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Motorcycle Accidents

What You Need to Know About Motorcycle Accidents in Montana

March 27, 2020

Because they offer less protection and are less visible than other vehicles on the road, motorcyclists face unique hazards. What may be a minor fender-bender for other motorists could be a potentially life-threatening accident while riding a motorcycle. If you’ve been injured while riding a motorcycle, it’s important to understand your rights. If your accident was caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.  An experienced Billings motorcycle accident lawyer can help you put your life back together. 

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents 

Many motorists will say that they “just didn’t see” the motorcycle they collided with, due in part to their smaller size. However, many motorcycle accidents are the result of negligence on the part of the other driver, in one of the following ways:

  • Tailgating. Motorcycles can stop much more quickly and in a shorter distance than passenger vehicles. A serious accident can occur when a driver is unable to stop in time for the motorcycle in front of them. 
  • Distracted driving. Driving while engaged in any activity that takes the driver’s eyes, hands, or mind off the road can be deadly for motorcyclists. 
  • Drowsy driving. Falling asleep behind the wheel is obviously dangerous, but any driver who is not fully alert is a hazard to motorcyclists. 
  • Left-turns. Many motorcycle accidents occur when a passenger vehicle turns left in front of a passing motorcycle or one in the on-coming lane. 
  • Dangerous lane changes. Motorcycle accidents are often caused by drivers changing lanes without checking their mirrors and blind spots. 
  • Head-on collisions. Many head-on collisions occur when drivers move into the oncoming lane to pass another vehicle. 

Driving while under the influence is another risk for motorcyclists – all of the causes listed above can easily arise because the other driver is under the influence. An experienced Billings motorcycle accident lawyer can help you determine whether the other driver should be held accountable for your injuries. 

What Your Claim May Be Worth

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may have already been offered a settlement by the insurance company. Most non-lawyers settle their claims for far less than they are worth and then discover that the amount they settled for won’t cover all of their losses. If the other driver was negligent, you may be entitled to compensation for the following: 

  • All of your medical expenses
  • Damage to your motorcycle or other property
  • Any lost income caused by your accident
  • Your pain and suffering

If you’ve been offered a settlement, we strongly recommend that you speak with a knowledgeable Billings motorcycle accident lawyer before deciding to accept. They can help you determine the value of your claim and explain your options. 

Injured? Contact a Billings Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Help

The days immediately following your motorcycle accident are critical. The sooner you speak with a lawyer, the better your chances of recovering the compensation you need. Billings motorcycle accident lawyer Jim Ragain has over 30 years of experience in helping injured people across the state of Montana. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident and don’t know what to do, contact us today at 406-651-8888 to schedule a free consultation.