Almost 5,000 people died in motorcycle accidents in 2016 alone. While this is significantly lower than the number of people who died in car accidents (23,793), riding a motorcycle is much, much more dangerous. In fact, it is estimated that motorcyclists are twenty-nine times more likely to be killed and five times more likely to be injured than people who drive cars.
These statistics serve to highlight the importance of motorcycle safety. Still, accidents happen even after taking all possible precautions. Whether it is a major accident involving fatalities and thousands of dollars in damages, or a minor accident involving nothing more than adrenaline and shaken nerves, you should consult a motorcycle accident lawyer.
The Benefits of Speaking to a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Accidents of any kind are frightening. This is especially true when you are on a motorcycle. You have less protection and can be injured far more seriously. Even if your accident was minor, you still need time and space to recover emotionally and mentally.
Perhaps the largest benefit of using a motorcycle accident lawyer is that you are able to focus on getting better. Here at The Berman Law Group, we take care of everything involved in your case from initial filings to proving negligence and fault and more. We have recovered over $200 million for our past clients. You can focus on recovering while we focus on getting you the settlement you deserve.
The most important part of any motorcycle accident lawsuit involves determining negligence, fault, and liability.
Negligence and Fault
Almost all vehicle accidents, whether they are car, motorcycle, or something else, happen due to one party’s negligence. This means someone involved failed to follow the law. The other party can receive compensation for this negligence. These can be the cost of medical care, the cost of your destroyed motorcycle, lost salary or wages, and the cost of your pain and suffering.
It is often difficult to prove negligence and fault, though. You need to show the following occurred in order to prove the other driver(s) was negligent:
- They should have driven in a certain way – also known as their duty of care
- They did not drive in this way – also known as breaching their duty of care
- This failure to drive safely was the cause of your motorcycle accident
- You have suffered losses as a result of the accident
Proving negligence is simple in some cases. If, for instance, the other driver was drunk, ran a red light, and hit your motorcycle, that may be negligence. However, most of the time proving negligence and liability is more difficult. This is a major reason that having a motorcycle accident lawyer is so important.
Even the most organized individual can feel woefully unprepared in court and chances are that you will not be the most organized individual after an overwhelming accident. The experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at The Berman Law Group can help. We have helped hundreds of clients recover damages that were due to them. Our next successful case could be yours.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Now that we know a bit more about what happens after a motorcycle accident, let’s take a look at some ways that these accidents occur. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Head on collisions – these account for 78% of all accidents involving motorcycles (these can include left-handed turn accidents)
- A car making a left-handed turn – these types of accidents account for 42% of car/motorcycle collisions
- Splitting lanes while riding – includes changing lanes
- Sudden stops – both on the part of cars and motorcyclists
- Collision with a fixed object – these account for 25% of all motorcycle accident deaths
While these are some of the more frequent types of accident causes we have seen, there are many different contributing factors involved in accidents. Contact our motorcycle accident lawyer team today at 1-800-375-5555 to learn how we can help you.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle accidents are more dangerous than traditional car accidents for a wide variety of reasons. The largest reason is that there is less protection on motorcycles than car or trucks. Even when wearing a helmet, which you should always make sure to do, the chance for serious injury still looms large.
Common types of motorcycle accidents include:
- Broken or fractured bones – including arms, legs, and ribs
- Road rash
- Spinal injuries – including herniated disks, partial paralysis, and complete paralysis
- Traumatic brain injury – also known as catastrophic brain injury
- Wrongful death
- And more
The Berman Law Group is Here to Help
We are here to help you. Whatever your specific situation, whatever type of accident you were involved in, whatever type of injury you have sustained: we can and will help.
Our compassionate and dedicated team of expert motorcycle accident attorneys are ready to take your case. We have decades of collective experience in personal injury of all sorts. We know what it takes to get you the damages and settlement you deserve for your accident. The more than $200 million we have recovered for our clients is proof of this.
Why pick us over another motorcycle accident law firm, though? Simple: we create a relationship with all of our clients. We develop a bond that allows us to focus on the legal heavy lifting and take that weight off of your shoulders. You should be concerned with healing physically and emotionally and nothing else.
That is The Berman Law Group difference. Contact us now at 1-800-375-5555 for a free case consultation.