Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Washington, DC
Aggressive Representation for Injured Motorcycle Riders
Motorcycles have become a popular form of transportation and recreation. Unfortunately, motorcycle riders face the highest risks of suffering injuries and death during accidents. Statistics show that motorcycle riders suffer injuries in 98% of accidents that involve cars or trucks. Even when motorcycle accidents involve only riders, the results can be devastating.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Driver error and negligence, including left-hand turns (42% of all accidents)
- Road departures and hazardous road conditions
- Aggressive driving
- Drunk driving accidents
- Distracted driving
- Defective motorcycle parts
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Motorcycle accidents are not only caused by collisions. Sometimes another driver can cause a motorcyclist to crash without ever striking the motorcycle. For example, if someone driving a passenger car fails to see the motorcycle and cuts it off, the motorcyclist may be forced to veer off the road, resulting in an accident.
Riders face constant dangers on public roads and highways, and when they suffer damages at the hands of others, riders have the right to be fairly compensated.
Motorcycle Accidents and Insurance Issues
While many riders may believe that insurance companies will fairly compensate them for their damages, the unfortunate reality is that claimants face numerous challenges when filing personal injury claims. As insurance companies are in the business to collect premiums, they often do everything in their power to pay victims as little as possible.
Insurance providers will commonly dispute claims and attempt to capitalize on negative rider stereotypes in order to deflect fault away from drivers who cause accidents. When this is the case, our attorneys fight back against insurance companies. Learn more about your right to compensation and how a Washington, DC motorcycle accident attorney can help you today!
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What to Learn More? Read Our Motorcycle Accident FAQs
A VEHICLE STRIKES A MOTORCYCLIST TURNING LEFT. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?
It depends. If the left turning vehicle is turning left on a green light, he must yield to oncoming traffic – this includes motorcyclists (and bicyclists for that matter). Of course, if the driver turns left on a green arrow then the motorcyclist must yield to him. However, in many cases, drivers of motor vehicles may run a red light, fail to see motorcycle riders, or fail to safely share the road. In any of those situations, the driver of the vehicle would be at fault and responsible for the damages caused to the motorcycle driver.
WHEN IS A DRIVER RESPONSIBLE FOR A MOTORCYCLIST’S DAMAGES?
A driver will be responsible for a motorcycle rider’s damages if it can be proven that their negligence, carelessness, or wrongful act more likely than not caused the accident. Just as with any traffic crash, at-fault drivers will be financially responsible for victims’ damages. All drivers have a legal responsibility to ensure that others on the road are kept free from preventable harm – and they can be held liable when they fail to uphold this duty.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON CAUSES OF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS?
Driver error and negligence are the leading causes of motorcycle accidents. This may include distracted driving, drunk driving, failing to obey traffic laws, and failing to be aware of nearby motorcyclists. The problem is that drivers of cars just do not see, or pay attention to motorcyclists.
WHAT ARE SOME MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were nearly 5,000 motorcycle deaths in the U.S. in 2012, as well as 93,000 injuries. The NHTSA also reports that motorcyclists are more than 30 times more likely to die in traffic accidents than occupants of passenger vehicles. Motorcycle accident statistics may vary slightly from state to state, but are generally alarming because they show that motorcycle riders face extreme risks whenever they are on public roads.
WHAT DAMAGES CAN VICTIMS RECOVER AFTER A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT?
Victims injured in motorcycle accidents can file personal injury claims to recover any physical, financial, and / or emotional damages they suffered as a result of an accident. Damages may include medical expenses, lost work wages and future earnings, pain and suffering, emotional damages, and others. In cases of wrongful death, families may recover damages for funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and their emotional injuries.