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Although motorcycle accidents are less common than car accidents due to the smaller number of motorcycles on the road, they are far more likely to cause serious injury or death. NHTSA estimates that motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to suffer fatal accidents than other motorists, and that 98 percent of those who lose their lives in car-motorcycle collisions are bikers, not car occupants.
Why are motorcycle accidents so dangerous? A combination of factors makes motorcycle accidents different from car crashes. They include:
If the driver was operating the vehicle to do his or her job, the driver’s employer might also be liable for the accident. It is important to check whether an employer is behind the scenes and how much control the employer had over the driver or the vehicle – including any insurance for accidents that the employer might carry in addition to the driver’s individual coverage.
Debris, small objects, or wet pavement may pass unnoticed by a car driver but cause serious injury to a motorcyclist.
In a drunk driving accident, an injured motorist may seek damages not only from the driver, but also from an alcohol vendor or social host who continued to serve the drunk driver after realizing he or she was drunk. This type of case is known as “dram shop” liability. In a dram shop case, the injured person must demonstrate that the bar, restaurant, or host served alcohol to someone who was “actually or apparently intoxicated” or underage. The purpose of dram shop cases is to compensate those who are injured by drunk drivers and also to encourage alcohol vendors to watch carefully whom they serve.
Motorcycles balance on two wheels instead of riding solidly on four wheels. Emergency braking and swerving require greater skill and leave far less room for error.
To demonstrate the causes of the accident, the fault of the other party, and the extent of the harm caused, our experienced lawyers focus on how these accidents differ from the average car crash – and how those differences matter.
Motorcycle accidents aren’t just different due to the size and instability of motorcycles or the increased skill level demanded of their riders. Motorcyclists and motorcycle crashes are also perceived differently by the public, and those perceptions can lead to considerable bias against injured bikers.
Many members of the public continue to believe the myth that motorcyclists are aggressive, reckless drivers who deliberately court danger. When a crash causes serious injury, these individuals are far more likely to blame the biker, no matter who was at fault. “The biker was asking for it,” they might think. “That’s what happens when you do something so dangerous. That biker knew the risks and should deal with it.”
What the average stranger thinks about motorcyclists isn’t your problem – but even some judges, insurance company representatives, and community members who serve on juries share these views. When you work with an attorney who knows motorcycle accident cases, you work with someone who anticipates this harmful and unfair bias and works to challenge it so that your case is heard fairly in settlement negotiations and in court.
At the Kramer Law Group, we recognize the many hurdles motorcyclists face in holding negligent drivers accountable and obtaining the compensation they deserve. We fight to build a full and fair picture of the events surrounding your case and the extent of your needs and limitations following a severe motorcycle injury. We fight for compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering in order to help you hold negligent parties accountable for the harm they have caused.