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Passenger vehicle accidents can lead to serious physical injury, emotional distress, and substantial property damage. Motorcycle wrecks may be even more dangerous, as these vehicles lack stability and visibility. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer in your area as soon as possible.
Zinda Law Group motorcycle injury lawyers have the experience and knowledge necessary to help guide you through each step of the legal process. Our attorneys have the ability to help get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call (800) 863-5312 to speak with a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney today for your 100% free consultation.
common causes of motorcycle accidents
Even great motorcycle drivers may get into motorcycle accidents through no fault of their own. The causes for these disastrous incidents can be as varied as the number of drivers on the road, but some of the most common are described below:
Owning a motorcycle is a serious responsibility, and it is the duty of every motorcycle owner to keep the bike in top quality condition. Avoid driving the motorcycle if you are aware of any sort of defect in the machine. Further, if your motorcycle crashes due to faulty materials or manufacturing, you may be able to hold the motorcycle manufacturer liable for your injuries.
Lane changing accidents may occur due to the fault of either the motorcyclist or the driver of another vehicle. For example, the motorcyclist may be dangerously weaving in and out of traffic. On the other hand, a truck driver or person driving another vehicle or even another motorcycle nearby may be distracted and change lanes without looking, swerving into a motorcyclist.
Lane splitting occurs when a motorcyclist rides between traffic streams, straddling the lanes. Lane splitting is dangerous and should always be avoided by motorcyclists, regardless of their experience or confidence. Furthermore, this kind of driving is illegal in some states.
Another common type of motorcycle accident occurs when a car driver who is stopped or parked opens their door without checking for other approaching motorists. Collisions may be minor to severe, depending on the speed of the bike at the time of the accident.
It is never a good idea to drink and drive, no matter what type of vehicle you are using. You are not only putting your life in danger, but also the lives of others, including pedestrians. Furthermore, if you cause an accident while drinking, you will likely face criminal and civil liability.
If you were in a motorcycle accident and need a lawyer, contact Zinda Law Group today. No matter the cause of the accident, our experienced personal injury attorneys may be able to help with every step of your lawsuit and may be able to help get you the compensation you deserve.
common injuries caused by motorcycle accidents
Riding a motorcycle is a great way to get around while also saving money on gas. While exciting and thrilling, hitting the road on your bike can also be extremely dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported 5,014 motorcycle-related deaths in 2019 alone. Understanding the common injuries caused by motorcycle accidents may help motivate you to remain reasonably cautious when on the road in the future. Below are common injuries caused by motorcycle accidents:
Severe head injuries may result in a cracked skull or permanent brain damage. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that wearing a helmet while on a motorcycle is the single most effective way to save lives. For example, helmets saved an estimated 1,859 lives in 2016. Furthermore, wearing a helmet may help reduce the risk of death by 37% and head injuries by 69%.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Serious motorcycle crashes may cause spinal cord injuries. These kinds of injuries can be quite severe, resulting in permanent changes in strength, sensation, and other body functions below the site of the injury. Anyone who has experienced significant trauma to his or her head or neck after a motorcycle accident should seek immediate medical evaluation for the possibility of a spinal cord injury.
During a wreck, motorcyclists may be thrown from their bike, or may even have their bike fall on them. This trauma may result in fractured or shattered bones in the rider’s legs, knees, and feet. Further, a motorcyclist’s legs are more prone to hazards on the road, especially if the driver fails to wear the correct protective gear, such as leather riding clothes and kneepads.
As explained by the American College of Surgeons, any activity that involves speed, skin, and asphalt has the potential for road rash. One activity fitting that description would be riding a motorcycle. Wounds from road rash can include a combination of deep abrasions, avulsions, and lacerations.
Any blunt-force trauma has the potential of causing damage to internal organs and internal bleeding. You may be unaware of your internal injuries following a motorcycle accident, so it is important to seek immediate medical attention following the incident. Internal injuries can be severe and may be exacerbated if left untreated.
If you have been the victim of a motorcycle accident, you may be suffering from physical or mental injury, as well as hefty medical bills. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney today to discuss your case. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, property damage, and more.
steps to take if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident
Understanding what to do after a motorcycle accident is important in protecting your health, legal rights, and potential compensation. If you have been involved in an accident involving a motorcycle, you should follow these relatively simple steps:
1. Seek Medical Attention
The first thing you should do following a motorcycle accident is seek medical attention from a medical professional. Even if you believe you have only suffered minor injuries, your adrenaline may be running high, masking more serious, internal injuries. Further, it is important to document every injury you have, as it may aid you in your motorcycle accident lawsuit. Properly verifying your injuries and receiving an official medical report may help you negotiate a favorable settlement.
2. Call Law Enforcement
After you have sought medical attention, the next step is to contact your local law enforcement, such as the police. Law enforcement officers will be able to investigate the scene of the accident, determine who was at fault, and create an official police report. This crash report may come in handy later when negotiating a settlement or as helpful evidence in court against the at-fault party.
3. Document the Scene
The next step is to document the scene of the accident. As soon as you, the other driver, and any passengers are safe, it is important to begin documenting the incident. You will want to write down everything you can remember about how the accident occurred and what happened immediately following the accident. It is also a good idea to take pictures of any injuries, property damage, and the scene surrounding the accident.
Further, you will want to get and maintain all important information and documents relating to the accident. Examples of the information and documents include:
- The name and contact information of the other driver
- A copy of the other driver’s insurance information
- The license plate number and vehicle identification number of the other vehicle
- Names and contact information of any witnesses
- A copy of the official police report
4. Speak to a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Lastly, you will want to contact a personal injury attorney with experience in motorcycle accidents. Your attorney may discuss your case and help you make decisions to protect your legal rights. At Zinda Law Group, our attorneys have ample experience in handling a wide array of motor vehicle accident claims, including accidents involving motorcycles. We have the ability to investigate your case, negotiate with insurance companies, and fight for you in court if a favorable settlement cannot be made. If you were in a motorcycle accident and need a lawyer, contact Zinda Law Group today.
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Riding a motorcycle may be a fun and exciting way to pass the time or enjoy the outdoors; however, these vehicles can also be dangerous. Before hitting the road, you should always put on a helmet and double check that your motorcycle is in proper working condition. Furthermore, if you are in a passenger vehicle, share the road and keep your eyes open for motorcyclists. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, however, contact an experienced motorcycle injury attorney as soon as possible.
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