While you probably know that motorcyclists are at a higher risk of injuries than their four-wheel-driving counterparts, you may not know that they also face a higher risk of bias as well.
Whether you are involved in a car accident or a motorcycle accident, the same general rules apply. However, if you are injured in a motorcycle accident due to a negligent driver, your case and how it is settled may be a little different.
Factors in Biases
Unfortunately, motorcyclists are often viewed very differently. There are several factors that contribute to the stigma that they often face. These are just a few of the factors.
1. Motorcycles are less visible than cars or trucks.
Motorcycles are much smaller than other motor vehicles, such as cars, trucks, and buses. Therefore, they can also be more difficult to see. This often results in other motorists not seeing them until it’s too late. When other drivers are engaging in distracted driving, this only increases the risk.
2. Motorcyclists are more likely to suffer from long-term injuries or death.
Motorcycles do not provide the same protection as other motor vehicles. Except for a helmet, and proper clothing and shoes, motorcyclists enjoy no protection when involved in an accident. Because of this, motorcyclists are much more likely to suffer from long-term injuries or to die in crashes. Common long-term injuries include traumatic brain injuries, severe burns, amputations, and spinal injuries.
3. Motorcycle accidents often require higher damages.
Since motorcyclists are less protected, the severity of their long-term injuries is often much higher than drivers of other motor vehicles. As a result of these injuries, the motorcyclist often suffers damages in the form of medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. This often causes motorcycle accident claims to be worth much more money and therefore may cause insurance companies to try even harder to deny associated claims.
Perception is Reality
Often motorcyclists are involved in an accident in which they are in no way at fault. When this occurs, they should be entitled to the same monetary awards as those involved in car accidents. However, this isn’t always the case. Jurors and insurance adjusters often perceive motorcyclists to be irresponsible and reckless drivers who take dangerous risks. While this is obviously not fair, these perceptions and prejudices against motorcyclists remain. As a result, it is often more difficult to convince a jury to award them appropriately.
That’s why a qualified personal injury attorney can help. He or she understands the prejudices motorcyclists face and can help fight to overcome them.
MPJ Law Firm Can Help Those in NM Who Have Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it can greatly impact your life. It can be difficult enough to deal with your substantial injuries, but it can be even harder when you are left to pick up the pieces financially. You should never have to pay the price for someone else’s mistakes.
At MPJ Law Firm, we have a deep understanding of personal injury accidents and understand the effects that such accidents often have on just about all aspects of your life. We will always act in your best interest. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!