What types of accidents most commonly affect motorcycles?
- T-bone collisions–also known as side-impact collisions, occur when a driver fails to stop at an intersection. T-bone collisions can result in serious injury or death.
- Rear-end collisions–happen when a car or truck driver follows a motorcycle too closely and hits the motorcycle rider from behind, causing a serious accident.
- Head-on collisions–caused when a car or truck driver crosses the center line or is travelling in the wrong lane. Head-on collisions can result in serious injury or death.
- Left-turn accidents–occur when a car or truck attempts to make a left turn in front of an unseen motorcyclist. The motorcycle strikes the side of the vehicle, which can cause significant injury or death.
How is fault for an accident determined?
A motorist is at fault if he operates a vehicle negligently. When a motorist negligently operates a vehicle, then he must pay restitution for injuries caused by his actions.
What factors contribute to negligent driving?
There are many factors that contribute to negligent operation of a motor vehicle including:
- Distracted driving;
- Texting while driving;
- Cell phone related distractions while driving;
- Drug and/or alcohol abuse;
- DUI with drugs or alcohol;
- Excessive speeding;
- Failure to obey posted traffic signs or signals; and
- Failure to signal.
What types of injuries typically occur in a motorcycle accident?
The most common injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Shoulder fractures
- Elbow fractures
- Knee fractures
- Wrist fractures
- Hip fractures
- “Road rash” where scrapes and burns to the skin occur
More serious injuries may occur. The more serious injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Head injuries
- Brain injuries
- Spinal injuries
When head and brain injuries occur, the damage is often unseen. The unseen damage usually affects the brain, especially functions related to speech and higher motor skills. Head and brain injuries have the potential to permanently disable the rider for life, often resulting in massive medical bills for continuous rehabilitative treatment.
If you were in an accident, what should you do now?
Call the police. Call the police, and be sure to exchange contact information and insurance information with the other driver(s) involved in the accident.
Stay at the scene. If the accident resulted in injuries or property damage, then it is illegal to leave the scene. Moreover, if you leave the scene of the accident, the implication is that you are the responsible party. Stay at the scene, talk to the police, and gather evidence.
Remain calm. You may feel the need to express apologies for the accident. Never admit fault to other drivers, police officers, or other potential witnesses. Remain calm and objective and only give required and relevant information.
Take pictures. Always carry a camera with you or on your motorcycle in order to take pictures immediately following an accident.
Document everything. If you have been in an accident, you must have evidence of your injuries and losses. The attorneys at David R. Price, Jr., P.A. will partner with you to conduct a thorough investigation to collect and memorialize important evidence to support your claim. The evidence may include:
- Police reports/filings;
- Witness statements;
- Medical bills and other documents;
- Photographic evidence of the accident scene;
- Photographic evidence of vehicles and people involved;
- Expert testimony, if necessary;
It is imperative that you take legal action immediately after your accident. David R. Price, Jr., P.A. will begin the painstaking process of constructing the case based on accident reports and forensic experts. These experts work for us to identify the financial losses that you and your family have suffered and will continue to suffer as a result of the accident.
Seek Medical Attention. Even if you think you are not injured, seek medical attention to confirm. Head and brain injuries often take time to manifest. Moreover, detailed records are required if you are to receive the full amount entitled to you.
Contact your insurance company. When speaking to your insurance carrier, do not admit fault. Treat the interaction in the same way that you treat interactions with police officers.
How can I get help after my motorcycle accident?
Motorcycle accidents can be the most devastating accidents on the road. In some cases, the motorcyclist wears a helmet and follows the law, but a negligent driver still causes a serious or even fatal injury to the motorcycle rider. At David R. Price, Jr., P.A., we have experience pursuing justice for victims of motorcycle accidents and their families.
What kind of help can David R. Price, Jr., P.A. offer?
We can help with recovering past medical expenses, receiving funds for ongoing treatment needs, and recovering damages for pain and suffering or for property loss. We will pursue your claims against negligent parties as well as the insurance companies involved in your case. When you are the victim of a negligent party and suffer an injury, you have a limited opportunity to bring legal action related to your accident. Let David R. Price, Jr., P.A. tirelessly advocate for you to aggressively pursue your rights to the maximum compensation allowable by law.