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Motorcycles are tons of fun—until the right conditions crop up and an accident happens. Motorcycle accidents can be truly devastating since riders are not surrounded by any type of protection to guard them from horrific injuries and no seat belt to keep riders from being flung around when an accident occurs. The only protection afforded to motorcyclists are helmets, but even helmets only provide protection for the head and are only around 40 percent effect in preventing lethal injuries. Each time that a motorcyclist gears up and heads out, he or she truly puts his life at risk. If you or someone you love has been injured on a motorcycle due to someone else’s negligence, then you have a right to hold the responsible person responsible for any losses incurred. Contact Russell and Hill right away to discuss your legal options with our Kirkland motorcycle accident attorney.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Although motorcyclists sometimes cause accidents, most times an accident’s root cause falls back on other drivers on the road. Drivers of passenger vehicles are predominantly the cause of the most horrific motorcycle accidents. These accidents often occur because other drivers fail to see the motorcyclists in traffic, leading to serious and even fatal crashes. Around three-fourths of all accidents involving motorcycles also involve other passenger vehicles on the road. Other leading causes of serious motorcycle accidents include:

  • Cutting off motorcyclists in moving traffic
  • Dangerous road conditions where potholes or broken pavement cause motorcycles to lose traction with the roadway
  • Defects in the bike’s manufacturing process leading to parts or system failures
  • Impaired driving where the driver has been drinking or doing drugs
  • Rear-end collisions where the motorcycle is being followed too closely
  • Speeding where driver experience lessened response time
  • Unsafe lane changes where drivers fail to signal when they change lanes or do not check their blind spots

Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists are up to 27 times more apt to be killed per vehicle mile traveled as compared to passengers riding in regular cars, trucks or SUVs. The injuries that result from a motorcycle accident can be nothing short of horrific, including burns, open fractures, lacerations and deep cuts, broken bones, internal bleeding, and spine and traumatic brain injuries. Motorcycle crash victims may find themselves need surgeries, physical therapy and rehabilitation just to return to some semblance of normalcy following an accident.

Collecting Damages in Your Motorcycle Accident Case

Motorcycle accident victims are often left holding the bag for medical bills and other expenses, all at a time when they are least able to work. Damages that you can potentially collect in your case include medical bills, future costs of medical care, lost wages, future lost income, and pain and suffering. You may also be entitled to other awards. Discuss your case right away with Russell and Hill’s legal team. Our Kirkland motorcycle accident attorney is ready to battle the big insurance companies to help you get the compensation due to you. Set up your no-cost consultation today.

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