Find A Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is imperative that you speak with a motorcycle accident attorney or personal injury lawyer. At whocanisue.com we have accident attorneys that specialize in motorcycle crashes.
In 2008, nearly a quarter of all motorcycle accidents resulted in death. The causes of these fatal motorcycle accidents vary. The details of each case may also vary, a motorcycle injury attorney will assist you with your claim.
As motorcycles have gained popularity the number of fatal motorcycle accidents and people injured in a motorcycle accident have also increased. Find a motorcycle accident attorney for your case.
In 2007, 36% of all motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were speeding, compared with 24% for drivers of passenger cars, 19% for light truck drivers and 8% for large truck drivers, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
In 2008, 26% of motorcycle riders who were involved in fatal crashes were riding without a valid license, as compared to 13% of passenger vehicle drivers.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), riders of supersports motorcycles have nearly four times the fatalities than drivers of other types of motorcycles. Supersports are light-weight, aerodynamically styled motorcycles which have more horsepower than conventional bikes and can reach speeds of up to 190 mph. Speeding and driver error were bigger factors in supersport crashes. At whocanIsue.com, we will match you with the right motorcycle accident lawyer for your specific case.
Motorcycle helmets are said to be 37% effective in preventing fatal motorcycle accident injuries. In 2007, helmets are said to have saved 1,784 lives.
As of December 2008, there were 20 states plus the District of Columbia that required motorcyclists to wear helmets. Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire had no helmet laws. The remaining 27 U.S. states required that only people between ages 17 to 20 years wear helmets.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) was created to work with NHTSA and state governments in promoting motorcycle safety with education courses, training and licensing. About 3.2 million motorcyclists have taken MSF training courses. The organization also recommends that motorcycle operators wear protective gear, especially helmets to avoid injuries.
Who Can Sue
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and should speak with a personal injury attorney or motorcycle accident attorney about the details of your case.
Victims of motorcycle accidents caused by the negligence of another driver, a poorly maintained or poorly designed roadway or faulty motorcycle parts, gear or equipment have the legal right to seek compensation for their injuries through a lawsuit.
After a motorcycle accident, the insurance companies of each party negotiates compensation. While you can represent yourself in an insurance claim, it is strongly recommended that you let a qualified personal injury attorney review the facts before filing a lawsuit to recover damages.
While a lawsuit may be the best way to recover your losses, the liability laws regarding motorcycle accidents differ in each state and can also differ from motor vehicle liability laws. Consulting an experienced motorcycle accident attorney increases the likelihood of receiving proper compensation.
Because a motorcycle rider's only protection during a crash is often the helmet and clothing he/she wears, the integrity of this gear is important. For bikers who suffer a serious head or neck injury as the result of a poorly designed or manufactured helmet, a defective product lawyer is often your only hope for recovery.
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Motorcycle crash fatalities increased every year from 1997 to 2007.
In August, 2005, the dramatic jump in motorcycle accidents caused Congress to add $3- million to an existing federal transportation bill in order to examine the problem.
A 2006 study conducted by the University of Southern California, with funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), investigated motorcycle accidents in the Los Angeles area, examining the causes as well as ways those accidents could have been avoided. Some of the findings from the report (‘Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures’) are listed below:
- The failure of car and truck drivers to detect motorcycles in traffic is the chief cause of motorcycle accidents.
- Road defects, such as pavement ridges, potholes, etc. caused 2% of motorcycle accidents; animals caused1% of motorcycle accidents.
- Intersections are the most likely place for motorcycle accidents to happen.
- Weather is a factor in only 1% of motorcycle accidents.
- Most motorcycle accidents happen close to home, during a short trip associated with shopping, errands, entertainment or recreation.
- The median pre-crash motorcycle speed was 29.8 mph.
- Craftsmen, laborers and students comprised most of the accident-involved motorcycle riders.
- More than half of the motorcycle riders involved in accidents had less than 5 months experience on the accident motorcycle.
- Almost half of the fatal motorcycle accidents showed alcohol involvement.
- The use of the safety helmet is the single critical factor in the prevention of reduction of head injury. Sixty percent of the motorcyclists were not wearing safety helmets at the time of their accident.
- Less than 10% of the motorcycle riders had insurance of any kind to provide medical care or replace property.
- Motorcyclists were 35 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash and eight times more likely to be injured.