Motorcycle accidents can be some of the most devastating and life-altering experiences a person can go through. Often, the lack of protection offered by motorcycles can lead to catastrophic injury and even death.
We at Herbert & Lux understand that motorcycle accidents can have a devastating impact on victims and their families, and are here to help you seek the justice you deserve. Contact us at (615) 878-5537 for a free legal consultation regarding your case.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Motorcycle accidents can be caused by a variety of factors. Driver negligence, faulty motorcycle parts, and dangerous road conditions all contribute to the prevalence of motorcycle accidents.
In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle riders are more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers of any other type of vehicle.
Here is an overview of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents:
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents. When drivers are distracted, they are less likely to notice a motorcycle in the vicinity, increasing the risk of an accident. Distracted driving can take many forms, from texting and talking on the phone to eating, drinking, or adjusting the radio. In some instances, drivers may even be distracted by talking to passengers in the car.
Speeding is another common cause of motorcycle accidents. When a driver is going too fast, they are less likely to be able to stop in time to avoid an accident. Furthermore, when a motorcycle is going too fast, the rider may not be able to maneuver around a hazard in the road.
Failure to Yield
When drivers fail to yield the right of way to motorcycles, serious accidents can occur. This can be especially true at intersections, when a driver fails to look both ways before turning. Even when a driver is paying attention, they may fail to notice a motorcycle in the vicinity, resulting in a crash.
Drunk driving is an all-too-common cause of motorcycle accidents. Studies have shown that drunk drivers are more likely to cause serious accidents, as their judgment and reflexes are impaired. Drunk drivers are also more likely to speed and less likely to yield the right of way.
Poor Weather Conditions
Poor weather conditions can also contribute to the prevalence of motorcycle accidents. Rain, snow, and ice can make the roads slick and more difficult to navigate. Poor visibility can also make it more difficult for drivers to see motorcycles in the vicinity.
Unsafe Road Conditions
Unsafe road conditions can also increase the risk of motorcycle accidents. Potholes, bumps, and other road hazards can cause a motorcycle to lose control and crash.
Malfunctioning Motorcycle Parts
Finally, malfunctioning motorcycle parts can contribute to the prevalence of motorcycle accidents. Faulty brakes, tires, and other parts can cause a motorcycle to crash, resulting in serious injuries. In such cases, the manufacturer of the defective part can be held liable for the resulting injuries.
What Are Common Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents?
The lack of protection offered by motorcycles can lead to catastrophic injuries and even death in the event of an accident.
Some of the most common injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Head and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Road rash
- Internal organ damage
- Severe lacerations
What Damages Can I Recover in a Motorcycle Accident?
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be eligible to recover damages for your injuries, lost wages, and other losses.
Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to recover damages for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Property damage
- Funeral and burial expenses
What Should I Do After a Motorcycle Accident?
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to take certain steps to protect your rights and maximize your potential recovery.
After a motorcycle accident, you should:
- Seek medical attention. Even if you don’t think you have been injured, it is important to seek medical attention immediately after the accident. Some motorcycle accident injuries, such as head and neck injuries or internal organ damage, may not be immediately apparent. Seeking medical attention after a motorcycle accident can help ensure that any injuries are properly identified and treated.
- Document the accident scene. If possible, take pictures of the accident scene and the damage to your motorcycle. The pictures and other documentation can be used as evidence in your case.
- Obtain contact and insurance information from the other driver. It is important to obtain contact information from the other driver, as well as the driver’s insurance information.
- Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can help you protect your rights and maximize your potential recovery. A lawyer can also help you with insurance issues and will handle the paperwork and negotiations involved in the claims process.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, the attorneys of Herbert & Lux are here to help. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial impact a motorcycle accident can have on victims and their families, and we are here to provide you with experienced legal counsel. Call us today at (615) 878-5537 for a free consultation.