What to Know about Motorcycle Accidents
Lawyers guide victims through claims for motorcycle injuries & fatalities. When motorcycle riders are involved in accidents, they can suffer serious and even deadly harm. Our Law Office will help you obtain the compensation you need for your injuries or the loss of a loved one after a severe accident. Through experience, we understand that motorcyclists are often unfairly blamed for accidents that are caused by the negligence of other drivers. We personally investigate crashes to gather evidence of the likely cause and guide you through each step of your claim to help protect your rights and interests.
What are the common causes of motorcycle accidents?
With so many motorcycles involved in crashes each year, riding can be extremely dangerous. Nearly 27 percent of fatal accidents involve alcohol, 22 percent involve inexperienced riders without motorcycle endorsements on their driver’s licenses, 23 percent involve riders who have a previous license suspension or revocation, and 21 percent involve speeding. Other common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
Negligent or reckless drivers of cars, trucks and other vehicles
Manufacturing or design defects of motorcycles, motorbike parts or other vehicles
Dangers and defects in or on the roads
The negligence of other drivers poses a serious problem for motorcyclists. Many drivers fail to watch for motorcycles and seriously can harm relatively unprotected motorcyclists. More than half of all motorcycle crashes that involve other vehicles occur at intersections, and more than two-thirds of accidents occur when the driver of a larger vehicle does not see the motorcycle.
What types of injuries can you suffer in a motorcycle crash?
Accidents involving motorcycles can be extremely serious, involving broken limbs, severe spinal injuries and traumatic brain injury. The most common nonfatal injuries are reported to include:
Leg or foot injuries
Neck or head injuries
Injuries to the upper trunk, including the chest or back
Arm or hand injuries
Lower trunk injuries, including the lower back or stomach
While fatal accidents involving cars and light trucks reached a low in in recent years, motorcycle fatalities reached a record high. If you were injured or have lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another, our attorneys will help you seek the compensation you need through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
What can you do to prevent serious motorcycle injuries?
With head injuries the second most common motorcycle injury, you should wear a protective helmet. You should also wear eye protection, jackets and pants resistant to tears and scrapes, protective footwear and gloves. In addition, make yourself visible and watch out for larger vehicles that have drivers who are distracted, reckless or just not watching out for you.
Contact our attorneys for the reliable help you need after an accident
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident despite precautions — and even if you were partly negligent — our lawyers will help you understand your potential claim and protect your rights to compensation. For a free initial consultation about your potential lawsuit or insurance claim, contact us today. We are available 24/7. Our firm charges no legal fees until we win monetary compensation for you.