If you have ever looked at motorcycle accident data, you’d be hard pressed to lay eyes on a brand-new motorcycle and not imagine a destructive accident. According to sources, the number of motorcycle accident fatalities has increased 153% in just nine years, from 1998 to 2007. It’s easy to understand why, with the incredibly high level of traffic and large number of roadways.
Bikers and cyclists, even when following all state safety protocol, such as wearing helmets and protective gloves, pants, boots and jackets, have comparatively little protection when colliding with a motor vehicle (whose driver is protected by seatbelts and a large metal cage that’s designed for impact). In addition to these threats, common road hazards like potholes, ice, cracks or slick roads provide much greater risk for motorcyclists than drivers.
Motorcycle accident injuries are often serious – even fatal. They range from broken bones, bruises and scrapes to spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Motorcycle accidents can leave riders paralyzed, as amputees, or with other types of permanent disability. While the hospital bills for a single injury alone can put financial strain on the biker’s family, those who are permanently disabled in bike crashes often face a lifetime of medical bills and an inability to work.
WHO’S AT FAULT IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
Few states that allows lane-splitting, a dangerous practice in which motorcyclists can drive on the lane divider (the double yellow or white line) between slowly moving or stopped vehicles. Bikers like this practice because it allows them to move more quickly through stopped or slow traffic, but it has resulted in a number of accidents. The fault isn’t entirely on the bikers; drivers don’t always know to look for a lane-splitting biker, and may pick up speed when the traffic begins to clear without checking for someone alongside them or allow them back into the lane. Many State laws allows for more than one person may be responsible for an accident. In cases where the motorcyclist and driver are both at fault, however being partially responsible for the crash doesn’t deprive a victim of their right to damages.
SUFFERING FROM OTHER INJURIES?
A wrongful death occurs when a person is killed due to the negligence or other liability of another person or entity. Surviving beneficiaries or dependents may seek compensation from the negligent and responsible party or parties.