Motorcycle riders run a high risk of being involved in traffic accidents
while on city or rural roadways or highways. Even the most experienced motorcyclists with proper training, experience,
and constant vigilance are in danger of drivers that fail to see them
or make traffic decisions while being distracted from paying attention
to the roadways. Without the protection a passenger in a car has, injuries
in motorcycle accidents are more likely to occur and often more severe.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, obtaining immediate
legal advice can ensure that the evidence regarding the accident is secured
so that you are not unfairly found liable for the accident and are fairly
compensated for your injuries.
Motorcycle Accidents Resulting in Injury
According to a US study conducted by the Hurt Report, 75% of motorcycle
accidents involve a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle. Although the remaining
percentage of motorcycle accidents involves single-motorcycle incidents,
they can still be the direct result of drivers in cars, trucks or other
vehicles that have caused them to crash in order to avoid a collision.
Motorcycle riders also run a greater risk of suffering
catastrophic injuries in
car collisions or
Common injuries in motorcycle accidents include bone fractures, spinal
injuries, facial injury, concussions and brain trauma, even when helmets
are worn. The likelihood that a motorcycle operator will be injured in
a traffic accident is overwhelming; 98% in multiple vehicle accidents
and 96% in single vehicle accidents. With such compelling statistics,
insurance companies do their best to prove the motorcyclist was completely
or partially at fault and minimize any payments for damages. At SWARTZ
& KENNEDY you can be confident that our legal team will work hard
for you and will not be satisfied with any compensation below what you
are entitled to recover.
Determining who is at fault in motorcycle accidents is the first step in
recovering damages for an injured motorcycle rider. An immediate investigation
is often necessary before the evidence has been lost or destroyed. In
fact, finding out who is responsible in these accidents is often more
difficult than in car accidents. Motorcycle riders run the risk of being
accused of causing the accident. Many insurance companies are aware of
the unsafe practices associated with motorcycles by the public and often
try to avoid liability of their insureds by placing blame on motorcycle
riders. Common defense strategies attempt to capitalize on motorcycle
riders' use of unsafe speeds, lane changing, lane splitting and other
situations that shift blame away from car or truck drivers, especially
in cases involving sports bikes. Often, these insurance accusations can
only be defeated by an experienced legal team who investigates the accident
as soon as possible and retains the best experts to prove the motorcyclist
is not at fault.
Seeking legal advice immediately after a motorcycle accident can ensure
the evidence of the other party's negligence is preserved and reduce
the risk of being undercompensated. Our firm is experiences in dealing
with all legal proceedings that can arise during your personal injury
claim as well all the liability and damages issues that arise with a motorcycle
accident case. With a hundred years of legal experience and millions of
dollars of recovery for our clients you can trust the experience, dedication,
and hard work that SWARTZ & KENNEDY delivers.
Contact us today to discuss your case.