Motorcycle riders have things in common: they love their bikes and they love getting out on the open road and head out of the city. Unfortunately, they have something else in common, they all share a much higher risk of being killed while riding their bike.
According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 5,000 motorcyclists die in crashes in the U.S. making up 15 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities, yet motorcycles make up only 5 percent of all registered vehicles.
The NHTSA also reports that a motorcycle rider has a 27 times higher risk of getting into a fatal accident than a typical passenger vehicle driver.
Causes of Motorcycle Deaths
Why are the risks for motorcycle rider deaths so high? One if the nature of a motorcycle. It has only two wheels which makes it less stable and more likely to crash. Also, many motorists simply don’t see the motorcycle even though it’s right in their field of vision.
Then when there is a crash, the lack of protection of a motorcycle, and the fact that the rider will almost always hit the pavement, put the rider at a much higher risk of death.
Motorcycle Wrongful Death Claims
If the motorcycle rider survives a crash, then he or she can seek compensation from the at-fault driver based on the type of injury and the extent of the economic losses that come from the accident. However, when the rider dies, then the claim has to be made by his or her surviving close family members. These are those who live with the deceased or are dependent on him or her.
The losses are looked at from the perspective of the surviving loved one based on the relationship with the deceased and the impact of the loss on the survivor.
The claim for damages in a wrongful death is based on the economic losses suffered by the family and not the deceased rider. This means that some things like pain and suffering that the rider went through can’t be sought by the survivors
Some of the common damages that can be sought in a wrongful death claim are:
- Medical bills (only those owed by the estate)
- Funeral expenses
- Lost wages while alive and in hospital (that would have gone to support the family)
- Loss of Support
- Loss of Consortium (spouse)
- Loss of Nurturing/Companionship
- Pain and Anguish (survivors)
Contact a Kentucky Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Accident victims often wonder if they need an attorney, and the answer is almost always yes. The insurance company agents have years of experience and are good at their job which is to pay you as little as possible or nothing at all. You need someone just as experienced to help you level the field.
Talk to a Louisville Motorcycle Accident Attorney you can trust to be on your side and get you what is yours under the law. The attorneys at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, have that knowledge and a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients get the results they deserve. To discuss your case, contact Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today, by clicking here to contact them online.