Like any other motor vehicle operators, motorcyclists are entitled to use the roads and highways, as long as they comply with applicable motor vehicle laws. Yet, it is not uncommon for car or truck drivers to fail to yield the right-of-way to motorcyclists, and the results can be catastrophic.
A motorcyclist of course does not enjoy the same level of protection for impact as the operators of cars or trucks. In addition to being directly exposed to the impact without a crash barrier or crush protection, motorcycle operators are not required to wear helmets, though their failure to do so can be admissible if the failure to use a helmet contributed to aggravating the victim’s injuries. Consequently, when a motorcycle wreck occurs, the victim may suffer catastrophic injuries such as amputations, brain injuries, internal bleeding, broken bones, coma and sometimes even wrongful death.
There is an inherent bias against motorcycle operators. It is not uncommon for insurance companies to try to evade responsibility by blaming to blame a motorcyclist for their own wrecks. Moreover, there is a bias among juries against motorcyclists since motorcycles are perceived as being dangerous. Insurance companies are aware of this and use it to their advantage to try to reduce the amounts they are willing to pay or, alternatively, to simply refuse to pay altogether.
Against this backdrop, it is clear that in order to maximize your chances for justice following a motorcycle wreck, you need to contact an experienced motorcycle wreck attorney. Our team can use the physical evidence obtained at the scene to help show that a motorcyclist was operating appropriately, within his or her rights, which can help overcome some of the bias that exists against motorcyclists.
Our approach to motorcycle wreck cases has been fruitful. We’ve settled many motorcycle wreck cases. With proven results including a settlement of $5 million* for a motorcycle wreck brain injury and $776,500* for a motorcycle wreck with multiple fractures.
*All Amounts listed are Net to Clients. Results obtained depend on the facts of each case.