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Motorcycle Death Claims: When to Make One

Man falling down on his motorbikeMotorcycles are a dangerous form of transport. In 2016, a total of 4,976 people across the U.S. lost their lives in motorcycle crashes. For each mile travelled, motorcyclists were 29 times more likely to die than car drivers.

This is partly because they don’t provide any protection from impact, and differing laws across the states do not all require drivers to wear helmets that could save their lives. Wearing one reduces the risk of brain injury by 67%.

It also prevents 37% of motorcycle deaths, yet less than half of the states in America have legislation requiring it.

Causes of Motorcycle Death

In many cases, fatal motorcycle accidents are caused not by the driver of the motorbike but by other road users. Some 42% of crashes result when cars make left turns, and their occupants fail to see the biker in time. Motorbikes typically have low visibility in traffic.

Adverse weather conditions such as ice can turn a road trip lethal, as well as debris in the roads, potholes and bumps in the road surfaces. Another very large cause of motorbike accidents is alcohol intoxication and speeding from both car users and motorcycle users.

Wrongful Death

If a loved one dies a motorcycle accident and it was someone else’s fault, a motorcycle accident lawyer in Oklahoma can help obtain the compensation their family members deserve.

Personal injury lawyers can often provide a free first consultation, and most offer a “no-win, no-fee” arrangement, meaning any legal fees are payable only after the court makes an award.

To file a successful claim for wrongful death, the accident must have involved negligence or recklessness on the part of the other driver, or the motorcycle they were riding on was faulty in some way (for example, sub-standard brakes).

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The lack of protection of a motorbike, poor road conditions, and poor visibility make motorcycles the most hazardous form of transport. If an accident happens and it was someone else’s fault, personal injury lawyers can help obtain compensation.