Covington Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Covington’s charm attracts resident motorcyclists and visitors alike year-round. However, a fun cruise through the quaint streets can quickly become a catastrophe if you are involved in a motorcycle wreck. At Bennett Hodgins Devereaux, we can assist from the moments after the wreck through the resolution of any potential personal injury case. 

Common Causes of Covington Motorcycle Accidents

Sometimes, the cause of a motorcycle accident is obvious, but other times, it is less apparent. It can take an in-depth investigation to determine the precise cause of the accident and who is ultimately responsible. 

Identifying the cause of the accident is essential to seeking compensation later. There can be many causes of a motorcycle wreck, but there are four we see time and again in Covington.

Another Driver’s Negligence

Perhaps the most common cause of motorcycle accidents is another driver’s negligence, most often a larger car or truck.

Another motor vehicle can cause catastrophic damage and injury to a motorcyclist. Common types of driver negligence include:

  • Drunk driving,
  • Inattentive driving,
  • Reckless driving, or
  • Distracted driving.

A negligent driver can be the cause of any accident, but driver negligence that leads to an altercation with a motorcycle can be severe and devastating.

Poorly Maintained Roads

Not all roads are created equal, and poorly maintained roads are one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents. High-traffic, heavily used roads can experience wear and tear damage that can be risky to motorcycle riders. Alternatively, less populated roads in rural areas are often neglected and do not receive sufficient upkeep. Cracked pavement, potholes, and uneven pavement can be dangerous to motorcycles. 

Weather Conditions

Weather is a common cause of motorcycle crashes. Clear and moderate weather can increase the number of motorcycles on the road, increasing the risk of a crash. However, weather can change on a dime, and a sudden storm could lead to windy conditions, slick roads, and motorcyclists racing to beat the rain. 

Motorcycle Malfunction or Defect

Motorcycles can have defective or malfunctioning parts that cause an accident. A defect or malfunction in the brakes or engine can be disastrous for a motorcyclist. If that is the cause of the crash, the manufacturer may be liable for your injuries. 

Motorcycle Accident Case Damages

If you are injured in a motorcycle wreck, you undoubtedly have financial concerns. You likely have medical bills piling up all the while you are unable to work while recovering from your injuries. 

If you file a motorcycle accident claim, two types of compensation are generally available: economic and noneconomic damages. These can include:

  • Medical expenses, including past and future expenses;
  • Past and anticipated lost wages;
  • Pain and suffering; and
  • Motorcycle repair or replacement.

You can negotiate the amount of damages with the insurance company and may be able to settle. Should you file a civil lawsuit and the case advances to trial, you may also be awarded punitive damages under limited circumstances. While economic and noneconomic damages compensate you for your losses, judges award punitive damages to punish a defendant for exceptionally horrific conduct, such as drunk driving. 

Whether you can keep your claim outside of court or file a lawsuit and proceed to trial, it is best to have an experienced Covington motorcycle accident lawyer on your side to ensure you receive the most compensation under the law. 

Common Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents

Specific injuries such as whiplash or airbag burns affect car crash victims. In contrast, other injuries are more common to motorcycle accident victims, such as road rash, amputations, and skull fractures.

Although  the list of injuries that can happen in a motorcycle accident is infinite, some injuries we frequently see include:

  • Cuts and scrapes,
  • Bruises,
  • Broken bones,
  • Neck and back injuries,
  • Spinal cord injuries,
  • Concussions and traumatic brain injuries,
  • Internal bleeding, and 
  • Death.

Because of the lack of protection afforded by a motorcycle, even a minor crash can cause significant injuries. 

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

As the victim of a motorcycle accident, you may be overwhelmed, hurt, and terrified. Having a to-do list to guide you in those chaotic moments can be helpful. 

  • Call 911 or the local police,
  • Seek medical attention,
  • Document what you can at the scene,
  • Gather eyewitness contact info,
  • Exchange information with the other driver,
  • Contact your insurance company,
  • Avoid posting on social media about the accident or your injuries, and
  • Consult with Covington motorcycle accident attorney.

Remember, this list is not exhaustive, and every step may not apply to your situation. If you are unsure what steps to take and how to take them, a Louisiana motorcycle accident attorney can help.

Covington Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

While there is no legal requirement to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accidents, we strongly recommend it. These claims can be challenging and complex. At Bennett Hodgins Devereaux, we provide personalized, to-the-point representation to each client who walks through our door. Let us help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.  

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