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WHAT TO KNOW: MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

Apr 20 2014

Motor vehicle accidents of all kinds are on the rise. Motorcyclists are at greater risk for injury in an accident, because a motorcycle provides less protection to its rider than a car does. Here are some tips to help you avoid an accident, or deal with the aftermath of an accident.

 

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

There are many different factors that contribute to motorcycle accidents. Many people automatically blame the motorcycle rider, but in most cases, it’s not the fault of the motorcyclist at all. Distracted drivers may be focusing on their music or smartphone and their attention is not completely on the road. Inclement weather, hazards on the road and emergency situations also contribute to motorcycle accidents. In some cases, the motorcyclist may well be at fault. Riders without the proper training and riders who are doing the wrong things while riding can all cause accidents. Mechanical failures are another cause of motorcycle accidents.

 

Types of Damages You May Receive Compensation For

There are several types of damages that you may be entitled to if you are in a motorcycle accident. For one, the cost to repair or replace your motorcycle is one of the first things you may be thinking of after the accident. You are also entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, hospital bills and emergency room care. You may also be eligible for compensation for lost income, pain and suffering and other types of compensation. The best source of information on compensation is a qualified local lawyer that deals with these types of cases.

 

What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

There are many things you can do to protect yourself and prevent an accident. First, ensure that you are doing the right things when you ride. Get the proper training and licensing. You should also wear the proper safety gear. This includes a helmet, sturdy footwear, eye protection and proper clothing. A reflective vest and leather pants and jacket are also great items to keep you safe. Keep an eye out for other drivers; one great rule to go by is to assume that drivers of cars and trucks just don’t see you (whether they do or not). This will help you except situations and escape an accident before it happens. Keep an eye on weather conditions and road conditions so you don’t ride into a situation that could prove to be dangerous.

 

How a Lawyer Can Help

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, don’t try to handle all the legal issues related to the accident on your own. An attorney can help you deal with paperwork, phone calls, appointments and other issues. This will leave you free to focus on getting your life back to normal. Your attorney can help you preserve evidence, and get the compensation that you are entitled to. It is important to contact an attorney as quick as possible, so you can protect your rights.

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