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Whether commuting to work or crossing the country, motorcycles are just a fun way to get around. But they come with a level of vulnerability to injury that is comparable only to that of bicycling, since neither offers any protection against bigger, heavier vehicles on the road beyond a helmet and clothing – no metal enclosure, no air bag, no seatbelt. And since the motorcyclist is often traveling at a high rate of speed, a traffic collision can result in catastrophic injuries to the rider.

Motorcycle accidents can be caused by a slide on gravel or a slick road surface, something dropped in the road, a mechanical issue, or a blown tire. But the most common causes of collisions are distracted or reckless drivers, who injure and kill thousands of motorcyclists each year in the US. In fact, several studies, including statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), have found that more than half of all motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle (and perhaps as many as two-thirds) are caused by the driver of the other vehicle.

All of these studies agree that the biggest cause of car vs. motorcycle crashes is the vehicle driver’s decision to turn left in front of an oncoming motorcycle. To add insult to injury, though the driver’s failure to yield causes the crash, because the motorcyclist strikes the car the insurance industry spins the statistic to suggest that most accidents are caused by negligent motorcyclists.

Typical injuries due to motorcycle accidents include the following:

  • Broken bones
  • Brain injuries and neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
  • Severe abrasions
  • Disfigurement

But a motorcycle accident victim’s pain and suffering often goes far beyond physical problems to include:

  • Diminished cognitive abilities
  • Inability to return to one’s previous job or obtain new employment
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Personality changes
  • Severe financial pressure brought on by multiple doctors’ visits, surgeries, and prescription medications as well as a long, drawn-out physical rehabilitation

If your loved one died while riding a motorcycle because of a driver’s negligence, you and your family members are entitled to pursue compensation for that person’s wrongful death. If you are an injured motorcyclist, you deserve to be paid for your injuries, including replacement of lost income, payment of medical expenses, and the cost of coping with disabling conditions. Injured motorcycle riders can also receive compensation for their pain, suffering, and mental anguish.

After a motorcycle accident, be sure to protect yourself by gathering as much information as you can about the accident – witness statements, accident reports, and photographs of the accident scene. Our experienced attorneys can correctly evaluate the circumstances of the accident. Reckless and negligent drivers injure and kill thousands of motorcyclists each year, and they must be held fully accountable.

Because the defendants in motorcycle accident cases are usually large insurance companies and corporations with enormous financial resources, you need an attorney who cannot be intimidated. You need an attorney who will fight aggressively on your behalf. You need an experienced attorney who will not make mistakes in preparing your claim, during negotiations, or in trial that could reduce the amount of compensation you receive. You need Gerald Schwab.

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Gerald Schwab, Jr.

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Fresno Personal Injury Attorney
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