What Are Some Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries?
Every year, tens of thousands of motorcyclists are injured in accidents. Of these, four or five thousand are fatal crashes.
Because motorcycles lack the amount of protection afforded by cars, the injuries sustained in these incidents can be devastating. Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries include the following:
- Head trauma/concussion
- Broken bones
- Cuts and burns
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limbs
The medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment from these wounds can be overwhelming.
How Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen?
Some drivers don’t give motorcycles a second thought when they’re on the road, don’t see them, or fail to adjust their driving. These are some of the dangerous situations that can result:
- Swerving in front of a motorcycle
- Failure to yield to a biker
- Failure to leave sufficient space between a car and a motorcycle
- Misjudging a motorcycle’s speed and/or distance
- Sudden stop in a biker’s path
Additionally, the same risk factors that apply to any other motor vehicle apply here: Speeding and driving under the influence greatly increase the risk of a crash.
When Should I File a Motorcycle Accident Personal Injury Claim?
If you were not at fault for a motorcycle crash in which you were injured, and the other driver’s insurance company refuses to cover all the past and future damages you sustained, you should contact an attorney to determine if you should file a motorcycle accident personal injury claim.
Don’t wait. Many states require that a motorcycle accident lawsuit be filed within two years of the crash.
If I File a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit, Whom Do I Sue?
Most often, an injured person files a motorcycle accident injury claim against the other driver’s insurance company. If the other driver was at fault for the crash, their insurance company should pay for all medical bills, vehicle repairs, etc. But all too often, the insurance company tries to pay the injured party as little as possible (i.e., its business model).
It’s common for an insurance company to quickly offer a check that will cover only a small fraction of a victim’s total expenses. Many people accept this check without realizing the full extent of their damages or how much more money they might have been able to recover in a lawsuit.
After a crash, an injured person should always contact a licensed personal injury attorney to determine if they qualify for a legal case.
How Can a Lawyer Help?
A lawyer can help determine if someone should file a motorcycle accident lawsuit. If so, they will guide the client through the legal process, poring over police and medical records, interviewing witnesses, negotiating with the insurance company, and consulting experts. They will build the strongest possible case so the injured party can focus on getting better.
Importantly, most personal injury attorneys are free to hire unless their client wins a settlement or jury verdict, at which point they accept a percentage of the money recovered.
Motorcycle crash injuries can destroy a person’s health, career, and finances. As a result, there are many types of damages a person may be able to recover through a lawsuit:
- Medical bills (medication, physical therapy, etc.)
- Motorcycle repair bills
- Pain and suffering (physical pain and/or emotional distress)
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity
- Loss of life’s enjoyment
- Funeral expenses
- Other damages (e.g., compensation for disability or disfigurement)
Full compensation for these damages can help a person get their life back on track. If you think you or a loved one might qualify for a motorcycle accident lawsuit, please don’t hesitate to contact us.