Motorcycle riders, bikers, and cyclists all face similar challenges on the road. Drivers simply do not pay enough attention to the road to see the biker or cyclist. Most crashes could be avoided by motorists simply looking and seeing motorcyclists. As a motorcycle accident attorney, Lenore Shefman knows what to look for in litigating a case and how to navigate your personal injury claim with the insurance company. Motorcyclists face many obstacles that a general personal injury attorney does not necessarily know how to handle. Attorneys that do not ride motorcycles do not know the handling of different styles of bikes. For instance, the different turning radii between a chopper and cafe style motorcycle may affect the analysis of the case. Attorneys that do not ride do not know the behavior of other road users or what it is like for riders on the offensive or defensive. Knowing what it is like from behind bars while moving on the roadway when another vehicle cuts you off and leaves you no out should never have to be experienced by any rider. Being able to communicate what that is like to an adjuster or jury is key to effectively pursuing your case and winning.
The right-of-way problems for bikers, cyclists, and other two-wheeled vehicles are the same. Motorcyclists right-of-way is often ignored. Auto and truck drivers are often hostile to those on motorcycles and intentionally cut them off while driving. The behavior of caged drivers often does not account for the dangerousness of their actions and how vulnerable the life of the cyclist is out on the road.
Motorcycle safety training and visibility can help keep riders safe out on the road because you always have to be concerned about other people with whom you share the road.
Motorcycles can travel at higher speeds than bicycles and scooters. Therefore the injuries can be a lot worse. Road rash can be horrible and miserable to while it is healing, and it is unfortunately not uncommon for bikers and cyclists to be paralyzed or even killed by other drivers’ negligence. If you survived the crash, don’t get killed in litigation by not hiring an attorney who knows how to litigate a bike or motorcycle crash.
Shefman Law is committed to advocating for all bikers. Being a biker does not mean that you are in a gang or part of a criminal syndicate. These are myths. Being in a biker gang does not mean you are an irresponsible or a negligent rider. Being a biker means one thing, enjoying the love of the ride, the run, and the fun. If you have been hurt or injured in a motorcycle crash get a motorcycle accident attorney. Contact us and visit our main site at ShefmanLaw.net for more ways in which our attorneys can help you.
In 2005 it is estimated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that traffic fatalities rose for an eighth straight year with a death toll of over 43,000. This figure was an increase from the prior year where accidents from cars, motorcycles, and trucks, was over 42,000. This figure has grown in part due to increases in fatalities involving motorcycles and pedestrians.
For instance, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates in 1997 the number of deaths from motorcycle accidents was 2,116. In 2005, motorcycle accident fatalities rose to record losses of 4,553. The concern for riders is great, not only among riders and motorcycle rider organizations but also with Congress. Millions of dollars from Congress (with a 30% match by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation) will be partly used for a new Motorcycle Crash Causation Study instituted by the Oklahoma Transportation Center.
Until more is learned, riders face timeless discrimination from drivers who clearly dominate the roadways, byways, and highways. Even following an accident that was clearly the fault of the car or truck driver, motorcyclists and bikers are often blamed and accused of driving recklessly.
Until the driving public is more educated and vigilant of motorcycles and other two-wheelers on the road, and as the number of motorcycle riders increases and the engine size of bikes increase, bikers are going to continue being injured by other vehicle drivers’ negligence.
Being represented by a skilled motorcycle accident attorney means you will be represented by someone who knows what it is like for bikers on the road. We drive the same roads you drive and experience the same drivers as you. Unfortunately, we have also been victims of driver negligence.
While no amount of money can give you back the amazing feeling of being on the road on a bike before the crash, contact us so we can help you through the process of recovering and getting compensated for your losses.
Most motorcycle accidents occur where the driver of the vehicle that hit the rider violated a right-of-way or “did not see the motorcycle.” Knowing how to overcome the prejudices that many car drivers/jurors have towards motorcyclists is as important as knowing the law. We at Shefman Law understand what it is like out on the road. We are endurance bicyclists, scooter, and motorcycle riders. We ride on country roads and busy city streets and highways, just like you.