In the past five years, the number of people riding motorcycles has increased significantly. To motorcycle enthusiasts, there is nothing more exhilarating than the feeling of an open road and the rush of the wind. It's a driving thrill that cannot be compared to any other driving experience. However, the open road presents unique dangers for motorcycle drivers and their passengers, as the risk of being involved in an accident while riding a motorcycle is great. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a motorcyclist is nine times more likely to be injured and 37 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than an individual riding in another type of passenger vehicle and in 2008, 98,000 motorcycle accidents claimed the lives of 5,290 riders.
The drivers of other vehicles who are not paying attention to motorcycles on the road cause many motorcycle accidents. Contrary to what most people think about motorcycle drivers, motorcyclists are usually safe drivers and typically abide by all of the required traffic regulations. However, numerous automobile drivers do not fully understand many of these regulations and this in turn leads to accidents. Because motorcycle accidents are often times caused by the negligence of other drivers, there will often be liability associated with these kinds of collisions. Handling a motorcycle accident case requires the implementation of certain strategies and skills that the attorneys at Pirrone & Pirrone, LLP have mastered. We can cut through the negative stereotypes that often hamper motorcycle riders. Opposing attorneys will often seek to perpetuate an unjust portrait of motorcyclists as those whom are nothing more than outlaws on Harleys or immature teenagers with a need for speed. Both negative images present unique challenges to proving liability.
The small size and design of the motorcycles presents a unique inventory of potential hazards. It is often described as one the least crashworthy vehicles on the road. The motorcycle driver and passenger are left utterly unprotected in the event of a collision and accordingly, injuries associated with motorcycle accidents are often severe. They are exposed to the open road and many of the most serious injuries occur when the motorcyclist has been thrown from the bike. Even though motorcyclists are required in California to wear helmets, head injuries are the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists also frequently suffer chest injuries, broken bones, severe skin abrasions, and spinal cord injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, there are several things that you must do to ensure that you preserve your claim against the other driver. First, if physically able, call the police. It is important that the police begin the process of documenting what happened at the accident scene as soon as possible. Be sure to tell them all the facts and be certain that they understand exactly what happened. The next thing you should do is seek immediate medical attention, even if you think that the injuries are not severe. Proper medical documentation is important to establishing the damage caused by the accident. Last, contact a reputable attorney who is experienced in dealing with motorcycle accidents. The law allows for fair compensation for injuries which can include road rash, broken bones, damaged knees, and other serious injuries. You can also collect for lost wages, medical bills, and property damage. And don't forget the bikes repair or replacement. The law firm of Pirrone & Pirrone, LLP has the experience and skills to successfully handle motorcycle injury cases. Our personal injury attorneys have successfully represented both motorcyclists and their passengers who have been injured because of another person's negligence.
Pirrone & Pirrone can assist you in obtaining the best possible compensation for your injuries. We completely understand the complexity of motorcycles and motorcycle accidents.
The next step is to discuss your accident and evaluate your injuries so we can determine your future legal needs. We can prepare your case in a way that insurance companies understand and accept. We will help you to fully document all aspects of your case including your injuries and the circumstances of your accident.
Do not delay. Call or email us today, so we can start resolving your case quickly and efficiently.
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