Irvine Personal Injury Lawyer Daniel C. Carlton Weighs in on Deadly Orange County Motorcycle Accidents

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Irvine motorcycle accident attorney Dan Carlton of the Law Office of Dan Carlton says that drivers of cars, trucks, and other larger vehicles need to be aware of the smaller vehicles that are sharing the road.

Motorcycle accidents have become all-too-common in Southern California. Even the smallest mistake made by another driver – such as misjudging the time or distance while taking a turn – can have fatal consequences to a rider.

Irvine, CA personal injury lawyer Dan Carlton said today that a recent series of deadly motorcycle crashes across Orange County underscores a need for other drivers to be more aware of their surroundings.
According to the Daily Pilot (“Mourners gather to remember motorcyclist,” August 6), a Huntington Beach resident was killed in Costa Mesa after the driver of a 2005 Honda Civic turned left in front of him.

The article states that the motorcycle rider was wearing a helmet and sometimes taught motorcycle safety courses. The 62-year old driver of the Honda Civic did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the report.
“As we’ve tragically seen this summer on numerous occasions, motorcycle accidents cost lives in Orange County and across California,” said Orange County motorcycle accident attorney Daniel C. Carlton, who represents victims of negligence. “All too often, this is through no fault of the motorcycle rider, but as a result of a negligent driver who failed to see, or failed to stop, for a motorcycle.”

The Belmont Shore (“New Details and Motorcyclists Named in 2nd Street Fatal Crash,” July 27) reported a similar accident from late July, when an SUV taking a left turn struck two Huntington Beach motorcyclists, killing a 35-year old rider and injuring another.

According to the Belmont Shore article, the two riders were crossing on green light when the driver of the SUV made an unsafe left turn, hitting the motorcyclists. The driver of the SUV might face criminal charges linked to the accident, the article stated.

“Motorcycle accidents have become all-too-common in Southern California. Even the smallest mistake made by another driver – such as misjudging the time or distance while taking a turn – can have fatal consequences to a rider. We know, too, that drivers under the influence of alcohol or who are texting and driving can easily be held at fault for a bike accident,” said Carlton, a motorcycle accident attorney in Orange County. “When another driver might have been at fault in a bike accident, the motorcycle rider may have grounds to file a lawsuit for the injuries they’ve suffered.”

About Dan Carlton
Serving Los Angeles, Anaheim, Tustin, Irvine, and communities throughout Orange County for over 35 years, Dan Carlton and his experienced legal team have handled thousands of cases. Fighting on behalf of victims of motorcycle accidents, car and truck accidents, and premises liability issues, Carlton also handles real estate and business litigation issues. An AV Preeminent-rated trial attorney, Carlton works one-on-one with each of his clients to provide the highest quality legal representation and has obtained millions of dollars for his clients.

For more information about what to do if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, call (949) 757-0707 for a free case evaluation.

The Law Office of Dan Carlton is located at:

19700 Fairchild
Suite 280
Irvine, CA 92612
http://www.dancarlton.com

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