When you are involved in a serious motorcycle accident in College Park, there is a high probability that you may experience severe injury. Because motorcycles have limited stability, motorcycle riders have less time to respond to careless or reckless driving by other motorists. While a driver in a passenger car who is cut off may be able to suddenly apply the brakes or steer sharply to avoid an auto accident, a motorcyclist risks laying a bike down when trying to execute this type of drastic steering or braking procedure. Motorcycles also are harder for other drivers to see in traffic because they are small in comparison to cars, trucks and SUVs, which mean motorcyclists are more likely to be involved in a collision.
The risk of serious injury or wrongful death to motorcyclists because of the greater likelihood of being involved in a collision is compounded by the probability of suffering more serious injuries. Motorcycles offer absolutely no structural protection to riders. Collisions where vehicle occupants are ejected are among the most deadly types of collisions because there is no metal cage of steel to protect a vehicle occupant. A motorcyclist is in this risky position whenever the rider is in an accident. Because motorcycles require a specialized set of driving skills, motorcycle inexperience in responding to emergencies and road hazards also contribute to some motorcycle crashes.
Insurance companies for negligent drivers who cause motorcycle accidents often contend that rider inexperience or error is the most significant factor in causing a collision between a motorcycle and a passenger car or other motor vehicle. Our experienced College Park motorcycle accident attorneys have handled many types of motorcycle accidents since our law firm was founded in 1984. We work diligently to ensure that unsafe drivers that violate traffic safety laws, drive while intoxicated or operate passenger vehicles while distracted are held accountable for the injuries that they cause to motorcyclists.
Most Common Causes of College Park Motorcycle Accidents
The legal theory that serves as the foundation for most motorcycle accident claims is negligence. This legal term in the context of a motorcycle accident basically refers to the failure of a driver to exercise ordinary care, which causes injury to another. While many types of unsafe conduct that cause motorcycle accidents are forms of unsafe driving, including traffic safety violations, distracted driving and drug or alcohol-impaired driving. There are also types of unsafe conduct that contribute to serious motorcycle accidents, such as defectively designing or manufacturing a motorcycle or unsafe design or maintenance of a street or highway. Because of the inherent vulnerability of motorcyclists, a slight wobble in the front wheel or minor defect in road pavement can be a serious problem.
Some of the factors that may cause a severe motorcycle accident and provide a basis for liability include:
- DUI/DWI by drivers of passenger cars, trucks or SUVs
- Drivers using their cell phone to talk or text
- Speeding drivers that are unable to stop or lose control of their vehicle
- Drivers that rely on mirrors rather than turn their head and look before changing lanes
- Running red lights, stop signs or failing to yield
- Unsafe turns including left turns and U-turns
- Inadequate following distance
- Defective motorcycles
- Failing to adjust to wet and icy roads or poor visibility because of adverse weather
- Potholes and other roadway defects
Although this is not a comprehensive list of factors that contribute to College Park motorcycle accidents, these types of factors cause many motorcycle collisions that result in life-altering injuries and fatalities. Our compassionate and aggressive team investigates motorcycle accidents to uncover evidence that will allow us to construct a strong case regarding the negligence of the other driver.
Serious College Park Motorcycle Accidents Necessitate Serious Financial Recovery
Motorcycle collisions with other motor vehicles tend to result in injuries that have permanent effects, including head trauma that results in loss of cognitive functioning and spinal injuries that cause impaired mobility, sensation and paralysis. These types of life-changing injuries can have a dramatic impact on all aspects of one’s life. Some of the types of injuries that may be incurred in a motorcycle accident in College Park include:
- Severe head injuries particularly for those without a helmet
- Damage to a motorcyclist's spinal cord
- Crushed, fractured and broken bones
- Severe road rash
- Disk, neck and other back injuries
- Loss of extremities
- Life-threatening organ damage
When you suffer these types of severe injuries, the financial recovery you receive will be critical to your ability to pay medical expenses and compensate for lost income and/or impaired future earning capacity. A College Park motorcycle accident settlement or judgment may also provide compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, decreased enjoyment of life, as well as the disruption of one’s marital relationship. In certain cases, wrongful death damages (burial/funeral) expenses or punitive damages may also be appropriate. We offer a free initial consultation so that we can evaluate your case and advise you regarding the specific damages that might be applicable in your College Park motorcycle accident case.
Our aggressive and compassionate College Park motorcycle accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates recognize the obstacles faced by personal injury victims. We routinely develop innovative settlement and litigation strategies when pursuing the best possible outcome for our clients. Our College Park motorcycle accident legal team is committed to high standards of legal representation and ethics supported by reasonable, timely communication with our clients.
Be aware of your legal rights! If you have been injured because of the failure of a driver on the streets or highways of College Park to engage in prudent driving practices, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Call now for your FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced College Park motorcycle accident attorneys.
Our attorneys are available to help you and may even visit you if needed. You can call us anytime 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) for your FREE CONSULTATION. Alternatively, you can visit our website at www.montlick.com to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.