What a beautiful place to ride Pocatello is. The roads, mountains, trees, countryside all attract many motorcyclists when the weather gets good. But Pocatello has motorcycle accidents every year and some of them are at the fault of other drivers.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, then you know that no amount of money can take away the pain you are experiencing. Financial compensation can, however, take some of the financial stress out of your life by paying for piles of medical bills, lost wages, and the suffering that you experienced after your accident. The attorneys at Litster Frost are dedicated to helping you recover the compensation that you deserve.
Motorcycle Accidents Are Common
Motorcycles have become increasingly popular during the past decade; in 2015, more than 8.6 million motorcycles were registered in the U.S., according to theU.S. Department of Transportation, up from about 6.6 million in 2006.
In Idaho alone, around66,000 bikes were registered in 2015 – a small fraction of the number of motorcycles registered nationwide. This small number doesn’t mean Idaho’s roads are a lot safer for riders as a result, however. Idaho’s roads are subjected to a large amount of bad weather–especially in the winter months when icy roads and poor visibility make riding particularly hazardous. When the spring thaw comes around, continual snow plowing combined with damage from layers of corrosive salt can leave pits, potholes, and other types of road damage that create hazards for motorcyclists throughout the state.
Motorcycle Accidents: Common Causes
While motorcycle accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, some scenarios are more common than others. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Icy or slick roads: Idaho gets its fair share of ice and snow during the cold months of the year, and with only two wheels on the road surface, motorcyclists are at an increased risk of sliding into another vehicle, another structure, or along the road surface itself. Oil slicks, painted walkways, and even loose leaves can create similar slick hazards.
- Loose gravel: Gravel and sand on roadways make it difficult to turn and impair your ability to control your motorcycle, especially on winding roadways. Hitting a gravelly area is one of the most common causes of “laydowns” and skids.
- Hydroplaning: Skidding and sliding in puddles or other standing water is another common cause of wipeouts and injuries.
- Pavement edge breaks and railroad crossings: Edge breaks are common in areas with road construction. At the break, each lane of traffic is at a different height, and though the difference may be slight, with only two wheels on the road, it’s easy for tires to become “stuck,” throwing the motorcyclist off the bike or toppling the bike itself. Expansion joints and railroad crossings are other common areas where cracks in the road can present major hazards for motorcyclists.
- Visibility hazards: Overhanging branches and untrimmed vegetation are common problems on rural roads, making it difficult to see the road ahead. On urban roads, obstructed intersections can make it difficult to see oncoming traffic.
Distracted or aggressive driving or poor driving habits of other drivers.
Unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers–usually drivers of cars or trucks–who fail to yield, follow too closely, don’t use their turn signals when changing lanes, or simply don’t look before making a lane change. Distracted driving is an increasingly common cause of motorcycle accidents in Idaho and across the country; in fact, other drivers’ errors accountedfor nearly half of all fatal crashes in Idaho alone. Because of this, many states have initiated awareness campaigns, like the“Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign here in Idaho.
The injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident can occur in various ways:
- by contact with the roadway
- by contact with another vehicle
- by contact with another structure
- from an impact from flying debris
Unsurprisingly, injuries that occur as a result of a motorcycle accident–even a minor one–can be severe. Some of the most common injuries include:
- broken bones
- head injuries, including traumatic brain injury and concussion
- spinal injuries
- nerve damage
- “road rash” abrasions (and subsequent skin infections)
- cuts and lacerations
- internal injuries, including organ damage and hemorrhage
- soft tissue injury or injuries to ligaments and tendons
Because motorcycle riders are more exposed during a crash or other accident, even a seemingly minor incident can result in major injuries and damages, which means the associated costs of an accident can be steep. In some cases, the accident victim will be left with long-term medical expenses, including therapy and other care costs that can persist for a year, or even a lifetime. To add insult to injury, motorcycle crashes can result in a long-term or even permanent loss of income, not to mention pain and suffering and the traumatic and emotional consequences of a crash.
While the at-fault driver’s insurance may pay for some accident-related costs, insurers will do all they can to mitigate their own losses, which means they’ll try hard to limit how much compensation they offer. In other cases like single-vehicle accidents (e.g., a lay-down caused by a construction or roadway hazard), identifying the at-fault party–typically a road department or construction company–can be difficult, and without expert legal guidance, you’ll probably wind up handling all of your accident-related losses on your own. In either case, having someone on your side fighting for your rights is essential for getting the compensation you deserve and avoiding financial devastation.
Protect Your Rights: See a Skilled Motorcycle Attorney Today
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you shouldn’t try to face a personal injury lawsuit alone. Your main focus should be on what is truly important–healing. The attorneys at Litster Frost have a long history of helping victims of motorcycle accidents protect their rights. Our attorneys will gather evidence to build a strong case and give you the best chance of earning the compensation which you deserve. You need someone on your side–to schedule a consultation with a personal injury attorney, call (208) 333-3336, or fill out an online case evaluation form today.
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Comparative Negligence Rule
COMPARATIVE NEGLIGENCE RULE
Idaho follows the comparative negligence rule, which means that a court will look at both parties’ actions and level of fault in the case of a motorcycle accident.
Even if you were both driving irresponsibly, if the other driver was driving more carelessly, then you may still have a case. It’s important to recognize, however, that any fault on your part will limit the amount of damages which you can receive.
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