Riding a motorcycle can be one of the most rewarding feelings. Whether you are fulfilling your need for speed with a speedy sports bike or enjoy coasting down the highway on your cruiser, there's something about being one with the elements that brings you great satisfaction. With the type of bike aside, the prime consideration for all riders is safety. Riding on two wheels and not having a seatbelt or vehicle frame to protect you comes with many risks. You are responsible for being aware of the positioning of nearby vehicles, ensuring that drivers can see you, and simply operating your motorcycle in a manner that minimizes the chances of an accident.
In return, passenger vehicle and large truck drivers must operate their vehicles with the same caution. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. Reckless drivers who fail to do so are most likely to cause a potentially life-threatening accident. While a collision may only leave the driver's vehicle with a minor dent, your entire body is exposed to potential harm.
As the injured party, you have the right to submit claims for damages against the negligent driver. Joseph T. Welsh, a Southwest Kansas motorcycle accident lawyer, can help you recover fair compensation..
Roughly 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2015 as a result of collisions with motor vehicles. Of that total, 4,976 riders were killed. Motorcyclists and passenger vehicle drivers share responsibility for causing such accidents and must refrain from dangerous driving habits to prevent future collisions. These include:
- Failing to indicate lane changes
- Ignoring traffic signals
- Driving drunk
- Driving drowsy
- Driving distracted
Much more often than car-to-car accidents, motorcycle accidents result in severe and catastrophic injuries. Motorcyclists often suffer the following injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Burn injuries
- Punctured organs
Your injuries and property damage may be evident following a serious collision, but that does not make the claims process any more straightforward. The insurance company will often question necessary medical procedures and vehicle repairs to try to get you to settle the matter for as little as possible. Without experienced legal representation, you may not be aware of all the damages you are legally entitled to recover.
Southwest Kansas motorcycle accident lawyer, Joseph T. Welsh, can make you aware of all accident-related damages relevant to your case specifically. Joe understands that the claims process for just compensation can be overwhelming and full of unnecessary obstacles. Joseph T. Welsh, Attorney at Law will fight for you to ensure that you recover the funds you're rightfully owed. Contact us today at 620-510-5030 for a free case evaluation. Also serving the Garden City, KS area.