Across the U.S., motorcycle accident fatalities have more than doubled since 1996, from roughly 2,100 to about 4,800 in 2006. Motorcycle accidents on Kentucky highways and roads killed 98 people in 2006, and hundreds more motorcyclists are severely injured each year. If you’ve been hurt — or if a loved one has been killed — in a motorcycle accident in Kentucky, you can turn to attorney Brett H. Oppenheimer.
Disproportionate Share of the Roadway Fatalities
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 11 percent of Kentucky’s traffic fatalities in 2006 involved motorcycle accidents, although the percentage of all Kentucky-registered vehicles comprised by motorcycles is only 3 percent. There are close to 60,000 motorcycles registered in the Commonwealth, and the number keeps growing as fuel prices climb.
Unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents are caused by negligent drivers. A driver might be held liable for your motorcycle accident if it was caused for any of the following reasons:
- Driver of a larger vehicle failed to take not of motorcyclist on the road
- Driver failed to give a motorcyclist a full lane width.
- Driver failed to use his or her turn signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic
- Driver failed to check his or her blind spot, therefore missing the motorcyclist's presence
- Driver failed to allow enough following distance behind a motorcyclist
Recovering Compensation After a Motorcycle Accident
In a personal injury claim, you can pursue compensation for the following types of damages:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Rehabilitation and recovery
- Pain and suffering
In a wrongful death case, family members may also pursue compensation for funeral/burial costs.
Contact a Louisville Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today!
If you or a loved one have been in a motorcycle accident, don't hesitate to fight for the compensation you deserve. In many motorcycle accident cases, the insurance company will give you a lower settlement than you deserve. If you believe this has happened to you, contact our motorcycle accident attorneys today to discuss your case. We are here to hold the negligent party accountable and to ensure that you are awarded the compensation you deserve.
Every motorcycle accident is unique. Contact our Louisville motorcycle accident attorneys for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal alternatives.
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