Motorcyclists are some of the most exposed and vulnerable motorists on the road. They are less visible to car and truck drivers, and have little protection beyond their riding leathers, so it’s no surprise that they are more likely to be injured or die in a traffic collision. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash, having a motorcycle accident attorney at your disposal can make a world of difference.
In the confusing aftermath of a traumatic motorcycle accident, Conexion Legal can help connect you to the representation you deserve.
What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents?
Motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to be killed in a traffic collision than automobile drivers or their passengers. They do not have a heavy metal chassis surrounding them to protect them from flying debris or other out-of-control vehicles. While having two wheels rather than four makes motorcycles more maneuverable than automobiles or trucks, it also means they are less visible to other motorists, and more vulnerable to adverse road conditions.
With that in mind, here are a few of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents:
- Tailgating, or following too closely
- Changing lanes
- Lane splitting (driving between lanes of traffic)
- Potholes, or cracked/uneven pavement or concrete
- Drunk drivers
- Solid road debris, like a tire tread or car parts from a previous accident
What can a motorcycle accident lawyer do for me?
Whether civil or criminal, legal proceedings resulting from motorcycle accidents rarely see the inside of a courtroom. That doesn’t mean that you won’t need a lawyer.
Just because motorcyclists are more vulnerable to collisions doesn’t mean they have any fewer legal rights than those driving vehicles that offer greater protection. Insurance companies will try to pay as little as possible on claims, and a trained, expert lawyer who specializes in motorcycle accidents can help you cut through the red tape, understand and fill out paperwork and get the compensation you deserve.
A lawyer will also be able to determine if there were other parties or factors that played into your accident, such as negligence on the part of a public entity or a private party.
For example: It is the responsibility of motorists to be aware of their fellow travelers on the road, and their negligence — not seeing a motorcycle in their side-view mirror before changing lanes — could lead to severe injuries for motorcyclists.
It is also the responsibility of municipal, state and federal authorities to maintain streets, roadways and highways, and of private property owners to maintain the roadways on their property. If a crack, hole or defect in the roadway contributed to a motorcycle accident, and the owner or manager of that roadway is found to have had — or should have had — knowledge of it and did not address it, they can be held liable.
A motorcycle accident attorney will be able to send subpoenas, ensure that evidence is preserved, send Freedom of Information Act requests, keep track of filing deadlines, explain forms and paperwork and hire experts to evaluate, identify and document evidence.
If you or a loved one has been injured or died in a motorcycle accident, contact the Conexion Legal team as soon as possible by calling 1800 201 1220, or write us through WhatsApp, to schedule your free legal consultation. We can connect with an expert motorcycle accident attorney who is well-versed in your local personal injury laws.