Throughout the United States, tens of thousands of motorcyclists are involved in motor vehicle collisions each and every year. Tragically, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,985 motorcyclists were fatally injured in accidents throughout 2018 alone. Injuries tend to be more severe among motorcyclists in collisions involving a standard motor vehicle because of the lack of protection they have. If you or a loved one are injured in a motorcycle collision, it is time to seek legal assistance.
Negligence and Motorcycling
Due to the exciting nature of motorcycling, some motorcyclists operate their vehicle in a negligent or reckless manner. The most common forms of motorcycle negligence include swerving in between lanes of traffic, riding at excessive speeds, following other vehicles too closely, and illegally passing. These forms of negligence can lead to both rear-end and head-on collisions. If a motorcyclist is swerving in and out of lanes of traffic, it can make spotting the motorcyclist more difficult for other drivers. It should also be noted that drinking and driving is an increasingly common form of motorcycle negligence. According to the NHTSA, an incredible 28% of motorcyclists killed throughout 2017, were legally drunk.
Unfortunately, because of the above statistics, there is a prejudice by the general public that a motorcyclist who has been injured in a crash must have caused the accident. The reality is that the majority of motorcycle drivers are keenly aware of the dangers and operate in a safe manner. The majority of crashes are actually caused by other drivers and not motorcyclists.
In the immediate aftermath of a collision, it is critically important for you to act quickly. After ensuring that all parties involved in the collision have received necessary medical attention, it is time for you to seek out information. Document the name of the driver, their vehicle, and their insurance information. Seeking witness testimony can also be critical in establishing who was at fault for the collision. After securing all the information you can, contact a knowledgeable attorney for information on the steps necessary to ensure you receive the compensation your family deserves.
Contact an Aurora Motorcycle Accident Attorney
In the aftermath of a motor vehicle collision, it is entirely common to experience a wide array of emotions including anxiety and stress. At Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Mazur, P.C., we are proud to offer our assistance to clients in need. When it comes to securing the personal injury compensation you need to recover from a collision, you need to work with a legal expert you can trust. To schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable Kane County personal injury lawyer, call our team today at 630-907-0909.