Motorcyclists are often drawn to the vehicles for their exposure to the world, freedom from stop and go traffic, and the benefits that come with having a smaller vehicle. Unfortunately, these are the very features that can make being a motorcyclist one of the most dangerous ways to travel. The exposed nature of motorcycles, along with their reduced visibility due to their size, means that motorcyclists often take on a significantly larger amount of risk than their car-driving peers.
When a motorcycle accident occurs, the motorcyclist often sustains serious injuries and can face the false stigma that they are reckless drivers. Here at Brumback & Otterm, we know that motorcyclists are often the most attentive drivers on the road. We also understand the draw of the freedom of motorcycles and refuse to hold that against our clients. If you are a motorcyclist who was injured in an accident, we are proud to defend you and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Common Causes and Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents happen the same way any other motor vehicle accident happens: a driver was being reckless, not paying attention, or unable to maintain control of their vehicle. Some of the most common situations for motorcycle accidents are:
- Cutting the motorcyclist off while changing lanes
- Failing to see the motorcyclist while changing lanes in stopped traffic
- Unsafe left turns
- Dangerous conditions from weather or unmaintained roads
All of the situations are avoidable, and all of them have the ability to be mitigated. If the roads are icy and conditions are bad, it is the job of all drivers on the road to reduce their speed and drive more carefully. When a driver fails to do this and injures you, they are responsible for ensuring your damages are compensated.
Common injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents include:
- Broken/fractured bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Back/spinal/neck injuries
- Road rash
When a motorcyclist is involved in a crash at highway or freeway speeds, they lack the surrounding structure that car drivers have. This means that there is little between the rider and the road, leading to catastrophic injuries. Without compensation, the rider might be facing unrecoverable medical debt as well as unrecoverable injuries.
Recoverable Damages From Motorcycle Accidents
Your expenses following a motorcycle accident rarely stop with your emergency room bill, and neither should your compensation.
The costs directly associated with your injuries are important to cover, considering how expensive medical treatment can be. ER bills, ambulance fees, copays, rehabilitation costs all add up quickly, which is why it’s so important they get compensated. Medical expenses can be covered with physician testimony and medical records.
For many people, their bike is their most valued possession. It takes them to and from work, around town, and on longer road trips. It provides freedom, and often at a hefty price. It’s rare for a bike to come out of an accident damage-free, meaning you will need to get it either repaired or replaced. This is also usually expensive. Fortunately, the costs of repairing or replacing your bike can be covered by the at-fault driver. If your bike has been repairable damaged, you can get compensation with receipts from the repairs. If it can’t be fixed, an assessor may be required to determine the value of your bike prior to the accident, which the other driver would be responsible for compensating.
Recovery from serious injuries can take a long time. During that time, you will probably not be working. This can impact your career, reducing your income and maybe even getting you laid off. Not only are medical bills piling up, your income has suddenly been diminished. Beyond the potential inability to work is the inability to get to work. If your bike is your primary mode of transportation, you likely relied on it to commute to and from work. A sudden loss of this means of transportation can make it difficult or impossible to get to work, increasing stress and decreasing productivity. You can get compensation for these wage losses with the help of pay stubs and tax returns that prove your prior income.
A Law Firm That Rides With You
Motorcycle accidents have long lasting and devastating impacts for everyone involved, not all of which can be recovered from. That’s why we work so hard to defend our clients. No one deserves to have their life torn apart by an accident, and we’re here to make sure you don’t fall into financial ruin because of it.
The team at Brumback & Ottem are experienced personal injury lawyers located in Yakima, WA, dedicated to standing up for any wronged motorist. If you are a biker who was injured in an accident, contact us today to schedule your free consultation.