Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
Driving a motorcycle is an extremely exciting activity, but the unfortunate reality is that motorcycles are very dangerous in terms of both serious injuries and fatalities. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that a motorcycle driver or rider is 37 times more likely to die in a crash than someone in a passenger vehicle. In addition to this alarming fact, motorcycles are more likely to be involved in accidents than passenger vehicles, owing to a number of factors including the ease of which a motorcycle is lost in a vehicle’s blind spot.
After a fatal accident, the surviving family members have a lot that they will need to handle, both legally and in regards to their family matters. Trying to handle both at once can feel like an impossible task, which is why hiring a personal injury or wrongful death attorney is one of the best decisions that the surviving family members can make after such a traumatic experience. While no amount of money will ever bring back a loved one, the survivors should not be responsible for the financial impacts caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness.
Contact Fasig | Brooks Now For a Free Consultation After a Fatal Motorcycle Accident
The award-winning personal injury lawyers at Fasig | Brooks understand how important it is to provide families with the emotional space that they need during this difficult time, which is why we pride ourselves on handling these cases with discretion. It can be difficult to even think about legal issues at all while you and your family are trying to come to terms with this tragedy, and we will make sure that you do not need to think about it any more than is absolutely necessary.
Contact us now so that we can discuss your situation, and so that you can learn more about how helpful it will be for you to partner with our law firm. The sooner we are handling your case, the sooner you can take this part of your situation off of your plate and out of your mind.
What To Do After a Fatal Motorcycle Accident
Losing a loved one is a terrible tragedy for everyone involved, and matters can be complicated when the deceased contributed to the financial stability of the family unit and is leaving behind dependents, in addition to the medical bills that likely accrued as a result of the accident and before death, as well as things like funeral costs and other expenses.
Your most important focus after losing a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident is to surround yourself with family and other loved ones so that you can try to come together and heal, but at the same time, it is important that you find a motorcycle accident attorney who can take your case. Wrongful death claims must be filed by estate representatives, and if you are being represented by the team at Fasig | Brooks then we will be able to take on this step while you are focusing on trying to get your personal affairs in order, have a funeral for your loved one, and getting emotional support from those around you.
Common Causes of Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
One of the biggest problems with a motorcycle is that there is little to no protection for the rider other than the protective gear that they wear (or, in the case of Florida, choose not to wear). The following are some common causes of motorcycle accidents, which, depending on a range of factors, may or may not be fatal.
When most people hear the term “distracted driving” over the past decade, they naturally think of texting while driving. While texting while driving is a very common distraction, there are many others that lead to accidents. Any time a driver takes their eyes off the road, their mind off of driving, or their hands off the wheel, they are engaging in a type of distracted driving, all of which can lead to them not noticing a motorcycle.
Motorcycles are powerful vehicles that can travel at very high speeds, which can lead to either the motorcycle driver or other drivers to make errors based on things like calculating the time it takes to stop, making a lane change or turning through an intersection without realizing how quickly the motorcycle will cross their path, or simply the increased speed of impact when a rider is thrown to the ground.
Inexperienced drivers have a lot of different things to pay attention to and remember while they are driving, which can take them away from paying attention to small vehicles in their blind spots like motorcycles. There are many motorcycle awareness campaigns that are intended to encourage inexperienced drivers to stay alert, but no measures will ever guarantee that an accident will not happen.