Motorcyclist Vulnerability and Danger
Parker Waichman knows how devastating and catastrophic a motorcycle crash can be. A variety of issues significantly increase the likelihood of a motorcycle accident becoming serious.
Motorcyclists must share the road with cars and trucks, leaving the motorcycle driver in a very vulnerable position along with minimal driver and passenger protection and the smaller vehicle profile when compared to cars, trucks, motor homes, and other large vehicles.
Distracted drivers; drunk or otherwise impaired drivers; fatigued drivers; speeding; disobeying traffic laws; and human, vehicular, inclement weather; and road and motorcycle defects also present serious risks to motorcyclists
Deaths due to motorcycle accidents continue to rise with people being injured or dying every day. In the United States, one person dies in a motor vehicle crash every 12 minutes; motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of death for people under the age of 30. In the United States, nearly 2,000 motorcyclists die annually and some 50,000 are injured.
Almost 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents that take place in the United States lead to serious injury or death. Parker Waichman LLP is a leading national law firm and understands the laws that are specific to motorcyclists.
Other Drivers Present Risks to Motorcyclists
Motorcyclists often drive for the sheer pleasure of being outside and on the open road, while truck and passenger vehicle drivers often have a different relationship with their vehicles and the road such as having to meet deadlines, commuting, driving family, and running errands. At times, driving may become a menial and a chore.
As a result, drivers often talk and text on their mobile phones, play with devices in their vehicles, look at the internet at red lights, reach for coffee, change music, and any many dangerous driving habits, which may be potentially fatal to motorcyclists sharing the roads with other drivers.
Should you become involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be facing expensive motorcycle repairs, injuries that may keep you off of the road in any vehicle, medical bills, future medical bills, lost wages, and future earnings. These are typically massive costs that are likely due to the carelessness, recklessness, and/or negligence of another party.
The law firm of Parker Waichman has an established and successful reputation and fully understands the complexities and intricacies of motorcycle laws and issues that arise from such crashes.
Types of Motorcycle Accidents and Related Injuries
Motorcycle crashes involving another vehicle are often due to drivers being unaware of motorcyclists sharing the road and the limited space bikers need to safely maneuver through traffic, which may lead to serious crashes. Tailgating may lead to a rear-end collision with a motorcycle and, because motorcycles are able to stop much more quickly than cars, a seemingly simple tap from a car may lead to catastrophic consequences.
Also, should an automobile exit a parking space or turn through lanes, a collision with a motorcycle may occur if the car’s driver does not see the smaller vehicle driving next to the car. If speed is involved, the accident may become deadly as may accidents involving right-of-way and intersection violations.
Some single motorcycle crashes take place when, for example, a motorcyclist attempts to avoid another hazard such as a car cutting off the biker, placing the cyclist in the position of having to rapidly swerve and brake. This may force the biker out of control. In many cases, other drivers may have a difficult time seeing motorcycles because they are much smaller than other vehicles on the road. Because of this, drivers may fail to notice the motorcycle, fail to yield to bikers, cut bikers off, follow bikers too closely, or open the door of their cars directly into the motorcycle.
Head injuries are among the most common injury seen in motorcycle accidents and may range from minor concussions to fractured skulls and brain damage because there is not sufficient protection between the head and the ground other than the helmet. Road rash occurs when exposed skin is scraped across pavement and is extremely painful and may lead to serious scarring. Impact due to a motorcycle accident may lead to muscle and soft tissue damage, nerve damage, paralysis, lacerations, spinal cord and neck injuries, amputations, and broken bones.
Other Types of Motorcycle Accident Damages
Many motorcyclists are good drivers who follow the rules of the road. However, there are drivers who may make mistakes that lead to devastating and deadly accidents. Motorcycles are also at increased risk for poor road conditions.
Parker Waichman is able to fight for compensation for damages in a motorcycle accident for property damage and loss; medical bills—current and future; pain and suffering; full or partial paralysis; loss of limb or limbs; scarring; burn injuries; disfigurement, physical therapy and rehabilitation; psychological therapy for mental anguish, emotional duress, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); costs to modify one’s home and vehicles to include wheelchair ramps and other devices need for individuals with disabilities; permanent injuries and disability, lost wages, future lost wages, reduced earning capacity, loss of career, or loss of earning capacity; and punitive damages.
If a loved wrong was killed in a motorcycle accident, wrongful death damages may be sought for funeral and burial expenses; pain, suffering, and medical bills of the deceased before their deaths; loss of future income and benefits, including medical and retirement benefits; loss of love, affection, guidance, and companionship; mental anguish and emotional duress; punitive damages; and loss of household duties handled by the deceased, including handling bills, maintaining vehicle(s) and property, managing chores, and taking care of children and other family members.
Motorcyclist Must Take Safety Measures
Be sure to always drive defensively, be aware of your surroundings, obey traffic laws, and follow speed limits. Always wear a helmet and other safety gear to minimize injury risks. Bear in mind that wearing a helmet will help reduce risks of traumatic brain injury or death. Always wear eye protection, gloves, appropriate footwear, leg guards, and jackets.
Be as visible to other drivers as you can be. Keep your headlights on during the day, wear reflective gear, and be sure to equip your motorcycle with fairing or a windshield. Be sure to attend appropriate training and only ride when sober.
Have Questions About Filing A Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit
The attorneys at Parker Waichman have a long history of successfully fighting accident cases and recovering compensation for their clients. If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, the firm offers legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a lawsuit. Parker Waichman offers free, no-obligation case evaluations. For more information, call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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