Friday, February 19, 2010

Motorcycle Injury Accidents and How to Choose a Lawyer

The popularity of riding a motorcycle has grown within the last several years. We are all starting to see more and more motorcycles on the road. These motorcycles include, touring bikes, sports motorcycles and custom bikes. If you decide to purchase a motorcycle and cruise down the "open road" it is important to obtain the proper personal safety equipment and keep your bike in proper working order. It is further important to operate your motorcycle within the confines of your riding experience and the type of bike you are operating.

Proper personal safety equipment includes but is not limited to a D.O.T. approved safety helmet, proper leather footwear that covers the ankle with non-skid soles, chest protector, riding gloves and shatterproof eyewear. Before, you take that first spin on your bike, be sure to be well familiar with the working parts of your bike and familiar with all the safety devices thereon. Foremost, it is important to be an experienced rider and find a motorcycle that fits your size and stature. A lack of experience is the number one cause of most motorcycle accidents and bike injury accidents. A vast number of these accidents caused by non-experience are single vehicle accidents. In other words the operator of the motorcycle fails to negotiate a turn or fails to properly apply the breaks.

Additionally, it is important not to go past your comfort zone as to where you ride your bike and how you ride your motorcycle. Some motorcycle accidents occur due to riders jumping out on a busy highway when they have never highway ridden before. An operator of a bike should practice riding in different environments, when traffic is light, to gain a comfort level with different conditions. Remember practice makes perfect. Also, don't operate your motorcycle beyond the limits of your bike. Such operation is dangerous not only to you but also to any passenger on your bike and to other motorist on the roads.

Should an rider be involved in an accident caused by the fault or negligence of the operator of another vehicle, whether it be a car, truck or other motorcycle, you will need to retain the services of legal counsel who is well experienced in motorcycle accidents and personal injury accident law. What you will find in most law firms is that the lawyer handling your motorcycle accident case does not own a bike and has little to no experience riding a bike. An attorney who has vast motorcycling experience will know the issues that you as a motorcycle operator face while riding on the open road. Motorcycle accidents require the guidance of an experienced attorney, not a lawyer who has never operated a bike. The costs incurred due to a motorcycle accident, such as lost wages and medical bills can be enormous. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer should and will work with physicians and other health care providers to assess and review all the short and long-term medical aspects of your case.

An experienced attorney should also have an expert understanding of the laws of the state where the motorcycle injury accident occurs along with an understanding of motor vehicle insurance and liability laws. With this understanding an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will be well familiar with the sources of recovery available to motorcycle accident victims and their families as well as the various theories of liability that enable those victims to collect from the parties who caused them harm. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident you may be entitled to repair or replacement of your bike, loss of wages, future loss of wages, the cost of your medical billing and compensation for your pain and suffering and emotional distress.

This article has been written by Oklahoma Lawyer Don Bolt on behalf, which serves the needs of all motorcycle accident victims across the state of Oklahoma. Attorney Don Bolt practices in the areas of: Personal injury, car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, insurance disputes, nursing home abuse, defective dangerous products and medical malpractice.

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