Recovering Compensation After Your Motorcycle Accident

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Motorcyclists face significant risks on the road every day. Every year between 2005 and 2021, more than  5,000 motorcycle riders were killed on U.S. roadways, accounting for 10 to 14 percent of all traffic fatalities. Many more thousands of motorcycle riders are injured per year. That’s especially sobering when you consider that motorcycles make up only about 3% of registered vehicles in the United States and account for less than 1% of miles traveled. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  (NHTSA) says motorcyclists are six times as likely to be injured in traffic accidents and 29 times as likely to die in a crash as the occupants of a car.

At the Rothenberg Law Firm LLP, we understand the way a motorcycle accident can place major emotional and financial burdens on both injured victims and their loved ones. Medical bills add up quickly, forcing accident victims or family members to carry the burden of arranging medical care, physical therapy appointments, and managing medical expenses all at once. Contact the motorcycle accident lawyers experienced in all personal injury practice areas at The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP for your free case review and free consultation.

 

Motorcycle Accident Risk is Increasing for Some Groups

Between 2006 and 2015, the number of motorcycles registered in the United States increased by more than 28%, from just over 6.6 million to more than 8.6 million. Those numbers continue to climb, due in part to increasing interest among baby boomers. Unfortunately, the growing popularity of motorcycles has been accompanied by a 17% increase in motorcycle accident fatalities and injured motorcyclists among riders aged 40 and older. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible.

Despite the increase in the number of motorcycles on the road and the increasing death toll among middle-aged motorcyclists, the total number of serious injuries and fatalities due to motorcycle accidents has remained fairly stable over the past ten years. Victims of a motorcycle accident may suffer from traumatic brain injuries, disfigurement, road rash, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and other severe injuries.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents 

Nearly ¾ of two-vehicle crashes involving motorcycles are frontal collisions. The most common cause is another motor vehicle turning into the path of a motorcycle, not allowing the motorcyclist time or space to avoid the collision. In fact, more than 40% of fatal crashes involving a motorcycle and another type of vehicle, such as a car accident, occur when the other vehicle is turning left. The at-fault party involved in a motor vehicle accident should be held responsible for the damages and suffering that they cause injury victims.

However, many motorcycle fatalities are the result of single-vehicle accidents in which the motorcycle collides with a fixed object.

Surprisingly, just 2% of motorcycle fatalities occur in the rain, and most occur during daylight hours and on non-interstate roads. In other words, weather and road conditions are not often a significant contributing factor.

 

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Alcohol Impairment and Speeding

Motorcyclists are more vulnerable than drivers or passengers in cars, trucks, vans, or other enclosed vehicles. As such, it is imperative that riders take extra precautions and practice motorcycle safety on the road, including remaining alert, observing traffic laws, allowing adequate distance between themselves and other vehicles, and refraining from driving under the influence. If you or someone you love does become involved in a motorcycle accident that results in injury, however, it is important to contact an experienced motorcycle injury lawyer to determine if you are eligible for compensation.

Liability and Damages in Motorcycle Accident Cases

Aftermath of Motorcycle Accident - Motorcycle Crash with TruckIf you have been injured in a motorcycle accident where the at-fault driver was  another motorist or there was another responsible party, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim for financial compensation. You may be entitled to monetary damages even if the accident was partially your fault. Damages amounts can range as do the injuries from these motorcycle accidents. From broken bones to more catastrophic injuries, such as complex traumatic brain injuries, someone injured in a motorcycle accident needs to a reputable attorney with experience dealing with motorcyclists involved in serious accidents.  Contact a motorcycle injury lawyer to receive a free legal consultation to discuss liability and damages pertaining to your accident. 

Every case is different, but some of the most common types of damages awarded to motorcycle accident victims after submitting a motorcycle accident claim include:

  • Reimbursement for medical expenses
  • Compensation for projected future medical treatment and expenses 
  • Past and projected lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage (such as the cost of repairs to or replacement of your motorcycle)

Talk to a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer  at a Personal Injury Law Firm for a Free Case Evaluation

If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident or have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle crash involving a motorcycle, your next step should be to talk with an experienced motorcycle crash lawyer. The process of pursuing compensation for your motorcycle accident injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one is complicated, and strict deadlines apply. You owe it to yourself and your family to protect your right to compensation and enlist the help of a professional motorcycle injury lawyer, especially one who will approach the attorney-client relationship with care and sensitivity.

Getting the guidance you need is simple. The legal team at our law firm is here to help you whenever you need our help. We will work hard to provide you with the highest level of legal representation that you would expect from our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys. Just call 1-800-624-8888 or complete our free case evaluation form to schedule a free consultation with our team of motorcycle accident lawyers and to learn more about motorcycle accident lawsuits. Our experienced attorneys are here to help you fight the insurance companies to get the compensation you deserve for your serious injuries. Please see the testimonials from previous clients (found at the bottom of this page) whom our firm was able to help obtain significant financial compensation for their personal injury cases.  There are never any upfront legal fees unless we secure motorcycle accident compensation for you.

It is impossible to make generalizations about the value of any injury claim without knowing the details of the injuries and the manner in which the accident took place. The law allows recovery for a wide range of situations, many of which may not be readily apparent to the injured party. This includes past medical bills, future medical and rehabilitation costs, therapy, lost past wages, lost future income, pain and suffering, and more. An experienced personal injury attorney will fight to obtain a fair settlement for you to compensate you for all of your damages that may arise from your injury case - past and future.

What should I do if I get into an accident on a motorcycle?

The first step to take is to get medical attention if you are hurt. Call 911 immediately. If you are physically able, try to take pictures of the scene of the accident or ask someone at the scene to take pictures for you and to try to obtain witness statements from onlookers if possible. If there is police response, take down any information you can from the responding officers, which will enable you to get the police report about the incident. Obviously,  if you are severely injured at the time of the accident and did not have the ability to take pictures, ask for witnesses,  etc. you should still contact a personal injury lawyer who can help you through the legal process.

Someone from an insurance company called me about the motorcycle accident, what should I say?

If you are contacted by an insurance adjuster or private investigator, do not discuss any details of the incident with them, because even innocent sounding questions about your medical care could be used against you. Contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney at The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP to help you determine the next steps to take. Remember,  the insurance company will do everything in their power to pay you as little as possible for your claim. You need an attorney to fight for maximum compensation for your injuries.

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