There is nothing like riding a motorcycle on a crisp fall day through country roads. People love motorcycles because they represent a type of freedom in America that we are slowly losing. Unfortunately, these wonderful machines are not without their downsides. As a Riverside motorcycle accident lawyer, we see far too many cases involving these machines due to their higher than average rate of accidents associated with use.
Motorcycle Facts and Figures
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the accident rates for motorcycles in the United States is 72.34 per 100,000 registered motorcycles. That’s nearly six and a half times that of cars. Furthermore, motorcycle accidents result in more fatalities and greater injuries than that of cars, due to their obviously limited protections. According to the Hurt report, less than one quarter of motorcycle accidents are the result of the rider error. In the majority of motorcycle accident cases (75%) the motorcycle is involved in a collision or event with a passenger vehicle or truck where that driver ignored the motorcycle’s right-of-way. It is unfortunate that any vehicular accidents happen, but moreso when the chances for severe injury increase as they do with motorcycles.
Unlike cars, in the event of an accident motorcyclists are more likely to sustain serious injury or death. In fact, 80% of motorcycle accidents will results in death or injury, compared to cars at 20%. Given that the statistics also show that in most cases the cyclist is not even the driver at fault, the statistics are all the more grim and sad. Even with helmets and padding motorcyclists simply do not have the protections necessary to prevent serious injury, which is why it is so important for state agencies to increase driver awareness of these vehicles.
Getting Help When You Need It
Motorcycle injuries, their treatment, and even their insurance claims are always complicated. This is partially due to the higher rates of serious injuries and fatalities associated with them. When and if someone does survive a motorcycle accident, they often require months of rehabilitation, and insurance companies are not always the best about supporting families during this period or providing maximum benefits entitled to the individual or their survivors.
There are many reasons for this, not least of which is that the entire business model for the insurance industry is based on not paying out claims and lowering overhead costs. It is important to note that the insurance company is not a friend to anyone that’s not a shareholder. They are a business. If they can quickly dispatch a claim without fan-fair they will, rather than fight for the full legal rights of their holders. This is why many people choose to work with personal injury attorneys or a someone who specializes as a motorcycle accident lawyer.
When someone has been involved in a motorcycle accident they will require a knowledgeable and proactive approach from a motorcycle accident lawyer in order to obtain the types of compensation that will provide for their family while they recuperate. If you or someone that you love has been in a motorcycle accident or motorcycle collision as the result of the negligence of another person it is important that you seek the assistance of a Riverside motorcycle accident lawyer who not only understands the Riverside courts, but also the somewhat dubious insurance system.
Our team of motorcycle accident lawyers have worked with people and families just like yours to get their loved one the treatment that he or she deserves. We work tirelessly on your behalf to make the process as quick and painless as possible.