Motorcycle accidents in Amherst can have disastrous consequences. Even seasoned motorcyclists who obey the rules of the road, operate their vehicles with the utmost caution, and practice safe driving habits on the roads and highways in and around Amherst can lose their lives or become catastrophically injured because of another driver’s negligence. 

When a negligent driver causes a collision with a motorcycle rider, the two parties involved in the accident often face disproportionate consequences. The occupants of cars, trucks, and other automobiles are protected by the very frames and structures of their vehicles, which are generally equipped with built-in safety features like seatbelts, air bags, and other life-saving measures. Motorcycle riders, however, have only helmets, jackets, and other wearable gear to keep them safe in the event of a crash. If struck by the negligent driver of a larger vehicle, motorcycle riders have virtually no buffer between their bodies and the road. For that reason, the people who ride motorcycles can senselessly lose their lives in collisions caused by the negligence of a total stranger. 

Those who are fortunate enough to survive a near-fatal collision can sustain a host of injuries, ranging in severity from moderate to catastrophic. Permanent, disabling injuries could significantly impact a motorcycle accident survivor’s mobility, independence, ability to work, and their overall quality of life. 

Examples of injuries often sustained by the survivors of traumatic motorcycle accidents include:

  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Strains and sprains
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Facial and dental injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries 
  • Paralysis
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Amputations
  • And more

According to the province’s Motor Vehicle Act, all drivers on local roads and highways have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles with a reasonable degree of caution. Drivers are responsible for taking reasonable measures to protect the safety of all other road-users, including motorcycle riders. However, drivers often shirk their duty of care by violating local traffic laws and engaging in a number of wrongful actions behind the wheel. If a driver’s wrongful conduct on the road causes an accident in which a motorcyclist sustains injuries, the at-fault driver may be considered negligent. Common examples of driver negligence that frequently lead to injury-causing motorcycle collisions include: 

  • Texting while driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding 
  • Ignoring traffic signs/signals
  • Improperly changing lanes
  • Driving recklessly 
  • And more

When a driver’s negligence leads to an injurious collision with another vehicle, they may be liable for damages incurred by injured accident survivors. As such, if you were injured in a collision caused by a negligent driver, our motorcycle accident lawyers serving Amherst may be able to help you recover financial compensation. 

By working with our Amherst motorcycle accident lawyers, you may be able to pursue a civil claim for damages you have incurred as a result of your injuries. While you may be able to access accident benefits through your insurance provider, depending on the severity of your injuries, the insurance coverage available to you may not adequately replace your total financial losses. In these situations, our motorcycle accident lawyers serving Amherst may be able to provide crucial assistance in your pursuit of the compensation you deserve. 

To discuss the details of your accident and learn about options that may be available to you, call Preszler Injury Lawyers today and schedule a free initial consultation with our Amherst motorcycle accident lawyers. 

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