There is a cruel irony in motorcycle accident injury cases: They are more challenging, for various reasons, but the injuries tend to be more severe and victims require higher costs for a longer recovery.
The injuries are more severe for obvious reasons: no air bags, no protection, sometimes not even a helmet. Bikers come in contact with pavement and steel, and their own motorcycle. The motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Head and brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
Insurance policies have exclusions and loopholes to try to get out of paying what they should. And juries and the public have less sympathy for injured bikers than for other victims of injury. Many see cyclists as reckless thrill-seekers who “probably” bear much of the fault for their accident.
The truth is that most accidents where motorcyclists are injured are the fault of automobile drivers. A common and terrible accident involves an auto driver failing to see an oncoming cyclist and turning left into the bike. Two vehicles — even traveling at low speed — going in opposite directions amplify the impact.
If you have lost a loved one to wrongful death in a motorcycle accident, you may have a case to recover from a negligent driver. If there was a defect in the motorcycle, there may be a case against the manufacturer or dealer.