North Dakota Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
North Dakota, and its sister state South Dakota, are widely known for attracting motorcycle riders from all over the country, along with a good portion of riders who reside right here at home. In fact, since 2009, North Dakota has seen the number of licensed motorcycle riders increase by 36%.
We have a beautiful state for riding and many people take advantage of that. Unfortunately, thousands of motorcyclists die each and every year in the US and North Dakota. It’s a dangerous hobby that can come with some serious consequences. While there may not be as many motorcycle accidents as there are car accidents, motorcycle accidents tend to be deadlier than the average car accident. Motorcyclists aren’t provided with the protection a car offers, and often only wear a helmet to protect their heads. Because of this, riders are often thrown from their bike, crushed between objects, or otherwise severely injured during a motorcycle accident.
If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident in North Dakota due to another’s negligence, you can seek compensation for your damages, like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
- According to the NHTSA, thousands of motorcycle accident related deaths occur every year in the US.
- In 2017, there were 5,172 motorcycle related fatalities.
- Since 2013, helmet usage has increased by 11% from 60 to 71 percent.
- Since 2006, motorcycle riders have increased by more than 30% in North Dakota.
- Nearly every 2 days, a motorcyclist is injured in North Dakota.
- Likewise, a rider is killed in North Dakota every 23 days.
- 75% of motorcycle fatalities are men.
- Some 38% of motorcycle fatalities involved an alcohol positive rider.
Different Types of Motorcycle Accident Cases
Just like with other types of motor vehicle accidents, there are many different types of motorcycle accidents, including:
- Head-on motorcycle accidents
- Rear-end motorcycle accidents
- No-contact motorcycle accidents
- Hit and run motorcycle accidents
- Drunk driving motorcycle accident
Head-On Motorcycle Accidents
A head-on accident occurs when a car strikes a motorcyclist straight on, usually with the front of their car to the side or front of the motorcycle. Head-on motorcycle accidents are by far one of the most dangerous types and can cause the most damage, since head-on collisions almost always happen at significant speeds and cause the rider to go flying.
Rear-End Motorcycle Accidents
Rear-end accidents occur when a vehicle rear-ends a motorcycle. Depending on the speed of the car, these accidents can range from mild to severe. A gentle tap might not cause an injury, but if a car driver is distracted and going full speed they could cause severe or even deadly damage.
No-Contact Motorcycle Accidents
No-contact accidents occur when a motorcyclist gets into an accident due to another person’s actions even though the two vehicles never made contact. This can occur in many different ways, for example if a car gets too close to a motorcycle and causes them to swerve off the road. No-contact motorcycle accidents can also be caused by something like a pothole in the road which may be the fault of a local municipality if they were well aware of the hazard and chose not to fix it.
Hit and Run Motorcycle Accidents
Hit and run accidents occur when a cyclist is hit by another motor vehicle and the person who hits them leaves the scene without stopping. These cases can be tricky, as it’s sometimes hard to prove that the car was even there to cause an accident. However, in the world we live in, a good attorney can help to track this information down using cameras, GPS information, witness testimony, and expert testimony.
Drunk Driving Motorcycle Accidents
Drunk driving accidents occur when one of the parties is intoxicated on alcohol. Car drivers who are intoxicated can cause severe or deadly injuries due to their recklessness. However, motorcycle riders can just as easily be responsible for a car accident if they are riding while intoxicated. In these instances, it would be the driver who could have a valid claim against the rider for damages.
What are some common motorcycle accident injuries?
Depending on the cause of the motorcycle accident, there are many injuries that could occur. Common injuries from a motorcycle accident include:
- traumatic brain injury,
- spinal cord injuries,
- lower-extremity injuries,
- back and neck injuries,
- internal injuries,
- breaks and fractures,
- and severe road rash.
If you’re not wearing a helmet and other protective gear while riding your motorcycle, you’re more likely to suffer a severe injury if you get into an accident, so it’s important to remember to always wear your helmet and protective gear.
What should I do if I’m involved in a motorcycle accident?
If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, the first thing you should always do is seek medical attention if you are injured. Make sure that everyone else is okay if you’re able to. If you can, move your motorcycle out of the road way and contact police. If you can do the following– or if are seriously injured and need to be transported by ambulance, try to have a trusted person perform the following:
- take as many pictures and videos of the accident scene as possible for later evidence
- document your injuries with pictures and videos
- keep each and every record and document associated with your case
- keep a journal to record date, time, and topic of all phone calls and communications
- contact a lawyer asap so that they can begin to advise you immediately
Contact a North Dakota Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in North Dakota and you believe the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, contact the experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at Sand Law today. We’re ready and willing to help you get the compensation that you need to fully recover from your accident. Please call us at 701-609-1510 or contact us online.
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