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Motorcyclists are especially susceptible to injury and death when they are involved in traffic accidents, due to the lack of protections available as they ride. Of course, helmets and other safety gear may be beneficial, but when a motorcyclist is hit by a car or truck, the results are often deadly. In 2014, it was estimated that motorcycle deaths were over 27 times the number of motor vehicle deaths when calculated by mile. Unfortunately, many individuals who drive recklessly and injure or even kill motorcyclists try to shift the blame. At Sanabria & Associates, our motorcycle accident attorneys have years of experience in pursuing these claims on behalf of our clients, both inside and outside of the courtroom.
LIABILITY FOR A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
Motorcyclists are at an increased risk of being involved in an accident because they are smaller and less visible than other motor vehicles. Add nighttime travel or stormy weather conditions to the mix, and you have a dangerous situation.
All drivers—whether they are operating a truck, car, or motorcycle—have a duty to act reasonably under the circumstances as they travel. Acting reasonably means carefully paying attention to the road, driving sensibly in adverse weather conditions, and following traffic signals and warnings.
When a driver fails to act reasonably under the circumstances and causes an accident, that driver may be liable for the harm he or she causes. A victim must prove that the injuries sustained in the accident were directly caused by the driver’s negligence. However, this is not always an easy process. Faulty traffic signals, mechanical failure, and other unforeseen circumstances may all cloud the issue of liability. At Sanabria & Associates, our attorneys are experienced in studying accident reports, eyewitness accounts, and other types of evidence to build cases for our clients. Without proper legal representation, an individual who was not at fault for an accident may lose compensation he or she was entitled to under the law.
INJURIES IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
The types of injuries a motorcyclist may sustain in an accident vary significantly. They may include
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Internal organ damage
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Psychological injuries, such as posttraumatic stress disorder
- Loss of limb
In serious cases, these injuries may be fatal.
When a motorcyclist is not at fault for an accident, he or she may be entitled to recover for these injuries. Whether these damages are awarded depends on the evidence that is presented to support that these injuries were proximately caused by the accident. At Sanabria & Associates, we consult with medical experts to gain a comprehensive understanding of your injuries. This allows us to strengthen your case, whether it settles out of court or goes to trial.
WHEN TO FILE A LAWSUIT
Every state has specific deadlines in place that dictate how long a claimant has to file a lawsuit. Typically, the clock starts ticking at the time the injury is suffered. If a victim waits too long to file a lawsuit and misses this deadline, which is called the statute of limitations, the victim may not ever be able to recover damages from the at-fault driver.