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Most motorcycle riders are skillful drivers that pay more attention to traffic laws and the safe operation of their vehicle than other drivers on the road. However, the comparative lack of protection provided by motorcycles puts even the most conscientious riders at extreme risk. If you, or someone you love, have suffered an injury as a result of a motorcycle crash, you should hire a motorcycle accident attorney right away. As shown more fully below, it is extremely likely that a motorcycle rider involved in an accident will sustain catastrophic, if not fatal, injuries. A Statesman Law Group motorcycle attorney will work to understand the nature of the accident, determine who is at fault, and strive to restore your quality of life by fighting to get you maximum compensation for your injuries or the death of a loved one.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

To determine who should be held responsible for an accident involving a motorcycle, a motorcycle accident attorney must determine how and why the accident occurred. The most common cause of motorcycle accidents is negligent driving by other drivers on the road. Common types of negligent driving include:

  • Failure to follow posted speed limits
  • Failure to yield when appropriate
  • Following too closely
  • Failure to check for smaller vehicles during a lane change
  • Cutting off a motorcyclist at an intersection 

Negligent driving by other drivers is the most common cause of motorcycle accidents, however, there may be more than one party responsible for the accident. For example, while a negligent driver may have caused the accident, a defect in the road, or a defective motorcycle part or helmet could have exacerbated the victim’s injuries or made it more difficult for the motorcycle rider to avoid injury. One or more of the following parties could be responsible for an accident:

  • Driver of the other vehicle
  • Motorcycle manufacturer
  • Government entity responsible for roadway design, maintenance, or construction
  • Mechanic responsible for motorcycle maintenance and inspections
  • Seller or manufacturer of motorcycle safety equipment

Since motorcyclists have little protection between themselves and other vehicles, the injuries sustained in these accidents may be particularly devastating. Paralysis, loss of limbs, disfigurement, brain damage, neck or spinal cord injuries, head trauma, bone fractures, and death are tragically common in these cases. 

Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycle accidents often lead to serious and traumatic injuries. Based on data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2015:

  • 4,976 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes
  • Around 88,000 motorcyclists were injured
  • The number of motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents increased 8 percent from 2014 to 2015
  • Two-wheeled motorcycles accounted for 93 percent of all motorcycles in fatal crashes
  • Motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities and 17 percent of all occupants (driver and passenger) fatalities
  • Of the 4,976 motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes, 94 percent were riders and 6 percent were passengers
  • Strikingly, motorcyclist deaths occurred 27 times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles

There are several safety measures riders can implement that decrease the likelihood of sustaining catastrophic injuries in a motorcycle crash. Helmet use, for example, saved the lives of 1,771 motorcyclists in 2015. If all motorcyclists had worn helmets, an additional 740 riders would have survived. The NHTSA reports that, for every 100 motorcycle riders killed in crashes while not wearing helmets, 37 of them could have been saved had all 100 worn helmets. In addition to wearing a helmet, motorcyclists can take the following steps to minimize the likelihood of a major accident:

  • All motorcycle operators should be properly licensed
  • Practice riding in a controlled environment
  • Check the motorcycle for leaks and other bike malfunctions.
  • Ride responsibly and obey all traffic signals and speed limits
  • Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Wear attire that can increase rider visibility
  • Drive defensively

How Statesman Law Group Can Help Motorcycle Accident Victims

Successful litigation of a serious or fatal motorcycle accident can be difficult, requiring specialized knowledge, skills, and experience. It is possible that multiple parties may be held accountable for the motorcycle accident victim’s injuries. Statesman Law Group was created to help those injured in motorcycle accidents pursue maximum compensation for their injuries and other damages, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Lost ability to earn wages
  • Disfigurement and scarring

In the case of a fatal accident, Statesman Law Group will help the families of those who have died to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one in addition to the damages listed above. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, we invite you to contact us today. We won’t rest until you receive maximum compensation.

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