While accidents can happen anywhere, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) implies that many motorcycle accidents happen at intersections. Since motorcyclists do not have the same protection that a car provides, they are inherently more vulnerable to suffering catastrophic and potentially long-lasting injuries in accidents. Motorcyclists can also incur steep medical costs, loss of income, and other expenses after tragic accidents.
If this has happened to you or a loved one, hire a motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible and find out how to protect your legal rights and receive the compensation that you deserve.
Intersection Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents at intersections can happen due to:
- A motor vehicle driver making a left turn without seeing the motorcyclist coming from the opposite direction or misjudging their speed
- A vehicle driver not checking their blind spot and side-swiping a motorcyclist while turning into a road
- A driver deliberately ignoring traffic lights and signs or failing to yield
Intersection accidents can also happen due to other driver-related negligence, such as drinking while driving, texting while driving, or speeding. If another party acted negligently in causing an accident, the victim could have legal recourse and recover compensation from the at-fault driver.
However, accidents at intersections can also happen due to a poorly maintained roadway (that can have potholes or cracks). Unlike car drivers, motorcyclists can be extremely vulnerable to poorly maintained or inadequately constructed roadways. If you suffered injuries and other damages due to a bad road, you could have a claim against a local government entity.
Motorcycle Accidents on Highways and Interstates
Highways and interstates can be deadly for motorcyclists due to high speeds and high amounts of traffic on these types of roads. There can be many potential reasons for accidents on highways, including:
- Car drivers changing lanes without noticing a motorcyclist
- Motor vehicle drivers rear-ending motorcyclists in heavy traffic
- Road debris or potholes in the highway
- Bad weather conditions
When motorcycle accidents happen at high speed, such as on highways and interstates, the outcome can be catastrophic for the biker. They could be thrown off their bike into oncoming traffic and suffer horrendous and life-threatening or fatal injuries as a result. High-speed accidents do not only potentially cause more severe injuries but also more extensive and costly property damage.
What to Do After an Accident
It can be in a biker’s best interests to seek legal advice as soon as they are able to after an accident, as motorcyclists may end up getting blamed for an accident even if the crash happened due to another party’s fault.
Legal advice can also be helpful when motorcyclists have suffered catastrophic injuries and could be entitled to a considerable settlement. A motorcycle accident lawyer can inform accident victims of their legal rights and determine whether they could recover compensation.
Compensation in Motorcycle Accidents
If you or a loved one got hurt in a motorcycle accident, compensation recoverable can include but is not limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and future lost income
- Lost earning capacity
- Transport costs
- Costs for repair or replacement of the motorcycle
- Out-of-pocket expenses
It is important to note that if you suffered significant injuries, you could also receive so-called “non-economic” damages, which are generally designed to compensate victims for their suffering and loss of life enjoyment after a tragic accident. Non-economic damages can include amounts for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of life quality
A motorcycle accident lawyer from our team can help you with calculating your damages adequately, which can be crucial for fighting for a fair settlement. If you do not know what your claim is worth, you might accept a low settlement from the at-fault party’s insurance, leaving you in debt.
Let Our Attorneys Help You Get What You Deserve
If you suffered the tragic consequences of another person’s negligent actions, you deserve justice and compensation. However, getting your due can be complicated and will require providing evidence of negligence and fault.
Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices can help you with every aspect of your claim, including gathering evidence, building a comprehensive case, negotiating with the relevant insurance company, and taking your claim all the way to trial if necessary. You can rely on our track record in getting accident victims the compensation that they deserve. The timeline for filing personal injury lawsuits is generally limited, so start today and call us now for a free case review at (888) 522-6291.