Motorcycles offer none of the safety buffers of a standard passenger car, so it is no small wonder that the outcome of most motorcycles versus car/truck/SUV/van or other vehicle is so poor. And while all motorists traversing the roadways in California have a duty to exercise caution and care when they drive, some drivers tend to give less care than they should to motorcyclists sharing the roadway. This can lead to catastrophic injuries and unnecessary deaths. If you or someone you love has been hurt while operating a motorcycle, speak with a motorcycle accident attorney right away to preserve your right to collect damages for your injuries.
Some motorist behaviors are more apt to result in injured motorcyclists than others. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), some of these include:
Unlike a passenger car, a motorcycle has no cabin to help protect the operator (and passenger) from harm in the event of a wreck. Motorcyclists who survive serious motorcycle accidents are often left with injuries such as spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injuries, fractures, and damage to internal organs, among other injuries. Many are forced to be off work for long periods of time to recuperate, both in the hospital and in rehab facilities.
Injured motorcyclists may be able to collect damages for their injuries, including medical costs, lost income, rehab costs, and payment for emotional distress and pain and suffering. In addition, surviving spouses, children, or parents of motorcycle accident victims who succumb to their injuries may be able to file a wrongful death suit against the at-fault parties. Discuss your case in greater detail with a Santa Maria motorcycle accident attorney when you reach out to the Law Office of John B. Richards. Contact us by dialing 805-683-2736 or by clicking here.