Riding a motorcycle is fun—but it’s also dangerous. If an accident occurs, motorcyclists are at an increased risk than other drivers.

Drive Safe: The Danger of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists are more vulnerable than other types of drivers, and they suffer far more severe injuries when accidents happen.  Based on miles driven, motorcyclists are thirty-five times more likely to be in a fatal accident than drivers of other vehicles.

Despite the risks, motorcycle riding has its own rewards.  Most motorcyclists understand this increased risk, and take it because they love to ride. Most riders are very careful while driving motorcycles, and they work hard to be as safe as possible when riding.  But even the safest driver cannot account for the negligence of others.

How Motorcycle Accidents Happen

Motorcycle accidents are unique among motor vehicle accidents because the cause may not be as clear-cut as when two cars collide.  For example, a motorcyclist may crash when the car in front of them makes a sudden lane change, or when another vehicle does not recognize or respect the motorcyclists’ right of way.  An accident may also occur due to road defects, such as potholes or loose gravel on the road. This is different from the typical car accident, where it is plain to see which vehicles and drivers were involved in the accident.  In situations where the other driver is not identified or where road conditions are at fault, an attorney with experience handling motorcycle accident cases will be able to assess the potential for obtaining damages from an insurance company or the party responsible for maintaining the road.

A skilled motorcycle accident attorney is also necessary to effectively negotiate a settlement or to litigate your case if it goes to trial.  This can include pushing back against allegations that it was the negligent operation of the motorcycle — or the risky nature of motorcycles themselves — that cause the accident or injuries.  Overcoming these prejudices about motorcyclists is critical to obtaining a fair result for an injured rider.

Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents often result in some of very serious injuries—traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, paralysis, amputation, damage to internal organs and more.  These catastrophic injuries may have a devastating effect. Your damages may include medical costs, lost earnings, pain and suffering, loss of spousal relations, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life.   A skilled motorcycle accident attorney can evaluate your case to determine what damages you may be able to recover in a lawsuit.

The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker will work hard on your behalf to make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve for injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident.  Our personal injury attorneys have the skill and experience necessary to obtain a fair result.  We offer free initial consultations, and we never charge a fee unless we are successful in getting damages for you. Contact us at 800-333-0000 or to schedule your consultation today.