According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,985 motorcyclists were fatally injured in motorcycle accidents in 2018. Due to the limited protection that motorcycles provide, the injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents tend to be very serious. In a high percentage of motorcycle accidents, collisions are caused by the negligence of drivers in passenger vehicles or commercial trucks. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, a personal injury attorney can help you understand your options for pursuing a claim against a negligent driver.
Negligence Leading to Motorcycle Accidents
Due to the small size of motorcycles, they can be somewhat difficult to spot on the road. Because of this, drivers should take care to notice motorcycles around them and ensure they are driving in a way that protects the safety of motorcyclists. Failure to do so is considered negligence. Legally speaking, negligence is defined as reckless or careless behavior resulting in injury to another party. In motorcycle accidents, negligence can come in a number of forms. Distracted driving, such as texting while driving, can be especially dangerous, since a driver who takes their attention away from the road is less likely to notice motorcycles.
Violations of traffic laws, such as speeding, running a red light, or illegally changing lanes, are another common cause of motorcycle accidents. However, negligence may occur even if a driver does not commit a traffic violation. For example, if a driver fails to properly check their blind spots when changing lanes, this could lead them to collide with a motorcycle, and they may be liable for the injuries suffered by the motorcyclist.
Pursuing Compensation From a Negligent Driver
Following a motorcycle accident injury, you will want to take steps to protect your right to pursue compensation from the driver who was responsible for the collision. An attorney can help you gather evidence that demonstrates that the driver acted negligently and shows that your injuries were the direct result of this negligence. This evidence may include police reports, witness statements, footage from traffic cameras or security cameras, and medical records regarding the treatment you have received. In addition to recovering the costs of medical care, you may also be compensated for lost income, damage to your motorcycle and other property, and pain and suffering.
Contact an Appleton Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Recovering from a motorcycle accident can be difficult, especially if you are facing financial challenges due to your injuries. At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., our attorneys are dedicated to helping our clients receive the compensation they deserve for injuries caused by other people’s negligence. Contact our Green Bay personal injury lawyers today at 920-739-7366 to arrange a free consultation.