Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits
Riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating and enjoyable, but too often, motorcyclists are injured or killed due to no fault of their own.
Drivers and passengers are relatively unprotected on a motorcycle as compared to a passenger vehicle, and a crash can lead to severe injuries or a fatality.
If someone else's negligent driving has caused you injury, you may be entitled to collect compensation for the medical bills, lost earnings, and other expenses related to your accident.
Do not delay in contacting a motorcycle accident lawyer after your accident.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
- Motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in an accident and five times more likely to sustain injury, compared to those riding in a passenger vehicle.
4,668 fatal motorcycle accident deaths occurred in the United States in 2013
88,000 motorcycle accident injuries occurred in the United States in 2013
Older motorcyclists make up over half of the fatalities resulting from motorcycle crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, older motorcyclists are more likely to experience serious injuries, and the larger body of motorcycle often favored by older riders are more likely to roll over in the event of a crash.
The use of helmets is credited with saving 1,630 lives in 2013.
Universal helmet laws which mandate that all drivers and riders must wear helmets on motorcycles are in place in 19 states as well as Washington, D.C.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
The unfortunate and preventable cause behind most motorcycle accidents is driver negligence. Too many times, other drivers simply do not exercise appropriate caution. Causes behind motorcycle crashes and fatalities include:
- Distracted driving, including cell phone use
- Drunk driving or driving under the influence
- Ignoring traffic signals
- Drivers do not see motorcycles
- Poor weather
- Uneven surfaces and poor road conditions
- Defective equipment
Types of Motorcycle Injuries
Motorcycles simply do not offer the same safety features as a passenger vehicle does, making them inherently more dangerous to drive. Due to this lack of protection, a crash that may appear minor for a passenger vehicle can cause serious injuries, including but not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head and facial injuries
- Spinal and neck injuries
- Severe lacerations
- Road rash
- Organ damage and internal bleeding
Safety Tips for Motorcycle Riders
There are some things that you can do to lower your chance of getting hurt while riding your motorcycle. These include the following:
- Always wear a Department of Transportation-approved helmet; it has been estimated that they reduce the probability of a crash fatality by 37 percent.
- Never ride your motorcycle after you have been drinking. Instead, get a ride home from a friend or call yourself a cab.
- Dont let friends or family drive their bikes after they have been drinking. If they dont listen to you, taking away their keys may be your only option.
- Wear protective clothing with bright colors and reflective materials, so that other motorists are able to see you.
- Avoid tailgating at all times.
- Exercise caution and maintain a safe traveling speed when going over slippery surfaces or gravel.
In addition to the safety tips above, make sure to always be aware of what is going on around you and obey posted speed limits. Learn about South Carolina's motorcycle safety foundation here.
Free Case Evaluation
After a motorcycle crash, you may have a long road to recovery ahead of you. On top of mounting medical bills, you may have to take a significant amount of time off work, or in some cases, you may be permanently disabled.
A motorcycle accident lawyer will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Your motorcycle injury lawyer will compile the details of your claim, access accident reports, interview witnesses, and deal with insurance carriers in order to prove the merits of your case and secure a maximum settlement. A motorcycle accident settlement will compensate you for medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, loss of employment benefits, and even your pain and suffering.
Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, a motorcycle injury lawyer will represent your best interests as you pursue a claim for compensation. Contact the motorcycle accident lawyers at Harbin & Burnett LLP today at 1(888)821-0247 (nationwide) or 1(800)634-5328 (in South Carolina) to schedule a free case evaluation and discuss your claim with one of our attorneys at no cost to you.