The serene scenery of Colorado Springs and the freedom of riding a motorcycle is often enough to entice plenty of motorcyclists to hit the roads in the fall months. Unfortunately, as freeing as it is to ride a motorcycle, it is this same open world that allows for significant dangers to those who ride.
For those who enjoy the thrill of the ride, it’s crucial to recognize the potential dangers. While we would not try to deter you from doing something you enjoy, you should know that there are things that can go wrong and if they do, there can be serious injuries and damages associated with the actions.
It is our goal to help you understand what injuries may exist following a serious motorcycle accident, why they are so dangerous, and what legal rights you have should the crash itself be caused by someone else’s negligent actions.
How Dangerous are Motorcycle Accidents?
Unlike drivers in passenger vehicles, the protections for motorcyclists are extremely limited. There is no frame surrounding the rider; nor is there an air bag to help protect them in the event of a crash. There’s also no seat belt keeping the motorcyclist on the motorcycle if a crash occurs.
If a crash occurs, there exists the possibility of the motorcyclist suffering significant harm. They are much more prone to make contact with the ground, eject from the motorcycle, and suffer the trauma of the impact of an accident.
For instance, if a motorcyclist is operating his or her motorcycle on the freeway, and another driver in a car merges into the same lane as the motorcyclist, a sideswipe accident can occur. As a result, the motorcyclist can have his or her leg crushed by the impact, fall to the ground resulting in road rash or brain injuries, and the damage can be substantial.
Most Common Injuries Following a Motorcycle Accident
After a motorcycle accident occurs, those involved are often left to deal with the significant injuries and unsure of what comes next. These injuries can be catastrophic, varying by severity. They can include but are not limited to the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Friction burns (also referred to as road rash)
- Spinal cord damage
- Broken bones
For anyone who suffers a serious injury in a motorcycle involving someone else’s reckless and careless actions, it’s critical to recognize what legal rights exist. This is especially true when you consider the life-altering effects that a motorcycle accident can have on the rider.
What You can do Moving Forward
Taking legal action is not easily done and you want to have someone on your side who knows what compensation you need, what you may be entitled to, and how to position your case in the most effective manner possible.
You can file a claim with your insurance company seeking compensation (or that of the responsible party). If a claim is denied, you may consider filing a lawsuit to seek damages from the liable party. This is where having a lawyer on your side becomes most beneficial.
Our Colorado Springs motorcycle accident attorneys recognize the various dangers of operating a motorcycle. You’re often vulnerable to the elements and actions of others. When you suffer injuries because of negligence, you deserve the right to obtain justice.
At Gaddis, Herd, Craw & Adams, P.C., we prioritize the rights of our clients and guide them through difficult matters pertaining to their pursuit of compensation. We know how complex this time can be for someone dealing with financial concerns, physical harm, and emotional distress. We’ll be here by your side every step of the way.
Call us today at (719) 249-6240 for a free consultation and discuss your potential legal matter with a professional at our firm.