Most motorcycle riders enjoy the freedom and exhilaration that comes with riding on the open road. You can enjoy the Western New York scenery, relish the solitude and breathe the fresh air. The downside, however, is that motorcycle riding can be very dangerous as shown by the accident-related injury and fatality statistics.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Motorcycle accidents are, predictably, almost always more dangerous than passenger vehicle accidents as there is nothing to protect the motorcyclist from the impact of the collision. Due to this, in a staggering 98% of all motorcycle accidents, the rider is injured and in 45% of all accidents the injury is serious or fatal.
What is especially unsettling is the fact that in two-thirds of motorcycle accidents the vehicle driver is at fault. Many motorcycle safety organizations believe that this number will increase due to increased cell phone use while driving and the sizable blind spots many SUVs and large passenger vehicles have. This statistic is so troublesome because it is generally assumed that motorcyclists themselves are most often at fault for accidents because of the inherent danger of motorcycle riding. This statistic makes it clear that the opposite is, in fact, more often the case and that motorcyclists are most often, not at fault. Because of this common misapprehension, it is essential to have an experienced team of motorcycle accident attorneys representing you.
Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits
One of the most unfortunate aspects of motorcycle accidents is that many motorcyclists face an uphill battle if they need to file a lawsuit against a passenger vehicle driver. There are many reasons for this; some of the most common reasons being:
- Many passenger vehicle drivers will claim that they could not see the motorcycle coming in order to avoid taking responsibility for their negligence.
- Many judges and jury members tend to believe that motorcycle riding is an inherently dangerous pastime and will be naturally biased against the motorcyclist despite the fact that this bias is not supported by the law.
- must prove that the other driver’s negligence caused the motorcycle accident, which can be difficult if there is no hard evidence or witness accounts..
For all of these reasons, if you are a motorcyclist who has been in an accident caused by another driver’s negligence, it is absolutely imperative to hire a highly experienced motorcycle accident attorney to represent you in court.
With over 20 years of experience, the motorcycle accident attorneys at Feroleto Law understand how to build a solid case for motorcycle accident victims. We adamantly believe that you must be fairly compensated for your medical bills, current and future lost wages, pain and suffering and any permanent injury or disability incurred in an accident due to negligent driving. If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by another driver we will do everything in our power to see that justice is served on your behalf.
If you or a loved one in the Buffalo Niagara Region has been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation. For tips on what to do if you are involved in such an accident, visit our motorcycle accident tips page.
We only charge legal fees if your case is won or settled out of court, so please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
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