Motorcycle drivers face many risks not shared by drivers of other motor vehicles. Slick surfaces, potholes, manhole covers, and other adverse road conditions pose a particular danger to motorcyclists since they lack the protection provided by a larger vehicle. As a result, the likelihood of sustaining a serious injury is greater in a motorcycle accident than in many other motor vehicle accidents.
Some of the most common injuries in motorcycle accidents include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments
- Organ injuries or internal injuries
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, your insurance company may try to low-ball your settlement offer. It is important to make sure that your insurance settlement will cover all of your medical expenses. You can contact Stephens & Holman to make sure you are receiving proper compensation for your injuries. Your initial consultation with our motorcycle accident lawyers is complimentary.
Types of Motorcycle Accidents
There are many different types of motorcycle accidents that cause severe injuries to the motorcycle driver. Some of the most common include:
- Accidents involving cars and trucks – Roughly 75% of all motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle. Frequently, a car or truck driver will not see the motorcycle and turn directly into its path. Sometimes, the other vehicle will collide with the motorcycle. Other times, the motorcycle will be forced to swerve in order to avoid the vehicle and crash into an object on the side of the road.
- Single motorcycle accidents – There are many times when a motorcycle accident does not involve another vehicle. Frequently, these accidents are caused by hazardous road conditions or malfunctioning equipment.
- Obstructed trails – Often landowners will block trails on their property with chains or ropes in order to prevent off-road bikes from riding on these trails. Many accidents are caused because motorcyclists fail to notice these obstructions in time to avoid an accident. Property owners do not have the right to erect obstructions on their property that can cause injury to others. If they do so, they are legally required to clearly post a warning so that motorcyclists are not injured by these obstructions.
- Rear-end collisions – Sometimes, drivers of cars and trucks may not be paying attention and may fail to notice that a motorcycle in front of them has slowed down or stopped, causing the vehicle to rear-end the motorcycle. These accidents are most common with vehicles that have a high ground clearance and as a result, cannot easily see motorcycles in front of them.
- Road Debris – Unexpected road hazards, such as grease, loose pavement, uneven road surfaces, and potholes may cause a motorcyclist to lose control of the vehicle.
- Open Car Doors – Often, car drivers will not pay attention when exiting their vehicle and open the door in the path of an oncoming motorcycle. In many cases, the motorcyclist will not have enough time to avoid a collision with the car door. In other instances, the motorcycle driver may avoid the door but get thrown from the bike in the process.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact the Vancouver, British Columbia, lawyers at Stephens & Holman today by calling 604-730-4120 to schedule your complimentary, no-obligation consultation.