Common Motorcycle Accidents and the Price of Your Claim
Some types of motorcycle accidents happen more frequently on our roads, while we see others less depending on the circumstances and trends in the area. In 2011 alone, statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed us that there were approximately 4,612 motorcycle accident fatalities on our roadways. Today we want to turn your attention to the most common types of motorcycle accidents and how much your claim might be worth so that you can get a better idea as you move forward.
Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents
There are many types of motorcycle accidents that happen due to the negligence of other drivers on our roads. As a whole, we have come to understand that motor vehicle drivers are not always watching out for the well-being of these vulnerable parties on our roads. Some of the most common accidents happen due to left-turn collisions, speeding, driving under the influence, and more.
Speeding and drunk driving by the other drivers on our roads can cause some of the deadliest accidents for motorcyclists. This is due to the fact that motorcyclists can very easily be thrown from their vehicles in the event of an accident. This can lead to extremely serious injuries such as road rash, broken bones, head trauma, organ damage, and more. In the worst cases, a motorcyclist can be killed instantly when the impact is forceful enough.
In many cases, we find that drivers were just not aware of the motorcyclist. For instance, when a driver is going around a bend in the road, they might not notice that a motorcycle is coming around and might take too large of a turn. This could put them right into the path of oncoming traffic from a motor vehicle. Motorcyclists are not easily spotted on our roadways, which means that they can easily fall victim to these accidents.
Lastly, distracted driving cases end in fatal results for motorcyclists every year as well. Sometimes, a driver looks away from the roadways due to checking their cell phone, messing with the GPS or radio in their vehicle, or talking to other passengers in the vehicle. When a driver engages in these dangerous acts, they could easily lose control and strike a motorcyclist, leading to a deadly crash in the blink of an eye.
Calculating Your Damages
Following a motorcycle accident, you might wonder how much you claim is worth, especially if you have sustained extremely serious damages. If your accident is cut-and-dry and liability is clearly the fault of the other party, you might find that receiving damages is not as complicated of a procedure. Your damages will be divided into two types, which include those that can be calculated exactly, and those that are not subject to exact calculation.
You will be able to receive compensation for a variety of aspects such as your past and future medical bills, lost earnings and those that you are expected to miss in the future, employment benefits, and other financial losses. Depending on the emotional suffering you have felt following your accident, you might even be eligible for these non-economic damages so that you can move forward. Calculating some of these aspects might be a breeze for you, especially if you can show paychecks that make your income available and what you might be missing, or show the exact medical bills through documentation. No matter what injuries you have suffered at the hands of a negligent driver, you have many options for compensation.
After being involved in a serious motorcycle accident, you might wonder what options and protections you have as you are working through the details of your claim. Call an experienced accident lawyer that you can trust with these matters today at Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner. We are waiting to hear from you, so do not hesitate to get started on your claim today at 304-431-4050.
Note: This post was created with the help of secondary sources operating independently from Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner Law Firm. The information used from these sources has not been independently confirmed by our staff. If anything included in these posts is incorrect, please inform us and we will promptly correct the post.
Disclaimer: Our intent with these posts is to honor the victims of these terrible accidents and inform the public about how to avoid these accidents and what to do in the event of one. This information should not be considered legal or medical advice.