Motorcycles are an increasingly popular form of transportation for drivers all around the country. It is not difficult to see the appeal—it certainly seems like a natural choice for thrill-seekers, at least! Unfortunately, for all its benefits, motorcycling can also be incredibly dangerous. This is true even for the safest drivers. After all, even the best-laid plans can go awry.
You can do everything right and still have something go wrong. There will always be some circumstances beyond your control, and you cannot help someone else from making their own mistakes. And as the streets get more and more populated with motorcyclists, the higher the chances of being involved in a motorcycle accident get.
The good news is that most motorcycle accidents, like any other type of accident, are preventable. Simply taking all the proper precautions can greatly lessen your chances of being involved in an accident. Education is always key to empowerment. Do you know what to do if you are ever involved in a motorcycle accident?
When motorcycle accidents happen, they are usually more serious than car accidents. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), it is estimated that around 72 out of every 100,000 motorcyclists have been involved in a fatal crash. This is six times the rate for cars!
In general, riding a motorcycle is more dangerous than driving a car. As a matter of fact, motorcycles have about 35 times the fatality rate per mile traveled than cars do. Motorcyclists also face a 16 times greater rate of serious injuries as compared to drivers.
Some of the most common types of motorcycle accidents involve head-on collisions, left-turn accidents, lane splitting, and distracted or impaired driving. Motorcyclists may also be at higher risk of getting in an accident if they are driving with defective parts, in poor weather conditions, and/or are simply not adhering to proper road rules and regulations.
It is a shocking truth that many motorcyclists have been found by the NHTSA to not be properly trained in riding a motorcycle. Keeping this in mind, it should come as no surprise that many motorcycle accidents occur simply due to a lack or loss of driver control. Make sure that you are 100 percent confident in your skills on the motorcycle.
You will also want to keep from over-braking (which can lead to your front wheels locking), running over gravel unnecessarily (which can cause general instability and loss of control), and driving too fast for road conditions (particularly when rounding a corner or on unfamiliar roads). Furthermore, make sure to look out for road hazards—whether you are a driver or a motorcyclist.
Dealing with a motorcycle accident is always an incredibly stressful and sometimes even devastating experience. Motorcycle accidents certainly have the potential to cause considerable injury, lead to exorbitant medical expenses, deal with extensive property damage, and more. Unfortunately, it is rare for such accidents to have clear causes or for a responsible party to admit liability.
Still, if you have suffered personal injury as a result of a motorcycle accident, you are legally entitled to seek compensation for your losses. This process may seem even more overbearing when you are already handling so much stress. Luckily, you do not have to go through it alone. A good personal injury attorney may be able to help.
In every personal injury claim, there is a negligent party and an injured party. In simple layman’s terms, this means that there is no personal injury case if the accident (and the injuries it inflicted) would not have occurred if not for the at-fault party’s negligent, reckless, or otherwise wrongful behavior. It can feel incredibly difficult to prove fault in a motorcycle accident claim, even if you initially thought that your case was fairly open-and-shut. The key is providing as much evidence as you can.
If possible, you will want to begin collecting evidence immediately after your accident. This means you should be documenting anything and everything that might be relevant to your case from the get-go. For instance, you should take photographs of the accident scene, your injuries, any property damage incurred, and anything else you feel might be relevant.
You should also call the police to the scene and report the accident with them immediately. Doing so will allow you to request a copy of your official accident report, which has proven to be an incredibly valuable piece of evidence in most personal injury cases. You should also seek out any potential witness accounts from passersby, nearby business owners, other drivers, or anyone else that may have witnessed your accident.
Furthermore, you will want to seek out medical attention immediately. This is true even if you do not initially feel like you have suffered any physical damage. The truth is that there are many different types of injuries that may not make themselves known until further down the road, and it is better to catch it early than before it gets worse. This is especially true if you are pursuing a personal injury claim, where your opponent may claim that you are exaggerating your injuries because you did not seek out medical attention right away. Make sure to keep extensive copies of your medical records from the very first doctor’s visit.
It can feel difficult and overwhelming to take care of a motorcycle accident claim on your own, especially if you do not have a full and comprehensive understanding of the law. You need someone on your side you can trust. Fortunately, you do not have to go through it alone.
If you or a loved one have recently been involved in a motorcycle accident, we at Injury Victim Law may be able to help. Though we are a Colorado-based firm, our team of experts and investigators is ready and available to assist personal injury victims all across the country.
You should never have to pay for somebody else’s mistakes. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our trusted nationwide motorcycle accident attorneys. We have helped countless clients successfully resolve their motorcycle accident cases. We can help you too. Let us fight for you and get you the compensation you rightfully deserve.