Types of Motorcycle Accident CasesSome motorcyclists become accident victims due to their own careless behavior, but statistics show the vast majority of incidents are due to other drivers – not the rider themselves. Most drivers who are determined to be at fault report not being able to “see” the motorcycle as the root cause. This statement fits in line with some of the most common types of motorcycle accident cases:
- Improper Lane Changes – In this case, the motorist fails to check their mirrors or blind spots sufficiently before changing lanes. This usually results in a collision or inescapable accident when the rider is left with nowhere to go or little time to react.
- Left Turns Into Oncoming Traffic – Around streets and busy intersections drivers often cut motorcycle riders off or leave them with no route of escape. Usually, this means a direct crash or at the very least causing a rider to have to “dump” their bike to avoid a collision.
- Pulling Directly In Front of a Rider – This situation describes riders going full speed when a car, truck, or other vehicle pulls out directly in front of them. Because the motorist is traveling at a much slower speed, the rider has to lock their brakes or attempt a dangerous swerve to avoid a crash.
- Poor Road Conditions – Seemingly innocent road hazards such as potholes, bumps or loose gravel are normally meaningless to cars, but can prove much more dangerous to those on two wheels.
Common Motorcycle Accident InjuriesIt goes without saying that those who have experienced motorcycle crashes can suffer significant injuries. Even modern riding gear (helmets, boots, gloves, etc.) can only do so much to protect those involved in an accident. Riders who are thrown from their bikes often collide with the road, other cars, or concrete or metal structures along the side of the highway. Contact with these types of surfaces can lead to serious injuries or even death. Some of the most common forms of injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Face and head trauma
- Arm, leg, and wrist fractures
- Tendon and ligament damage
- Herniated disks
- Brain damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Full or partial paralysis
Choosing a Motorcycle Accident LawyerYou have a choice when it comes to choosing the right injury attorney for your case. Make sure you select one with experience and a proven track record of aggressively defending their client’s rights. The lawyers at The Sevey Law Firm are motorcycle accident injury experts. We know how to ask doctors and specialists the right questions to uncover the full extent of a crash victim’s injuries. Doing so allows us to negotiate compensation not only for current damages but for those that may surface in the future as well. We realized early on that a big part of winning cases also means being able to remove the stigma associated with those who ride. Our team is adept at counteracting many of the stereotypes associated with motorcycle owners such as being “thrill seekers” or indifferent to the law. Showcasing each victim’s story in a positive light is what allows us to take on even the toughest of cases and still deliver amazing results. Are you ready to put this kind of real-world experience and tenacity to work for you? Then call (916) 788-7100 or fill out our online form to be connected to one of our motorcycle accident lawyers. Let us guide you through the process and answer any questions you might have about your case. Remember, time may be running out – don’t wait until it’s too late to file your claim.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do immediately after a motorcycle accident if I’m injured?It is important to remain calm immediately after a motorcycle accident. If you are injured, you should seek medical treatment from a licensed medical professional as soon as possible. Calling an ambulance will be critical if you have suffered injuries during the accident, no matter how severe they are. Even if you think you feel fine, there could be a potential for internal injuries, whiplash, or other injuries that only manifest after the accident. To determine whether the accident was the cause of injuries that appear later, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical treatment. You should also call the police.
What else should I do after a motorcycle accident, regardless of whether I was injured?You should call the police after your motorcycle accident. Even if the other party involved in the accident fled the scene, it’s a good idea to have a police report of the incident. This report can be used later to help build evidence for a personal injury case. The report may also be necessary for insurance companies to provide you with compensation from a claim.
How much money could I recover if I file a personal injury lawsuit after a motorcycle accident?The exact amount of money you could recover after a motorcycle accident depends on a number of facts. You should hire an attorney to help assess the facts of your case and explain your legal options. Some of the factors that may impact the amount of your settlement or verdict recovery include the extent of your injuries, the extent of property damage suffered, your level of fault, both parties’ insurance coverage amounts, and the overall impact of the accident on your daily life. Insurance companies will not want to pay a large settlement amount to you. This means you should be prepared to prove the damage caused by a motorcycle accident. An attorney can help you negotiate with insurance companies and get you the most compensation possible. Unfortunately, many people accept the first settlement offer from an insurance company because they think it’s a good deal. You should protect yourself and make sure that you are getting fair compensation by contacting an attorney immediately.
What kinds of damages are available in a motorcycle accident case?There are two common ways of receiving damages for a motorcycle accident case. The first is by receiving a settlement. You could obtain a settlement from an insurance claim or from deciding to settle a court case before it goes to trial. The second form of compensation involves going to trial and receiving a jury verdict. A court case could potentially result in receiving damages for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses for present and future medical bills
- Lost wages for present and future earnings
- Punitive damages
- Other damages