Salisbury Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Have You Been Hurt? Don’t Hesitate to Call Hearne & Bailey, P.A. Today!
To many, a motorcycle represents freedom. It represents a way of getting out on the open road without the restrictions and cramped feeling of being stuck in a car. It means a way of feeling the rush of the wind going through your hair as you get from place to place. To others, it’s a fast and energy-efficient way of getting yourself from point A to point B. However, for all of these riders and their bikes, there is one key factor that they have in common: they are all at risk for serious injury should they be involved in an accident while riding.
Motorcycle accidents are a bit different from car accidents in that the injuries are typically far worse than a standard car accident. Cars provide protection for drivers and passengers by surrounding them with metal armor and safety features. Motorcycles do no such thing, instead leaving riders and passengers completely exposed. Thus, most motorcycle accidents result in injuries, and many times severe injuries at that. If you have been injured as a result of a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation, and that’s why you shouldn’t hesitate to seek help from the Salisbury motorcycle accident attorney team at Hearne & Bailey, P.A.
Who’s at Fault for a Motorcycle Accident?
Motorcycle accidents are just like a standard car accident. That means the first order of business is to determine who is at fault for the accident. With motorcycle accidents, the driver of the car involved is actually usually the party at fault. While most insurance companies and standard car drivers try to make motorcycle riders out to be rebellious, rule-breaking daredevils, this is a flat-out lie. The truth is the overwhelming majority of motorcycle riders are actually extremely cautious and careful simply because motorcycle accidents are so much more prone to serious injuries.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, start by checking yourself and everyone else involved for injuries. Call an ambulance if necessary. Next, take pictures of the scene of the accident. These pictures will be helpful later in determining who or what was at fault in the accident and how much damage was caused. Only take pictures if you can do so safely. Then, if possible, move your vehicle to a safe location off the road, where it won’t obstruct traffic.
Some common injuries caused by motorcycle accidents include:
- Back and neck injuries
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Crush injuries
- Road rash (serious skin injury)
Most injuries from motorcycle accidents affect the legs and feet, but many also affect the head and neck areas. An injury to the head or neck can result in a concussion, paralysis, or brain damage. Many motorcyclists develop road rash after being in an accident: a consequence of the body chafing against the concrete after being thrown from a bike or knocked to the ground. Injuries can in fact be even worse when a biker isn’t wearing proper protective gear, including leathers, helmets, and padding.
Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident? Hearne & Bailey, P.A. is here to help! Give us a call at (410) 618-0903 today to schedule an initial free consultation.
Most motorcycle accidents are caused by head-on collisions, which means a car or truck hits the motorcycle from the front. Many accidents also occur when cars make left-hand turns and end up either hitting the motorcyclist or turning so closely in front that the motorcyclist hits them. In either case, the driver making the left-hand turn is usually at-fault, unless the motorcyclist was speeding or driving in the wrong lane. Motorcycle accidents can also happen when a motorcyclist weaves between lanes, like in a traffic-jam when vehicles are moving slowly.
Of course, just as in car accidents, driving distracted or under the influence of drugs and alcohol can cause motorcycle accidents, as can unsafe road conditions and malfunctioning vehicles. Other motorists — drivers of cars, trucks, and buses — often claim they “did not see” a motorcycle before a crash. Besides inattentive drivers, defective roadways are also frequent triggers for motorcycle accidents.