It is ironic that the very reason riding a motorcycle can be so exhilarating is also the reason motorcycle accidents can be so disastrous. For it is your freedom from a car’s “cage” that makes you so vulnerable in an accident.
How Motorcycle Accidents Happen
Most motorcycle accidents involve two vehicles. The second vehicle is usually a car and the motorcyclist almost always fares worse than the occupant of the car.
The most common factors in motorcycle accidents include:
- Inexperienced riders or drivers
- Alcohol & drugs
- Distractions (texting, talking on a cell phone, eating)
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Not using a turn signal
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Lane splitting
- Poor weather conditions
- Unexpected obstacles
- Over braking
- Vehicle defects
- Road defects (potholes, broken asphalt)
- Harassment and road rage
- Failing to wear protective gear (helmet, leather)
The High Cost of Motorcycle Accidents
In most cases it is the front of the motorcycle that is hit. This is also the point of impact that results in the most incapacitating and fatal injuries. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, you may already have a good idea of its cost, including physical and emotional pain, expensive medical bills, lost wages and property damage.
Identifying every potential factor in a motorcycle accident is important in determining fault and financial responsibility.
Fault can be a complex question and one in which you, the other driver, police and emergency responders, and insurance companies do not agree. It is further complicated if there were equipment failures, poor road conditions, public vehicles, or obstacles involved.
Our attorneys can help prepare your strongest arguments, which may include a private investigator properly preparing your case. Insurance companies will try to settle your case as quickly as they can. They will not want to wait to discover that you have long-term medical or disability issues. To them, it’s just business. To you, it is your future. Never agree to any settlement suggested by an insurance company’s representative without first consulting an attorney.
Our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys can help you:
- Understand your legal options
- Conduct an investigation of the accident
- Ensure that your long-term medical, psychological and financial needs are identified
- Fight for the monetary award to which you are entitled
Recovering from a motorcycle accident can be a long and difficult road. However, it is a road that you should not head down alone.