Paducah Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Seeking Full Recoveries for Clients
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of motorcyclists killed in crashes has decreased over the years by approximately 5%, dropping to 4,985 in 2018. However, it’s still important to know that motorcyclists are more likely to suffer from catastrophic injuries than those operating passenger cars. Motorcyclists have limited protection, such as seat belts, air bags, and outer coverings, which means riders can easily be thrown from their bikes upon impact. If you or a loved one has been injured, contact our Paducah motorcycle accident attorneys for a free consultation immediately. Katz Law has been helping clients heal since 1998 and has successfully represented catastrophically injured motorcyclists.
Motorcycle defects: Drivers aren’t the only individuals who can be held liable for injuries in a motorcycle accident. Manufacturers may be at fault if the crash occurred due to a poorly designed or manufactured motorcycle part, such as defective brakes or tires.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
It’s common knowledge that many motorcycle accidents cause catastrophic injuries for riders. A catastrophic injury is one that is considered more serious and to have a lasting impact on the way a victim lives their life – many of these injuries prevent people from going back to work and can impair their physical and mental abilities for the rest of their lives.
These injuries can include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
Driving a car and riding a motorcycle use different skills and knowledge. Motorcyclists require certain physical abilities to navigate roads and obstacles safely that most car drivers don’t have to think about. If you’re a new motorcyclist, you should spend time practicing until you become confident to ride in heavy traffic.
Common Motorcycle Accident Causes & Injuries
Motorcyclists are 27 times more likely than passenger car drivers and occupants to die in a crash per mile traveled. While they can be injured in the same kinds of accidents as other vehicles, there are several causes that are fairly unique to motorcyclists that drivers don’t have to worry about as much.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Unsafe lane changes: Drivers often create dangers for motorcyclists when they drive recklessly or fail to adhere to driving laws and safety restrictions. Drivers can cause accidents that injure motorcyclists when they fail to signal or check their blind spots before merging. Motorcyclists, due to their size, are often obscured in blind spots, meaning if a driver isn’t actively checking, they may not see the lane they’re merging into is blocked.
- Speeding: Speeding is one of the leading causes of all auto accidents, as speeding reduces a vehicle’s reaction times and ability to slow down in time to prevent a collision. Motorcyclists can easily lose control of their bikes when speeding, especially when taking sharp turns.
- Car doors: Motorcyclists need to watch out for parked cars when riding. Some accidents occur when drivers open their doors in the path of an oncoming motorcycle without looking.
- Lane splitting: Motorcyclists often drive between two lanes of traffic, which is called lane splitting. Certain states have laws forbidding this dangerous practice, especially because cars often change lanes and inexperienced riders may not know how to navigate obstacles.
- Motorcycle defects: Drivers aren’t the only individuals who can be held liable for injuries in a motorcycle accident. Manufacturers may be at fault if the crash occurred due to a poorly designed or manufactured motorcycle part, such as defective brakes.
While motorcyclists certainly often suffer from catastrophic injuries, they can also get by with less serious injuries like cuts and abrasions, whiplash, sprains and fractures, and broken bones.
Seeking Full Recovery for Your Losses
After a motorcycle accident, you may have incurred financial debts in order to treat your injuries. Many injured victims have to take days and sometimes weeks off from work to recover, losing out on wages. Depending on your injuries, you may owe thousands of dollars in medical bills, too.
Our team has recovered millions of dollars for clients because we believe the innocent shouldn’t have to pay out-of-pocket to treat their injuries.
Through our aggressive advocacy, we can recover the following damages:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages or future earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disabilities and disfigurement
- Wrongful death
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of companionship
Nothing can bring back your loved one or take away the pain you’ve already endured, but our team can help you move forward step by step.
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