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.
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. If an individual operates a motorcycle in a negligent manner he or she may be required to pay damages caused by their negligence, either to persons or property.
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.
What can I do?
First, we recommend that you not give any statements. 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 motorcycle accident, please contact Fiore & Barber, LLC at 215-256-0205 or via email. 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.
Please contact Fiore & Barber, LLC at 215-256-0205 or via email. 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.
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