Motorcycle Accident Victims Can Seek Compensation
Statistics provided by the United States Department of Transportation indicate that there were a total of eight motorcycle fatalities in Hartford County in 2011. Numerous studies throughout the years have found that over 75 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents involve motorcyclists who choose not to wear a helmet.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, our motorcycle accident lawyers believe that anyone injured in a motorcycle accident deserves to be compensated by the damages and losses caused by the negligent actions of another driver. Our team of attorneys will assist you in getting the settlement you deserve, allowing you to recover from all of your injuries.
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Causes of Motorbike Collisions
Even though motorbike collisions typically do not occur as frequently as automobile accidents, they are much more likely to result in injury or death to the riders. Given the great fatality rate in our county alone in during the course of one single year, it pays for a rider to become educated on the causes of motorcycle accidents in order to reduce their chance of being involved in a collision. Some common types of motorcycle collisions include:
Cars Turning Left
This is one of the most dangerous maneuvers a passenger vehicle can make around a motorcyclist. These types of accidents typically occur near intersections or while passing the vehicle.
Drinking while Riding
These types of actions increase a rider’s change of being involved in an accident, while drunken driving and speeding accounts for half of all motorcycle accidents. Similarly, it is one of the leading causes of accidents in passenger vehicles as well.
Fixed Object Collisions
Motorcycle collisions with fixed objects account for 25 percent of motorcycle deaths. This is largely due to the fact that motorcyclists have no protection from the objects they are hurled into following a collision.
Accidents where automobiles strike the motorcyclist head-on occur 78 percent of the time, while rear-end accidents occur only five percent of the time. Head-On collisions with motorcyclists are often fatal to the riders.
High Performance Motorcycles
Although these types of motorcycles are less common across our Hartford roadways, they account for a small percentage of accidents due to their ability to travel at tremendous speeds. Super sport motorcycles are able to travel at speeds up to 160 miles per hour, thus when they strike an object at this speed, it will typically be fatal to the rider.
This is a maneuver commonly seen around slowly moving vehicles or stopped traffic when the motorcycle drives between the vehicles. This is a great cause for accidents as the motorcycles are traveling in close proximity to the other automobiles, it offers little room to maneuver, and passenger vehicles are not expecting motorcycles in these types of situations.
Road hazards pose larger threats than they do to passenger vehicles, due to the fact that motorcycles are much smaller and only have two wheels. Some common road hazards include; dead animals, potholes, slick pavement, and uneven roads.
There is no doubt that traveling at excessive speeds increases the chance for any type of vehicle accident. Of course, this is increasingly dangerous for motorcyclists as these vehicles do not maneuver the same as passenger vehicles and they do not offer anywhere near the amount of protection offered by the passenger vehicle.
Following these types of accidents, it is not uncommon for motorcyclists to become injured, cause damage to their bike, or cause a severe accident resulting in death.
Types of Motorbike Collision Injuries
Motorcyclists have little to no protection from the outside environment and other vehicles on the roadways, thus it is common for riders to sustain injures following an accident. Furthermore, these injuries may become quite expensive, especially if they are severe and disabling. Some common types of motorbike collision injuries include:
- Bone fractures
- Burn injuries
- Dental injuries
- Facial injuries
- Loss of limb
- Lower limb injuries
- Neck injuries
- Riders arm
- Road rash
- Severe head trauma
- Skull fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Following any type of motorcycle collision, it is recommended to seek the attention of a medical professional. This will assure there are no underlying injuries while taking care of any other injuries which have occurred. Furthermore, these documents may be used by our attorneys to formulate a case for you while working towards the settlement you deserve.
Types of Compensation Benefits Available
Following a motorcycle collision, there may be many different types of compensation benefits you may be eligible to recover. These benefits are intended to assist you while recovering from your injuries, losses, or losses of a loved one.
Some common types of benefits include:
- Loss of Consortium – This means that if a motorcyclist is injured in an accident, the spouse of the victim may be eligible to recover damages for losses of marital benefits including; companionship, affection, sexual relations, and comfort.
- Lost Wages – This means that a motorcyclist injured in an accident may be able to recover compensation for the time they could have been earning a wage if the accident had not occurred. If the victim is unemployed during the time of the accident, they could be awarded lost wages if the lawyer can demonstrate earning potential during this period of time.
- Mental Anguish – This means that injured victims and their families may be awarded compensation for any emotional and psychological suffering resulting from the accident. Compensation benefits may include; embarrassment, worry, grief, nervousness, fright, and other emotional disorders.
- Pain and Suffering – This means that injured victims may claim pain and suffering without proving the injury is permanent, as they are not bound by PIP regulations. This can include compensation for any physical pain suffered resulting from injured following the wreck.
- Past and Future Medical Expenses – This means that an injured victim may be eligible to receive compensation for fees involving emergency room visits, surgery, assistive devices, hospital care, and appointments with medical personnel.
To find out if you are eligible for any of these compensation benefits, our lawyers welcome you to contact us today with any questions you may have.
Contact Our Hartford Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
The attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers have great sympathy for those injured in motorcycle accidents and will investigate all factors involved with the cause of your accident. Our attorneys have won MILLIONS in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients and are prepared to fight for your justice.
For more information on how our attorneys can help you with your settlement, we welcome you to call us at 1-800-PERKINS today, talk to our Hartford motorcycle accident lawyer today. Here, a member of our intake staff is standing by waiting to collect information from your accident. This information will then be relayed to one of our helpful attorneys ready to take your specific case.
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