Motorcycles are an efficient, fast, and exciting way to get around. However, driving one comes with a number of risks. The likelihood of suffering serious injuries in a collision is much higher for those that ride motorcycles than those who ride in cars or trucks. To make matters worse, drivers are often oblivious to the presence of motorcyclists and instigate collisions on a regular basis.
Due to the lack of protection for motorcyclists, such as headrests and seat belts, these collisions often result in near-death experiences, and far too often, fatalities. A recent incident in San Diego in which a motorcyclists narrowly escaped with his life should serve as a cautionary tale to car and motorcycle operators: pay attention to the road!
26-Year-Old Motorcyclist Nearly Dies When Car Turns Directly In Front Of Him
A 26-year-old motorcycle rider was thrown off his bike at the 4400 block of Imperial Avenue, San Diego when a vehicle attempted to make a turn in front of him. The man was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries but has since pulled through. The motorcycle hit the passenger side of the car, throwing off the cyclist. According to the San Diego police, the accident was not a result of alcohol or drugs.
Left turn motorcycle collisions, accidents which occur because drivers make a left turn in front of a motorcyclist that has the right-of-way, are surprisingly common. Motorcyclists are not as easy to see as a car or truck. When drivers do not take the time needed to ensure they are making safe driving decisions, collisions usually occur. When those involved are motorcyclists, the effects are often devastating.
Why Motorcyclists Pursue Compensation After Collisions
In spite of wearing protective gear and observing road safety guidelines, injuries are often sustained by motorcyclists in even the most minor collisions. Motorcycle accidents can result in minor injuries or much more severe injuries, such as paralysis. For severe injuries, it usually takes a very long time to recover. This results in “damages” sustained by the rider, such as medical expenses, lost earnings, and property damage costs, not to mention the pain and suffering they have to endure.
Most people do not have hundreds of thousands of dollars laying around that they are willing to spend on these types of costs, and those that do should not be forced to pay out of their own pocket. When a collision is the fault of another driver and you suffer injuries as a result, the insurance company covering the person at-fault has a responsibility to pay for your “damages”.
Motorcycle Collision Settlements
In everyday life, people are treated unfairly and there is no legal recourse to help make things right. When it comes to sustaining injuries on the road, the rules are much different. Those who suffer injuries as a result of another person's negligence have the right to pursue compensation for the damages they have been forced to sustain.
For those that choose to obtain the compensation they rightfully deserve, if they win, they will either receive a settlement or go to trial. Settlements are much more common, as going to trial is expensive for both the insurance company and the attorney that would represent you (your fees would increase substantially if you went to trial). Whether or not a case goes to trial usually depends upon whether or not the insurance company is willing to deal fairly with the injured motorcyclist.
Need help with your case? Contact our San Diego motorcycle accident attorneys today to receive a free consultation. Our attorneys have helped obtain more than $1 billion on behalf of injury victims and will evaluate your situation for free.