Per vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely to die in a traffic crash than people in cars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This is shocking yet not surprising, as motorcyclists are not afforded the same physical protection as drivers and passengers. To put it in perspective, 4,985 motorcyclists lost their lives in crashes in 2018, demonstrating the seriousness and frequency of motorcycle accidents.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own, our Colorado Springs motorcycle accidents attorney is equipped with the experience, knowledge, and resources needed to help you get back on track. We understand motorcycle injuries can hold you back from your job, school, family, and more, which is why we can build effective negotiation strategies that may help you recover compensation as quickly as possible.
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Common Types of Motorcycle Injuries
Like we mentioned before, motorcyclists do not get the same safety perks as motorists. They lack the extra layer of protection and must rely on their helmets and other safety gear in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, motorcyclists can suffer the following life-altering injuries even if they were safe on the roads:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Road rash
- Broken bones
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
You may feel disoriented and overwhelmed after your motorcycle accident, but know that you also have important responsibilities to fulfill in order to maximize your chances of getting a high payout from the at-fault party. As such, we urge you to follow the steps below after your motorcycle accident:
- Call the police to file a police report
- Gather the other party’s contact and driver’s license information
- Gather witnesses’ contact information
- Document the accident:
- Take photos and videos of the crash scene and your injuries
- Write down the police officer’s name and badge number when they arrive at the scene
- Record witness statements if they are willing
- Get medical help: Many motorcyclists make the mistake of thinking they’re unharmed after their accident. However, injuries can develop over time and cause significant damage if they go untreated. That’s why you should get medical attention immediately after your accident. Not to mention, your medical bills can serve as evidence of your injury.
- Keep copies of all your documents along with any other bill or expense resulting from the accident.
- Hire our Colorado Springs motorcycle accident attorney to represent your rights and fight for the results your health and livelihood depend on.
Four Elements of Negligence You Need to Prove
You will not receive compensation if you fail to prove that the responsible party’s negligence directly caused your injuries. As such, your lawyer must prove the following four elements of negligence in your case to achieve a favorable outcome:
- The existence of a legal duty owed to the plaintiff: The defendant had a legal duty to exercise care and avoid hurting or killing others on the road.
- The defendant failed to exercise their duty: The defendant’s failure to act resulted in your injury.
- Causation: The defendant caused your injury by not exercising their duty of care on the roads.
- Damages: A court may require the defendant to pay you damages to cover your losses resulting from your accident. Losses can be physical, emotional, or mental and include property damage.