Motorcycle enthusiasts love their bikes for many reasons—the exhilarating sense of speed, great fuel economy, low total cost of ownership, and more. While those are all appealing factors, bikers need to be especially cautious on the road. They’re relatively exposed and sometimes ignored by other motorists, which can make for a deadly combination.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 5,172 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2017. The number of fatalities has been on the rise since 2014. If you’ve been in or lost a family member to a motorcycle crash, a motorcycle accident attorney from The Paul Powell Law Firm can win you maximum restitution.
Motorcycle Accident Causes
Some people believe that motorcyclists are more prone to accidents because they’re driving smaller vehicles and have minimal protection. Those are certainly contributing factors to the injuries bikers incur, but the causes of motorcycle crashes are often negligence and recklessness on the part of other motorists, including:
- Unsafe Lane Changes: Some drivers do not check their blindspots adequately and are unaware of motorcycle riders when changing lanes.
- Failure to Yield: Motorists are sometimes confused by or ignorant of right-of-way laws, which can be catastrophic to motorcyclists that are obeying traffic rules.
- Read-End Accidents: Drivers sometimes tailgate motorcycles. This can result in nasty read-end crashes when the biker has to slow down abruptly.
- Door Collisions: The simple act of exiting a car can cause a major crash when the driver doesn’t look to see if a motorcycle rider is approaching. A hastily-opened door can result in a biker being thrown from their bike, often with a rough landing.
There are, of course, many other reasons for motorcycle accidents, including poorly maintained streets and defective vehicle parts. No matter the cause, if you or a loved one was involved in a motorcycle crash due to negligence or recklessness, the motorcycle accident attorney team at The Paul Powell Law Firm can fight for your rights while you focus on recovery.
Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Even though cautious bikers are normally protected by a helmet (and sometimes riding leathers), the impact of a motorcycle wreck can be tremendous. Additionally, the lack of an airbag and safety belt can cause the rider to go hurtling through the air after a high-impact crash. Some common motorcycle injuries include:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Bruises and contusions
- Broken and fractured bones
- Neck injuries
- Spinal damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
While there are great reasons to ride motorcycles, owners have to be aware that there are specific dangers to them, as well. The Paul Powell Law Firm motorcycle accident attorney team is very familiar with the specific needs of bikers following a crash. If you or a family member have been involved in a wreck, our team can put you in touch with top doctors and specialists. We work with some of the top medical professionals in the country in order to make sure you get the treatment you need.
Contact The Paul Powell Law Firm
When you work with The Paul Powell Law Firm, you can expect dedicated professionals that will listen to your situation with care. You can expect a legal team that will carefully listen to the details of your accident and research the situation fastidiously in order to build the strongest possible case. Finally, you can expect a skilled motorcycle accident attorney that will vehemently fight for you against insurance companies and opposing lawyers in order to win the highest settlement possible.
You can contact The Paul Powell Law Firm by phone at 702-728-5500 (Las Vegas) and 312-635-5400 (Chicago). You can also submit an online case evaluation whenever it’s convenient for you. Motorcycle accidents can be harrowing ordeals. Contact us to help you make the best out of a difficult situation.