When you ride your motorcycle, there is a reasonable expectation that the drivers around you will treat you like any other car on the road. Unfortunately, for a multitude of reasons, motorcyclists are the victims of horrible accidents that could have been avoided by other drivers on the road.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the actions of someone else, it is important that you talk to an experienced personal injury attorney to see if you have a case.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Because of the violent nature of many motorcycle accidents, the injuries resulting from them can range from minor to deadly. Getting cut off by a car or truck while you are completely exposed can lead to very serious injuries, including but not limited to the following:
- Spinal Cord Injuries: Spinal cord injuries are very scary because they are not only painful, but because they can lead to life-altering loss of bodily function. Spinal cord injuries must be treated with the absolute highest level of care, or you risk making your injury even worse. Spinal cord injuries mostly affect your neck and back, but depending on their location and severity, can affect your whole body.
- Head Injuries: Even if you are wearing a helmet, the force of getting hit or falling off of your motorcycle can cause serious head injuries like concussions, lacerations, and skull fractures. Head injuries can affect your life in many ways, from taking you out of work to being forced to take medications that negatively affect your health.
- Bone Fractures/Lacerations: While you might be happy to not have a spinal or head injury after your motorcycle accident, suffering a bone fracture or skin laceration is still a serious injury that can require months of expensive medical attention. If you aren’t wearing clothes that are completely covering your body, there is a good chance that you will suffer serious scrapes and burns from skidding on the ground.
If you have suffered any of these injuries after your motorcycle accident, you may be in for months
or even years of medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You wouldn’t try to fix all of your medical issues yourself, so why try to do so with your finances after an accident? Contact our fearless attorneys today if you want a legal team that is ready to fight for your day in and day out.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
- Although there are multiple causes of motorcycle accidents, we find that there are often three factors that lead to the most serious injuries:
- Reckless driving: Car and truck drivers often don’t consider motorcyclists as equal members of the road, which can lead to them changing lanes or accelerating where a motorcycle is occupying space. If that is the case, it can lead to marginal damage to a car but detrimental damage to the motorcyclist and his vehicle. In addition, going way over the speed limit can cause drivers to not see motorcyclists, and reduces the amount of time they have to get out of the way.
- Driving Under the Influence: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can cause drivers to have reduced reaction time and an increased willingness to speed and change lanes. Despite the harsh criminal penalties for driving under the influence, thousands of drivers are injured as a result of driving under the influence. As with any motorcycle accident, the injuries and damages caused by drunk drivers are much worse for the motorcyclist.
- Not taking proper safety precautions: While many accidents are caused by drivers who are not aware of motorcyclists on the road, there are times where motorcyclists can be at fault for causing bad situations, or making situations worse by not wearing proper safety gear. If you are lane splitting or riding on the shoulder, you have to be very careful, because if you get injured, there is a chance that the accident will be determined to be your fault. While lane splitting may not seem like a big deal when you need to get to work and you are running late, you have to remember that if you are flying through gridlocked traffic, there is a chance that you will be on a crash course with a car trying to change lanes. As long as you operate your motorcycle safely, and wear the proper equipment, you will have a much lower chance of getting severely injured in an accident.
What To Do After A Motorcycle Accident
After your accident, the most important thing for you to do is to receive proper medical attention. Since motorcycles do not have the same safety features that cars have, motorcycles often lead to severe injuries. Even if you don’t think that anything is wrong, you should get everything checked out, as head and spine injuries sometimes take a few days to show up.
After you receive medical attention, you need to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you build your case. Since The Miami Injury Lawyers have been practicing exclusively personal injury for the past few decades, we know everything you possibly need when building a motorcycle accident case. We will contact all insurance parties, talk to the police to gather reports from the scene, see if we can get any dashcam footage to show who was at fault, and even reconstruct the accident to prove that you were not at fault in your accident.
After you talk to us, you do not have to worry about your case unless we need something from you-you just need to worry about getting your life back on track. We will negotiate with insurance companies, find expert witnesses, and continue to make sure that you get the most money possible, whether we end up taking your case to court or settling out of court. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident and would like to schedule a consultation with a law firm who has earned massive compensation for their clients over the decades, please contact us today.