It is unclear from this article who had right-of-way at the intersection. California Vehicle Code section 21800 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway.” If the truck driver had right-of-way, the motorcyclist could be held at fault. However, if the truck driver failed to yield right-of-way to the motorcyclist then that driver and his or her employer — the trucking firm — could be held liable for the motorcyclist’s injuries, damages and losses.

A reputed Orange County personal injury lawyer will be able to advise injured victims about how to pursue their legal rights. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to advise injured victims about how their auto insurance policy applies to an incident where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.

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The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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