Clients who are involved in motorcycle accidents typically suffer more serious injuries than those involved in the single car or two car accidents. Most motorcyclists are usually unprotected or have limited protection from almost any collision. A motorcyclist who is hit by a car or a truck will often suffer serious injuries because he or she is not protected by airbags, seat belts and other types of safety measures considered in the design of cars or trucks. A motorcyclist may have a helmet on that may keep him or her from suffering a serious head injury, but they are unprotected from scrapes, bruises and broken limbs, or loss of limbs caused by asphalt and the open road. I see many serious injuries in motorcycle accidents involving the same speeds and collisions that occur between two automobiles.
Motorcyclists also have a tenancy to be more invisible than automobiles do. In many of these motorcycle accidents, the automobile driver does not even slow down because they do not see the motorcyclist for whatever reason, and again, speed causes more serious injuries than what you would normally see in a collision between cars or trucks. I see a lot more road rash, cuts and bruises caused by the separation either of the motorcyclists, the motorcyclist colliding with the vehicle or against the road.
Whenever you see or hear of a motorcycle accident, you usually have to call 911 for medical support. Ambulance rides are very common for these types of accidents and injuries.
Most accident victims should consult with an attorney. The vast majority of those folks involving motorcycle accidents end up having to retain an attorney because, in most of these cases, the insurance companies try to blame the motorcyclist for his or her speed and failure to avoid the other vehicle. There is a certain level of prejudice in today’s society against motorcycle drivers. That prejudice stems from the perception that riding a motorcycle is risky, and that is true. Riding a motorcycle is riskier than driving a vehicle. Many people assume that a motorcyclist assumes the risk of riding that motorcycle and the consequences that go with riding one in an open environment. Motorcycle and automobile drivers have the same obligations to obey the rules of the road, and if the automobile driver and motorcyclist obey the rules of the road, most of these accidents would not happen.
It is because of this prejudice against motorcyclists that many people end up retaining an attorney to fight these battles against prejudice. Even in cases, where the injuries are not serious, the prejudice lingers and many motorcycle accident victims and cases are undervalued because of this prejudice. They also try to claim, in the accidents where the motorcyclist not wearing a helmet, they would not have been injured if they were wearing protective headgear. That is not really a viable defense in a motorcycle accident case.
Automobile drivers have an obligation to keep a proper lookout and a safe distance while driving just like everyone else on the road. They need to follow the rules of the road, whether it is yielding the right of way, following the markings on the road or obeying all traffic signs and stoplights. What really happens is that an automobile driver needs to pay attention and be aware of not just other automobiles on the road, but other types of motorized and non-motorized vehicles, including motorcyclists. They cannot, and should not, be allowed to use the excuse that they did not see the motorist.
They automobile driver has an obligation to keep a proper lookout for motorcycles on the road. If the motorcycles on the road are using the proper rules of the road and all equipment, such as headlights, tail lights, reflectors, et cetera, are well maintained, the motorcyclists have just as many rights as the motorist and the motorist must obey and follow his duty and responsibility to the motorcyclist.
The most common cause of motorcycle accidents is the failure to pay attention or heed the vehicle, that is, the motorcycle on the road. Our eyes can unintentionally be trained to just see vehicles, cars and trucks that look similar to ours or something that provides a much bigger target for eyes and not the motorcycle. The first and foremost cause of motorcycle accidents is a failure to pay proper attention to the road. The second most common cause of motorcycle accidents is probably the relative speed of the motorcycle and the car. The third most common cause, I believe, in motorcycle accidents is lane changes and not recognizing that there is a motorcycle in your lane. Again, your vision does not pick up a motorcycle as it would a car or truck. These are probably the most common accidents we see in our firm.