Many motorcycle riders find the summer season the best time of year to
ride. Riding in summer brings a greater sense of freedom as the days are
longer, warmer, and the rider can feel the wind rushing by without restraint.
Riding gear has also been made more comfortable for warm weather with
technological increases in vented helmets and breathable textile jackets.
Experienced Newburgh motorcycle accident attorneys know that as the motorcycle season is heating up for summer, more drivers
are hitting the road for vacations, more students are off from school
and are cruising around with friends, and a lot of these motorists don’t
have motorcycle awareness training.
In fact, many motorists aren’t aware that motorcycle turn signals
aren’t self canceling. Additionally, they don’t realize that
the smaller frame of a bike makes judging distance and speed harder. Other
times, motorists turn left into the path of an oncoming motorcycle simply
because the driver never looked for oncoming vehicles.
Motorcycle accidents that result from such behavior could easily have been prevented had the
offending driver used reasonable care when driving. In fact, this is a
duty charged to every driver. They must operate their vehicle as would
any other prudent motorist.
All too often, motorcyclists are seriously injured by a negligent driver.
Their injuries include skull fractures,traumatic brain injuries, concussions, neck fractures, spinal injuries, fractured arms and legs,
lacerations, road rash, bruising, and more.
Any number of these injuries can have permanent consequences. Brain damage
can lead to death. Even if one survives,
brain damage can cause irreversible vision loss, hearing loss, memory loss, and speech
impairment, just to name a few. Neck and spinal fractures can cause temporary
or permanent paralysis. Arm and leg fractures could result in permanent
decreased functional use of the appendage.
All of these injuries are compensable in a court of law. If a motorist
breached the duty of reasonable care, the injured biker can commence litigation.
Success will require the motorcyclist to prove how the breach was sufficiently
related to those injuries. Additionally, there must be proof that the
motorcyclist suffered damages.
In other words, the injury must have caused a loss for which the court
can award a remedy. Compensation for lost wages, medical bills, rehabilitative
care, decreased motor function, vocational training, and lost earning
capacity are just some of the many losses that courts can compensate victims for.
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