Have You Been Involved in a Motorcycle Accident?
There’s no doubt about it – riding a motorcycle is more dangerous than riding in a car. Motorcycles simply cannot match the weight and size of an automobile, and they lack a car’s protective features such as a seatbelts, airbags, and the metal frame that encases the car’s occupants.
Given the lack of protection for motorcycle riders, it’s not surprising that approximately 80 percent of motorcycle accidents end in death or injury, while only 20 percent of car accidents are as serious. Statistics show that, of total accident fatalities, eight percent involve motorcycle riders, even though they make up only two percent of total drivers on the road. Motorcycle accident fatality rates increased by 128% between 1997 and 2007 according to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
There are a few main causes of motorcycle accidents. Limited visibility, road hazards that are more dangerous to a two-wheeled motorcycle than to a four-wheeled car, the seeming invisibility of motorcyclists to many drivers, inexperienced motorcycle riders, motorcycle equipment defects, and inclement weather are all risks for motorcycle riders.
Perhaps because of their smaller size, many motorcycles escape the notice of automobile drivers. As a result, the drivers do not yield the right of way, or they make u-turns and sudden lane changes right into the path of a motorcycle. Rear-end collisions are not uncommon, especially at intersections, and occur after car drivers misjudge speed and distance when coming to a stop behind the smaller motorcycle. Of course, single bike accidents are also fairly common due to the inexperience of some riders.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to have a legal team who has the knowledge to guide you through the physical, financial, and emotional challenges you are now facing. Motorcycle law is a unique area of the law, and by hiring an experienced motorcycle accident attorney you can feel confident that your claim will be protected.
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Established in 1989, Goldberg & Osborne has been handling personal injury lawsuits for more than twenty years. Call today for your no-obligation, free initial consultation. To speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney, you can get in contact with us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (800) 863-3074 or SUBMIT A SHORT AND SIMPLE CASE FORM HERE.
Don’t delay in contacting an attorney regarding your motorcycle accident claim. Every state has established statues of limitations for how long you have to file a personal injury claim, which means you must act quickly after your accident occurs. There’s no need to worry about the cost. At Goldberg & Osborne, we handle motorcycle accident claims on a contingency-fee basis. This means you pay us nothing unless we secure compensation for you.