PROTECTING MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT VICTIMS
Riding a motorcycle can be a thrill. The exhilaration of feeling the wind, the freedom that comes from not being strapped in but being exposed to nature’s sights, smells and the sounds—these all make it enjoyable. These same elements, unfortunately, make it more dangerous than riding in a truck or car.
While motorcyclists try extra hard to be careful, there are other factors at work—with some of the most dangerous being other drivers. Carelessness or not understanding the dynamics of handling motorcycles can mean that drivers of other vehicles place motorcyclists in danger. And we all know that accidents involving motorcycles are among the most perilous kinds.
If you have been involved in a Motorcycle accident it is important to immediately get the names and contact information of any witnesses and to take photographs if at all possible. You can even ask bystanders to take photos with their phones and send them to you. Although there will be many other things demanding your attention, such as your own injuries or those of a loved one, these can help a great deal and you should not hesitate to perform these critical tasks. You are the only one at the accident who is focused on acting in your own best interest and in the interest of any passengers on your vehicle. If you are unable to take these steps an experienced attorney can help gather information for you.
Experienced law firms understand how their state’s laws apply to motorcycle drivers and riders—and what to do when an accident happens. Contacting a Michigan law firm like Whiting Law that has experience in this area can help you know how to proceed when trying to recover damages that occurred in a collision.
CAUSES OF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
Often what happens with motorcycle crashes is that other motorists fail to notice that a motorcycle is nearby. To be more easily seen, motorcycle operators may wear clothing that is bright and readily visible. They can avoid other drivers’ blind spots and use their headlights day and night. Still, no matter what precautions they take, some accidents can still happen. Many factors can lead to motorcycle accidents including the following:
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Roads that aren’t properly maintained
- Poor road design
- Other drivers not obeying posted speed and other signs
- Driving that is aggressive or reckless
- Other drivers who are tired, intoxicated or distracted
WHAT IS MY CASE WORTH?
So what can you expect to recover in damages? This varies, depending on how serious your injuries are and what the situation was during the accident. Common recoverable expenses include:
- lost wages
- car repairs
- medical expenses
- pain and suffering
If the cause of your motorcycle accident was a defective part or road design, a road hazard or the fault of another driver, presenting a strong a case is essential to maximizing your recovery. To be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries, you must file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations (the date by which you must file) expires.