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Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Boise, Idaho
The Boise motorcycle accident attorneys and lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm understand what it takes to get clients the compensation they deserve. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have the experience and knowledge to help you obtain a fair settlement for the injuries you sustained in a motorcycle accident. We will help you deal with insurance companies, medical bills, lost wages, and property damages resulting from a motorcycle accident. The attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm are aggressive, experienced and trusted by Boise personal injury clients. We’ll fight to get you every penny you deserve.
Motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries. A motorcyclist has nothing to soften the blow of a collision; therefore, injuries obtained in a motorcycle accident can be more extensive than if the driver were in a car.
To make matters worse, motorcycle insurance is not usually as comprehensive as automobile insurance and might not include medical payment coverage. Our motorcycle accident attorneys are experienced in dealing with accidents with high medical bills and serious injuries. We uncover all available liability insurance and negotiate reductions in medical expenses with hospitals and surgeons to get you a fair settlement.
Common Injuries After a Motorcycle Accident
1. Head Injury
Serious injuries to the head can cause life-transforming results or even be life-threatening. When the brain swells past the barriers of the skull, trouble is sure to follow. The most common injury sustained from a motorcycle accident is a head injury. Concussions and even brain damage are a few serious head injuries after a motorcycle accident.
2. Neck Injury
A neck injury is also a common serious motorcycle accident injury. Like the head, a neck injury can often become fatal or life-changing. A neck injury can paralyze the victim or even kill them. Protecting the neck and head by wearing a motorcycle helmet is the best thing you can do.
3. Leg Injury
Usually, a leg injury following a motorcycle accident results in a broken bone. Though bones can heal, a serious leg injury that goes undetected can be life-threatening. The injury could grow into something worse or permanently disabling. Injuries such as shattered or fractured bones or knees can possibly be prevented if the motorcyclist wears protective leather clothing over his or her legs.
4. Arm Injury
When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, it is human instinct to draw one’s arms around or in front of oneself to lessen the impact. Doing this however means greater impact and more damage to the nerves of the arms. When a motorcyclist lands on their arm, permanent nerve damage may occur in the arm or upper body. To prevent this, sturdy jackets and elbow pads should be worn by the motorcyclist to protect against severe damage.
When a rider slides across the pavement after a motorcycle accident, the injury sustained is known as road rash. If the clothing is thin enough, the pavement can scrape away through layers of clothes reaching the skin and tearing it apart. Road rash is not just a simple scrape or cut. Permanent damage such as skin irritations, infections, and even surface nerve damage can occur from road rash injuries.
6. Muscle Damage
Any part of the body can be exposed to muscle damage following a motorcycle accident. Some muscle damage from a motorcycle accident can even become permanently damaged. To protect yourself on a motorcycle, wear proper protection such as a helmet, heavy clothing, and proper footwear. Another thing you can do to protect yourself is to drive defensively to avoid a motorcycle accident.
Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
In 2017, nearly 5,000 fatal motorcycle accidents occurred. Though tragic, that is almost 300 less than in 2016. However, fatal motorcycle accidents occur much more frequently than any other traffic accident death. In fact, motorcycle fatalities occur 28 times more often than those of passenger vehicle occupants, based on per mile traveled. All of these statistics are reports released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).
Tips to Prevent a Motorcycle Accident
- Look and listen before making a turn. Almost half of all motorcycle accidents involving a vehicle are caused by the vehicle making a left turn in front of the motorcyclist.
- Check your blind spot periodically. It helps to know who is driving around you. This is especially true with motorcyclists since they are smaller. Always check your blind spot especially before changing lanes.
- Leave some extra space in front of you. A good rule of thumb is to leave a 4-second space between you and the motorcycle driving in front of you. This will give you enough time to react and stop should an emergency arise.
- Be courteous in bad weather. Motorcycle act differently in bad weather. Leave more space for the motorcyclist to be able to navigate properly.
How to Avoid a Motorcycle Accident
Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind to keep you safe will riding a motorcycle.
- Watch the road closely.
- Know how much you can handle. Make sure you can handle your motorcycle.
- Invest in antilock brakes.
- Practice makes perfect.
- Wear protective gear.
- Avoid riding in bad weather conditions.
Typical Causes & Factors of Motorcycle Accidents
The National Traffic Safety Administration funded a study in 2006 to determine the causes of motorcycle accidents. Here are some of its findings:
- The most likely place for a motorcycle accident to occur is in an intersection.
- 98% of motorcycle accidents are not due to weather hazards.
- About three-fourths of motorcycle accidents involve a collision with another vehicle, usually a car.
- 92% of motorcycle riders involved in motorcycle accidents learn from friends, family or are self-taught.
- Most motorcycle accidents happen within the first few minutes of a trip.
- The main cause of motorcycle accidents is due to other drivers in vehicles not noticing the motorcyclist.
An estimated 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in a motorcycle accident in 2015 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition, these motorcycle accidents accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2015.
Lane Splitting on a Motorcycle
Often when traffic is heavy, a motorcyclist may decide to drive between lanes. Or a motorcyclist may decide to drive between cars moving slowly. These techniques are known as lane splitting. Lane splitting is one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents. Here are a few reasons why lane splitting should be avoided:
- Other drivers don’t normally expect a motorcyclist to split lanes.
- Less space to maneuver.
- Other vehicles are closer to the motorcycle.
A driver of a motorcycle or vehicle should always be aware of road hazards. Road hazards include uneven lanes, potholes, dead animals or anything else sitting in the roadway. Hitting a road hazard could be deadly for a motorcyclist.
Driving Too Fast
It is always dangerous to speed no matter what you are driving. Driving fast on a motorcycle is a great temptation for many. However, most motorcycle accidents are caused by excessive speeding.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is never okay but even worse on a motorcycle. Almost half of all motorcycle accidents are caused by drunk drivers.
A common place for a motorcycle accident to take place is in an intersection. Since motorcycles are smaller and harder to see, they often go unseen when turning. A motorcyclist could also be hit by a vehicle turning left. Be aware and cautious of other drivers turning when driving a motorcycle.
Idaho State Helmet Laws
Does wearing a helmet save lives? Arguably, a helmet is made to protect. However, there is a longstanding debate on whether a helmet should be required by law. The Idaho State Police website states that wearing a helmet is optional unless the rider is under the age of 18. If under 18, the motorcyclist must be wearing a helmet at all times.
Moreover, only 20 states in the U.S. require all motorcyclists to wear a helmet while riding. Most other states are like Idaho in that if the motorcyclist is under 18 they must wear a helmet. Iowa and Illinois are the only two states to leave the decision completely up to the motorcyclist.
Could a Helmet Prevent a Fatal Motorcycle Accident?
Different helmets protect your head differently. Speed and the nature of the motorcycle accident are major factors of whether the helmet will be able to protect in an accident. Some may argue a helmet cannot protect your whole body so why should a motorcyclist be required to wear one? Others may also say a helmet adds greater risk to the driver because cars around them will falsely believe the rider is protected and follow more closely. A major reason people claim to not wear a helmet is if they hit their head it would cause swelling. The swelling would then knock the motorcyclist unconscious if wearing a helmet.
Statistics for Motorcycle Accidents
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimated per mile traveled in 2015, the number of fatal motorcycle accidents was close to 29 times the number of fatal car accidents.
- In 2016, 4,976 people died in a motorcycle crash.
- Good news is motorcycle deaths have been decreasing since the early 1980s. However, motorcycle accident fatalities began to rise again in 1998 and have continued to increase in numbers through 2008.
- Fatal motorcycle accident accounts for 13 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2016. Motorcycle accident deaths doubled in 2016 compared to the number of motorcycle deaths in 1997.
- Forty percent of motorcycle accident fatalities in 2016 occurred in a single-vehicle crash.
- Sixty percent of motorcycle accident deaths in 2016 occurred in multiple-vehicle crashes.
Facts About Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are not necessarily more common than other motor vehicle accidents. However, the effects and results of a motorcycle accident are usually more devastating. Here are some interesting facts about motorcycle accidents to consider.
- Two-thirds of motorcycle accidents are caused by other vehicles violating the motorcycle’s right-of-way.
- Weather is not a factor in 98 percent of motorcycle accidents.
- Almost half of all motorcycle accidents occur from drivers not being able to see the motorcyclist.
- Only 25 percent of motorcycle accidents involve the motorcycle colliding with a fixed object or the roadway. More often the motorcycle is hit by another vehicle.
- Most motorcycle accidents involve a woman or a rider between the age of 16 and 24.
- Half of all motorcyclist wear a helmet.
- At the time of the motorcycle accident, 40 percent of the motorcyclists are wearing a helmet.
These motorcycle accident facts were gathered from legal resources (hg.org).
Hit and Run Motorcycle Accident
After causing a car or motorcycle accident it may be daunting to stick around for the consequences. Depending on the situation and the place of the accident what happens next will vary. For example, in most states, if no one was injured in the car accident, it will result in a misdemeanor. If another driver, passenger or pedestrian was injured it may result in a felony as well as a fine. Other cases police may warrant an issue for your arrest.
Filing a Hit and Run Accident Claim
After an accident, it is best to stay calm and gather as much information as possible. Some things that are important to gather include:
- The make, model and license plate number of the vehicle that hit you.
- Photos of the car accident scene.
- Pictures of your car, particularly where it was hit and if there are any signs of paint from the other vehicle on your car.
- A police report. Call the police as soon as possible to file an accident report.
- Talk to any witnesses and gather their names and contact information (name, phone number).
If the hit and run car accident occurred while your car or motorcycle was parked, gather the following information:
- The time and location of the incident.
- Photos of any damage to your car.
How to Avoid a Deer vs Motorcycle Crash
The Insurance Information Institute reported that 1.6 million deer-car collisions happen every year. Of these 200 are fatal and tens of thousands result in serious injuries. Vehicle damages from deer collisions are over $3.6 billion. Avoid and survive car collisions with deer by using the following tips.
- Be alert and aware of deer at dusk and dawn. These are the most likely periods that deer will be out or near the road. These times happen to also be periods when a driver’s vision is most compromised. Mating season (between October and January) also brings more deer out. To avoid a car accident involving a deer, slow down and stay alert; especially after dark.
- If you see one deer there are probably more nearby. Deer are pack animals. They rarely travel alone. Slow down and be on the lookout for more deer that may dart in front of your vehicle.
- Drive down the center lane when possible to avoid hitting a deer. On a multi-lane road, the center lane is the safest course of travel and your best bet to avoid hitting a deer that may dart out into traffic.
- Never swerve to avoid hitting a deer. Swerving often causes drivers to lose control. In addition, you may end up hitting something much more damaging than a deer.
- Alert deer by honking! Experts recommend one long blast of the horn to scare deer out of the road.
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