Yakima Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Many motorcycle riders and long-time biking enthusiasts say that riding clears their head, connects them with nature, and makes them feel free. Additionally, some bikers say motorcycle riding is a “greener” form of transportation and puts less stress on our roads. Despite the positive aspects of riding, motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely than regular motorists to die in a traffic crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Motorcyclists are more vulnerable and less protected than other types of motorists. Most motorcycle crashes are caused because other drivers did not see the motorcyclist, and bikers’ risk of injury increases due to the fact that other motor vehicle drivers simply may not be looking for them on the road. One of the most frequent motorcycle-car accidents involves a car hitting a motorcyclist making a left turn into an intersection, because the driver of the car failed to recognize the biker’s right of way. Motorcycle accident cases can also be caused by unsafe road conditions such as icy roadways, potholes or road debris.
What are Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries?
The personal injury attorneys at Abeyta Nelson Injury Law know that even though most motorcycle riders in the United States are skilled drivers who use safety precautions while driving, a mistake by another driver can cause a catastrophic injury. However, due to the size of motorcycles and lack of protection motorcycles offer in relation to other motor vehicles, motorcycle accident victims may suffer huge medical expenses caused by devastating injuries including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones or amputations. Injured riders may also experience serious “road rash,” a type of skin injury or friction burn caused by scraping on the road’s surface. When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, serious injuries – sometimes fatal injuries – can occur.
If you or a loved one are involved in a motorcycle accident, immediately assess the accident scene and call for emergency help so that those injured receive medical attention. Prompt, appropriate medical care for those involved in a motorcycle crash can often mean the difference between life or death. If possible, take photos of the collision scene and damaged vehicles, exchange insurance information and phone numbers with the other party, and be sure a police report is filed after first responders arrive at the accident scene.
Successfully resolving personal injury cases such as these require an experienced motorcycle injury lawyer like those at Abeyta Nelson Injury Law. After more than 40 years in practice, our skilled personal injury law firm understands how to work with insurance companies, how to get clients’ medical bills and lost wages paid, and how to calculate emotional or physical pain and suffering to fairly compensate our clients for their injuries and losses.
How Can Motorcycle Crashes and Injuries Be Avoided?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that motorcyclists can significantly reduce their risk of head injury by always wearing a helmet meeting the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. They also recommend covering arms, legs, hands and feet with heavy leather or other protective gear, as well as wearing reflective jackets and garments to be seen by other vehicles to avoid motorcycle-car accidents. As with the operation of any motor vehicle, bikers should follow local traffic laws and always drive defensively to avoid property damage or serious injury to themselves or others.
Abeyta Nelson Provides Expert Legal Representation for Your Motorcycle Accident
If you or a loved one are an injured motorcyclist involved in a serious accident with a negligent party or at-fault driver, it is important that you contact the experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Abeyta Nelson Injury Law as soon as possible following your accident to see if you’re entitled to financial compensation. We’ll provide a free case review of your potential personal injury lawsuit and offer legal advice at no charge during your first visit with us. Remember, at Abeyta Nelson, our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers never charge any legal fees unless we win your case. We take your motorcycle injury personally.