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I was injured in a motorcycle accident – who is liable?

I was injured in a motorcycle accident – who is liable?

There are many potential ways that motorcyclists can be injured. And while motorcycle accidents are not as frequent as car accidents, motorcycle accidents are usually much more severe and can result in death due to the smaller size and less stable nature of the motorcycle. Furthermore, common road conditions such as potholes, dead animals, slick pavement conditions, uneven heights between lanes, and other hazards pose a serious safety risk to motorcycles and their riders. Below are a few common road hazards that motorcyclists should be aware of and look out for: Road Hazards 1. Bad roads: Rough and bumpy roads, either from disrepair, construction work, or resurfacing efforts. 2. Gravel: Accidents caused by gravel often occur when motorcyclists are speeding. 3. Animals. 4. Edge breaks: An edge break is when two traffic lanes are different heights. This can be problematic for unsuspecting motorcyclists, especially when traveling on the freeway at high speeds. 5. Standing water. 6. Snow and ice: Snow and ice are more hazardous for motorcycles than for cars. 7. Railway tracks and crossings. Motorcycle tires can get caught in a railway track, causing a crash. 8. Debris or objects in the road: Parts of tire treads, things fallen from trucks, branches, or rocks, are more hazardous to motorcycles than cars. 9. Slippery surfaces: The list of objects and surfaces that are, or can become, slippery is long. The following types of debris and road surfaces can be very slippery and dangerous for motorcyclists: leaves crosswalk lines trolley tracks other painted surfaces anti-freeze or oil Who is liable? In motorcycle accidents, like car accidents, liability is determined by...
Motorcycle Accidents can Cause Serious Injuries

Motorcycle Accidents can Cause Serious Injuries

The number motorcycles registered in the United States is continuing to increase. The United States Department of Transportation indicated that there were over 8 million registered motorcycles in 2012.1 As the number of motorcycles continues to grow, so too will the number of accidents involving motorcycles. Motorcycle drivers are at a high risk for serious injury or death if involved in an accident. This is largely because motorcycles lack the same protections as those of an enclosed vehicle.2 Motorcycle drivers involved in driving accidents may suffer some of the following serious injuries: Head Injury – Individuals involved in motorcycle accidents commonly suffer serious head injury, whether they were wearing a helmet or not. Head injuries are likely to occur given the lack of enclosure protection afforded by a vehicle. When the head strikes another object or surface, it absorbs the force of the impact. This can cause injuries to the head such as fractures, cuts, and even traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Any time the brain hits the inside of the skull, the brain risks suffering from TBI. TBI can lead to concussions, brain damage, and long-term loss of important brain functions tied to cognitive and physical abilities. This can directly impact or even limit an individual’s ability to engage in regular, everyday activities. Head injury can lead accident victims to require extensive medical care for treatment and recovery as well as possible medical attention for the remainder of the motorcyclist’s life. Additionally, the driver could suffer a loss of income and enjoyment of life due to having lost essential cognitive and physical abilities. Neck, Back, and Spinal Injuries –...