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When it comes to a motorcycle accident, we know that no matter how careful you are, you cannot control the choices of truck and car operators. Motorcycle accidents are more likely to be deadly than accidents involving only passenger cars. Motorcycles provide no protection from impact and motorcycle riders routinely are thrown from their bikes in a crash. It is usually the motorcycle rider who is killed in an accident or who suffers serious and life-changing injuries.
If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to take legal action against the driver who caused your crash. Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at The Carlson Law Firm today for a free consultation.
Types of Motorcycle Accidents
There are many different ways that motorcycle accidents can arise. Typically, the main cause of a motorcycle accident is that of distracted driving by other vehicles on the road. Rear-end collisions to motorcyclists can cause much more severe damage than when this occurs with a vehicle of another kind. Sudden lane changes and U-turns by drivers of cars can occur suddenly and without warning and are a major concern for motorcyclists.
Our attorneys understand that passenger vehicles often view motorcyclists differently than they do other vehicles, and often times don’t respect the motorcycle’s position on the roadways.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the division of the U.S. Department of Transportation tasked with road safety, has noted that a motorcycle rider is 8 times more likely to be injured and 37 times more likely to die in an accident than the occupant of a car in an automobile accident.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Even if you take proper precautions such as wearing a helmet at the time of an accident, a motorcycle rider and their passenger can be severely injured, even killed, when their bike is hit by a motor vehicle weighing thousands of pounds more.
Because you are completely exposed on a motorcycle, you can suffer severe injuries to any part of your body in an accident, however30% of all motorcycle injuries are to the legs and feet. 22% of injuries are to the head and neck. Below are some types of injuries that riders often experience as the result of a motorcycle crash:
- Broken bones; dislocations
- Skull fracture
- Amputation injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Paralysis; quadriplegia; paraplegia
- Internal organ damage and internal bleeding
- Nerve damage
- Chronic pain
- Lacerations, road burn, scarring, and disfigurement
Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, you are not alone. Over 5,000 people are killed each year in motorcycle accidents, and over 100,000 motorcyclists and their passengers are injured. The most common cause of a motorcycle accident is an automobile or truck driver’s failure to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist, especially at an intersection when the motor vehicle is making a left turn in the face of an oncoming motorcycle. Because of their relatively small size, motorcycles may be difficult to see on the road, requiring other drivers to pay attention to their driving and the road ahead of them and obey all traffic signs and signals. Another common cause of motorcycle accidents is roads that are in unsafe condition, either because of potholes or uneven surfaces.
Researchers at Texas Tech University found that the human brain has a harder time accurately perceiving small objects that are close by than larger objects that are farther away. The implication for motorcycle riders is that drivers in cars and trucks may have a hard time accurately knowing how close motorcyclists are to their vehicles and may be unable to judge the motorcyclist’s speed, increasing the chance of an accident.
Why Bike Crashes Happen
- Driver Error: The most common motorcycle crash occurs when a car turns in front of a bike, hits the motorcyclist while changing lanes, or runs into the biker at a stop light. Common reasons for the driver not seeing the motorcyclist are: inattention, distractions, blind spots and that the driver is looking for cars rather than motorcycles. Motorcycles can easily fit into blind spots and drivers looking for cars aren’t psychologically programmed to see motorcycles.
- Faulty Equipment: Accidents can happen even when no driver is at fault. Vehicle defects that slip past the manufacturer can cause an accident or faulty safety equipment may fail to protect the travelers the way it should. When products fail and cause harm that should have been avoided, a skilled lawyer may find it necessary to pursue a products liability case.
- Dangerous Conditions. Motorcycle technology has developed over the years to improve rider safety. Many bikes now come equipped with anti-lock braking systems and traction control. These developments still may not eliminate all dangers. Poorly maintained roads, liquids that are leaked or spilled on surfaces, or improperly engineered streets and highways can lead to accidents and injuries.
What Should You Do After a Motorcycle Accident?
Immediately after a motorcycle accident, you should do the following:
- Check For Injuries: The first thing you should do, if you are able to move, is make sure everyone is all right, and if need be, receives medical attention. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately.
- Get out of the Roadway: If possible, move all vehicles off the road to a safe location. Use hazard lights, flares, or warning triangles to alert any oncoming traffic.
- Gather Information. Exchange information with other drivers involved. Get the name, address, phone number, insurance information, and license numbers for all drivers. Note plate numbers, car make and models, and description.
- Call the Cops: If anyone is injured or if there is any substantial property damage call the police. The police report can be vital in your efforts to recover for damage to your bike, clothing, or for injuries – many of which may not become evident for hours, or even days after an accident.
- Take Note of Surroundings: This may be difficult depending upon how seriously you may be hurt, but try to take notice of important information about the accident. This includes where, when, and how. Specifically, try to take note of the location of the accident, road conditions, speed limits, weather, lighting, the direction of travel any vehicles involved.
- Talk To Witnesses: Again, this depends on how badly you have been injured. If reasonably possible, try to interview all witnesses and record their comments either at the scene of the accident or as soon as as possible. Memories quickly fade; get as much information as you can immediately following the motorcycle crash.
- Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorneys: In a time where it seems like everyone is against you, you’re going to want a team of highy-qualified motorcycle accident injury attorneys on your side.
Why You Need A Motorcycle Injury Attorney
Insurance companies will routinely deny a motorcycle accident claim—partly because of bias and the preconceived notion that the biker is always at fault, and partly because it’s just the nature of the insurance business. Insurance companies take in premiums, and the less the payout on claims, the more their profits.
An insurance adjuster will tell you that you don’t need a lawyer, and while in theory, this is correct, in practice it is a huge mistake to try to negotiate a settlement on your own. Most people have no idea the value of their case—and the adjuster will be quick to take advantage. As a motorcycle accident victim, you will probably not receive a fair settlement without a battle. You will need a skillful and aggressive attorney to make sure that you are adequately compensated for all of your accident-related damages.
An experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer understands the full value of your economic and non-economic damages and has the resources, knowledge, and commitment to the best possible outcome for your case.
Help From Motorcycle Accident Lawyer: Compensation Available to Victims of Motorcycle Crashes
In negotiations or litigation against an insurance company or negligent party, the attorneys in our office may be able to help you recover compensation for the following:
- Past and Future Medical Expenses: Victims can file to receive compensation for emergency visits, hospital care, surgery etc. if the injuries were directly related to the accident.
- Lost Wages: Motorcycle accident victims can claim compensation for wages they could have earned if the accidents hadn’t taken place. Victims can recover compensation for the period of time they had to be away from work to recover.
- Pain and Suffering: As motorcyclists may not be offered PIP insurance, they may file a lawsuit to claim compensation to combat their pain and suffering after the accident. To determine whether the victim requires compensation, factors such as the nature of the injury, along with the duration and extent of pain, will be considered.
- Mental Anguish: Victims and families may also be provided compensation for the emotional pain they had to face after the incident. Emotional suffering includes feelings of fright, embarrassment, nervousness, worry, and grief.
- Loss of Consortium: The surviving spouse may be awarded compensation for the loss of services, assistance, aid, society, and companionship of his or her loved one in the case of a wrongful death caused by a motorcycle accident. Surviving parents may be awarded compensation for the loss of love, affection and companionship of their minor children as a result of their wrongful death. Likewise, minor children may be awarded compensation for the loss of services, assistance, aid, society and companionship of their parents as a result of their wrongful death.
How A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer At Carlson Law Firm Can Help
We are a full-service personal injury law firm offering personalized attention and exceptional client service combined with aggressive legal representation to provide help to motorcycle accident victims throughout Texas and across the nation.
At The Carlson Law Firm, we have made it our goal to effectively help clients through their specific and individual circumstances involving motorcycle accident injuries. A Motorcycle Injury Attorney from our firm can pursue just compensation for your injuries, both physically and emotionally. A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer is available to assist you 24/7. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact us today for a free initial case evaluation with a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer.
We care, we can help.