Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Brookings & Gold Beach
Oregon’s picturesque countryside, stunning coastline, and variety of small scenic highways make it a premier destination for motorcycle enthusiasts across the country. While extensive research supports the claim that motorcyclists tend to be some of the safest motorists on the nation’s roadways, they are unfortunately at the mercy of drivers operating cars, trucks, and large commercial vehicles who may be distracted, intoxicated, or otherwise impaired. When a motorcycle becomes involved in a collision with another vehicle, even the most high-tech helmets and comprehensive protective gear cannot prevent the rider from suffering serious injuries that can quickly turn fatal under the right circumstances.
Learn more about motorcycle accident injuries by consulting the information below, then contact Shlesinger & de Villeneuve to speak with our team of experienced personal injury attorneys.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Because motorcycles are smaller in size and less stable than passenger vehicles, hazards that may be easily avoided by motorists in other forms of vehicles pose a much greater threat to motorcyclists. The most frequently listed causes of motorcycle accidents include the following:
- Poor weather conditions, poor visibility at night
- Automobile drivers failure to yield to motorcyclists at highway exit and entrance ramps
- Defective helmets, motorcycle equipment, or components
- Poor road conditions; potholes, uneven pavement
- Automobile drivers turning into a motorcyclist’s lane, violating his or her right-of-way
Motorcycle Accidents vs. Car Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents comprise a leading cause of injury, disability, and death throughout the country, and this risk is intensified for motorcyclists who do not benefit from the safety features in passenger vehicles, including steel-reinforced supports, seatbelts, airbags, cameras, and collision warning systems. This diminished level of safety makes them incredibly vulnerable in crashes, and the injuries are almost always more extensive and serious than would be expected from a similar collision while in a car or truck. The most common injuries involved in motorcycle accidents include soft tissue injuries from sliding across pavement, head injuries, facial disfigurement, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures (particularly in the shoulders, upper arms, and pelvis), paralysis from permanent nerve damage, and amputation.
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If you sustained a serious injury from a motorcycle accident or lost a loved one due to injuries they suffered, contact Shlesinger & de Villeneuve right away. Unfortunately, despite all evidence that riders are not at fault in the majority of motorcycle collisions, a strong negative bias exists towards riders that insurance companies will use to their advantage when attempting to minimize your injuries, argue against your damage, or refuse the validity of the claim altogether. Our team understands these tactics and has the legal knowledge and litigation experience to successfully negotiate a fair settlement with insurance companies or aggressively advocate for you in court.
Contact the personal injury attorneys at Shlesinger & de Villeneuve today for an initial consultation by visiting our website. When you work with us, you can expect attentive, compassionate, and dedicated representation from a team of skilled, experienced attorneys who will do everything we can to help you move forward from this devastating incident. We operate our personal injury cases on a contingency basis, so you owe nothing unless we win.