Motorcycles. They’re a timeworn element of the American road, featured in films such as Rebel Without a Cause and classic shows such as Happy Days, and celebrated each year at biker rallies across the United States. However, they’ve also got their detractors, people who aren’t fans of the noise and excitement that motorcycles generate.
And one thing’s for certain – whether you love motorcycles or hate them, they are dangerous. They’re one of the leading causes of injury and death on American roadways each and every year.
If you’ve been injured by a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, call the experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Littman & Babiarz Law Office for a free consultation today.
What Types of Injuries are Suffered in Motorcycle Accidents?
Motorcycle accidents have a range of injuries suffered, including death.
But the most common types of injuries are sustained by the lower half of the body – including road rash, broken bones, and spinal and back injuries. Just because these injuries are common and don’t represent the extreme end of the spectrum in terms of physical harm, doesn’t mean they can’t be incredibly debilitating and result in thousands of dollars’ worth of damages.
How do you Prove Negligence in a Motorcycle Accident?
To ensure the best possible chance of success at pursuing a motorcycle accident claim, you should call the attorneys at Littman & Babiarz Law Office. We will take down the facts of your case and engage the services of any medical or other professionals necessary to evaluate your case.
In order to succeed in a motorcycle accident claim at court, you need to establish all of the following with the preponderance of evidence:
- Duty: there must have been a duty to the injured party by the negligent party, such as the duty to drive carefully and obey speed limits.
- Breach of duty: it must be shown that this duty was breached, such as by driving too fast.
- Cause-in-fact: direct proof that the driver caused your injuries must be shown. For example, a medical expert might testify to how your road rash was worsened by the speed that the driver was going at.
- Proximate cause: the negligent party will pay damages for any damages that would have been foreseeable as a result of the accident. (In other words, that Faberge egg you were carrying that broke might not be replaceable.)
- Damages: you must show you were caused harm, typically in terms of bodily injury, lost property, lost wages, and the like.
The motorcycle injury attorneys at Littman & Babiarz Law Office have been helping those injured in central New York for over 30 years. We have law offices in Auburn and Ithaca NY, and are eager to support clients throughout Lansing, Watkins Glen, Owego, Elmira and the surrounding Tomkins County, Seneca County, Cayuga County, Cortland County, Schuyler County, Chemung County, Tioga County, Yates County, Onondaga County and Broome County communities.