Even though motorcycles have less protection for the riders than other vehicles, they still go at a high rate of speed. When a collision happens, the risk of serious injury is much higher for the motorcyclist. In fact, many motorcycle accidents lead to life-threatening or permanent injuries. Motorcycle riders are more vulnerable in these situations because they aren’t surrounded by a steel frame and metal body of a car, truck or SUV.
If you or your loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should follow up with medical care and then, contact a personal injury attorney. They can help you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to for your losses and injuries. Early investigation can help you win your claim.
Common Issues with Motorcycle Accidents
The lack of protection is a major issue in motorcycle accidents. However, other factors play a key role in these collisions as well. There are several reasons why an accident can happen with a motorcycle.
- Negligent drivers who don’t pay attention to motorcycles or drive too close
- Inexperienced drivers who aren’t familiar with driving next to a motorcycle
- Driving at high speeds
- Distracted drivers who don’t notice the motorcycle because it isn’t as large as another vehicle
- Fatigued drivers who aren’t paying attention
- Blind spots of other vehicles where drivers may not see the motorcycle
- Dangerous road conditions which can cause the motorcycle to lose control
- Inability of other vehicles to maneuver quickly enough to avoid a collision with a motorcycle
- Motorcycle parts that are defective or not working correctly
A motorcycle accident attorney will represent you and fight for your claim. They understand your right for compensation for medical expenses and lost wages as well as for pain and suffering in your injury. Insurance providers focus on protecting their assets rather than their customers. An attorney will fight for you.
Negligence on the Highway
Many motorcycle accidents are caused by negligence from other drivers. They may make sudden lane changes and not see the motorcycle in their blind spot. They may try to split the lane with the bike or get in the path of the rider. Other instances where a driver may be at fault for negligence in a motorcycle accident include the following:
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Failing to yield
- Hitting the motorcycle from behind
- Make left-hand turns that are too short
- Driving too fast on dangerous road conditions
- Distracted driving
- Crowding the motorcycle in traffic
Common injuries in a motorcycle accident include broken bones, head trauma, amputation, serious cuts and open wounds, burns from friction on the road, torn ligaments, injury to internal organs, injury to the neck and back, damage to the spinal cord that results in paralysis and death.
An attorney will review the police reports and other information as well as talking to eyewitnesses about the accident to gather evidence for your claim. They will determine the amount of damages based on medical costs, length of time you’re out of work and future expenses you may incur from the injury.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you can contact Weiser & Associates for a free consultation of your case. Call at 888-254-4697 or email [email protected] and get the justice you deserve.