The Louisville and Jeffersonville areas are some of the best for motorcycle travel. Motorcycle operators have the same rights to the roads as other motorists, but unfortunately are often involved in the most severe accidents. As an experienced accident attorney, Karl Truman knows just how devastating the resulting injuries can be. For a free case review, please call the Karl Truman Law Office at (502) 222-2222.
- Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
- Severe Injuries in Motorcycle Accident Claims
- Motorcycle Crash Compensation
- Helmet Laws in Our Area
- Tips for Preventing an Accident
- Tips for Sharing the Road with Motorcycles
- Determining Fault in the Crash
- What to do in the Aftermath of a Crash
- Free Case Evaluation in Kentucky and Indiana
Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Although society at large tends to hold a view of motorcycles as dangerous, it is in fact the drivers of passenger cars who are often the cause of motorcycle wrecks. Some of the most common causes are:
- Failure of a passenger vehicle to yield right-of-way to a motorcycle operator
- Passenger vehicle drivers making lane changes without checking for the presence of other vehicles
- Passenger vehicle drivers making left-hand turns into motorcycles
- Passenger vehicle drivers tailgating motorcycles
- Passenger vehicle drivers driving while distracted
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most motorcycle accidents stem from the failure of a passenger vehicle driver to see the motorcycle.
Severe Injuries in Motorcycle Accident Claims
Motorcycles do not offer protection. Without the seatbelts, airbags, steel frame and other safety features of passenger cars, motorcycles are truly not as safe as other vehicles. Be that as it may, motorcycle operators know, understand and accept the risks associated with their bikes. As a responsible motorcyclist, you do what you can to mitigate and live with those risks.
Unfortunately, because of the lack of protection, motorcycle riders have a tendency to get very seriously injured in accidents. Such injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Head, neck and shoulder injury
- Spinal cord trauma
- Severe burns
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Amputations or loss-of-limb injuries
These are some of the worst injuries a person could suffer. Not only are they extraordinarily traumatic and painful, but they may involve disability. You may be unable to perform your former job duties. You may have had to undergo months and months of painstaking rehabilitation therapy.
Motorcycle Crash Compensation
The ramifications of this type of accident can be life-altering. In a claim handled by Mr. Truman, we fight tirelessly to pursue compensation for the damage done to the lives of the victims:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Loss of wages
- Costs of rehabilitative services
- Costs of assistive technology and equipment
- Pain and suffering
As part of your initial consultation, we want to get to know you, and to understand the ways the accident has impacted your life and livelihood. Then we can put all of our resources to work in pursuing the compensation you deserve. We cannot guarantee an outcome in any claim, but we believe our client reviews are testament to our passion and dedication to fighting tirelessly on our clients’ behalves.
Helmet Laws in Our Area
In Kentucky: Currently, in Kentucky, all motorcycle riders (passengers and operators) under the age of 21 must wear a helmet. You are also required to wear a helmet if you currently have an instruction permit or if you have had your operator’s license for less than a year. All other riders are not required by law to wear a helmet.
In Indiana: In Indiana, passengers and operators age 17 and younger are required by law to wear a helmet.
Tips for Preventing an Accident
Increase your visibility. Wear reflective clothing, such as a brightly colored vest or jacket. There are also reflective tape strips that can be affixed to your outerwear, gear or bike.
Anticipate the unexpected. Motorists may make sudden stops, turns, lane changes or other maneuvers without giving you enough time to react. Keep this in mind when changing lanes and choosing a following distance.
Wear a helmet. Even though not required for riders over 21 in Kentucky and older than 17 in Indiana, a US DOT-compliant helmet can drastically reduce the risk of serious head injury.
Don’t assume motorists see you. Many crashes are caused simply because other motorists fail to see and recognize the motorcyclists sharing the road with them. Try to follow so that your motorcycle will be visible in the driver’s mirrors, and be especially cautious when making left-hand turns in front of oncoming traffic.
Tips for Motorists Sharing the Road with Motorcycles
Recognize the motorcycle operator’s right to the road. The motorcycle rider has the same privileges and rights on the road as other motorists.
Check your blind spots. Motorcycles are small. They can be difficult to see, which is another good reason to check your blind spot before changing lanes. A motorcycle may be traveling in that blind spot.
Allow the motorcycle the full use of the lane. At all times, the motorcycle has the right to the full width of the lane. Even when the motorcycle is off to one side of the lane, you should never try to travel beside them in the lane.
Acknowledge the hazards of bad weather. Poor weather that results in high winds, low visibility, and wet or icy roads are especially hazardous for motorcycle riders. Be aware that they may adjust their speed or change lanes suddenly in these conditions. Increase your traveling distance.
Be cautious of misjudging the motorcycle’s speed. Because of their size, a motorcycle may appear to be traveling slower than it actually is. Be especially cautious when turning in front of or changing lanes in front of a motorcycle. Make sure you correctly judge their speed first.
Determining Fault in the Crash
Determining fault is part of what we do every day at the Karl Truman Law Office. Each case is unique, but some of the potential at-fault parties are:
- Other drivers
- Defective roadways
- Manufacturers of defective vehicles
- Manufacturers of defective motorcycle parts
If someone else’s negligence is ultimately the cause of the motorcycle accident that injured you, then you may be able to file a claim to pursue compensation. If an uninsured or underinsured motorist caused the accident, then Mr. Truman can determine what your options are for pursuing compensation under those circumstances.
What to do in the Aftermath of a Crash
You may feel alone, overwhelmed and isolated in the days following the motorcycle crash. Ultimately, it’s important not to admit fault during this time. Although each case is unique, we recommend contacting our law firm as soon as you are able. After discussing your situation with you, we can determine if you have a case and begin providing advice right away if you do.
In general, you should not make any statements to the other insurance company without consulting a lawyer. Attorney Karl Truman and our team deal with these insurance companies every day, and we know the common tactics they may use to get the book closed on your case as soon as possible. We are determined to fight for maximum compensation for our clients, obtaining the best possible result.
Free Case Evaluation in Kentucky and Indiana
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Lexington, Kentucky; Jeffersonville, Indiana; or any of the surrounding areas, please call the Karl Truman Law Office at (502) 222-2222, for a free case review.