Why You Should Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer if You Have Been Injured
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) report, there were 8.4 million motorcyclists on America’s roads in 2014. Of those, approximately 92,000 were injured and 4,700 were killed in reported accidents. According to the same NHTSA data, motorcyclists were five times (5x) more likely to be injured and 26 times more likely to be killed in an accident when compared to the occupants of an automobile traveling at equivalent speeds. The main reason for the increase in injuries and fatalities for motorcyclists is their vulnerability to the tremendous forces involved in an accident.
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A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) showed that more than half of all motorcycle accidents involved another vehicle. In those accidents, the motorcyclist is almost always flung from the motorcycle onto the other vehicle or the asphalt. Unlike automobile passengers who travel in a steel cage engineered to protect them during an accident with crumple zones, airbags and seatbelts, motorcyclists are completely unprotected during an accident. With the exception of a helmet an clothing, there is literally nothing between a biker and the pavement or an oncoming vehicle.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles have a different profile than cars and trucks do. For this reason, many drivers do not see a motorcycle until it is too late. This is especially true for night driving, low visibility situations, blind spots and in heavy traffic.
In circumstances where a car might easily avoid an accident, a motorcycles’ two wheels make it more difficult for bikers to maintain stability, compensate for others’ mistakes and escape a collision. Some common causes of motorcycle accidents are:
- Other drivers violating traffic law
- Car doors suddenly being opened
- Rear end collisions
- Failure of motorist to yield right of way to motorcyclist
- Auto drivers making illegal left turns
Common Motorcycle Injuries
Motorcyclists involved in an accident are likely to sustain the following types of injuries:
- Scrapes, bruises, cuts and road rash
- Foot, leg and hip fractures
- Forearm and wrist fractures
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury and head injuries
According to the CDC, approximately 30 percent of all non-fatal injuries involved the feet and legs while 22 percent of the most common non-fatal motorcycle injuries involved the head and neck. As would be expected, fatal head injuries occurred overwhelmingly in riders who did not wear a helmet.
While injuries to the lower extremities are more common, they are also less severe and typically do not result in long-term disability. Conversely, back and spinal cord injuries are rare but tend to cause more serious long-term disability.
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Demonstrating proof of negligence is a complicated issue and is often difficult to do successfully. Negligence is most often broken down into four areas. Injured motorcyclists must prove all four areas of negligence; otherwise, their case could fail altogether. To prove negligence, the injured motorcyclist must show that each of these factors is present:
- The negligent person had a duty to exercise reasonable care of the safety and property of others.
- That person failed to exercise their duty for reasonable care.
- Causation – The failure to exercise reasonable care caused the motorcyclist’s injuries.Damages, such as medical bills, lost earnings or permanent injury, have been sustained by the injured motorcyclist.
Proving negligence is often a difficult process characterized by disputed arguments. Cantor Crane will often hire a motorcycle design engineer, an accident reconstruction specialist or other highly qualified expert to recreate what happened before, during and after the accident to support the injured biker’s claim of negligence.
Being in a motorcycle accident affects every part of your life. You not only have to deal with the pain and suffering caused by your injuries but also the outrageous medical bills and possible permanent disability caused by the accident.
Because your injuries were caused by another person’s negligence, you deserve to receive the maximum amount of compensation allowed by law to offset the damages you have sustained. Without a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer, you may not receive that compensation. The attorneys at Cantor Crane have a demonstrated track record of helping injured motorcyclists recover damages caused by other driver’s negligence. When you enlist the help of Cantor Crane, you get a motorcycle accident lawyer who can help you recover damages for
- Permanent disfigurement
- Permanent disability
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost earnings
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is vital that you contact Cantor Crane as soon as possible to preserve and protect your rights and to help with your case.
Before you hire an attorney, it is important to do as much as you can to protect yourself from anyone who might want to maneuver you into giving up those rights. Do not talk to the other motorist’s insurance company or his agent, and do not accept a settlement check. Doing so could rob you of your rights to compensation provided by the law. For a free consultation and case evaluation, contact Cantor Crane immediately at (602) 254-2701, or Contact Us today.