Types of Motorcycle Crashes
How you were injured? A Cleveland motorcycle accident lawyer can help
Motorcycle riders can crash and get injured in a lot of different ways, but our Cleveland motorcycle accident lawyers have experience helping injured riders obtain justice following many different types of motorcycle accidents.
Every year, thousands of motorcyclists are injured or killed in serious motorcycle accidents in Cleveland and across the country, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Studies have shown that motorcycle riders are 35 times more at risk of having a fatal crash than those driving in cars. Additionally, nearly four out of five motorcycle crashes result in injury or death. While riding a motorcycle can be an exciting and fun way to travel, motorcyclists are at a huge risk of getting injured or killed when they have an accident.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash that wasn’t your fault, our Cleveland motorcycle accident lawyers can help you hold the negligent party responsible. When you’re hurt, you should be focused on your recovery ─ not dealing with insurance companies that often want to settle your motorcycle accident claim as quickly and cheaply as possible. Don’t settle for less. Let Merriman Legal, LLC get you the compensation you need and deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.
How do motorcycle accidents happen?
Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injury or death. That’s because the motorcycle itself provides little accident protection at all ─ in fact, a motorcycle can cause injuries on its own by falling on top of and crushing riders during a crash.
One of the most common ways riders are injured is when they get ejected from their motorcycles and strike other objects in their path before impacting the ground. Some of the most common types of motorcycle accidents involve:
- Changing lanes: Our motorcycle accident lawyers have heard every excuse in the book from irresponsible drivers recklessly switching lanes to crashing right into unsuspecting motorcyclists. Motorcycles are a lot smaller than other passenger vehicles and harder to see on the road, but anyone paying full attention to their driving and not operating erratically should be able to see a motorcycle rider in an adjacent lane. It’s simply a matter of paying attention and using enough caution before changing lanes, which is something every driver should be doing anyway.
- Failure to yield: Motorcycle riders have just as much a right to the road as other drivers, but all too often our lawyers hear horror stories about other cars cutting off motorcyclists and injuring them in crashes. Common at intersections, stop signs, and when merging onto the highway, failure to yield accidents (aka right-of-way crashes) typically happen when a driver attempting to make a left-hand turn cuts in front of the path of an oncoming motorcycle rider. The result is often catastrophic for the motorcyclist.
- Negligent drivers: Drivers going faster than the speed limit, talking on a cellphone, texting, adjusting the radio, reaching for something, eating, drinking, daydreaming, drowsy driving, falling asleep at the wheel, or driving under the influence are all at risk of not seeing a motorcyclist and causing a devastating crash.
- Dooring: This type of motorcycle crash happens when the occupant of a parked vehicle opens their door and an unsuspecting motorcycle rider collides with it. Motorcyclists have enough to worry about when riding. They shouldn’t have to think about careless people opening car doors in their path, causing them serious injury and severe damage to their motorcycles.
- Faulty equipment: Sometimes manufacturers cut corners when building motorcycles and use defective parts that they know aren’t safe. Sadly, these manufacturers often wait until multiple people have been injured before they issue a recall notice. If you crashed your motorcycle due to mechanical failure, you may be able to hold the manufacturer legally responsible for your accident-related expenses.
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While some motorcyclists give others a bad name, our lawyers realize that most motorcycle riders follow the rules of the road and simply enjoy the freedom of riding. Our law firm has respect and admiration for those in the motorcycle community. That’s why we fight so hard for motorcyclists injured by the careless actions of others.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash that wasn’t your fault, it’s critical that you get our Cleveland motorcycle accident lawyers in your corner to protect your rights. Our legal team can answer your questions, explain your options, and help you figure out the best course of action to take for the best results. Make my team your team. Contact us today for a free consultation.