TorkLaw’s Orange County personal injury lawyers are dedicated to representing victims of personal injury accidents throughout Orange County. Our injury attorneys will fight for individuals to get the compensation they deserve following their accident. Conveniently located in the city of Irvine, our firm’s Orange County office provides legal representation to Orange County accident victims, and to those in surrounding areas and throughout California.
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Irvine has more than a quarter million residents, not including visitors who come to the area or those who are just passing through. There are people injured every day in the city, and with a population of that size, it should not come of any surprise. Just like residents of other communities the people who work or live in Irvine get injured in various ways, such as car accidents, truck accidents, dog bites, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, boat accidents, bus accidents, hit and run accidents, or aviation accidents. There might even be claims against government entities for injuries on government property, such as a slip and fall resulting from a damaged sidewalk or uncovered manhole. An experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer can help you determine things like damages and other legal claims arising from your injury.
Any of these accidents can lead to serious injuries that result in medical bills and lost wages. To recover those damages from the liable party’s insurance company, you will have to file a personal injury claim. Because of the complexity of a personal injury claim and how challenging it might be, you should consult with an Irvine personal injury attorney who specializes in helping people who have been injured in such accidents. Here at TorkLaw, we have experienced attorneys ready to aggressively pursue personal injury claims for the residents of Irvine and surrounding communities. If you need to file an Irvine personal injury claim, you can count on the team at TorkLaw. Call for a free initial case evaluation.
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Located in Orange County, California, Irvine is a planned city. In the 1960s, the Irvine Company started developing the area. As of 2016, the population had grown to 258,386 people. Consisting of 66 square miles, Irvine was incorporated on December 28, 1971. International and national headquarters for a number of corporations, particularly those in the semiconductor and technology sectors, are in Irvine. There are several educational institutions in the city as well, including Concordia University, Irvine Valley College, University of California – Irvine, University of LaVerne, California State University Fullerton, and the Orange County Center of the University of Southern California.
Irvine is the third largest city in Orange County, the 16th largest city in California, and the 85th largest city in the United States based on population. While the land where the city lies has an interesting history dating back to the indigenous group that inhabited the area about 2,000 years ago, the city wasn’t named Irvine until 1914. James Irvine bought his partners’ interests of a ranch that spanned 110,000 acres and stretched 23 miles in 1878. After his death in 1886, his son who was also a James Irvine, inherited the property. The second James Irvine incorporated it into The Irvine Company. The ranch operation shifted to citrus crops, olives, and field crops.
The Santa Fe Railroad extended its line to Fallbrook Junction, which is just north of San Diego. A railway station was given the name James Irvine. A town formed around the station, and it was called Myford, which was Irvine’s son’s name. Later, the town was renamed Irvine, the name that it continues to carry today. When James Irvine died in 1947, his son Myford took over as the company president and began opening small sections of the land for urban development.
When Myford died in 1959, the University of California asked the company for 1,000 acres for a new campus. The company sold 1,000 acres to the university for $1. An additional 500 acres were sold to the state. The university hired William Pereira as consulting architect, and The Irvine Company drew up master plans for a city that would accommodate 50,000 people around the university. The plan included residential, industrial, and recreational areas, commercial centers, and even greenbelts. The new community was named Irvine and the older ranching community renamed East Irvine. By 1970 the first phases of several villages were completed, and the following year the residents voted to incorporate a much larger city than one had ever envisioned.
Auto accidents happen in California, and throughout Orange County and Irvine. Orange County has 3.14 million residents, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles reports 2,116,173 vehicles are registered in Orange County alone. When trucks, trailers, buses, and other vehicles are included in a regular day’s traffic count, there are at least 2.7 million vehicles traveling on Orange County roadways. With that many cars on the road, it should not be of any surprise that accidents happen every day.
The California Office of Traffic Safety says that there were 1,306 traffic accidents that involved injury or death in Irvine during 2014. Eighty-three of those car accidents involved alcohol and 33 involved a driver who had been drinking. Speed was involved in 388 of those crashes and 79 occurred at night, between 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m. Broken down, 59 accidents involved motorcycles, 30 involved pedestrians, and 83 involved bicyclists. Irvine had 576 DUI arrests during that same year.
The following includes brief information on car accidents. For detailed, in-depth information on car accidents from start to finish, be sure to read our Ultimate Guide to Car Accidents.
There are several causes for car accidents in Irvine, but most of the time a crash could have been avoided. The majority of accidents are chalked up to the driver’s error or his or her behavior. This can mean a driver was operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, was driving recklessly, or was operating a vehicle while distracted.
There are many distractions for drivers in this day and age. There are many more problems than texting or using a cellphone, which is a legitimate issue. Distracted driving is defined as “any activity that can divert a person’s attention from the primary task, which is driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.”
Distracted driving could involve caring for a child in the backseat instead of focusing on the road. If a child needs attention, the car should be pulled off the roadway and parked. It could also involve eating, trying to read a map, switching out CDs or focusing on finding a different station on the radio, it could involve grooming such as brushing hair or applying makeup, or it could be one of the dozens of other distractions that cause you to take your eye off the road.
Studies have shown that to read or send a text takes an average of 4.7 seconds. If a vehicle is traveling at 55 miles per hour, it would travel the full length of a football field during that time. That is far enough to cause an accident and do some serious damage. Distracted driving continues to be a problem all across the country. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you should consult with an Irvine auto accident injury attorney at TorkLaw.
As previously mentioned, there were 59 motorcycle accidents that involved fatalities or injuries in Irvine in 2014. That doesn’t include the numerous other crashes that just resulted in property damage. Motorcycles are a popular form of transportation, so there might be thousands of them traveling on Irvine roadways at any given time. Motorcyclists love Irvine because of the warm weather that allows riding bikes year round.
While a motorcyclist can easily be at fault for a crash, the majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by the driver of another vehicle, such as a car or a truck. While it is chalked up to human error, it is really not. The human eye and brain work together in a unique fashion, so there might not be enough time for something the size of a motorcycle with a rider to be input into the brain and for the image to register with the driver.
Making sure you are visible is essential for motorcyclists. There are several things you can do to make sure you stand out in the crowd and get noticed by drivers. Remember, motorcycle safety is detrimental to avoiding crashes. While all crashes are never going to be avoided, you can significantly decrease your odds of being involved in one.
The key to motorcycle safety is staying visible. Here are a few tips to help you be noticed by drivers:
Fluorescent Colors – Wear brightly colored gear. If you wear traditional colors, such as green, brown, blue, or black you tend to blend in with the surroundings. Wearing fluorescent colors, such as lime green, neon yellow, hot pink, or bright orange can help you get attention when you are riding with traffic.
Ride Predictably – Always signal and don’t swerve in and out of traffic. Instead, ride so drivers will know where you are heading so they will not cut off you off or run right into you.
Use Brake Lights – You can make use of your brake lights to make yourself stand out more. Tap your brakes a few times before you stop so there will be a flashing warning to drivers behind you. That flashing light might get their attention.
Modulators – Studies have shown that modulators are effective in keeping the attention of drivers. Modulators make your headlights and/or tail lights continuously flash. This flashing makes drivers more alert so they will pay attention and avoid a collision.
Intersections – Intersections are dangerous for cyclists. If you approach an intersection, adhere to the laws of the road. Don’t just zip through. If you have right-of-way, go through slowly and keep an eye out for drivers so you can act defensively should the need arise. Be ready to get out of the way of drivers who do not notice you and your bike.
Night Riding – When riding at night, make sure you and your bike are decked out with reflectors. Put reflective tape on your back and chest as well as your helmet. Make sure your bike’s lights are all working properly and that there are reflectors located on the sides of the bike as well. Reflective bands on the wrists and ankles are also beneficial.
If you enjoy riding a bicycle, you aren’t alone. The number of cyclists continues to grow across the country because cycling is a fun, healthy, and environmentally friendly way to get where you need to go. Unfortunately, many cyclists are injured or even killed in crashes with vehicles. Here are some tips to stay safe when cycling in Irvine:
If you have suffered injuries in an Irvine accident, you can pursue a personal injury claim to be compensated for the damages and losses you have incurred as a result. For a more successful personal injury claim, you should consult with an experienced Irvine personal injury attorney at TorkLaw. Our team has the skills and knowledge to aggressively pursue your claim. We put our clients first, treating them with care and compassion. We will fight to ensure you are treated fairly and get the compensation you deserve. We don’t just think about today, we also think about your future. We understand that you might need ongoing medical care and might have a future loss of earnings. Those costs are added to the amount we pursue on your behalf.
A statute of limitations is applicable to all kinds of injuries in Irvine, so don’t put off filing a claim for the compensation that you deserve! Our office handles accident injury claims, including auto accidents, motorcycles accidents, cycling crashes, pedestrian accidents, amusement park accidents, claims against government entities, bus accidents, boat accidents, workplace injuries, aviation accidents, taxi accidents, dog bites, dangerous products, food poisoning, and many other injured clients. Call TorkLaw today to schedule a free case evaluation with our Orange County personal injury lawyers and to get on track with your personal injury claim.