What Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Do for Me?
There are many hazards on the road today. People drive while on the phone, eating, and too many drive impaired by drugs or alcohol. While the roads are dangerous for all, they are especially dangerous for motorcycles. In 2013, there were 8.4 million motorcycles on the road. Without the extra protection found with cars, like airbags, seatbelts, and a large steel and fiberglass casing, motorcyclists are taking an extra risk for the feel of freedom that attracts them to motorcycles. Motorcycle accidents are frequent and can be deadly. Here are some facts about motorcycle accidents.
1. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, 4,668 people died and an additional 88,000 were injured in motorcycle accidents in 2013. That’s a whole lot of people whose lives were irrevocably changed due to a motorcycle accident. Families and friends of those injured and those killed will never be the same.
2. These accidents also mean that motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to be killed and 5 times more likely to be injured than people that ride in cars. Cars have more protection, plain and simple. The frames and the structures that are lacking with motorcycles help keep the travelers safe. It is the very lack of structure that appeals to motorcyclists, but that freedom comes at an increased risk.
3. What about all those medical bills following a motorcycle accident? Will the insurance cover them all? Do I need a personal injury lawyer? What do lawyers do in these situations? Personal injury attorneys can work with the insurance companies and other parties to get a better payout than may otherwise be afforded. But don’t wait. There are limitations about how long after an accident a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit may be filed. The limitation could be as short as one year after the accident, depending on the state.
Motorcycles offer a degree of freedom. No bulky frames, no being enclosed in a large structure. Just the open road and the wind in your hair. But the freedom come with a cost of increased injury and potential for death from a motorcycle accident. If you or someone you know has been affected by a motorcycle accident, consider a personal injury lawyer. Your time may be running out to get the money you deserve from your motorcycle accident.