For a motorcyclist in a crash, there’s no airbags to protect them, no roof, no doors — little to shield them from colliding with the pavement, save for their helmet, clothes and driving skills.
When a car hits a motorcycle, it’s the biker who is significantly more likely to be severely injured or killed by the crash. Motorcyclists are an estimated 27 times more likely to die in a crash compared to people in passenger cars, and approximately 89,000 motorcyclist injuries were reported in 2017 in the United States.
That’s why it’s vital for both Kentucky bikers and car and truck drivers to be aware of how accidents happen and to take action to prevent something horrible from occurring on the road.
Some common car-motorcycle crashes can include the following situations:
- A vehicle hits a biker when changing lanes
- A car turns left in front of an oncoming motorcyclist
- Rear-end collisions
- A car door opens in the path of a biker
- Cars or motorcycles are speeding
- Motorcycles are lane-splitting
- Hazardous road conditions, such as slipperiness, potholes, gravel and other debris
- Biker driving errors
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
When you’re dealing with an injury or the death of a loved one in the wake of a motorcycle crash, the last thing you want to do is think about the money, but the hard reality is that there can be a lot of expenses that add up quickly — everything from hospital bills to missed work time to funeral costs. It’s critical you understand your legal rights and seek financial compensation for your suffering. An experienced and empathetic Kentucky attorney can help you pursue the assistance you deserve.