Motorcycle AccidentWe have successfully represented plaintiffs in civil matters for more than three decades.
Per mile driven, motorcyclists are 4 times as likely as automobile occupants to be injured in a motor-vehicle accident, and 21 times more prone to fatality. While motorcycles comprise less than 2% of all registered vehicles in the United States, motorcyclists account for 8% of all traffic deaths. In 2001, more than 3,181 motorcyclists were killed, and another 60,000 were injured.
Wearing a helmet lowers a motorcyclists risk of fatality by 29% and reduces the risk of traumatic brain injury by 67%. Despite the documented effectiveness of helmets, many motorcyclists opt not to wear them, especially when state laws don’t require their use. Surveys show that in states without universal helmet laws, only 34 to 54 percent of all motorcyclists wear helmets. Alternately, in states where helmet use is mandatory for all riders, 98% of motorcycle riders wear them.
Do I have a case?
Motor vehicle accidents are generally decided using the law of negligence. A person who negligently operates a motor vehicle may be required to pay damages caused by their negligence, either to persons or property. Generally, people who operate motor vehicles must exercise “reasonable care under the circumstances.” Failure to do so is the basis of most lawsuits for damages caused by a motor-vehicle accident.
Some, but not all, of the factors courts look to in determining negligence are:
- Speeding, or driving too slow
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failing to signal while turning
- Disregarding weather or traffic conditions
- Disobeying traffic signs or signals
- Failing to drive on the right side of the road
- Intentional or reckless conduct
In certain cases, accidents are caused by factors unrelated to the conduct of any particular driver.
Under the law of product liability, a motor-vehicle manufacturer or supplier may be held responsible for injuries caused by a defect in their product, or a component of the vehicle.
Similarly, failure to properly repair vehicles, maintain roads, keep highways clear of obstructions, and repair defective traffic control signals can lead to collisions and cause serious injury. If these factors have contributed to your loss, you may be entitled to compensation.
What can I do?
First, we recommend that you not give a statement. Most statements are considered an Examination Under Oath and what you say can result in you not getting the compensation you need. Therefore, we recommend that you Contact Us and let us review your case before you make a statement. Let us represent you and help you gain the money you need to recover.
There are many factors that may contribute to motorcycle accidents. As in all motor-vehicle accident cases, it is essential that immediate measures be taken preserve evidence which will help investigators determine negligence and responsibility. The best way to achieve this goal is to have photographs taken of all visible injuries and damage to vehicles at the scene of the accident. In fact, it would be helpful to take pictures of the accident itself as soon as possible, in case an officer asks you to move your vehicle. If you have sustained injuries, physicians and other experts can use this information to thoroughly evaluate your medical condition. All of your visual documents can help investigators determine the cause of the collision.
If you, or a loved one have been the victim of a motor-vehicle accident
Please contact Geiser, Bowman & McLaffertyat 614-222-4444 / 877-706-6446. Our initial consultation is free of charge and if we agree to accept your case we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds on your behalf. You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations expires. Contact Geiser, Bowman & McLafferty today.