We’ll Have Your Back After A Motorcycle Accident.
Did you know motorcycle road fatal accidents have doubled since the mid-1990s? As riding motorcycles has become more popular than ever, it’s also added to the number of severe crashes on Kentucky’s roads.
According to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 14% of all motor vehicle crashes involve motorcycles. As expected, motorcycle riders are much more likely than other drivers to be involved in fatal and severe crashes due to the exposure of their bodies to physical impacts.
If you’re injured on your motorcycle, you need a lawyer who understands and has sympathy for your situation. At McCoy & Sparks, we have more than 60 years of experience representing people who have been injured in Kentucky motorcycle accidents. We’ll fight to ensure you receive the compensation and benefits you deserve under the law.
McCoy & Sparks: In Your Town and On Your Team.
- We’re are in Bardstown and represent people across Kentucky.
- We have the experience to handle your motorcycle accident claim because we’ve been doing it for decades.
- We truly care about our clients, which you can see from our many satisfied testimonials on Facebook, Google Reviews, and other review sites.
Motorcyclists are Vulnerable to Severe Crashes
Motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable riders on the road. Their bodies are almost fully exposed to the impacts of a crash. A multi-vehicle accident can easily kill a biker and research shows 63% of all motorcycle crashes involve multiple other vehicles.
Some people have the misconception that motorcyclists are more likely than other drivers to drink, take drugs, or be distracted while driving. But this isn’t the case at all.
For example, look at the statistics for drunk driving. In passenger vehicle collisions, there is a 39% chance the driver was drunk while this figure is 26% for motorcyclists. That means in a crash between a car and motorcycle, the car’s driver is more likely to be drunk than the motorcyclist.
However, motorcycle crashes are more likely than other types of crashes to involve high speeds and illegal maneuvers. They’re also more likely to occur in warm weather. On a warm, June Kentucky afternoon, our roads are full of motorcyclists out enjoying the weather despite the risk of accidents.
One thing you might not realize is that the average age of a motorcyclist has risen significantly over the previous few decades, leading to a rise in motorcycle deaths among older adults. In the 1970s, more than 80% of fatal motorcycle crashes had drivers under age 30. Today, just 28% are under age 30.
Common Motorcycle Accidents We See in Kentucky
Head-on collisions overall account for 10% of all road fatalities and 13% of rural road fatalities. When a head-on collision with a motorcyclist occurs, there is a an unfortunate likelihood that the motorcyclist suffered serious injuries or even lost their life due to the nature of the collision.
Motorcycles are often rear-ended because the other driver didn’t see them until it’s too late. Although a passenger car or big truck can sometimes take a rear-end bump without much harm to the driver, these collisions can be devastating for motorcyclists.
A t-bone collision or side-impact collision is much more dangerous for a motorcyclist than other types of drivers. In these accidents, the motorcyclist’s body is suddenly thrown in another direction and they are almost certain to be flung from their bike.
Other vehicles sometimes sideswipe motorcyclists because they don’t see them. It frequently occurs on the highway at high speeds or in rural Kentucky areas when other drivers try to overtake a single motorcyclist or group of bikers on narrow roads.
Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Head trauma
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Organ damage
- Soft tissue damage
- Road rash
- Broken bones
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Top Causes of Kentucky Motorcycle Accidents
The causes of road accidents are widely studied and overall, most accidents are due to the following causes (in no particular order):
- Human error by the motorcyclist or others on the road
- Failure of other motorists to see the motorcyclist
- Inexperience handling a motorcycle
- Drunk/drugged driving
- Driving while drowsy
- Distracted driving/multitasking
- Debris in the road
- Weather issues like icy, foggy, and wet weather
- Recklessness on the road
- Road rage and road racing
- Drivers’ health, mobility, and vision problems
- Improperly maintained equipment
Generally speaking, the #1 cause of all road accidents is human error and inattentiveness. The National Safety Council states 28% of all motorcycle accidents involve distracted driving, up from 25% just a few years ago. Cell phones and other electronic gadgets are increasingly causing people to take their eyes off the road.
Working With an Attorney After a Motorcycle Accident
After a motorcycle crash with injuries, a Kentucky motorcycle attorney can help you accomplish numerous tasks that arise as you try to rest and recover. Ask your attorney about having their help with:
- Handling communications with the other driver
- Working with the insurance companies
- Talking to the police and other authorities
- Reconstructing your motorcycle accident
- Identifying witnesses who may have seen your accident
- Gathering your medical bills to see how much you owe
- Locating experts who can add valuable information
- Organizing your legal paperwork
- Preparing for meetings and important dates
- Arranging a valuable settlement or, if necessary, taking it to court
In most motorcycle accident cases, we can help you avoid going to court while seeking a high-dollar insurance claim for:
- Medical costs from your crash
- Future medical bills related to your injuries
- Current and future lost wages from missing work due to the crash
- Services you may need, like therapy or in-home help
- Pain and suffering
We may also be able to help you get your motorcycle repaired and cover the cost of your equipment and accessories. The exact amount you will recover depends on what costs you have incurred, what you can prove, and what route you ultimately take to seeking compensation.
What Should I Do After a Motorcycle Accident in Kentucky?
- Report and Document the Motorcycle Accident
Kentucky law requires that you must report any accident to the police within 10 days if there was property damage over $500 or anyone was injured or killed. This includes motorcycle accidents. Request a copy of the police report and try to get photos of the scene as quickly as possible.
- Seek Medical Care for Your Injuries
After your motorcycle accident, don’t just brush it off and avoid medical care. Accept on-scene treatment and go to the hospital if necessary. Don’t miss follow-up appointments and obey your doctor’s orders. This is a key part of eventually winning compensation for the accident.
- Consider Your Legal Options
Remember, no matter who is at fault, in Kentucky you always have the option of talking to a motorcycle accident attorney and discussing your legal options like filing an insurance claim, using personal injury protection (PIP) insurance, or starting a lawsuit. If you act quickly, you may be able to get your motorcycle accident costs covered.
- Refrain From Sharing Details
Don’t ruin your case by talking about it too much. Refer all questions to your attorney. Also, avoid sharing details on the internet including on social media. Any statements you make could harm your case later.
What Will I Get if I Win My Motorcycle Accident Case?
Every motorcycle accident is unique and we can’t guarantee any particular outcome, but you can seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and perhaps other costs too.
As a motorcyclist, you also gain the satisfaction of holding someone responsible for hurting you and perhaps prevent them from hurting another motorcyclist in the future. Your case could help spread awareness about motorcycle safety in Kentucky.
How to Request a Free Consultation With McCoy & Sparks
Were you recently injured in a motorcycle accident? You do not have to go through this trying experience alone.
After a motorcycle collision where you were injured, please contact McCoy & Sparks for a free and confidential consultation. We’ll ask questions about your situation and help you understand what to do next.
Trust us with your case. We’ll work tirelessly to get you the result you deserve.
We’re recognized as one of the area’s best law firms for over a decade and counting because McCoy & Sparks works to help people in trouble, representing thousands of clients in Central Kentucky with a focus on providing premium service and delivering superior results. Regardless of your situation, our goal is to develop a strategy that best serves your personal needs, drawing upon our skills to help you reach the best possible result.
Here’s how it works: We start by getting to know you and understanding the circumstances involved in your situation. Next, we will explain all your options, giving you the pros and cons of each choice so that you will be empowered to make informed decisions. Finally, we will help you negotiate a settlement or provide a strong case for you in court. You owe us nothing unless we recover compensation for you.
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