Collisions between Trucks and Motorcycles can Lead to Severe Injuries
Any type of motorcycle accident can be severe and can cause serious injuries. However, when a motorcycle collides with a large semi truck, the resulting injuries to the motorcyclist can be particularly devastating. It is all too easy for a motorcyclist to be caught in a blind spot of a truck or for a truck driver to otherwise fail to notice a motorcyclist on the road, leading to a crash. The following is some additional information about this type of accident.
Victims can Sustain Catastrophic Injuries
The causes of motorcycle accidents can range from driver error to poor road conditions. What is important to victims is the fact that if their accident was caused by the negligence of another person, they are generally legally entitled to recover compensation. Motorcyclists have little to no protection in a crash and tractor-trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. It should be no surprise that motorcyclists can sustain life-changing and disabling injuries, including:
- Spinal cord injury and paralysis
- Traumatic brain injury1
- Internal organ injuries
- Open or compound fractures2
Such injuries can require months or years of medical treatment and recovery and many victims of truck and motorcycle collisions may never fully recover to their past abilities.
Wrongful Death Claims from Crashes
There is also a high risk of fatality for motorcyclists when a semi-truck crashes into them. When a motorcyclist suddenly dies because a truck driver was negligent in some manner, the family members of the motorcyclist have the right to file a legal claim for wrongful death. This type of claim can help you recover for both the financial and emotional losses stemming from the tragic accident.
Claims Involving Trucks can be Complex
Many motorcycle accident victims wonder whether they need to retain an attorney In order to recover compensation. While it is certainly possible to negotiate a settlement with the assistance of an attorney, victims run the risk of accepting a settlement offer far below the actual value of their case or saying or doing something that may jeopardize their ability to recover compensation. For this reason, it is highly advisable for anyone hurt in an accident to retain a lawyer. Truck accident cases are often more complex than cases involving non-commercial drivers. There can be multiple parties that may be held liable and trucking companies will have insurance companies and legal counsel working to avoid liability whenever they can. It is important to have an experienced truck accident attorney on your side if you are involved in this type of accident.
A Clearwater Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Protect Your Legal Rights
Whether you have sustained severe injuries yourself or you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you should not hesitate to contact Dolman Law Group. During our free consultation, we will examine the circumstances of the accident, any other intervening circumstances that led to the accident and what your next steps should be. You can contact the experienced Clearwater motorcycle accident attorneys at Dolman Law Group by calling 727-451-6900, or contact us online.