Lexington Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Represent Injured Riders
Determined advocates seek full and fair compensation for serious injuries
Motorcyclists love the freedom of the open road, but unfortunately, other vehicle operators are not always eager to share. According to the Kentucky State Police, there were 92 motorcycle fatalities in the commonwealth in 2016, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the rate of fatalities per registered vehicle was six times greater for motorcyclists than it was for passenger cars in 2015. These numbers confirm what we already know: when an accident occurs, motorcyclists run a greater risk of a serious injury or wrongful death. But, because motorists are likely to claim a bike “came out of nowhere,” and juries are all too willing to believe bikers take unnecessary risks, injured motorcyclists also have a more difficult time proving their case for personal injury. That’s why it’s important to retain a skilled personal injury lawyer from the Banks Law Office, PLLC. Not only does Banks Law Office draw on more than 35 years of combined litigation experience to assist you but Estill Banks is experienced rider, who know exactly what cyclist face on the roads.
What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Kentucky?
Operating a motorcycle safely requires a great deal of skill, and some riders don’t acquire sufficient skill through practice before they encounter a disabling accident. Novice riders are prone to accidents due to:
- Misjudging speed or necessary stopping distance
- Oversteering or understeering on turns
- Failing to avoid slick objects like manhole covers or painted portions of the road
- Failing to observe obstacles up the road
- Poor braking skill
- Splitting lanes at an unsafe speed
Once a biker has enough skill to keep himself safe, he still needs to cope with other vehicles. Passenger car drivers often fail to notice the motorcyclist, make incorrect assumptions about motorcycles, or get nervous around them unnecessarily. This causes other drivers to cause accidents with motorcycles by:
- Making unsafe left turns across traffic
- Failing to yield
- Attempting to share a lane with a motorcycle
- Attempting to pass a motorcycle while in the same lane
Because motorists do not know how to behave around motorcycles, they often blame the biker and invoke Kentucky’s comparative fault law to escape responsibility for an accident their own negligence caused.
What are the most common injuries from motorcycle accidents?
Because a rider’s body is so exposed, motorcyclists and their passengers can suffer painful and debilitating injuries from relatively minor collisions. Common injuries to motorcyclists include:
- Concussion and traumatic brain injury
- Neck, back, and spine injury
- Skin lacerations
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
Such injuries can be catastrophic, requiring a lifetime of adjustment and ongoing care. But, even worse, motorcycle accidents often result in wrongful death. Under such tragic circumstances, you deserve the maximum compensation for your losses.
See a trustworthy Lexington lawyer for your motorcycle accident case
Motorcycle accidents require highly skilled advocacy to obtain the full measure of compensation you deserve. Call the Banks Law Office, PLLC today at 859-300-3160 or contact our office online to schedule a free consultation. Our office is conveniently located in Lexington near the intersection of Richmond Road and Man o’ War Boulevard.