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Accidents put the rider of a motorcycle at a significant disadvantage since the bike provides no structural protection from the collision and there is nothing to deflect the force of the crash. This means motorcycle riders can be severely injured in crashes as a result, especially if they are thrown from their bike at the time of the accident. Tragically, many motorcycle accidents result in death.
Many of these motorcycle accidents occur because drivers are negligent and because drivers of passenger cars simply do not understand how to safely share the road with motorcycle riders. At the Abelson Law Firm, our Washington, D.C., injury attorneys understand the unique factors involved in motorcycle accidents, and we have extensive experience helping riders to get justice after an accident.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need an advocate on your side to help you to understand your rights, one who knows the dynamics of a motorcycle accident so you can build a strong case. The attorneys at the Abelson Law Firm are ready to be your advocate.
Taking Legal Action After a Motorcycle Accident
In many motorcycle accidents, the driver of a passenger car is either wholly or partially responsible for the crash. Some of the common causes of a motorcycle accident that occur as a result of another motorist include:
- Drivers who don’t pay attention because they are distracted, drunk or tired. A driver who fails to pay attention for these or other reasons may not see a motorcycle rider.
- Drivers who underestimate the speed of motorcycle riders or who fail to see them approaching at intersections or in traffic.
- Drivers who do not yield the right of way to motorcycle riders or who otherwise do not obey laws for sharing the road with bikers.
These are just some examples of driver negligence that can cause a motorcycle accident. In any case where a driver’s behavior is unreasonably careless and a motorcycle rider is hurt as a result, the rider can take action. Further, motorcycle riders can even take action and file a lawsuit if the driver of the car was only partially to blame. In most states, if a motorcycle rider was partially at fault for his or her own crash, then the damages are simply reduced to account for the percent of fault that is attributed to the motorcyclist.
Unfortunately, insurance companies are often distrustful of motorcyclists and may be very cautious about admitting fault or awarding damages. This should not come as a surprise to any motorcycle rider who has had to pay high insurance premiums for motorcycle insurance. It is important to be aware of this attitude on the part of insurers, and injured motorcyclists should get an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to negotiate a fair settlement for them or to represent them in court if needed to get a fair deal.
Compensation for a Motorcycle Accident
Whether you settle or sue, there are certain types of damages that the victim of a motorcycle accident should normally be entitled to. Depending upon the extent of the injuries and the severity of the crash, you should typically receive compensation for medical costs; lost income/wages; pain and suffering; loss of enjoyment and emotional distress.
Serious and even permanent injuries often occur in motorcycle accidents. You may face disfigurement, brain injuries or even permanent disability. The more serious and long lasting your injuries are, the more compensation the defendant who caused the crash should pay. If you will need lifetime medical care for an injury, for example, then the damage award should cover these costs.
Insurance companies may try to lowball you or offer a settlement that doesn’t fully compensate you. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can work to negotiate a fair settlement and counter this type of unfair dealing. At the Abelson law Firm, our experienced attorneys are also skilled litigators and can go to court on your behalf if necessary to get you the full and fair compensation that you deserve. Our attorneys can help every step of the way, from building evidence to arguing on your behalf.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact us online or by phone toll free at 1-888-797-4242 or 202-331-0600 for a free consultation.