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Three Differences Between Motorcycle Accidents and Car Accidents

Updated March 7, 2021 | By Wilson Kehoe Winingham staff

Comparing Motorcycle Accidents and Automobile Accidents

Each year, millions of accidents occur in the United States. While both are traumatic and can leave devastating effects, motorcycle accidents and automobile accidents differ from one another in several ways. Angles of collisions, speeds at the time of the crash, and modes of transportation are typically different in each accident.

How are Motorcycle Accidents and Car Accidents Different?

From public misconceptions about motorcycle riders, the unique and often serious injuries that riders can suffer, and the complicated insurance and hardened stereotypes, it’s important to know the key differences between car and motorcycle accidents.

Public Misconceptions

Misconceptions sometimes portray motorcycle riders as reckless drivers. This myth can automatically cause a motorcycle driver to be assumed the responsible party. However, motorcycle accidents can be complex. There is a wide array of reasons for any collision, and many of them might not place you at fault.

It’s important that, should your case go into litigation, you have a motorcycle accident attorney who knows how to properly investigate your situation to prove that you were not at fault for your accident, in turn helping you get the maximum settlement for your injuries.

Types of Injuries

Motorcyclists who have been hit by cars are three times more likely to be seriously injured. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are fourteen times more likely to be killed than passengers in two cars that have collided. The Insurance Information Institute estimates that a motorcyclist is 37 times more likely to die in an accident than passengers in a car. Motorcyclists are also more likely to suffer life-changing injuries including brain and spinal cord damage.

Insurance and Proving Your Case

Motorcycle insurance can be quite complex depending on your plan. The policy can be hard to interpret, and one small distinction could be the difference between a settlement and a loss.

To make matters more difficult, facts and figures surrounding your case could be confusing or downright lacking. There are usually fewer points of impact in a motorcycle accident versus a typical automobile accident, meaning there is less physical evidence to work with to prove your case.

Before you speak with an insurance company, talk to a personal injury attorney who handles legal matters related to motorcycle accidents. Our legal team has the knowledge and experience to offer you the legal representation you deserve.

Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a motorcycle accident, contact the Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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