Even the most careful and safety conscious motorcycle operator is vulnerable to injury or death when sharing the road with passenger vehicles and trucks. According to a 2014 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely than occupants of passenger vehicles to be killed in a crash, and five times more likely to be injured. In 2015, 4,693 motorcyclists were killed in vehicle crashes. The majority of these fatal accidents were not of the fault of the motorcyclists involved. If you are the victim of a motorcycle accident, you are not alone.
Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents
The most common type of motorcycle accident in the US is a collision where a motorcycle is going straight, and a passenger vehicle or truck is making a left-hand turn. The driver of the vehicle is almost always at fault in this situation. Other types of accidents include lane-splitting accidents, head-on collisions, and road hazards, such as potholes or rough roads. Traffic accidents may have multiple influencing causes, including distracted driving, speeding, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are often blamed for accidents that were not their fault, as insurance adjustors and even sometimes law enforcement officials unfairly contribute to the stigma that a motorcyclist is a thrill-seeking risk taker.
Fighting for Fair Compensation for 35 Years
Attorney Jim Brown has seen first hand the consequences of motorcycle accidents – from catastrophic broken bones requiring multiple surgeries to traumatic brain injuries resulting in permanent disability. He fights for the rights of his clients, holding responsible parties and big insurance companies accountable to the fullest extent. With more than 35 years of experience, Jim understands the strategies that insurance companies and opposing counsel will use to deny or minimize motorcyclists’ claims – even when the other vehicle is clearly at fault. His experience is a huge benefit to his clients, and his support is invaluable. Jim has recovered millions of dollars for motorcycle accident victims and their families – and due to this success, is often asked by other personal injury lawyers to help with their motorcycle accident cases. He feels it an honor to get to know his clients and help them find solutions to the challenges they face, and ultimately recover the full and fair compensation they deserve.
Understanding Available Damages for a Motorcycle Accident
Damages awarded in a personal injury lawsuit may include medical care costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. How much money you are entitled to will depend on several factors, including liability, damages, and the extent of injury. If an accident causes permanent disability, compensation may be significant. Wrongful death claims arising from fatal accidents are divided into “economic damages” and “non economic damages.” Economic damages are evidence-based and include final medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, and loss of anticipated earnings the decedent would have made. “Non-economic damages” compensate for the lost relationship and include loss of love, companionship and affection.
Schedule Your Motorcycle Accident Consultation Today
If you or a family member has been hurt or killed in a motorcycle accident, contact the law office of Jim Brown to arrange a free consultation today. Jim Brown and his legal team will listen to your story, answer your questions, and review your case to help you determine your legal options, should you wish to pursue compensation in a lawsuit. We look forward to your phone call and discussing your potential case with you. As part of our contingency fee basis, you will pay no legal fees unless we recover compensation for you.