Alison Wholey Briggs is an experienced Maine motorcycle accident attorney working to aid motorcyclists in their time of need and recovery. We have been litigating personal injury cases for nearly 30 years combined. We maximize the compensation clients need to move forward following an accident. At Briggs & Wholey, we represent clients across the state and will meet with you in your area. If you are severely injured, we understand that travel may be exceedingly difficult. We will meet you at your home if that is best for you. We go the extra mile to investigate your case, fight for the recovery you deserve, and help you get your life back on track.Statistics Reveal Dangers Facing Motorcyclists
Motorcycles are great transportation, but grim statistics illustrate the risk associated with motorcycles. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an increase in motorcycle accident-related deaths between 2001 and 2008, despite the significant decrease in vehicle crash-related deaths. During that same time period, over one million people were treated in an emergency room for non-fatal motorcycle-related injuries. Nearly half of the injuries involved an arm or a leg. More than 20% of the injuries affected the head or neck of the injured. The CDC lists motorcycle deaths and injuries as an important public health concern.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is also concerned with the rapid increase in motorcycle accidents. A recent agency study highlighted that motorcycle crash fatalities nearly doubled between 1998 and 2007, while passenger vehicle deaths decreased significantly. The NHTSA also reported in 2001 that 90% of the motorcyclists killed over a 10 year period were the operators, and that 55% of the motorcyclist fatalities involved multiple vehicles. These numbers inspired the NHTSA to enact a motorcycle safety campaign and to encourage motorists to share the road with motorcycles.
Here in Maine, concern for motorcycle accidents is also heightened. Maine's Department of Transportation (DOT) estimates that an average of 500 motorcycle crashes occur each year in the state. Over a fifth of the injured motorcycle riders required hospitalization. Thirty percent (30%) of motorcycle crashes in Maine occur at intersections, and 80% occur with a single vehicle. Maine's DOT cited intersections as one of the leading locations of motorcycle accidents. Maine law requires drivers to watch for others to ensure everyone's safe passage, including waiting at an intersection when necessary.Maine Roads Belong To Motorcyclists, Too
All drivers and riders on Maine's roads are obligated to drive safely. If a driver fails to drive safely, and the failure results in an injury to a motorcyclist, then the at-fault driver is negligent and owes damages to the injured rider. You want to recover full compensation if injured by a negligent driver. Litigation may be necessary to hold the at-fault driver accountable. A motorcycle accident usually results in hospital bills or lost wages. You may need money for future expenses for injuries sustained. The at-fault party is responsible for all of these amounts. If the accident results in death, expenses for the funeral and monies for loss of comfort, society, and companionship may also be recovered.Insurance Companies Try To Deny Your Recovery of Damages
Your motorcycle accident has a unique set of circumstances surrounding the crash. While damages may be available to the injured party, obtaining compensation for a severe injury is usually complicated by big insurance companies that try to avoid paying the money you deserve. For example, the insurance company will take advantage of Maine law that allows a judge or jury to consider whether the injured party was also at-fault, or comparatively negligent, in causing the accident. The injured party must show that the at-fault party was more negligent, and face the possibility that the award of damages could be reduced by the percentage of his or her own comparative negligence. But even if the insurance company for a negligent car driver claims a motorcycle rider was riding negligently, knowledgeable legal counsel can demonstrate how the other party bears the greater fault.Seek Experienced Legal Representation
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the Maine personal injury attorneys at Briggs & Wholey today. We have recovered favorable verdicts and settlements in countless personal injury cases, including motorcycle accidents, across the state of Maine. For a free, confidential consultation, call us at (888) 596-1099 or contact us online.