Motorcycle accidents often result in severe physical injury. Due to the fact that motorcycles offer less protection than most cars, as well as the fact that drivers can have a difficult time seeing motorcyclists, motorcycle accidents are an especially common and dangerous form of collision. Additionally, fault is often difficult to determine when analyzing a motorcycle accident, so procuring competent and aggressive representation is key in order to ensure that the parties receive adequate compensation for their injuries.
Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Common types of motorcycle accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Open-Door Accident: This type of accident occurs when a driver opens his door without realizing that a motorcycle is approaching, and consequently causes the motorcyclist to collide with the open door.
- Split-Lane Accident: This type of accident can result when a motorcyclist drives between two lanes of traffic and ends up colliding with another vehicle.
- Rear-End or Head-on Collisions: Though these types of collisions are not unique to motorcycle accidents, they can be especially dangerous for motorcyclists since motorcycles do not have airbags or steel cage frames to protect them.
- Left-Turn Accidents: This type of accident can occur when a motorcyclist is making a left-turn and the driver of another vehicle fails to notice the motorcycle and ends up colliding with it. Alternatively, this type of accident occurs when a vehicle makes a left-turn and collides with a motorcycle mid-turn. Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to these types of accidents due to the lack of safety features.
- Accidents with Other Types of Vehicles: Motorcycles can be tricky to drive, especially when other vehicles on the road fail to notice the motorcycle. Given the disparity in size and safety features between motorcycles and cars, these types of accidents can be extremely dangerous for motorcyclists.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Common causes of motorcycle accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to Notice Motorcycle: Drivers who fail to notice an approaching motorcycle can cause a serious accident by turning in front of a motorcycle, merging into a motorcycle, or otherwise colliding with the motorcycle.
- Risky Maneuvers: If a motorcyclist engages in risky driving maneuvers, such as speeding, weaving between cars, making sudden lane shifts or turns, this can result in an accident, especially since it can be difficult for other drivers to anticipate what a motorcyclist will do in these situations.
- Driving Beyond Your Experience: Accidents can occur when a motorcyclist lacks adequate training or knowledge, or when she attempts to drive a powerful motorcycle (such as a high-performance motorcycle).
- Driving While Intoxicated: By operating a motorcycle while impaired by alcohol or other drugs, a motorcyclist significantly increases his chances of getting into a collision.
- Poor Road Conditions: Motorcycles can be especially prone to serious accidents caused by roadways that are not properly constructed or maintained. Seemingly minor roadway defects (such as a pothole or gravel on the road) can prove disastrous for a motorcyclist.
Proper Representation for a Motorcycle Accident Case
It can be difficult to prove fault when dealing with a motorcycle accident. Some motorcyclists do engage in risky activities on the roadway, but conversely, drivers of other vehicles also often fail to notice motorcycles. Regardless of whether you were the motorcyclist or the driver of another vehicle, it is essential that an individual involved in a motorcycle accident act quickly following a collision. The steps taken immediately following a collision often shape his ability to recover for any injuries sustained from the accident. Retaining competent representation helps to ensure that all of these essential steps are taken such that the driver is in the best position to defend himself/pursue a claim.
A qualified law firm will work with a client to:
- Investigate the accident and gather evidence to prove fault.
- Communicate with the insurance companies and provide them with the necessary paperwork, as well as negotiate with these companies to obtain an appropriate settlement.
- Investigate the other driver’s driving record, and ensure that the provided record is complete and accurate.
- Ensure that the relevant parties’ injuries are properly investigated, including the driver’s medical care, medical costs, and losses in future wages. Relatedly, a qualified attorney will ensure that any award properly accounts for the driver’s medical costs, losses in present and future wages, and pain and suffering.
- Hire proper experts to examine the accident and help determine the conditions leading to the accident.
- Collect and examine vital evidence related to the accident in order to best protect the injured driver. This includes conducting discovery (including depositions and interrogatories) in order to get as much necessary information about the other parties and the accident as possible.
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