Cars, trucks, and motorcycles: We all share the same roads, but passenger vehicles have a natural advantage over small vehicles like motorcycles. Motorcycle victims are much more exposed than those who drive cars, which means that the consequences of an accident can be much more severe. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, trust Chattanooga fatal car accident attorney Herbert Thornbury to fight for justice and get you the compensation you deserve.
Cars have a size advantage
The simple laws of physics dictate that, in a collision, momentum must be conserved. This means that when a car and a motorcycle collide, the motorcycle will absorb much more energy from the impact than the car.
Cars have a structural advantage
Drivers and passengers in cars are protected by a metal frame that wraps completely around the cabin. If the car rolls over, the occupants are less likely to suffer an injury than a motorcycle rider, who is fully exposed to the road and to other traffic.
Cars have a safety advantage
Cars are equipped with safety features like seat belts and airbags. Motorcycles, on the other hand, have little safety equipment. It’s just the rider and the elements. While this lack of mechanical intrusion may lend a sense of freedom when the rider is enjoying his or her trip, it places him or her at a significant disadvantage in a motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle accident related injuries
Motorcycle riders are at risk of the same kinds of accidents as occupants of passenger vehicles, but the risk of being hurt climbs considerably, as does the potential severity of these injuries.
Some of the most common injuries in a motorcycle accident include
What’s different about litigating motorcycle accidents?
An experienced motorcycle accident attorney understands that operators of passenger vehicles may not understand the unique requirements of safely riding a motorcycle. While they’ll try to place the blame on you, we’ll look at the case with full knowledge of your rights. And while some may try to tell you that you can’t sue for damages if you weren’t wearing a helmet, that’s flat out wrong. Your compensation may be reduced, but you still have every right to sue a negligent motorist for damages you sustain.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to damages from the negligent party. Please contact Chattanooga fatal car accident attorney Herbert Thornbury today at 423-443-3973 to arrange a free consultation.