Motorcycles are appealing on many levels. They’re visually attractive, exciting to ride, and even comfortable. Many like the attitude and ideas surrounding motorcycles. However, there are some dangers that come with riding a motorcycle that people don’t have to worry about when driving a car. With that being said, these risks don’t and shouldn’t stop motorcyclists from riding their bikes. There are many precautions a good rider will take to keep themselves safe. However, this doesn’t mean that every driver around them will take such precautions. It’s estimated that in 2013 alone, 4,668 people died in motorcycle crashes. On the bright side, this was actually down by 6.4% from 2012. In turn, there were 88,000 motorcycle accident injuries in 2013, down 5.4% from 93,000 in 2012. It’s important, however, that when motorcycle accidents do happen motorcycle accident attorneys are contacted. A motorcycle accident lawyer is a type of personal injury lawyer, and can help victims of such accidents and their loved ones get the recognition — and often compensation — that they deserve. While many fail to contact motorcycle injury lawyers because they don’t think that they’ll receive any settlement, the fact is that 95 to 96% of personal injury cases are settled in the pretrial phase. Below, we’ll look into the different types of motorcycle accidents, and how a personal injury lawyer can help those recovering from them.
1. Accidents Under The Influence
A good rider knows that they need to be clear-headed. Riding a motorcycle under the influence can lead to any number of accidents — and in that case, the rider would at fault. However, when a driver — especially a driver of a large automobile — is under the influence, a motorcyclist can be more at risk than those in cars. This is because a motorcycle is already more difficult to spot in dense traffic when a driver is sober. When a driver is under any kind of influence, the motorcyclist becomes even harder to see. If you suspect that your accident occurred because a person was driving under the influence, this issue needs to be investigated thoroughly — and while the police should already be taking care of such investigations, it’s important that your attorney has access to all of the information necessary. Motorcycle accidents can also occur, however, when drivers are perfectly sober. The stakes are simply different when motorcycles are involved.
2. Distracted Driving
Again, motorcyclists are naturally just difficult to see in comparison to cars. This is why drivers need to be on the alert all the time. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, drivers can be distracted and fail to check a blind spot before changing lanes or merging. Motorcyclists often fall directly into blind spots, and therefore they are prey to the risks of distracted driving. Distracted driving can occur because a person is occupied with visual tasks like texting or reaching for their phone. It can also be the result of simply talking on the phone. Some drivers, however, engage in egregious behavior like listening to music in their headphones or playing games while driving. Luckily, much of the time this kind of behavior can be proven by a good attorney through cell phone records. Motorcycle accidents, sometimes, are just the result of a person being distracted by road rage. Motorcyclists are simply at more of a risk of being hurt by simple carelessness. This doesn’t mean that they are at fault simply for riding their motorcycles, and this must be recognized.
3. Violation Of Right Of Way Accidents
Violating the right of way is a simple mistake that happens, unfortunately, fairly often on the road. Many drivers are unaware of the rules and laws regarding a motorcyclist’s right of way. Again, this can be because it’s difficult to see a motorcyclist entering a roadway or roundabout. Even if the mistake was an honest mistake, a good lawyer is aware that the motorist needs to be held responsible.