Motorcycle Accidents: Legal Options for Injured Riders

Motorcycle accidents are unfortunately very common. Due to their size and lack of protection, motorcycles pose a greater risk for serious injury. Motorcycle wrecks are a major cause of traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, amputations, and other catastrophic injuries. If you are injured in a wreck, it is important to contact a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Driver negligence is a one cause of motorcycle crashes. Some examples of driver negligence are:

  • Distracted driving: Drivers who text or talk on the phone while driving may not be fully focused on the road. This can lead to accidents, especially when they fail to see motorcycles in their blind spots.
  • Speeding: When drivers exceed the speed limit, they have less time to react to obstacles on the road, including motorcyclists. They may also be more likely to lose control of their vehicles or be unable to stop quickly enough to avoid a collision.
  • Failing to yield the right of way:  Drivers may fail to see motorcyclists approaching or may misjudge their speed and distance, which can cause collisions at intersections or when changing lanes.

Other causes of motorcycle accidents can include road hazards, such as potholes and debris, and mechanical failures, such as tire blowouts and brake failures.  

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries:

Injuries from motorcycle accidents can vary from minor sprains and bruises to more serious injuries such as spinal cord injuries and head trauma.  The most common injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents are broken bones, concussions, and soft tissue damage. Unfortunately, some injuries, like brain and spinal injuries, can be difficult to recover from and can have lifelong effects. 

Who is liable for a motorcycle accident? Who can I sue?

Determining liability in a motorcycle accident can be difficult. There are a number of factors that can determine who is ultimately responsible for the accident. In general, if the accident was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party, then that party may be liable for any damages or injuries that result from the accident. If the accident was caused by a defect in the motorcycle itself, then the manufacturer or distributor of the motorcycle may be liable.

In order to determine liability, it is important to gather as much information as possible. This may include eyewitness accounts, police reports, and other physical evidence from the scene of the accident. 

Determining liability in a motorcycle accident can be complicated and it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries.

What kind of compensation could I get from a motorcycle injury lawsuit?

If you have been injured in an accident due to negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your injuries and the circumstances surrounding the accident.

In general, personal injury compensation can include:

  • Medical expenses: This includes the cost of hospitalization, surgery, medication, and other medical bills related to your injuries.
  • Lost income: If your injuries prevent you from working, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages.
  • Pain and suffering: This includes physical pain, emotional distress, and other non-economic damages related to your injuries.
  • Property damage: If your personal property was damaged, you may be entitled to compensation to repair or replace it.

The amount of compensation you receive will also depend on the strength of your case and the negotiating skills of your personal injury attorney.

Do I need a motorcycle accident lawyer? What are my legal options after a crash?

Yes. If you have been involved in an accident caused by driver negligence or defective vehicle parts, it is important to seek legal representation. You may be able to sue the party or parties responsible for the accident in order to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. By holding negligent drivers accountable for their actions, we can help make our roads safer for everyone.  

Why should I choose Winocour Law?

At Winocour Law, we give personal attention to each and every case.  We are a small law firm which allows us to give personalized attention to your case. With our firm, you will work directly with your lawyers, rather than being passed off to an associate or paralegal. We understand the complexities of motorcycle cases and have the experience to help you recover damages from your accident.

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