Finding the right motorcycle accident attorney is an essential element in getting the appropriate compensation for victims. The Russell Law Firm understands that motorcyclists deserve their share of the road alongside cars and trucks, but there’s no getting around the fact that motorbikes offer little to no physical protection for the rider. Even the most cautious motorcyclists are largely at the mercy of a helmet and a thin layer of leather in the event of a crash; moreover, almost anything a motorcycle collides with on the road will be much bigger and much heavier. Thus, reckless, negligent, or impaired drivers (or unduly dangerous road conditions) can present extreme hazards that may tragically cause debilitating injuries or death.
If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed in a motorcycle accident that was caused by the negligence of another party, then you need the help of a knowledgeable, skilled, and experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. The Russell Law Firm is here to help you navigate the difficult period after an accident as we work to maximize your compensation in every way possible.
What You Need in a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Without good legal representation, the cards are stacked against victims. Attorneys who represent insurance companies and others earn their money by limiting the compensation victims receive – and they are very good at their jobs. An experienced and savvy motorcycle accident lawyer at the Russell Law Firm will help to even those odds out by working passionately on your behalf.
Our firm’s roots go back to the personal experience of our chief lawyer and founder, Danny Russell. As a young man, Danny was involved in an accident and was very happy to receive what he thought was a lot of money from an insurance adjuster. Later, however, he discovered that what seemed like a generous amount to him was actually well below the standard of what he should have received. The Russell Law Firm is here to ensure that its clients’ interests are as well represented as possible so that they do not fall prey to the sophisticated tactics of highly paid insurance company lawyers.
Yes, You Can Afford Good Legal Representation
We firmly believe that everyone with a strong case should have the finest representation possible. The Russell Law Firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we receive no pay until our clients are compensated by winning a case in court or through a successful settlement. We understand that most working people can’t afford expensive legal retainers, especially when dealing with the financial stress that often follows in the wake of a serious accident. For prospective clients, we offer a free, no-obligation consultation. At that time, we can take an in-depth look at your situation and explore the best available strategies.
Motorcycles are just as prone to defects as other vehicles. However, the dangers of vehicle failure in a motorcycle are just that much more pronounced because of the greater vulnerability of cyclists. The most common defects that can cause motorcycle accidents include defects in a rear tire, which may cause the motorcycle to weave and lose control. Mechanical issues may also cause motorcycles to wobble at a high speed. In some cases, handlebars may swing wildly while hitting the fuel tank.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Even the best motorcycle drivers can fall victim to poor road conditions and irresponsible car and truck drivers. Precise information on the typical weight of vehicles can be hard to obtain, but many motorcycles weigh between 500 and 1000 pounds. A typical sedan, in contrast, might weigh in at around 4000 pounds. Even in a relatively low speed, that weight difference often spells disaster for a motorcyclist. As you can imagine, SUVs, buses, trucks and so on pose an even greater risk to motorcyclists. Debilitating or deadly injuries for a motorcyclist are, therefore, unfortunately all too common. Indeed, the NHTSA reports that cyclists are four times more likely to be injured in crashes and 16 times more likely to be killed. While at-fault drivers of other vehicles are one very frequent cause of crashes, they are not the only cause. Road defects are also often major contributors to accidents. These include:
Speed bumps; especially when located near a bend in the road.
Barriers or low curbing.
Sudden changes in the type of road; particularly if a new road is made of cobblestone or any other type of uneven surface.
Poor sight lines or lanes that are difficult to distinguish.
Lack of appropriate warning signs.
Glare from streetlights or other motorists’ lights.
Poorly lit streets, curbs, and/or other obstacles.
Ditches as well as uncovered drainage pits or manholes
Obtaining Justice for Victims
While motorcycle accident injuries and deaths have multiple causes, a great many boil down to the negligence of another driver or some other party. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a motorcycle collision or any other type of injury personal accident where someone other than the injured party may have been at fault, we encourage you to visit our firm for a free consultation with no obligation. You can contact us now at 225-307-0088 or via our contact page.
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