When a motorcycle crashes with a pedestrian or another kind of vehicle, one or more of the people involved in the crash can be seriously injured. These injuries can cause victims to suffer permanent disabilities, long-term complications, premature end to their careers and overall, a significantly reduced quality of life.
What Causes Motorcycle Crashes?
In many cases, negligence causes motorcycle accidents. “Negligence” is a blanket term that refers to all incidents of disregarding others’ safety, which may or may not involve violating traffic laws. A few examples of negligence on the part of a driver or motorcyclist include:
- Driving drunk;
- Distracted driving;
- Aggressive driving; and
- Disregarding posted traffic signals, like running red lights.
More specific types of negligence that can lead to motorcycle crashes are drivers failing to look carefully for motorcycles on the roadway and motorcyclists failing to turn on their bikes’ lights when riding at night. Visibility is a significant issue with motorcycles because they can easily disappear in cars’ blind spots and go unnoticed on dark roadways.
Sometimes, a motorcycle crash results from negligence on the part of the government or private agency tasked with maintaining the stretch of road where it occurred. Because of their shape, motorcycles are more sensitive to sharp turns, potholes and debris than four-wheeled vehicles. When a poorly maintained roadway causes a motorcycle crash, the roadway’s owner can be liable for victims’ damages.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Whether you were the motorcyclist, a driver, a car passenger or a pedestrian involved in a motorcycle crash, you could be injured. How you are injured and how badly you’re injured depend on a variety of factors that include the speed of the crash, whether you were inside a car when it happened and your overall age and fitness level.
Motorcycle crash victims can suffer a variety of injuries. These include:
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Head injuries;
- Broken bones; and
- Soft tissue injuries like sprains and strains.
Additionally, you can suffer long-term and permanent complications from a motorcycle crash injury, like developing depression or suffering permanent facial disfigurement.
Filing a Motorcycle Accident Claim
When you file a personal injury claim, you can seek compensation for all of your injury-related expenses, including:
- Your medical bills;
- Your short- and long-term lost wages; and
- Intangible expenses like your reduced quality of life and your emotional trauma. These are known as “pain and suffering damages.”
During your first consultation with a personal injury lawyer, you’ll learn more about your case, your rights and your legal options. They can include filing a personal injury claim with the negligent party’s insurance provider to seek compensation for your damages.
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