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Motorcycle Accident Compensation Examples
The value of motorcycle accident compensation payouts can vary widely, but even for something like a minor collision with another vehicle you could receive a settlement of $100,000. In cases involving more serious injuries, such as a case involving a client who suffered a fractured pelvis in a collision with another vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation of more than $1,000,000.
Motorcycle accident lawsuits are common, like this woman, who suffered serious injuries when she was hit by a car changing lanes that didn’t see her. She suffered a fractured neck, arm and clavicle, as well as torn ligaments that required emergency surgery. After her motorcycle accident she spent more than a week in hospital and several weeks in physical rehab. She was unable to walk or work, and had already acquired more than $100,000 in hospital bills, while her insurance only offered to pay her $30,000. Ultimately, she received a $10.5 million settlement.
Where do Most Motorcycle Accidents Occur?
Motorcycle accidents can happen anywhere, but they are most common in urban areas, especially in busy intersections. Many things increase the risk of accidents occurring, such as unfavourable weather conditions, road hazards and other drivers failing to see or yield to motorcyclists.
Highways and rural driving present additional risks for motorcycle drivers, including increased speed and sharp curves, as well as variable road conditions and reduced visibility. Vigilant drivers can reduce the chance of being in an accident by remaining alert, being aware of their surroundings, and adjusting their driving to suit the flow of the traffic around them.
How Often do Motorcycles Crash?
Motorcycle accidents are disproportionately common for the number of motorcycles on the road. Despite accounting for only 3% of registered vehicles in the United States, motorcycle accidents are often serious and account for 14% of all traffic fatalities.
Many things can contribute to crashes, especially drugs and alcohol, as well as unsafe driving practices such as speeding or distracted driving. Motorcycles are also less visible than other vehicles, and other drivers may fail to see them or yield to them.
Safely operating a motorcycle requires proper training, experience, and protective equipment, and all of these things decrease the chances of unfortunate accidents. Simple things such as wearing a helmet and other protective gear, obeying traffic laws and staying alert while operating your motorcycle can prevent catastrophe. However, even with proper precautions accidents can happen any time, and in the event of an unforeseen motorcycle accident it’s important to follow a few steps to protect yourself.
What to do After a Motorcycle Accident
One of the most important things you can do following a motorcycle accident is remain calm and assess the physical condition of everyone involved. Contact emergency services as soon as possible if anyone requires medical attention, even if their injuries seem minor.
Once it is safe to do so, the next step is to gather as much relevant information as possible, such as the names and contact information of any witnesses and the other party involved in the accident, as well as photographs of the accident scene, any injuries sustained and any damage to the vehicles.
It’s also crucial to contact a motorcycle accident attorney before speaking to your insurance company, and to keep careful records of any medical treatment and expenses, as well as all communications with legal counsel and insurance companies.
Motorcycle Accident Compensation Payouts Can be Significant
If you’ve been involved in any kind of motorcycle accident, contact Avrek Law today. With more than 50 years of combined experience, Avrek Law is here to help you. You may be entitled to a large settlement – our experienced attorneys will help you understand your options and ensure you receive the full compensation you deserve. We have recovered more than $1 billion in more than 25,000 cases, and with a free consultation, you have nothing to lose. View our numerous locations here, and contact us today!