Motorcycle accidents are becoming increasingly dangerous in Nebraska. In 2007, there were 503 motorcycle crashes in the state, resulting in 15 deaths and 490 injuries, according to the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles. Preliminary data released by the Nebraska Department of Highway Safety reveals that 20 people have already died as a result of motorcycle accidents during the last calendar year.
At Dyer Law, we have represented many victims of motorcycle collisions, and we know that the odds aren’t usually in the cyclist’s favor; a motorcycle operator simply doesn’t have the same level of protection surrounding his or her body while traveling at highway speeds as do the occupants of ordinary passenger cars.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle wreck because of someone else's negligence, call Dyer Law toll free at 1-888-393-7529 or contact us via email. We're ready to help with a free initial consultation. We handle motorcycle injury claims anywhere in Nebraska, including Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings, North Platte, Norfolk, Columbus, Scottsbluff, Ogallala and Offutt Air Force Base.
A recent increase in motorcycle registrations may be to blame for the rise in fatalities. As of late September, there were 23% more motorcycles registered in Nebraska than in 2007. The largest age group of new cyclists includes those in their 40s and 50s, and officials have suggested that the increase in motorcycle registrations may be at least partially attributable to higher fuel costs. Motorcycles are much more fuel-efficient than cars, and during uncertain economic times, people may be turning to alternate sources of transportation.
Regardless of why more cycles are on the road, an increase in motorcyclists has brought a corresponding increase in accidents. Many passenger car drivers believe that cyclists are inherently more reckless and cause their own accidents. In fact, most motorcycle accidents are the fault of other motorists. Motorcycle wrecks may be caused by car or truck drivers who fail to notice motorcyclists and pull out in front of them at side roads or intersections. Motorists also endanger cyclists with such risky driving behavior as:
- Following a motorcycle too closely.
- Failing to properly check for motorcyclists while making a lane change.
- Failing to account for how quickly the motorcycle is approaching an intersection.
When a motorcycle accident does occur, the results can be catastrophic; experts estimate that 80% of motorcycle accidents result in death or serious injury including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Leg and foot injuries
- Internal bleeding
If you operate a motorcycle, you should take all precautions to protect yourself and observe road rules.
- Wear your helmet and any other safety gear
- Don’t drive without a license and maintain your skills by taking an approved safety course
- Wear brightly colored clothing
- Never drink and drive – or ride
- Avoid the blind spots of other vehicles
- Always ride with your headlights on
- Look out for road hazards
However, even if you follow the rules, you cannot control other drivers. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, obtain immediate medical attention, call the police to file a report – and contact the motorcycle accident attorneys at Dyer Law. We can help by investigating the details of your accident and reviewing your medical prognosis to determine the long-term costs of any permanent or disabling injuries. We can also work directly with the insurance company for the other driver, who may claim that the accident was your fault. If your accident was the result of a hit-and-run, we will review your policy and work with your insurer to obtain the maximum benefits you deserve. If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, we can also file a wrongful death claim on your behalf.
At Dyer Law, our attorneys have extensive experience with motorcycle accident cases. We’ve represented motorcycle accident victims throughout Nebraska – and we’re ready to help you. Dyer Law offers prospective clients an initial case evaluation for FREE in person or over the phone. Contact us seven days a week by calling 1-888-393-7529 or via email.
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