Morrin Law Office
Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Richmond, KY
Motorcycle accidents are more likely to cause death or serious, life changing injury when compared with accidents involving only passenger cars. Unfortunately, motorcycles provide very little protection from impact and motorcyclists are oftentimes thrown from their bikes when involved in an accident. Because there is no cabin to keep the bikers protected, motorcycle enthusiasts are too often killed or suffer serious injuries from motorcycle crashes.
If you or a loved one was involved in a motorcycle accident in Kentucky, you may be able to take legal action against the driver who caused your wreck (and his/her insurance company). A motorcycle accident lawyer at the Morrin Law Office can help you with your claim against the driver’s insurance company, medical bills, litigation, and recovery all while you recover from your injuries.
Motorcycle accidents are dangerous
The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration recently reported on the relative dangers of riding a motorcycle and wrecks involving motorcycles. This report, published in 2016, reveals the following:
- In 2016, motorcycle fatalities increased by 5.1% from 2015–5,286 motorcyclists were killed in 2016.
- Motorcycle fatalities occurred nearly 28 times more frequently than in passenger car occupant fatalities in traffic crashes.
- About a quarter of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were found to have alcohol in their system, more than any other vehicle type (25% for motorcycles, 21% for passenger cars, 20% for light trucks, and 2% for large trucks).
- NHTSA estimates that helmets saved 1,859 lives in 2016, but that 802 more lives could have been saved had helmets been worn by all motorcyclists.
- 27% of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes in 2016 were riding without valid motorcycle licenses at the time of the collisions.
Causes of motorcycle accidents
The United States Department of Transportation initiated a motorcycle safety study to determine the causes of motorcycle accidents. This study found that 2/3 of motorcycle-car crashes were a result of the driver in the car failed to see the approaching motorcycle and violated the rider’s right-of-way, motorcyclists who wear helmets were significantly at less risk of brain injury and death and wearing a helmet does not increase the risk of crash involvement or neck injury. An updated study on the causes of motorcycle accidents is on the horizon, after the U.S. Congress passed the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, which is an act funding a new study with $2,800,000.00 for a new study, but the funds are only available once the study receives the same amount of funding from motorcyclists, manufacturers, and other motorcycle related organizations; as of yet, an updated comprehensive study as not been conducted on the same scale as the Hurt Report in the United States.
The European Commission, however, has sanctioned a study that was conducted since the Hurt Report, called “MAIDS” (Motorcycle Accidents In Depth Study). The MAIDS report found that 54.3% of motorcycle crashes took place at an intersection, 72% of motorcycle accidents take place in cities or urban areas, and the 60% of motorcycle wrecks involve collisions with passenger vehicles such as cars or trucks.
The NHTSA has found that distracted driving has taken 3,450 lives in 2016 alone, and caused 391,000 injuries in 2015 alone. With the increased popularity of text messages also comes the danger of texting while driving. Sending or reading a short text while driving takes a driver’s eyes from the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that is similar to driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. A lot can happen in just 5 seconds.
Whether another driver is distracted, texting, impaired, or simply fails to see you or your loved one riding a motorcycle, the consensus is clear; the road is not safe for motorcyclists. Even road defects can cause a fatal motorcycle accident, but in many cases, the negligence of another driver is directly responsible for causing a motorcycle accident. Many drivers either do not see motorcycle riders or do not understand how to safely share the road with them. This can have devastating consequences when a motorcycle accident results from the careless acts of a driver.
Common Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents
A motorcycle rider who is involved in a car accident could be hurt as a result of the impact from the crash, as a result of flying debris or by being thrown from his bike. Some of the most common injuries that a motorcycle rider is likely to suffer in an accident include:
- Broken bones
- Brain injuries including traumatic brain injury (TBI); concussions, contusions, skull fractures or brain hemorrhages
- Paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury
- Shoulder and neck injuries
- Soft tissue injuries to the neck, back, or knees
- Road rash–cuts, bruises and abrasions after being thrown off of the bike—which can become infected and even more serious
- Ankle injuries
- Amputations of a hand, arm, foot, or leg
When a motorcycle crash occurs, the driver who caused the accident can be held legally liable for any and all injuries that result. This is true regardless of whether or not you were wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of the accident.
A driver, and their insurance company, can be made to compensate you for these expenses: medical bills and costs, lost wages, pain and suffering including the likelihood of future complications, emotional distress, and/or the wrongful death of a loved one in a motorcycle accident. You can collect this compensation from the driver by filing a personal injury claim that may be resolved through an out-of-court settlement agreement or decided in a court of law.
When you make a claim for motorcycle accident damages, you need a competent legal professional representing you; someone who handles Kentucky injury claims against the insurance companies every day. There is no better way to resolve a claim than to prepare as if it is going to court. You want an attorney who will work hard to resolve your claim in a way that is fair to you and who will look out for your best interests, not just now but in the future as well.
When you choose the protection offered by the Morrin Law Office, you can leave your burden with us knowing that we are going to make certain you or your loved one is well taken care of.