Grand Island Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
With increasing gas prices, more drivers are riding motorcycles as a means to save money or to enjoy for recreation. Unfortunately, with more motorcycles on the road the incidence of accidents is rising. A Grand Island motorcycle wreck can be a costly and devastating event, and drivers on our roads are at higher risk of being involved in one as the number of registered motorcycles increases.
In 2012, the Nebraska Department of Transportation reported over 55,000 registered motorcycles and within that year 588 accidents took place. Almost all of those accidents resulted in injury and 22 resulted in death. The statistics suggest that when a motorcycle crashes there is a very high chance at least one person involved will be seriously injured.
The attorneys of Inkelaar Law understand the difficulties of recovering from a motorcycle accident and the hardships it can cause. Sky-high medical bills, rehabilitative treatment, and lost wages from time out of work all equate to thousands of dollars the victim of the crash is now losing.
If you or a loved one was injured by a motorcycle crash, you may be entitled to compensation to cover those costs associated with the accident. Additionally, the pain and suffering you experienced deserves to be compensated, and the guilty party should be held accountable for their actions.
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Negligent Motorcyclist Behaviors Cause Accidents
A number of factors can contribute to a motorcycle accident, but most of them relate to the way a motorcyclist operates their bike. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that motorcycle speeding is an enormous factor in crashes and, ultimately, fatalities.
Speeding is just one form of negligence that a motorcyclist might display on the road. The following are some of the most common ways a rider might contribute to or cause an accident:
- Disobeying traffic signs and signals
- Distracted driving
- Driver inexperience
- Driving while intoxicated
- Improperly changing lanes
- Splitting lanes
- Tailgating/ following too closely
- …and others.
Negligence is a very serious factor, but there are external forces that can cause a rider to lose control of their motorcycle, as well. The environmental factors involved can be the catalyst for a crash or worsen its severity.
Environmental Factors that Contribute to Motorcycle Accidents
Changes in the environment or road conditions can seriously impact a motorcyclist’s ability to keep control of their bike. These are factors that may contribute to a crash but are not the direct result of the driver. However, a motorcyclist is still responsible for controlling their bike in the event of dangerous conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
Some of the most common environmental factors which cause motorcycle accidents are:
- Heavy rain
- Heavy fog
- Strong winds
- Storm conditions
- Poor road conditions
- Road hazards
- …to name a few.
These external forces can also be compounded with negligent behaviors. For example, a speeding motorcyclist who drives over a pothole too quickly can lose control and cause an accident. It is important to note that while passenger car drivers can incur very serious injury or death from an accident with a motorcycle, the motorcyclist has even less protection than the vehicle occupant, and oftentimes riders perish when passenger car operators do not.
Injuries Associated with Motorcycle Accidents
Helmet laws are not mandatory in all 50 states, and in studies most crashes show the motorcyclist flying forward over the bike, incurring either facial or jaw trauma. Other common injuries include “Rider’s Arm,” which is nerve damage done to the shoulder when a rider must lay the bike down to avoid an accident or as the result of one.
Some typical injuries associated with motorcycle crashes include:
- Brain trauma
- Broken bones
- Facial disfigurement
- Kneecap fractures
- Loss of limb
- Rib/ torso injury
- Rider’s Arm
- Road Rash
- Spinal cord trauma
- …and many others.
The time it takes to recover from a motorcycle accident is certainly stressful, but it is nothing compared to the loss of a loved one from a crash. If someone you love died because of a motorcycle accident the emotional and financial devastation the victim’s family incurs can be ruinous. Seek an experienced motorcycle accident litigator to help you and your family fight for the justice you deserve.
Contacting a Nebraska Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Help
At Inkelaar Law we are dedicated to assisting accident injury victims fight for their right to justice and we will always fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation due to them. For many years we have been representing clients throughout the state of Nebraska, and our Lincoln office serves clients in the following regions:
- Central City
- St. Paul
- …and most other surrounding towns and suburbs of these areas.
To find out more about the Law Office of Thomas T. Inkelaar, contact us at 1-877-537-4665 for a free initial consultation about your case.