Let Our Personal Injury Attorneys Do the Legwork While You Heal
If you have sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident, you may recover damages from the driver who caused the accident. Fielding Law Group can help you obtain compensation for all of your medical bills, lost wages, and even for pain and suffering. If you sustained other out-of-pocket expenses, you may be able to recover those damages as well. To learn more about how a motorcycle accident lawyer can help, contact us today.
Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Have the Litigation Experience You Need
As seasoned motorcycle accident attorneys, we have experience in handling motorcycle accident cases at every stage of the process, including the initial steps taken immediately after the accident and taking the case before a judge or a jury in court. We know what needs to happen to protect your rights and can prevent the insurance companies from underpaying or mistreating you.
Immediately after the accident, you will need a motorcycle injury attorney to help you investigate the claim. This may involve interviewing witnesses and other parties as well as gathering photos and videos of the scene. You will need to collect medical evidence and make sure you have all relevant records from hospitals, emergency rooms, and doctors you have seen.
You will also have to deal with the insurance company after a motorcycle wreck. Many insurance companies try to blame you for the accident. However, your personal injury lawyer can provide evidence that the other person is to blame and should be legally liable for your losses.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents often involve a combination of vehicular, human, and environmental factors. Motorcycles don’t have the same protections of cars, and riding on two wheels requires a different set of skills.
- Failure to see the motorcycle
- Driver error
- Failure to yield right of way
- Failure to use turn signals
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Fatigued driving
- Distracted driving
- Blind spots
- Unsafe lane changes
- Running red lights
- Hazardous road conditions
- Work zones
Motorcycle accidents often occur in intersections or during left turns. Rear end, sideswipe, t-bone, and head-on accidents are also common. If the negligence of someone else caused your accident, you deserve compensation. A motorcycle accident lawyer at Fielding Law Group can help.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle wrecks can result in devastating injuries. Riders often have little protective gear and they are exposed to extreme forces between the motorcycle and other involved vehicles. These injuries are often severe and require extensive medical treatment for a full recovery. Common injuries include the following:
Degloving involves the skin being completely removed from a hand or foot, leaving tendons, muscles, and other tissues exposed. It can also involve severe blood loss and can impact the way your body functions.
Force to the spine and other bones can cause paralysis in the limbs, various parts of the body, or whole regions of the body. When the back collides with the pavement or vehicles, nerves in the spinal cord can be impacted. There are special motorcycle riding jackets that are supposed to reduce the risk of paralysis; however, few riders wear them and they are not 100 percent protective.
The force that hits the body in a motorcycle accident can easily snap bones. This often requires surgical repair and months in splints and treatments. And when fractures are too severe to treat through treatments such as surgery and splints, the only option may be to amputate the limb.
The gasoline containers on a motorcycle and other vehicles are often exposed during a wreck. This can result in gas being spilled and causing a fire. Burn injuries can be severe, even resulting in third degree burns that require skin grafting and other involved treatment.
Nearly all motorcycle riders who are in a crash experience road rash. It occurs when exposed skin slides across the roadway and results in abrasions and cuts. Even skin that is covered with thin fabric can be susceptible to road rash. This condition can require skin grafts and becomes infected easily.
Traumatic Brain Injuries and Motorcycle Crashes
Although many states have laws requiring motorcycle helmets, they are not worn as often as they should be. And even when riders wear motorcycle helmets, head injuries can still occur. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are extremely common in motorcycle crashes.
- Closed Head Injury – This occurs when something hits the head, causing blunt force trauma or shaking of the skull. The skull is not penetrated.
- Penetrating Head Injury – This occurs when the skull is broken and either bone or a foreign object enters the brain cavity.
Both closed head injuries and penetrating head injuries can result in serious harm to the driver. TBIs often result in impaired memory, decreasing cognitive function, impacted sight and motor functions, and mood changes. Brain injuries are often severe and sometimes permanent.
A motorcycle accident lawyer would suggest that you always take drivers and riders to the hospital to be evaluated for a TBI and other injuries. TBIs can often show up after the initial accident, so a rider may think they are fine and later suffer repercussions of a TBI.
Determining Fault After a Motorcycle Accident
It’s extremely important to determine who is at fault and what caused your crash. A motorcycle accident lawyer can help investigate the case and help you determine which party is liable for the accident, and whether the other driver could find you partially at fault. Even if you were partially at fault, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses.
The law typically determines fault based on a “comparative fault” rule. That means that the judge or jury will evaluate how much at fault each driver was in your accident. If you were 10 percent at fault and the other driver was 90 percent to blame, then you may recover 90 percent of your losses from the other driver.
Our Free Consultation Can Help Give You an Idea of What You Deserve
Call now and we can evaluate your case for free! We never charge a fee for the initial consultation. We’d be happy to sit down with you, review your situation, and give you your options. In the event that you decide to pursue litigation, we can handle your claim and protect you in court.
If you decide to settle or negotiate with the insurance companies or other responsible parties, we can help you decide how much your case is worth and whether it is a good idea to settle.
Our Auto Accident & Personal Injury Lawyers Are Here to Help
Are you looking for a motorcycle accident lawyer in Idaho or Washington? We are ready to help.
The ways in which you can be injured in a motorcycle accident are numerous and diverse. Whether you were a passenger or operating the motorcycle, the injuries can be debilitating.
At Fielding Law Group, we will start working on your case today for FREE! If we don’t win a settlement, you won’t pay a dime. Our team of personal injury and motorcycle accident attorneys are waiting to help you. The sooner we begin working on your case, the quicker we can get you the settlement you deserve.
Don’t Be Intimidated…
Many insurance adjusters work persistently to deny and devalue your legitimate claims. At the law offices of Spencer Fielding, we ensure justice through the preservation of your rights. We will work diligently to get the settlement you deserve.