Motorcycle Accidents: Why You Need a Lawyer
Motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable on the roadways. They have minimal protection against other vehicles, distracted drivers, weather conditions, and other road hazards. When a motorcycle accident occurs and a rider is injured, it can be difficult to prove who is at fault. Occasionally liability in a motorcycle accident may be cut and dry; however, it is common that many causes are not easy to determine instantly.
Sometimes motorcycle accidents occur and there is no physical contact with another vehicle. This can complicate the legal process a bit, but it does not mean that the accident wasn’t caused by the other driver’s negligence. Motorcyclists are often forced to drive off the road or dangerously lay their bikes down to avoid collisions with drivers who are not paying attention or driving unsafely.
In cases like this, even though the other driver did not physically hit the motorcyclist, they are still responsible for the accident and any injuries.
When drivers make left-hand turns they often do not first check to see if there is a motorcyclist in their blind spot, contributing to thousands of accidents and deaths every year. This coupled with the growing rate of distracted drivers on the roadways makes for increasingly dangerous conditions for America’s motorcyclists.
In other situations, dangerous road conditions such as potholes or unmaintained roadways may be to blame. These conditions may also play an important role in any motorcycle accident, contributing to the severity of injuries to the motorcyclist and the damages that can be claimed.
Even with proper riding technique and all recommended safety gear, motorcyclists are at a much higher rate of injury and death if an accident occurs. It is imperative that if you drive a car or a motorcycle, that you are extremely mindful of the others on the road around you. Car drivers should always be on the lookout for motorcyclists, especially in the spring, summer, and fall months when riders are out in greater numbers.
A skilled personal injury attorney will research and analyze the motorcycle accident facts and figure out who was at fault. An experienced personal injury lawyer will conduct an accident investigation and reconstructions if necessary to prove the fault of the accident to the insurance company. Remember, it is always better to hire an injury attorney to handle your motorcycle accident insurance claim then to try to handle your claim on your own; consultations are always free and you will not have to pay anything unless you win your claim.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in an accident that was not your fault, or you feel you may have a medical malpractice related claim or need social security disability benefits, call Graves McLain, the Tulsa Personal Injury Law Firm for a free confidential consultation at 918-359-6600. An experienced attorney will review your situation at no cost to you. We represent victims and their families in serious injury and death cases arising from medical mistakes, vehicle collisions, and other accidents.
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