Nebraska Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycles are an efficient means of transportation as well as a relaxing
hobby for many people throughout the state. Although there are numerous
benefits to owning a motorcycle, riders are at greater risk of collisions
and injuries. Per mile traveled, it is 35 times more likely that a motorcycle
accident will result in fatality than a car accident.
Motorcycle riders are more likely to be involved in accidents and seriously
injured because of the following factors:
Less protection. Cars and trucks offer a great deal of protection, as passengers are essentially
encased inside of metal boxes. Motorcycles, however, provide their riders
with no such protection and lack safety features like seatbelts and airbags.
Motorcyclists can wear protective gear and helmets to help keep themselves
safe, but they are still very vulnerable to serious harm in the event
of a collision.
Less visible to other vehicles. While it should be easy for a driver to spot another car or truck in an
adjoining lane, this is often not the case with motorcycles. Motorcycle
riders are smaller and can be hidden by objects on or off the road, which
can make it difficult for them to be seen by other drivers, especially
Less stability. Because motorcycles have only two wheels, it is much more difficult for
riders to maintain stability when they must suddenly brake or swerve.
The lack of stability can cause motorcyclists to wipe out or be thrown
from their vehicles.
Road hazards.Although debris, small objects, wet pavement, and uneven surfaces typically
have little impact upon passenger vehicles, these hazards can put motorcyclists
in serious risk and lead to crashes.
Hurt in a motorcycle accident? Call The Robert Pahlke Law Group for help
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Nebraska
If you were harmed in a motorcycle accident that was caused by another
party's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries
and losses. One of our firm's experienced and effective
Nebraska personal injury attorneys can analyze your case to determine what options are available to enable
you to seek a fair settlement from the liable party.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:
Cars making left turns: 42% of motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers making a left turn.
Although these types of accidents are also common between passenger vehicles,
they are especially dangerous for motorcyclists because of their small
size and vulnerability. Cars making left-hand turns most often collide
with motorcycles when the rider is:
- Going straight through an intersection
- Passing the turning car
- Trying to overtake the car
Sudden-stop collisions: Motorcycles can stop more quickly than passenger vehicles, which means
that if traffic suddenly stops and a car is following too closely, a rear
end collision is likely to occur. Rear end accidents are often minor when
they involve two cars, but these collisions can be deadly when they involve
a motorcycle. The impact can cause the motorcycle to flip end-over-end,
and the rider can be thrown to the ground or into the vehicle in front of them.
Head-on collisions: Head-on crashes are the cause of more than half of all fatal motorcycle
accidents, which nearly always involve passenger vehicles. These accidents
are usually the fault of the car, and often because the driver did not
see the motorcyclist.
Failure to yield: Similar to left turn accidents, failure to yield collisions often occur
because a driver does not notice the motorcyclist. These accidents can
result if the driver of a passenger vehicle does not yield to a motorcyclist when:
- Changing lanes
- Merging onto a highway
- Making a right turn onto a street
- Crossing an intersection controlled by a stop sign or traffic light
- Leaving or entering a parking lot or garage
Open door accidents: These accidents are common in urban areas when a driver in a car parked
on the side of the street throws their door open, directly into the path
of an oncoming motorcyclist. Open door accidents are usually caused the
driver's failure to notice a motorcycle traveling in their direction.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycles offer their riders little protection, which is why the injuries
sustained in motorcycle accidents are often extensive and severe. Depending
upon the circumstances of the collision and the protective gear worn at
the time of the accident, motorcycle riders can suffer such devastating
and painful injuries as:
Soft tissue damage: Also called road rash, this type of injury to the skin and muscles is
caused by the body sliding across the surface of the road.
Broken bones: The impact of the collision or the force at which the rider hits the
ground can lead to factures in various bones of the body.
Breakage of joints: Joints can be damaged when a motorcyclist hits the ground, and though
the most common breakages sustained by riders are to the pelvis and shoulder,
elbows, the hips, knees, and wrists can also be broken in collisions.
Facial disfigurement: If the rider was not wearing a full-face helmet, they may suffer injury
to the soft tissues if the unprotected area of their face smashes into
an object during the collision or slides across the surface of the road.
Brain damage: If the rider's head violently connects with an object or the ground,
they can suffer minor injury, such as a concussion, or
traumatic brain injury, which can lead to a variety of devastating side effects. Wearing an approved
helmet can reduce a motorcyclist's risk of fatality by 37%, although
brain injuries can sometimes occur even if the rider was wearing a helmet.
Spinal cord injury: The force of contact with a vehicle or object and the impact of landing
on the ground can severely injure the back and spinal cord. If the spinal
cord is severed or seriously damaged, the rider could be left partially
or fully paralyzed.
Biker's arm: This is a condition often suffered by motorcyclists when a fall damages
the nerves in the upper arm, leading permanent paralysis of arm movement.
Do you have grounds to seek compensation for your motorcycle injuries?
The injuries sustained in motorcycle crashes usually require emergency
medical care, surgery, hospitalization, prescription medication, and rehabilitative
treatment. The necessary care is often very expensive, and during recovery
the victim may also miss out on wages, which can compound their financial
difficulties even more. If your accident and subsequent injuries were
caused by the reckless or careless actions of another person, you may
have grounds to seek compensation for the other person's negligence.
There are four basic elements that must be proved in a negligence claim,
and you must be able to show the following:
- The defendant was required by law to be reasonably careful, which is a
given in cases involving motorists.
- The defendant did not act carefully. To determine whether the defendant
was reasonably careful, the law will measure their actions against those
of a reasonable person.
- The defendant's actions caused you to be injured.
- You sustained quantifiable injuries and losses. If you weren't harmed
or can't prove that you suffered losses, you can't recover compensation,
regardless of the defendant's actions.
If you believe you are entitled to seek compensation for injuries you sustained
in a motorcycle accident, it is important to obtain knowledgeable legal
counsel as soon as possible. Our team at The Robert Pahlke Law Group has
represented the people of Nebraska in personal injury cases for more than
30 years, and we can provide the caring and effective legal guidance and
advocacy you deserve.
Contact a Nebraska motorcycle accident attorney from our team today to discuss your options to pursue justice!