Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcyclists face significant risks on the road every day. Each year, nearly 5,000 motor cycle riders are killed on U.S. roadways, accounting for about 14% of all traffic fatalities. That’s especially sobering when you consider that motorcycles make up only about 3% of registered vehicles in the United States and account for less than 1% of miles traveled. The (NHTSA) says a motorcyclist is six times as likely to be injured in traffic and 29 times as likely to die in a crash as the occupant of a car.
Motorcycle Accident Risk is Increasing for Some Groups
Between 2006 and 2015, the number of motorcycles registered in the United States increased by more than 28%, from just over 6.6 million to more than 8.6 million. Those numbers continue to climb, due in part to increasing interest among baby boomers. Unfortunately, the growing popularity of motorcycles has been accompanied by a 17% increase in motorcycle accident fatalities among riders aged 40 and older.
Despite the increase in number of motorcycles on the road and the increasing death toll among middle-aged riders, the total number of motorcycle injuries and fatalities has remained fairly stable.
Common Motorcycle Accident Causes
Nearly ¾ of two-vehicle crashes involving motorcycles are frontal collisions. The most common cause is another vehicle turning into the path of a motorcycle, not allowing the motorcyclist time or space to avoid the collision. In fact, more than 40% of fatal crashes involving a motorcycle and another type of vehicle occur when the other vehicle is turning left.
However, many motorcycle fatalities are the result of single-vehicle accidents in which the motorcycle collides with a fixed object.
Surprisingly, just 2% of motorcycle fatalities occur in the rain, and most occur during daylight hours and on non-interstate roads. In other words, weather and road conditions are not often a significant contributing factor.
Alcohol Impairment and Speeding
Motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents are more likely to be impaired by alcohol than drivers of cars, trucks, or other vehicles. More than ¼ of motorcycle riders killed in traffic are above the legal limit of .08 BAC, and another 7% have some alcohol in their systems. In addition, 1/3 of all motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes are exceeding the speed limit.
Motorcyclists are more vulnerable than drivers or passengers in cars, trucks, vans, or other enclosed vehicles. As such, it is imperative that riders take extra precautions on the road, including remaining alert, observing traffic laws, allowing adequate distance between themselves and other vehicles, and refraining from driving under the influence.
Liability and Damages in Motorcycle Accident Cases
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation. You may be entitled to damages even if the accident was partially your fault. Every case is different, but some of the most common types of damages awarded in motorcycle accident cases include:
- Reimbursement for medical expenses
- Compensation for projected future medical expenses
- Past and projected lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage (such as the cost of repairs to or replacement of your motorcycle)
Talk to a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident or have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle crash involving a motorcycle, your next step should be to talk with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. The process of pursuing compensation for your injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one is complicated, and strict deadlines apply. You owe it to yourself and your family to protect your right to compensation.
Getting the guidance you need is simple. Just call 1-800-624-8888 or complete our free case evaluation form to schedule a free consultation. There are never any legal fees unless we secure compensation for you.