Motorcycle Accidents (2024)

Editorial Team

ConsumerShield

Reviewed By Adam Ramirez, J.D.

Editor

A motorcycle accident can be life-changing, and if you or someone close to you has been involved in such an incident, you may be entitled to compensation. Navigating the complexities of legal claims related to motorcycle accidents, which may encompass issues of personal injury, product liability and local helmet laws, can prove challenging.

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Understanding Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcycle accidents are particularly hazardous due to the lack of protective barriers for the rider, making even well-equipped riders (with helmets and safety gear) vulnerable to severe injuries.

Common injuries sustained in motorcycle crashes include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord and head injuries, whiplash, fractures, internal and organ damage, road rash, and injuries to the back, neck, and burns.

Despite these risks, victims might be eligible for compensation for their pain and suffering, underscoring the importance of consulting a personal injury attorney to handle your claim while you recover.

Identifying Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents often share similarities with other vehicular accidents, with the difference being the visibility of motorcycles. A frequent cause cited for these accidents is the failure of vehicle drivers to notice motorcycles. Other prevalent causes include speeding, distracted driving, drunk driving, failure to yield, lane splitting, improper lane changes, and aggressive driving.

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The Impact of Helmet Laws

Helmet laws vary by state, with most requiring protective headgear. These laws aim to reduce the risk of brain injuries, supported by studies highlighting the dangers of riding without a helmet. Failure to wear a helmet can be detrimental in accident claims, potentially affecting the compensation received.

Potential Liability Issues for Riders

Riders' actions, such as speeding, ignoring traffic signals, or weaving through traffic, can contribute to partial liability in an accident, affecting compensation claims. It's vital to understand how these factors can influence the outcome of your case.

Navigating Post-Accident Steps

Following an accident, taking specific steps can protect your legal rights, including reporting the accident to the police, seeking immediate medical attention, and consulting a lawyer. These actions are foundational in building a strong case for your claim.

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ConsumerShield’s Lawyer Network

If you're facing the aftermath of a motorcycle accident, consulting with an attorney can provide clarity on your legal options and the best course of action. ConsumerShield’s attorney network can help you find a qualified lawyer to assist with your case. You don't have to handle this situation alone.

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