Naples Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
While all collisions involving motorized vehicles have the potential to cause serious injuries, certain types of crashes tend to have especially devastating repercussions. Collisions between drivers and motorcyclists, for instance, can result in particularly severe injuries, leaving victims to struggle with mounting medical debt, painful treatments, and time-consuming rehabilitation. Although it is possible to recover compensation for these losses from the at-fault party who caused the crash, doing so can be difficult, so if you or a loved one were recently injured in a motorcycle accident, you should consider speaking with an experienced Naples motorcycle accident lawyer who can help you navigate the process of filing a claim.
While motorcycle accidents can and do have a number of causes, most can be attributed to driver error, which includes:
- Failing to use turn signals, drifting into other lanes, or changing lanes without warning;
- Driving while distracted or fatigued;
- Failing to properly yield at an intersection;
- Making improper turns;
- Tailgating or driving aggressively; and
- Opening a car door without first checking for oncoming motorcycles.
While always dangerous, this type of negligent driving can prove especially perilous for motorcyclists, who do not have the benefit of seat belts and air bags and can be thrown from their motorcycles upon impact.
It’s also important to note that motorcycles are typically more likely to skid, slide, and tip over than other vehicles, which means that road defects like potholes and uneven asphalt pose a much more serious risk for motorcyclists than other motorists. Using improper materials during construction, as well as poor road maintenance and a failure to repair potholes and crumbling asphalt can cause these problems and so are particularly dangerous for motorcyclists. Inferior road designs resulting in dangerous curves and flooding can also contribute to single-motorcycle accidents, which can still cause serious injuries, as victims are often thrown from their vehicles or into oncoming traffic.
Common Motorcycle Injuries
Although there are a number of different types of injuries that motorcyclists can sustain in collisions, they are generally almost always severe and include:
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Compound fractures (especially in the lower limbs);
- Amputations and severe lacerations;
- Facial fractures;
- Road rash; and
- Internal injuries.
Treating these types of severe injuries can be prohibitively expensive, a problem compounded by the fact that many injured parties are unable to work for weeks or months after their accidents. In some cases, an injured motorcyclist may even suffer from permanent disability, which can make future employment impossible. Fortunately, negligent drivers can be required to compensate motorcyclists for collision-related losses, as can negligent municipalities and third party contractors if their failure to properly maintain and repair local roads caused an accident.
An Experienced Team of Naples Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you were injured in a Naples motorcycle accident, please call Smith & Ball Injury Law at 800-500-1530 to speak with one of our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers about your recovery options. Initial consultations are offered free of charge, so please don’t hesitate to call or contact us online today.