Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Motorcycle accidents are more likely to be deadly than accidents involving only passenger cars. Motorcycles provide no protection from impact and motorcycle riders routinely are thrown from their bikes in a crash. It is usually the motorcycle rider who is killed in an accident or who suffers serious and life-changing injuries.

Motorcycle accidents are more likely to be deadly than accidents involving only passenger cars.

If you or a loved one was involved in a motorcycle accident in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio or Tennessee, you may be able to take legal action against the driver who caused your crash. A motorcycle accident lawyer at Becker Law Office can help make your claim for compensation while you recover from your injuries.

Motorcycle Accidents Can Be Dangerous or Deadly

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently produced a report highlighting the dangers of motorcycle accidents. From 2004 to 2013, fatalities involving motorcycle accidents increased 16 percent. Fatalities among riders ages 40 and older increased by 39 percent during the 10-year period.

    • 52 percent of all motorcycle accidents in 2013 involved at least one vehicle in addition to the motorcycle.
    • In 42 percent of the fatal crashes involving a motorcycle and another vehicle, the other vehicle was turning left while the motorcycle was going straight or passing.
    • The average age of motorcyclists killed in accidents was 42 in 2013.

An estimated 88,000 riders were injured during 2013.

  • An estimated 88,000 riders were injured during 2013.
  • The majority of fatal motorcycle accidents occurred between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays.

This data clearly indicates that motorcycle riders and motorcycle passengers face a very serious risk of fatal injuries when a collision happens. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle riders are 26 times more likely to die in a motorcycle accident than occupants of passenger cars. Motorcycle riders are also five times more likely to be injured in an accident than motorists in traditional vehicles.

Motorcycle Accident Causes

Motorcycle accidents can happen anywhere and they can happen for many different reasons. However, IIHS indicates that the majority of motorcycle accident deaths – 56 percent – occur on major roads that are not classified as interstates. An estimated 14 percent of fatalities happen on interstates and freeways and the remaining 30 percent of motorcycle accidents occur on smaller local roads.

Accidents on any road may be caused by road defects, by problems with the motorcycle, or by decisions made by the motorcycle rider or drivers of passenger cars. Some of the top causes of motorcycle accidents include:

    • Distracted driving. gov statistics indicate that 18 percent of all crashes that caused injury in 2013 involved a distracted driver. Distracted drivers may not see motorcycle riders and could cause a serious accident.
    • Drivers failing to yield. The Gold Wing Touring Association reports that two-thirds of all multiple-vehicle motorcycle crashes occurred when the driver of a passenger car violated the right-of-way of the motorcyclist and/or turned into the lane of a motorcycle rider.

The Gold Wing Touring Association estimates that 2 percent of motorcycle accidents occurred due to a problem with the road.

  • Road defects.The Gold Wing Touring Association estimates that 2 percent of motorcycle accidents occurred due to a problem with the road.
  • Drivers not seeing motorcycle riders. The Look Twice, Save a Life Program has been publicizing the risks of drivers who change lanes or who pull out without looking.

In many cases, the negligence of a driver is directly responsible for causing a motorcycle accident. Many drivers simply 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

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.
  • Road rash (cuts, bruises and abrasions after being thrown off of the bike).
  • Paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury.
  • Injuries to the soft tissues of the neck, back or knees.
  • Shoulder and neck injuries.
  • Ankle injuries.
  • Amputations.

These and other injuries can result in the need for expensive medical care and can cause significant pain. Unfortunately, many injuries never heal and the motorcycle accident victim has to cope with the medical impairments for the rest of his life.

A Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help

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 you were wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of the accident.

A driver can be made to compensate you for these expenses: medical bills and costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, 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 is resolved through an out-of-court settlement agreement or that is decided in a court of law.

When you make a claim for motorcycle accident damages, you need a competent legal professional representing you. Of course, to resolve your claim through a settlement, you’ll want an experienced, skilled negotiator who regularly takes on insurance companies on behalf of clients. When your claim goes to court, on the other hand, you’ll want an award winning top trial lawyer to advocate on your behalf.

You can rest assured you’ll have the right attorney to handle your case no matter where it leads.

When you are represented by Becker Law Office, you can rest assured you’ll have the right attorney to handle your case no matter where it leads. You get two firms in one with Becker Law Office. The motorcycle accident lawyers at Becker Law Office are seasoned negotiators. We will fight to get you the money you deserve without a trial.

If your case does go to court, however, you will be represented by attorneys who have been named among the top 100 Trial Lawyers in Kentucky. Your legal team when you are represented by Becker Law Office includes the trial lawyers at Bubalo Goode Sales & Cronen.

To learn more about how Becker Law Office and the Bubalo Goode Sales & Cronen can team up to take on your case, give us a call or contact us online today. From our offices in Louisville and Lexington we handle motorcycle injury claims across.

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