Motorcyclists enjoy the feeling of freedom when riding on the open road. Although most motorcycle enthusiasts are fully aware of the many safety precautions that must be taken, motorcyclists face a far higher risk of serious injury or death in the event of an accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a fatal mishap, you need to contact an attorney with experience in motorcycle law who can protect your rights. At the Evans Law Firm, our seasoned attorneys can properly investigate the motorcycle accident scene, handle negotiations with insurance companies, and prepare your claim for trial (if it cannot be settled out of court). The professional motorcycle accident attorneys at the Evans Law Firm will aggressively pursue compensation for all your damages.
Causes And Types Of Motorcycle Accidents
According to the California Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, 383 people died and over 10,000 were injured in motorcycle accidents in 2009. Some of the major causes of motorcycle accidents include the following:
•· driving under the influence of alcohol
•· motorcycles traveling in an automobile’s blind spot
•· bad weather
•· driver inattentiveness or fatigue
•· malfunctioning or defective parts
•· construction debris
•· bad road conditions (debris, potholes, uneven pavement, slippery roadways, loose gravel)
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
The injuries received in motorcycle accidents are generally much more severe than those from regular vehicular accidents. More than 80 percent of all reported motorcycle accidents result in injury or death to the motorcyclist. Motorcycle injuries are more expensive because they tend to be more serious and have much longer rehabilitation periods. Insurance industry statistics show that 25 percent of motorcyclist claimants have injuries in multiple locations, 18 percent suffer head injuries with permanent disability, and 10 percent have injuries to the spine resulting in paraplegia or quadriplegia. The most common injuries include:
- head injury
- brain injury
- spinal cord injury
- broken hips
- broken legs or arms
- road rash
A motorcycle lacks the crash worthiness and occupant protection characteristics of an automobile. An automobile has door beams, a roof, airbags, and seat belts. With four wheels, it is also more stable and is easier to see because of its size. Motorcycle accidents usually result in more injuries because:
- the motorcycle itself provides no injury protection to the rider
- the rider is usually ejected from the motorcycle and can strike objects as well as the ground
- motorcyclists have nothing else but a helmet and protective clothing to shield them from impact
Who Is Liable For A Motorcyclist’s Injuries?
If a motorcycle accident is caused by the negligent or reckless action of another motor vehicle driver, they may liable for the resulting injuries. A motorcycle manufacturer could be held responsible if a defective part is found to be the cause of the accident. A city, state, or federal governmental agency may also be liable if a dangerous road condition is found to be the cause of a motorcycle accident. A third party may be liable in some circumstances (such as a bar owner who knowing serves alcohol to an intoxicated person who later caused an accident).
California Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle accidents usually result in very sever injures that are often fatal. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, you need help from the experienced attorneys at the Evans Law Firm. Our skilled and knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorneys will aggressively protect your rights and fight to recover full and fair compensation for all your injuries. Contact the Evans Law Firm for a free initial consultation.