Things You Need to Know if You’ve Been in a Motorcycle Accident
Driving a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience, but motorcycle accidents are too common on our roadways. Motorcyclists can be hard to see, especially to drivers who may not be driving defensively or are being lax about the rules of the road. About three quarters of all motorcycle crashes involve a passenger vehicle. It does not matter how cautious a motorcyclist is in some accidents, as other drivers’ inattentive or unsafe driving can be to blame.
Motorcycles are often victims of negligent drivers. Motorcyclists are not surrounded by metal and only have a helmet and, hopefully, armored clothing for protection. Injuries are more likely in a motorcycle crash than in a car crash. Additionally, fatalities are more common as well. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found in a 2006 study which found for every 100,000 registered motorcycles, 72.34 will be involved in a fatal crash, but only 13.10 cars will be involved in a fatal accident for each 100,000 registered. This same study found the odds of a fatal crash for motorcyclists was 35 times greater per mile travelled than the risk for a passenger vehicle.
In the event of a crash, motorcyclists may be entitled to compensation. There might be cause for compensation for their family as well. People affected by a motorcycle accident should contact a motorcycle accident attorney immediately because they are often unaware that they may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death suit, in the most unfortunate cases. Those affected by these accidents may be unaware of all of the options that their rights under the law afford them, and even if they are aware, they may not immediately realize how much an accident can impact them in the long term.
There may be long or short term pain and suffering from crashes, mentally or physically, and this often is cause for compensation. When a motorcyclist suffers a physical injury in a motorcycle accident, he or she might be barred from going to work; enjoying previously enjoyed activities and living their previously normal life may no longer be possible. By working with a motorcycle accident attorney like Law Offices of Gary Green, motorcyclists can recover lost wages, receive payment for property damage, and other monies due to them. Punitive damages, which are to deter the defendant from causing further harm, may also be appropriate in some situations.
As the previously mentioned statistics illustrate, many motorcycle accidents lead to a fatality. If someone is killed in a motorcycle crash, there are many effects for the motorcyclist’s family like loss of companionship, financial hardship, and life-long emotional distress. Family may be entitled to recover compensation for wrongful death and loss of consortium.
If you or a love one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, know that there are motorcycle accident attorneys that care about helping you recover your due compensation. These accidents are devastating for everyone involved, and a caring, experienced attorney can help you learn your rights and help you to move on from this traumatic event. To find out about the law and the compensation you may be entitled to, contact Law Offices of Gary Green today. You can call toll free at 1-888-442-8947 or you can email ggreen@gGreen.com for more information and your no obligation consultation.