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Ortega Highway in Orange County California continues to be dangerous for motorcycle riders.

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Thankful to be alive and to have only moderate injuries, a motorcycle rider is recovering in a local Orange County hospital after a 50 foot plunge off the scenic, but dangerous, Ortega Highway, California Route 74.

It happened last Saturday on a beautiful spring day when on weekends, you can see many motorcyclists enjoying this beautiful, yet sometimes precarious road. Firefighters needed to rig a ladder and lower a rescue basket down to the injured motorist. He came to rest on a near-vertical cliff about 50 feet beneath the road. It took about an hour to safely recover him and transport him to safety.

It is unclear what the cause of the accident was. At this time, and unusually, there is no report of a roadway defect contributing to this accident.

Ortega Highway has been the scene of many recent accidents and if you have been injured driving along this road, contact a skilled Orange County personal injury attorney familiar with this location. Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie are lawyers and have been serving the Orange County community since 1974.