Advocacy for Injured Motorcyclists
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Motorcyclists are afforded the same rights as other drivers on the road.
Cars are expected to respect the right-of-way laws and other traffic laws
when it comes to motorcycle riders. But unfortunately, many drivers do
not exercise a high level of caution when it comes to sharing the roads
with motorcycles. When this happens, accidents can occur, and the motorcycle
rider is often the one left with serious or fatal injuries. If you have
been injured in a motorcycle accident, talk to our team at Hutton &
Hutton Law Firm, LLC to find out about filing for compensation and what
your claim may be worth.
Motorcycle accident victims often suffer from:
- Head injuries
- Spine injuries
- Muscle or nerve damage
- Leg injuries
- Broken bones
Following a motorcycle accident, it is always a good idea to hire a lawyer
to fight on your behalf. Our team of Wichita motorcycle accident attorneys
is comprised of
seasoned litigators and veterans in the field of personal injury law. Get the most cutting-edge
guidance from our team today.
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Defective Motorcycle Parts
Dangerously defective automobile parts frequent the news stories for how much devastation and harm they cause
motorists but the truth is that all vehicles suffer from similar problems.
A negligent motorcycle part manufacturer can put thousands of riders at
risk by allowing a poorly-designed or created part hit the market. When
a defective part does cause an accident, it is up to personal injury attorneys
and crash scene investigators to determine the cause and establish proof
that the part was indeed the source.
There are two types of motorcycle part defects:
Design: There are situations where a motorcycle part should have never been created
in the first place. Additional review or preliminary testing should have
discovered a major and dangerous flaw in how the part was designed.
Manufacturing: How a part looks on blueprints is not necessarily how it will come off
the production line. If assembly workers do not pay careful attention
to the manufacturing process, multiple defective motorcycle parts may
be shipped to retailers and dealerships without notice.
Motorcycle Right-of-Way Rules
In many police accident reports, drivers who strike motorcyclists often
claim that they never saw the motorcycle in the first place. It underlines
a widespread problem of drivers simply not knowing the right-of-way rules
around motorcycles on the streets. A motorcycle should be treated as if
it is a full-sized car, granted right-of-way when applicable in all situations,
such as at multi-stop intersections, left-turns, and merging. People also
tend to not “see” a motorcycle despite looking right at it,
especially if they are distracted by cellphone use behind the wheel. Expecting
to see two headlights and a large, boxy vehicle in their mirrors or blind
spots, a driver may virtually look right through a motorcyclist.
Negative Jury Bias in Motorcycle Crash Cases
It is always important to work with an attorney, as we will discuss momentarily,
but it is absolutely crucial in motorcycle accident cases due to pervading
jury biases that work against motorcyclists. Upon entering a courtroom,
motorcycle riders time and time again are seen in a negative shadow by
most jurors. It is an attorney’s job to ensure that no one is allowed
to rule on your case if they exhibit biased behaviors by rooting them
out through pre-trial hearings and jury selections.
What biases do motorcycle riders face from the jury?
Recklessness: If you have seen an action movie within the last few decades, you are undoubtedly
aware of Hollywood’s fascination with the idea of the wild and reckless
motorcycle rider who performs high-risk stunts just for fun. As a motorcyclist,
you know how ridiculous this concept may be but jurors do not. When they
sit down to hear your case, they may have already decided that you caused
the accident because you were speeding, weaving through traffic, or attempting
to pull off a trick.
Unruly: Another stereotype portrayed by the media that can negatively influence
the minds of the jury is that of the dangerous motorcycle gang member.
If you were hit while riding your Harley Davidson and have tattoos on
your arms, for example, you can bet that at least one person in the jury
will see you as an unruly individual who not only caused the accident
but also does not deserve to be compensated.
Accepted the risk: The last pervading bias against motorcycle riders could be the most common:
the false notion that motorcyclists “accept the risks” involved
with riding a motorcycle. Jurors can incorrectly believe that motorcycles
are dangerous by default, and that a rider
will be in an accident at some point or another. This is far from the truth.
When handled correctly and following the rules of the road – two
behaviors most motorcyclists practice – a motorcycle is no more
dangerous than the average automobile.
Why Work with an Attorney?
Motorcycle accident claims are complicated for a couple of reasons. There
is often difficulty diagnosing and understanding the full extent of an
injury, so many victims will need to consult medical specialists and financial
experts to properly assess a victim's injuries in the long-term. Many
catastrophies injuries and will require extensive medical treatment, which means that these types
of claims involve a large settlement. Because accident claims are very
expensive for insurance companies, there is usually resistance on the
part of the insurance companies to pay out a fair amount.
It is important for you to remember that insurance companies are not working
for you, in fact, they are working against you. Their goal is to minimize
their payout without having to go to trial. Our attorneys know this, and
we know how to approach and negotiate insurance adjustors. If we feel
that an offer is unfair, then
we are not afraid to push for litigation. Having us on your side can help even the playing field with adjustors
so they do not take advantage of your rights.
Ready to begin?
Call our motorcycle accident lawyers
today: (316) 313-4730.