Motorcycle collisions occur in a flash of a second. But they can leave residual negative effects on the lives of those involved for years. To pursue a case against the driver of the car or truck (or other bike) that hit you, however, you need a careful appraisal of what exactly happened on the road. This article can answer some of your most pressing questions and suggest a battle proven resource you can leverage right now to make progress.
Will I have to go to court for my motorcycle accident case?
Most cases settle out of court. Exceptions apply, of course. For instance, if an insurance company refuses to pay or is otherwise recalcitrant, you may have to take the matter to court. Likewise, if the stakes are high for the defendants, they may not want to settle.
Why are motorcyclists so particularly vulnerable to injury collisions?
Independent surveys (such as the famous Hurt Study conducted in Los Angeles) suggest the following factors cause, contribute to, or exacerbate motorcycle accident/injuries:
- Failure of motorcyclists to wear appropriate safety equipment (especially helmets)
- The relative “invisibility” of motorcycles to car drivers
- Driver distractibility – e.g. speaking on the cell phone, fiddling with the radio, engaging in animated discussions with other passengers
- Poorly marked signage, road construction, or broken traffic signals
- Problems with parts and maintenance – e.g. defective brakes, faulty accelerator pedals, balding tires
Are there some times when it is more dangerous to ride than others?
Yes. Friday and Saturday nights, and holidays like Labor Day weekend, Memorial Day weekend, and the 4th of July tend to be more dangerous for all motorists. Either avoid driving during those days/times or be particularly mindful if you do drive.
How bad is talking on the cell phone as compared to driving under the influence of alcohol?
Independent studies from places like Virginia Tech show that texting while driving is probably even more dangerous than driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, believe it or not. Obviously, more data need to be collected. But the use of a cell phone in any capacity – even while speaking on a hands-free headset – can seriously contribute to driver distractibility, which has been linked in countless association studies with accidents.
Who will compensate me for my motorcycle collision?
An array of parties can be held liable — from the car or truck driver who smashed into your bike to your insurance company to the municipality that failed to clear debris out of lanes following a big tropical storm.
How can I get key specific questions answered by a professional?
Connect with the Ocala accident law firm of Farah & Farah today by calling the team toll free at (352) 205-4023 or by emailing a representative through www.farah2017.wpengine.com. Get good help now, so that you can take positive action towards getting compensation and getting your strategy in line.