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- Featured case: Family gets $3.7 million after trucker blamed biker for fatal crash
Most motorcycle accidents are not “accidents” at all.
An accident is predictable, and preventable.
Drivers who just don’t see motorcycles cause many collisions between motorcycles and cars. Drivers:
- Turn left in front of motorcycles at intersections;
- Don’t brake in time;
- Don’t make the necessary effort to see motorcycles;
- Merge into traffic lanes without looking, and
- Ignore the right-of-way for bikes.
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Bikers are much more vulnerable than drivers protected in cars or trucks. Even if there are no apparent injuries, adrenaline can mask serious injuries. You must see a doctor after a motorcycle crash.
Get medical care.
If you were hurt in the crash, the most important thing you can do is get the recommended medical treatment.
Physical: Serious collisions can result in broken bones, head trauma, brain injury, spinal cord damage, and internal injuries.
Mental: One driver’s bad choice can change your life in a second. Violent, traumatic crashes and the aftermath of recovery can be very hard on mental health.
Emotional: It can be difficult for other people to understand how emotionally exhausting it is to experience a life-threatening event.
Time makes it much harder to reconstruct what happened before and after the collision.
Start a file of documents and information, including:
- Medical bills and expenses;
- Police reports;
- Photographs of the scene, damage to the bike, and the injuries caused by the crash;
- Property damage estimates;
- Time lost from work, and
- All letters from insurance companies or law firms.
Open an insurance claim.
If you have not already done so, contact your own insurance company and open a claim.
Your insurance company will assign an adjuster. Depending on the number of motor vehicles and people involved in the crash, several insurance companies may assign adjusters.
You have the right to talk to a lawyer before speaking with an insurance company.
The public has an unfair bias against motorcycles. Insurance companies use that bias to their advantage. Insurance adjusters automatically blame the motorcyclist—even when the other driver admits fault.
The result: most motorcycle injury claims are complicated with questions about liability.
For more detailed information, review this guide to understanding your insurance policy.
You have the right to have any offers of settlement reviewed by an attorney.
Featured Motorcycle Crash Case
Case: Estate of John Doe v. Trucking Company
Result: $3.7 million dollars for the plaintiff
It was a clear, dry afternoon in Washington State. “John Doe” was on-call at his job. He had used his free time to get in a workout at his gym.
As he was riding his motorcycle home, a big truck suddenly turned left in front of him.
John couldn’t avoid the truck’s trailer. His bike crashed into it.
The truck driver hadn’t seen John, or the motorcycle. The trucker only stopped when he saw flames coming from his trailer.
The truck crash caused fatal injuries to John Doe.
The trucker attempted to blame the biker. He claimed John—whom he had not seen—was going too fast, and should have somehow avoided the truck’s trailer.
The surviving family contacted lawyer Kevin Coluccio. He conducted a detailed investigation. Working with experts, the legal team found facts and evidence disputing the truck driver’s claim.
John Doe left behind a loving wife and two teenage children. Ultimately, Coluccio resolved the motorcycle crash wrongful death claim for John’s family, the plaintiffs in this case.