Bruce Law Group, LLC – Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road, both for the individuals operating them and for surrounding motorists. In fact, motorcyclists and fellow motorists are at risk for suffering severe injury or death as a result of a motorcycle accident. While bikers should have special skill and training in order to safely operate their motorcycles, it is not always the case. Many inexperienced individuals find themselves seriously injured after being involved in an accident, whether it was caused by the motorcyclist or another motorist.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, whether you are the motorcyclist or the driver of another vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation if your injuries were caused by another motorist. The investigation of motorcycle accidents can be a little tricky given how a motorcyclist can be more seriously injured than the driver of a car. For this reason, you need the expertise of Bruce Law Group, LLC to effectively evaluate all aspects of your case to determine what the best course of action is to take so that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Kentucky Motorcycle Laws
Kentucky is fairly lenient with its motorcycle laws. The list below provides a breakdown of the most important laws all Kentucky motorists should know about.
- Helmets are only required for novice riders, riders under the age of 21, and riders holding instructional permits;
- Periodic safety inspections are not required;
- Eye protection is not required;
- Headlights are not required;
- Individuals 16 years and older can operate ordinary-sized motorcycles;
- Rider education certification is not required, but a skills test is required;
- A passenger seat is required if the motorcyclist is carrying a passenger; and
- Liability insurance is required.
Because the laws listed above are not too stringent, it should not be very difficult for individuals operating motorcycles to follow all applicable road rules and regulations. However, regardless of whether the laws listed above are being following, serious and fatal injuries can result from a motorcycle accident. The most important law listed above regarding the helmet requirement could be a key factor in determining how severe an injury may be. Whether or not a motorcyclist or passenger is wearing a helmet is very important when evaluating the severity of injuries.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Common causes of motorcycle accidents, include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Lane splitting (when a motorcyclist drives in between two lanes);
- Inattentive drivers making turns or changing lanes (inattention includes talking on the phone while driving, texting, listening to loud music, etc.);
- Drunk driving; and
- Road hazards that motorcycles cannot handle as well as other automobiles such as cars or trucks.
Given the small size of motorcycles, and given that helmets are not required in Kentucky for riders and passengers, it is understandable that such devastating injuries can result from a motorcycle collision. Further, it is more difficult to determine who may be at fault for a motorcycle accident. Perhaps both the motorcyclist and another driver were equally at fault. The significant questions require the attention of a highly skilled motorcycle accident attorney. The attorneys of Bruce Law Group, LLC have the ability to fully investigate a motorcycle accident to determine if you may be entitled to compensation for the injuries you have suffered. As a motorcycle accident victim, you may have a more difficult case than someone involved in a more straightforward car accident. Notwithstanding, our attorneys will make the process as easy to understand as possible and will fight to the fullest to ensure you receive what you deserve.
Common Injuries Resulting From a Motorcycle Accident
Injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents can be very severe and even fatal at times. Motorcyclists do not have the comfort and protection of a large vehicle that may act as a barrier between a motorist and the vehicle he or she is colliding with. Motorcycles also do not have airbags. The only protection they have to minimize the impact of a collision is the use of protective gear such as helmets, eyewear, and knee pads. However, even with the use of protective gear, injuries can still be extremely traumatic. Common injuries include some of the following:
- Concussions and other brain injuries resulting from a motorcyclist’s impact with another vehicle, the ground, or a standing object such as a light pole;
- Broken ribs, arms, legs and spinal fractures;
- Spinal cord damage that may lead to partial or total paralysis;
- The loss of limbs from being run over by another vehicle; and
- Soft-tissue injuries, such as torn muscles or ligaments
Motorcyclists certainly take a risk by riding alongside other vehicles, but they still deserve to receive compensation if they are injured by the negligent conduct of another driver. Many people believe that if motorcyclists are aware of just how dangerous it is to operate a motorcycle on a roadway, then those motorcyclists shouldn’t receive as much compensation as a driver of a car might receive if he or she is involved in an accident. This is not a fair way to treat fellow motorists. All motorists take risks each day by driving to work, or driving to the store, whether they are driving a motorcycle, a car, or a truck. It is also important to remember that the law allows harmed individuals to seek compensation if their injuries are the direct result of another person’s negligent conduct.
Further, it is also important to recognize that even if a motorcyclist failed to wear a helmet, and his or her injuries were worse than they would be with a helmet, this motorcyclist was not breaking the law, as Kentucky law allows for motorcyclists to ride without helmets (with few exceptions as explained above). The seasoned motorcycle accident attorneys at Bruce Law Group, LLC will definitely take into consideration such facts as the absence of safety gear, but this alone does not compromise an injured individual’s case when it can be proven that another person was responsible for the injuries suffered.
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Our Kentucky personal injury lawyers provide serious legal representation for serious personal injuries. We ensure each and every client receives superior customer service. We take cases on a contingency fee basis, so you do not have to pay legal fees until after your have been compensated. We offer a free, no obligation initial consultation. If you or a loved one has been injured, please contact Bruce Law Group, LLC at (502) 498-8887 for your free and comprehensive consultation.