As a motorcyclist, you share the road with vehicles of all types. Accidents happen every day, but unlike most motorists, motorcycle riders have a much higher risk of serious injuries. By design, motorcycles clearly do not provide the same barrier protection that cars and trucks do. If you add to that the fact that many drivers have difficulty seeing motorcycles on the road, it can be a dangerous recipe for fatalities and devastating injuries.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one as a result of a motorcycle collision, contact our experienced Richmond personal injury attorneys to discuss your case. We can help you determine whether you have a viable claim for financial compensation or not. If so, we can guide you through your next steps.
Risks That Motorcyclists Face
Statistics can be very telling in examining not only the risks faced by motorcyclists, but also the necessity of protecting their rights to compensation after an accident with another motorcycle rider, automobile or truck.
Consider the following statistics and facts:
- Deaths for passengers and drivers in cars and light trucks have been declining since 1999. In that same time, however, fatalities in motorcycle accidents have more than doubled.
- In 2/3 of accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle, the driver of the other motor vehicle infringed on the motorcyclist’s right of way, causing the collision.
- Motorcycle riders are approximately 26 times more likely to die in an accident than a motorist in a car or truck and are about 5 times more likely to be injured in an accident.
- Common injuries suffered by motorcyclists include traumatic amputation of limbs or digits, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, severe road rash, scarring, disfigurement, loss of vision or other eye injuries, burns and serious neck, back, knee or shoulder injuries, to name a few.
Road Challenges for Motorcycle Riders
There are various road situations and factors that present unique challenges for motorcyclists. Some of these issues may seem simple, however not all drivers of cars and trucks are aware of them or consider their impact. For example, motorcycles are obviously much smaller visually than cars or trucks. This size discrepancy makes motorcycles harder for other drivers to see and more likely to be hidden or obscured by other traffic on the road, road conditions, or bad weather. As you can imagine, a distracted driver who is texting while driving has even less ability to see a motor cycle than a driver who is paying attention. Intersections create an even more difficult situation for visibility, evidenced by the fact that about 70 percent of all motorcycle-vehicle accidents happen at or in intersections.
Who is Responsible for a Motorcycle Accident?
As with any negligence case, an attorney should assist you in determining who is responsible or "at fault" for the accident. As is the case with most car accident claims, fault in motorcycle cases is controlled by the general legal concept of negligence and the "rules of the road." There may be more than one responsible party who caused the accident.
Responsible parties who may be required to compensate you for your losses may include:
- The driver of a car or truck
- The commercial company in charge of the driver
- Manufacture of the other vehicle or your motorcycle
- Another motorcyclist
If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved in a motorcycle accident, you may need to consult with a Richmond injury lawyer who can review your potential claims. An experienced advocate with a track record of success in motorcycle negligence claims, such as the attorneys at the Halperin Law Center, can seek justice and compensation on your behalf. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that you pay no legal fees upfront unless we secure a win for your case.
You do not need to fight insurance companies alone. Contact us today at (804) 220-0223 to set up a free consultation!
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