A serious accident can happen in seconds…and change your life forever. In particular, motorcycle wrecks tend to result in serious injuries for both operators and passengers.
Kentucky motorcycle accident lawyer, Billy Johnson, has been an avid motorcycle enthusiast his whole life. He received his first motorcycle at 5 years old and has been riding ever since. Billy has ridden all across the U.S. and has hands-on experience with a wide variety of motorcycles, although most of the time prefers his Harley. Over the years, Billy has handled all types of motorcycle injury claims, including wrongful death cases, in Kentucky and in other states.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 93,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2012 (the most recent date for which data is available) and 4,957 motorcyclists were killed, an increase over the 4,630 motorcyclists killed in 2011. Per vehicle mile traveled in 2012, motorcyclists were 26 times more likely than those in cars to die in motor vehicle traffic crashes and 5 times more likely to be injured.
The Kentucky laws relating to motorcycle wrecks are complex and can be confusing. You need a highly qualified and experienced Kentucky motorcycle accident lawyer to protect your rights. With offices located in Pikeville, our KY attorneys are ready to help people whose lives have been affected by motorcycle crashes.
Get started today with a free, no-obligation case review by calling a Kentucky motorcycle accident lawyer at 606-437-4488. You can also contact us by filling out this form to discuss the details of your accident and find out your rights. If you have a claim, you can trust that you have a knowledgeable attorney on your side.
More Severe Injuries
When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, he or she is more likely to suffer traumatic injuries and have long-term pain compared to those who travel in cars. This is chiefly because, by design, motorcycles cannot offer much protection in a crash. They don’t have seatbelts or airbags and their riders are often thrown to the ground or into traffic. The most common motorcycle injuries include:
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
- Severe skin abrasions (known as road rash)
- Internal bleeding and trauma
- Spinal cord and neck injuries.
Know the law
Helmet laws vary among the states; Kentucky requires helmets only for those riders age 21 and younger, riders who possess an instruction permit, and riders who have had their license for less than one year.
For those who wish to be proactive, it is worth noting that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that helmets reduce motorcycle rider fatalities by 22 to 37 percent and brain injuries by 44 to 65 percent.
OTHER DRIVER MOST OFTEN AT FAULT
Of course, even the most cautious and well-protected motorcyclist cannot control other drivers. In a majority of collisions between a motorcycle and another vehicle, the driver is simply unaware of the motorcyclist. This carelessness is negligent behavior and KY motorcycle wreck lawyer Billy Johnson believes that those who cause harm to others should be held accountable for their actions. This includes paying compensation to vehicle accident victims for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and, in the event of a fatal accident, wrongful death.
From his office in Pikeville, Attorney Billy Johnson has made it his life’s work to help people in Pike County and throughout Kentucky. A proven advocate with over 15 years of experience, Billy has handled litigation in state courts as well as the United States Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, and the United States Bankruptcy Court.
Other Causes of Bike Wrecks
Motorcycle accidents happen for various reasons, including reduced visibility due to motorcycle size, hazardous weather, and road conditions such as debris, blind corners, loose gravel, and potholes. Motorcycles are susceptible to being rear-ended because they are able to stop more quickly than other motor vehicles. Crashes also may be caused by defective equipment or mechanical failure.
Do You Have a Legal Claim?
Vehicles and motorcycles have a duty to share the road with each other. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, or if you have lost a loved one in such an accident, you are invited to contact the Kentucky motorcycle accident lawyers at the Johnson Law Firm for a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation by calling 606-437-4488. You can also contact us by filling out this form.
Although the legal and financial consequences of a motorcycle accident are not the most immediate concerns, they are important in the long term. Consult Billy Johnson to discuss your options and let him help you.
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