Motorcycle accidents are generally more hazardous than car accidents because the motorcyclist does not have the protection of the vehicle. Motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in catastrophic injury or death to the motorcycle rider.
It’s estimated that 80 percent of motorcycle accidents result in death or serious physical injury to the rider, compared to only 20 percent of car crash victims. Unfortunately, motorcycle riders are in constant danger of being hit by automobiles, buses and trucks.
The Bubalo Goode Sales & Cronen law firm helps injured motorcyclists and/or the families of bikers who have been killed in motorcycle accidents involving other motor vehicles. When a rider’s injuries or death was another motorist’s fault, those who have been harmed have a right to financial redress from those responsible. If you or a loved one of yours has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, our law firm can assist you. With attorneys admitted in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee, we’re able to provide legal help to motorcycle accident victims throughout the region.
When a motorcycle crashes, the rider lacks the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so they are more likely to be injured or killed. Of 1,839 motorcycle collisions in Kentucky in 2011, according to State Police, 1,145 resulted in personal injury and 71 were fatal, meaning 66 percent of motorcycle accidents resulted in physical harm to a motorcyclist.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says motorcycles made up 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States in 2010, but accounted for 14 percent of total traffic fatalities, 16 percent of all occupant fatalities, and 4 percent of all occupants injured.
The NHTSA also says more than one half of all motorcycles involved in fatal crashes in 1999 collided with another motor vehicle. In two-vehicle crashes, 76 percent of motorcycles involved were hit in the front of their bike. Only 3 percent were struck in the rear. In 39 percent of motorcycle-passenger vehicle collisions, the passenger vehicle was turning left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing, or overtaking another vehicle. Both vehicles were going straight in 22 percent of crashes.
Too often, a motorist who has hit a motorcycle claims they did not see the bike. Accident investigators frequently learn that the car driver neglected one or more rule for sharing the road with motorcycles.
Sharing the road with a motorcycle requires:
Because of their size and weight, motorcycles are also susceptible to wrecking because roads have been left to deteriorate (potholes) or were designed / constructed improperly (pavement ridges). Vehicle failure, such as faulty tires, also contributes to many motorcycle accidents.
Meanwhile, the NHTSA estimates that wearing a helmet saved the lives of 1,550 motorcyclists in 2010. If all motorcyclists had worn helmets, an additional 706 lives could have been saved, the agency says.
Of 72 Kentucky motorcycle riders killed in collisions in 2011, 42 wore no helmet, State Police say.
Kentucky repealed its law requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets in 1998. State law now requires that helmets be worn by all motorcycle riders younger than 21 and motorcyclists of any age who have had a motorcycle operator’s license for less than a year or who are riding with a motorcycle instruction permit.
At Bubalo Goode Sales & Cronen, we urge all motorcycle riders to wear a DOT-compliant helmet.
Injuries in a motorcycle accident can range from scrapes and burns (“road rash”) to death. The rider who survives a motorcycle wreck may suffer any of the following:
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, product defect or unsafe roadways or hazards, you need to hire an experienced motorcycle lawyer who understands your unique situation. Bubalo Goode Sales & Cronen motorcycle accident attorneys have the knowledge, experience and resources to obtain results in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of an injured motorcycle rider.
We try first to negotiate a fair and proper settlement for motorcycle accident victims as a means of resolving cases quickly and letting the injured get on with their life. When we cannot reach a settlement that our client finds satisfactory, we make sure they have their day in court.
Bubalo Goode Sales & Cronen litigators are nationally and regionally recognized. Bubalo law attorneys have presented successful cases in numerous state courts and in multiple federal district courts. We have also participated in Multi-District Litigation (MDL) cases nationwide.
When one of our accident lawyers represents you in court, you have a committed attorney who is ready to apply the full weight of his firm’s knowledge, skills and experience toward obtaining the most compensation for you that is available.
If you have lost a loved one or you think you have a claim after being injured in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, Bubalo Goode Sales & Cronen can review your case and explain your legal options for free. Bubalo law attorneys have the legal knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to help you after a serious loss in a motorcycle accident.
Contact Bubalo Goode Sales & Cronen online or at 866.870.2489 to obtain a free initial consultation. Call today so we can get started on your case. We have attorneys admitted in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee and we accept motorcycle injury cases from the entire region.