If you have a loved one who’s a motorcycle rider, you’re aware of the dangers of riding a motorcycle and, more than likely, you worry for their safety out on the road. But, you’re never prepared for a phone call from the police or when an officer knocks on your door to inform you that your loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident.
Unfortunately, many families have found themselves in this situation because thousands of fatal motorcycle accidents are reported each year in the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 80% of all motorcycle accidents result in injury or death for the rider.
Accidents that only involve the biker are usually the result of the driver being impaired, lacking in appropriate motorcycle riding skills, or failing to take traffic and/or weather conditions into account. A majority of accidents resulting in serious injuries or death to a motorcyclist, however, are those involving the motorcycle and another vehicle, even if the biker is a cautious rider and takes safety precautions such as wearing a helmet and other protective gear as well as reflective clothing.
These types of accidents are often the result of negligence on the part of the other motorist and are often preventable. If negligence was involved in the death of a loved one, family members may have legal recourse to file a wrongful death lawsuit depending upon the circumstances surrounding the accident, to get compensation for the loss of their loved one.
Taking care of you
When someone you know dies in a motorcycle accident, it’s devastating. After the initial shock, the grieving begins, and you may find it very difficult to move forward with your life. You may experience a wide range of emotions, from feeling sad and depressed to feeling guilty and angry.
If you’re experiencing depression, stay close to family and friends because they’ll be your biggest source of support during this difficult time in your life. You may also want to consider seeing a therapist who can help you deal with your depression, so you can start living your life again.
If you feel that your loved one’s death from a motorcycle accident was a case of wrongful death due to negligence on the part of the other motorist, you need to seek legal advice. At Inland Empire Motorcycle Law, motorcycle accident attorney serving the Inland Empire, we can help you to determine whether or not your case qualifies as a wrongful death lawsuit.
The successful outcome of your case depends upon who is found to be liable for the accident. Therefore, it’s important that experts analyze the case facts to determine the circumstances surrounding the accident, who was at fault, and to what degree.
The two most dangerous and often fatal crashes that result in serious injuries or death for motorcyclists are head-on collisions, accounting for 56% of motorcycle accident deaths, and left turn motorcycle accidents. In these situations, the vehicle that hit the motorcycle will be found to be at fault.
If you’ve lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, call to arrange a free consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss your potential claim.