Providence Motorcycle Accident Lawyers – Marasco & Nesselbush
Marasco & Nesselbush motorcycle accident attorneys in Providence, RI, have worked on behalf of many motorcycle accident victims. We have seen how painful the injuries can be, and how stressful it is to cope with both the physical pain and the stress of trying to pay medical bills, often while being unable to work. In such circumstances, dealing with insurance companies and the complexities of a personal injury claim may seem like too much to handle.
If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident, you don’t have to cope alone. Marasco & Nesselbush motorcycle accident attorneys in Providence, RI, are ready to provide you with comprehensive legal assistance. Our priority is to help our clients recover as soon as possible, both physically and financially.
How Can Marasco & Nesselbush Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Help?
Pursuing compensation that covers all of your injuries and losses following a motorcycle accident is not something you want to handle alone; particularly when you’re also dealing with physical pain and financial strain. A motorcycle accident attorney is ready to handle the following for you:
- Dealing with the at-fault party’s insurance company – Your attorney will be able to recognize and counter the insurer’s tactics and try to reach the best settlement possible for you.
- Gathering, organizing, and presenting evidence of fault and liability – Even if you have no doubt that the other driver is to blame for the accident, that is not enough to obtain compensation. Your attorney will help you prove fault so that your claim will be unassailable.
- Organizing your medical records – Having all of your medical records gathered and organized is a tremendous help in assessing the scope and scale of your injuries and estimating the total value of the health care you have received, which will have a bearing on the amount of compensation you can seek.
- Representing you in court – If the insurance company of the at-fault party proves to be unresponsive or if the settlement they offer is less than what you are entitled to, it may be necessary to bring the case to court. If your case does go to court, your attorney will represent you with intelligence and passion, aiming to achieve the best results possible.
What Can Be Compensated?
Financial compensation obtained from the at-fault party’s insurance company – either through settlement or through a court case – may cover the following losses:
- Healthcare costs
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Motorcycles in Rhode Island
The state of Rhode Island is home to many motorcycle enthusiasts and there is little wonder why. From picturesque little towns, and long stretches of coastal highway with spectacular views of the ocean, to vibrant, modern cities – the Ocean State’s roads wind through many beautiful places. Many would argue that a traveler gets a unique perspective and an uninhibited view of these wonders from the seat of a motorcycle. Moreover, motorcycles can be cheaper to drive and maintain than cars and, thanks to their compact size, it is often easier to beat the hectic city traffic on a motorcycle.
Nevertheless, a motorcycle is also a more dangerous means of transportation than virtually any other vehicle. It offers virtually no protection to its rider, leaving his or her body almost entirely exposed to injuries in the event of an accident. For that reason, according to NHTSA, motorcycle accidents result in fatalities 29 times more frequently than do car accidents. In a crash, motorcycle riders are at higher risk of suffering serious and extensive injuries such as internal bleeding, bone fractures, and brain and spine injuries. On a national level, 88,000 motorcyclists were injured, and 4,976 people died in motorcycle-related crashes in 2015 alone.
Between the years 2011 and 2015, the number of fatal motorcycle crashes fluctuated between 8 and 15 per year in Rhode Island. In comparison with the total number of traffic accident deaths, motorcycle fatalities in Rhode Island happen more frequently than in the rest of New England or the nation as a whole. One of the reasons for this may be that Rhode Island does not have a universal helmet law. This is suggested by the fact that in 2016, every single motorcycle rider who suffered a fatal accident in Rhode Island, was not wearing a helmet.
Sadly, alcohol impairment is one of the greatest safety hazards for motorcycle riders in the Ocean State. According to NHTSA, 54% of all motorcycle riders killed in a car crash in 2015 were driving under the influence. That’s double the national average of 27%. In addition, helmet use rates are usually lower for impaired drivers, increasing the risk of sustaining serious injuries and death in the event of an accident. These sobering facts should serve as a warning to all motorcyclists who are tempted to ride under influence.
Unique Dangers of Motorcycle Riding
Motorcyclists are exposed to greater dangers and risks than drivers of other vehicles. What follows is a concise description of some of those risks.
Motorcycles are relatively small vehicles which means that other drivers are much less likely to see them. Statistics show that about 75% of all motorcycle crashes involve collisions with other vehicles, most frequently a passenger car. Single-vehicle accidents, in which a motorcyclist collides with a stationary object or falls on the road, constitute only about a fourth of all motorcycle collisions.
A motorcyclist, lacking the protection provided by a car, will usually sustain direct bodily damage in the event of a crash. Thus, even a simple slide and fall incident can result in extensive injuries, especially if the rider isn’t wearing protective clothing. A high-speed motorcycle crash can result in multiple traumatic injuries.
High physical exertion
In addition, riding a motorcycle requires greater physical exertion and mental strain than driving a passenger vehicle. First of all, the position in which a rider is seated engages more muscles and drains physical energy. Also, if the state of the road’s surface is less than perfect, a motorcyclist will need a tighter grip on the handlebars and on the seat to counter the vibrations and remain in control of the machine. Moreover, the constant feeling of physical vulnerability forces a motorcyclist to stay focused at all times. Thus, a motorcyclist can quickly become physically and mentally exhausted, and prone to make errors that can have tragic consequences.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries For Which You Can Seek Compensation
Although it is difficult to provide an exhaustive list of all the different types of injuries a motorcycle rider can sustain in an accident, there are certain types of physical traumas motorcyclists are more likely to suffer. They include:
- Head injuries – can be deadly if a rider is not wearing a helmet, but even equipped with this protective gear, a motorcyclist can sustain damage to the brain if his or her head directly absorbs the impact of a fall or a crash
- Spinal injuries – since gear to protect the spine, such as a back plate and body armor, is often more expensive than a helmet, many motorcyclists ride without it. This increases the risk of suffering injuries ranging from cracked vertebrae to damage to the spinal cord which can result in permanent paralysis
- Multiple broken bones – following a fall, a motorcyclist’s arms and legs often end up trapped and crushed under the motorcycle’s weight. In addition to fractures of the bones in the limbs, broken ribs and collarbone are some of the most common motorcycle-related injuries
- Road rash – falling over while riding a motorcycle, and sliding on the road at high speed and without proper protective clothing results in skin abrasions. Although not a life-threatening injury in most cases, they can be extremely painful and hard to heal
How to Be Safe on a Motorcycle
- Follow traffic laws
- Make sure that all parts of your motorcycle work correctly and that tires are sufficiently inflated
- Always wear a helmet and appropriate protective clothing
- Make yourself more visible on the road by wearing colors that stand out
- Consider using a loud pipe – car drivers will be able to hear you before they see you
- Stay away from driver’s blind spots
- Don’t split lanes – it’s not only dangerous, it’s illegal
- Don’t drink and drive – in 2015, 54% of all fatal motorcycle accidents in Rhode Island involved an impaired rider
If you have sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver, it is likely that you have a basis for a personal injury claim. Do not hesitate to contact Marasco & Nesselbush motorcycle accident attorneys. The first consultation is free and we can guarantee that you will be treated with the care and personal interest you deserve. Discussing the circumstances of your case is the first step to compensation and total recovery – physical, emotional, and financial. We are confident that we will be able to help you thoroughly assess your situation and take all the necessary steps leading to a successful resolution.