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Motorcyclist sustains injuries in hit and run accident. The risk of suffering injuries or fatalities is greater for California motorcyclists than for motorcyclists in most other states, explains an Orange County accident attorney.

Last Friday morning, the driver of a flatbed, commercial truck struck a motorcyclist and fled the scene of the accident, reported the Orange County Register. The hit-and-run accident occurred on the southbound I-405 connector to the southbound 73 freeway in Costa Mesa. CHP received reports of the accident at 8:50 a.m. Paramedics transported the motorcyclist to the hospital to be treated for his injuries. 

“Unfortunately, California is one of the most dangerous states for motorcycle riders,” remarked an Orange County accident attorney upon receiving news of the collision. “Hopefully, the motorcyclist makes a full recovery and the driver is held accountable for his negligence.”

Although the incidence of hit-and-run accidents decreased from 19,207 in 2007 to 17,158 in 2008, according to the CHP, California had the highest number of motorcyclist fatalities in the country. Nationwide, accidents resulting in motorcyclist fatalities increased and 96,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2008, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

A hit-and-run accident can have a devastating impact on an accident victim's life: in addition to suffering from painful injuries,  a hit-and-run accident victim can incur a tremendous amount of debt from medical expenses and bills he or she could not pay as a result of being out of work. Hit-and-run accidents involving motorcyclists tend to be especially problematic: motorcyclists have only a helmet protecting them from other drivers, so the injuries they sustain from a collision are usually much more severe than those suffered by car accident victims. Their injuries often require extensive medical care, which can be very expensive. 

When the driver who caused the accident is present, an Orange County accident attorney is able to seek the monetary compensation to which the accident victim is entitled. As the authorities search for the driver responsible for the accident mentioned in this article, if the injured motorcyclist has any questions about his rights and options, he may want to speak with a reputable Orange County accident attorney. 

James Ballidis is an Orange County accident attorney who has written extensively on the subject of personal injury law, including hit and run accidents. If you would like to request a copy of one of his books or are in need of legal advice, feel free to call 866-981-5596. 

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