A motorcycle accident may leave a rider with devastating injuries and their family with staggering medical expenses, not to mention the loss of a steady income. Insurance companies are usually in no hurry to offer a fair settlement, even in seemingly obvious cases of negligence, and they will often engage in delay tactics to try to avoid paying a claim.
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Motorcycles are both enjoyable to ride and economical to own compared to other modes of transportation. However, riding a motorcycle does come with certain inherent risks. Since motorcycles offer less stability, visibility, and protection than enclosed vehicles, people who rely on them for transportation are more likely to be injured or killed in a crash. While some motorcycle accidents happen because of a rider’s carelessness, the fact is that most crashes are caused by the negligence of people who operate cars, trucks, and other larger vehicles. The Stuart motorcycle accident attorneys at Donaldson & Weston are well-versed in common injuries resulting from motorcycle collisions and are here to help you try to hold a negligent driver liable if you have been hurt.
Although a motorcycle accident may result in many of the same injuries that befall victims of other motor vehicle collisions, such as lacerations, contusions, and fractures, injuries to riders are often much more severe. An accident that would result in a laceration or fracture for the occupant of an automobile may lead to an amputation for a motorcycle rider, and what would be only a mild concussion for a passenger in a full-sized sedan may be a traumatic brain injury for a motorcyclist. People who are injured in motorcycle accidents are also more susceptible to painful road rash, serious injuries to the feet and legs, and paralysis resulting from injuries to the back, neck, spine, or spinal cord.
Bringing a Personal Injury Claim Following a Motorcycle Accident
People who are seriously injured in a motorcycle accident have a right to pursue compensation if they believe that the collision was caused by the negligence of another individual or entity. Usually, motorcycle accident lawsuits are filed against a driver of a car or truck, whom the rider believes failed to act in a reasonably prudent manner under the circumstances. There may also be the possibility of a claim against a business that negligently hired or retained a dangerous driver or a governmental entity that was responsible for the construction of a defectively designed roadway or intersection.
Negligence lawsuits are tried in civil court, and the plaintiff has the burden of proof. In order to win their case, the plaintiff must convince the jury that the defendant owed the plaintiff a legal duty of care, that the duty was breached in some way by the defendant, that the plaintiff suffered damages that are reasonably quantifiable under the law, and that there was causation between the breached duty and the resulting damages. If a plaintiff is able to prevail on the question of whether the defendant was negligent, the jury may award damages to pay the plaintiff’s medical expenses, repay lost wages, and compensate them for the pain and suffering caused by the accident. Other forms of compensation also may be available, such as loss of consortium for the victim’s spouse.