The repercussions involved in motorcycle accidents are endless. Not only is your motorcycle suffering damage, but you may be sustaining painful and difficult injuries as well. Not to mention the loss of wages due to absence at work or even losing your job because of an extended hospital stay. If you feel overwhelmed and frustrated, do not worry, because you are not alone. Whether you were the victim of an accident-related injury because of a distracted driver, drunk driving, or negligent behavior by a motor vehicle operator, a personal injury lawyer is here to help you get the justice you deserve and the compensation you need. Here are the important facts surrounding motorcycle accidents.
Over half of personal injury claims involved motor vehicle accidents, and a large portion of that are motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to injury in an accident because they do not have the protective material surrounding them as they would in a car, including seat belts, airbags, and windshields.
- 1. There are a lot of motorcycles on the road, with almost 200,000 registered in the state of Colorado alone. Out of state motorcyclists are not uncommon, either, as they are a popular vehicle of choice for cross country or long-distance endeavors.
- 2. There are a lot of motorcycles on the road, and a disturbing amount of motorcycle crash fatalities, too. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported over 35,000 in 2015. As previously discussed, motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to injury while on the road, and the majority of these accidents are caused by aggressive driving.
- 3. Just because you have submitted a personal injury claim, does not mean that you have to go to court. The vast majority of personal injury cases--up to 96% every year--are settled pretrial, saving you the additional headache of trial dates and court appearances.
Unfortunately, motorcycle operators often have to be on the defensive while out on the roads. It is imperative to be on the lookout for distracted drivers, intoxicated drivers, and the drivers that simply are not doing enough to watch out for you; as a smaller vehicle, you end up in a car's blind spots much more often than another car will. For that reason, motorcycles have to take additional steps to make themselves seen and always be on the defensive in case you are put in danger of an accident that could cost you money, motorcycle, limb, or life.