There are approximately 30 million motorcyclists who drive on freeways and highways in the United States.
According to statistics from the National Road Safety Administration, a motorcyclist is approximately 16 times more likely to die in an accident than an automobile driver.
They are also 3 times more likely to suffer injuries than car passengers.
For those who were involved in fatal motorcycle crashes, the main cause of death was a head injury.
Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
- Sudden braking (7%): If the road conditions are not good, we all know how important it is to have special care when braking.
- Slippery road (7%): Of course it is not usual to find this reason alone when talking about motorcycle accidents.
- Driving negligently, in a hurry (9%): In this sense, bikers are on average with drivers of cars and cyclists. 9% of motorcycle accidents could be avoided.
- Inadequate speed to conditions (6%): This cause may have more influence in rainy states than in the sunny San Bernardino.
- Speeding (5%): Speed itself does not cause accidents, it’s loss of control, poor road conditions, etc.
Common Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents
Even minor motorcycle accidents can cause permanent disability or chronic pain.
In addition to physical pain and suffering, you could face medical bills, loss of income, and mental anguish.
For these reasons you could be entitled to financial compensation.
- Road rash: Often when the driver falls, he is hit with asphalt and the skin is torn. If there are no bones affected, these types of injuries with proper care usually heal ok.
- Leg fractures: Legs are key in riding a bike. The lower part of the body is almost totally exposed and unprotected. In the event of an accident, fractures are common.
- Arm fractures: After the legs, the arms are the most exposed areas of the body. These fractures are typical in motorcycle accidents and painful.
Proving Fault In a Motorcycle Accident
Whatever the cause of your motorcycle accident, the question of whether the other driver was negligent is still important.
The scene of the accident and any road debris, slip marks, or other evidence should be photographed and detailed immediately.
Witnesses should be interviewed, and an expert should negotiate with the insurance companies to make sure you do not get a settlement that is worth less than what you deserve.
Many times insurers do not even mention the fact that motorcycle accidents are often accompanied by serious injuries that may require surgery and prolonged treatments.
We will do whatever is necessary to investigate in detail the cause of your motorcycle accident.
Our motorcycle accident attorneys have more than 30 years of experience.
In addition, we may represent motorcycle riders injured in a motorcycle accident due to motorcycle defects:
- swing arms
- throttle cables
- brake cables
What is my Motorcycle Accident Worth?
After suffering a motorcycle accident, injured persons may be entitled to:
- Medical care with specialist doctors
- Compensation for payments to doctors and hospitals
- Payment for lost wages
- Payment of future salaries
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Cost of repairing your motorcycle
- Special care for life, in cases of permanent disability
Unfortunately, many clients sometimes put their own value to their case simply by comparing their case to that of a friend or relative whom they think is similar to their case.
There is no one-size-fits-all assessment of the value of a case.
In fact, this value rises and falls during the life of the legal case depending on how the facts unfold.
Types of Motorcycle Accidents
The causes of motorcycle accidents vary depending on the circumstances of each case.
However, some of the most common causes in motorcycle accidents, according to police reports, are the following:
- The other driver did not see the motorcyclist
- Rear-end collisions
- Sudden change of lanes
- Sudden and unexpected U-turns
- The other driver did not give the right of way
- The other driver did not check the blind spots when driving
- Cars that drive near motorcyclists, forcing them to get out of the way or to move to lanes in the opposite direction.
- Obstruction of public signals.
- The owner of a property does not meet the hazardous conditions warning requirements
- Dangerous roads
- Defective equipment
Is a lawyer really necessary and how much does it cost?
Maryam Parman understands all the nuances of motorcycle accident cases and are prepared to work against the biases so often faced by motorcyclists.
We struggle hard to get our clients the compensation they need.
Call us for free to find out how you can best advance your case, or contact us so that someone can get in touch with you right away.
We work under contingency fees, which means you will not have to pay anything unless we win your case.
Motorcycle Accident Checklist – What To Do After an Accident
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, follow these steps:
- Check if the people involved in the motorcycle accident are okay
- Check yourself for injuries
- If someone needs medical attention, call 911 immediately
- Pull off the road and warn the other drivers on the road about the accident, using warning triangles, flares, or danger lights
- Get the personal information from witnesses and people involved. Such as names, phone numbers, addresses, car registration numbers, and insurance details of the party or parties involved in the motorcycle accident
- Call the police to report the accident, damage to personal property caused by the accident and also injuries sustained during the accident. The police report on the spot is vital to speed-up the claim process
- If you are not seriously injured, document the scene of the accident and try to remember as many details as possible about the motorcycle accident. Take photos and videos
- Try to write down the witness account of the motorcycle accident
- Contact a lawyer
- Inform your insurance company of the incident as soon as possible
What happens to my motorcycle insurance after the accident?
After a mischance or crash, your bike insurance is probably going to increment. This is particularly valid if the motorcyclist is the person who brought on the mischance. Liability in an accident will significantly determine the amount of an effect you will see on your motorcycle insurance.