Motorcycle crashes are a common hazard
|Consulting an attorney experienced in handling personal injury and motorcycle accident cases is critical to determine who may have been at fault and to help you pursue compensation if it is found that the accident was not your fault.|
Accidents are a common hazard for motorcycles — they offer little protection from the elements and even less from the pavement and other drivers. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a deadly accident on the road than those in passenger cars. In 2012, almost 5,000 people were killed in motorcycle accidents and 90,000 were injured.
Motorcycle accidents differ from those involving only cars and trucks for several reasons. Severe injuries or death are frequently the result of a motorcycle accident — traumatic head injuries are often sustained. Other common injuries include road rash, bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, disfigurement, concussion and pelvic damage.
Weather, road conditions and visibility are more of a problem for motorcycles than for cars and can confuse the issue when trying to determine fault. Other motorists often don’t treat motorcycles the same as other vehicles and may find it difficult to gauge their distance or speed. Their size makes them less visible and less safe.
Can a personal injury attorney help?
The key to any personal injury case is determining fault. In the case of a motorcycle accident, this may be more difficult to do. The rider may have been negligent due to disregard of motorcycle laws. The accident may have involved another driver that was at fault. There may have been road hazards that were unmarked or poorly marked that caused the biker to lose control, in which case the local or state highway department may be considered negligent. The accident may have been caused by a defect in the motorcycle.
Motorcycle accidents nearly always result in injuries, large medical bills, and medical treatments and procedures. This in turn often leads to lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional issues, and much more.
Consulting an attorney experienced in handling personal injury and motorcycle accident cases is critical to determine who may have been at fault and to help you pursue compensation if it is found that the accident wasn't your fault. Most personal injury lawyers are familiar with the laws and standards that come with motorcycle collisions.
What you should look for when hiring an attorney for a motorcycle accident
There are several things that are important to look for in an attorney if you've been in a motorcycle accident — who you hire can make a huge difference in how your case is handled and what the final outcome will be.
The attorney should be experienced in handling this type of case and be familiar with motorcycle laws in the state of Maine. Well versed in personal injury law, they can help you get monetary compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, motorcycle damage, and other accident-related costs.
It’s also important that the attorney have no bias against motorcycles and motorcycle culture. They should also be knowledgeable about the different types of bikes.
If possible, sit down and discuss your case with prospective attorneys face to face. Will you feel comfortable working with this person for what may be an extended period of time? Ask friends and associates what they know about prospective attorneys or if they have direct experience working with the attorney or law firm. Will you feel confident that they are committed to your case? You need to be able to trust that your attorney is unbiased and advising you based on what is in your best interest.
Why you should contact Lipman & Katz
At Lipman & Katz, we have attorneys that have a great deal of experience with motorcycle accident cases in Maine. Our attorneys feel strongly that you deserve both understanding and aggressive representation no matter the injury suffered. Working as a team, we will get to know you and the details of your injury thoroughly so that we can confidently handle your case in the best way possible, whether in court or outside of, and obtain the maximum possible settlement or verdict on your behalf.
Contact us online using our free inquiry form or call us today at 1-800-660-3713 to discuss your legal options.