I’m Gary Martin Hays.
Do I Need a Lawyer – Motorcycle Crash
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I was riding on my motorcycle on Pleasant Hill Road. It was about 2:00 p.m. – early afternoon. The roads were dry. The weather was sunny and there was not a cloud in the sky. This elderly woman pulls out of a fast food restaurant’s parking lot. She was trying to turn left and pulled out in front of me. She didn’t even look – or wasn’t paying attention when she pulled out. I couldn’t swerve to avoid hitting her. I laid down the bike as best I could but still crashed into the rear driver’s side of her car.
Glenn – thanks for the question.
I am so sorry to hear about your wreck – and to answer your questions – yes and yes!
And I’ll answer this in a little more detail in a moment.
* In 2010, 4,502 people were killed in the United States in accidents involving motorcycles.
* Over 80 percent of all reported motorcycle accidents resulted in injury or death to the motorcyclist.
* A 2009 report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed that 42% of fatal motorcycle crashes involved a vehicle turning left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing, or overtaking the vehicle.
The at fault driver was attempting to turn left out of the fast food restaurant driveway when she pulled out in front of you.
So let’s look at how we can prevent these wrecks from ever happening in two ways:
Look at your tires to see if they have any surface cuts or foreign objects in them.
(2) Follow the speed limit!
Obeying the speed limit will not only help you keep better control of your motorcycle, it may also give you a little more time to react if a car or truck comes into your lane or pulls out in front of you.
In fact, a motorcyclist not wearing a helmet is 40% more likely to die of a head injury than one who wears a helmet.
It is also a good idea to wear protective eye wear.
(4) Keep your headlight on at all times.
This is just one other factor that may help you be seen by other drivers.
And it is always a good idea to wear thick pants, boots, shirts with long sleeves or a heavy protective jacket.
Now here are a couple of helpful hints for all of us:
(1) Look Twice, Save A Life!
ALWAYS check your blind spot before changing lanes or merging into traffic. Motorcycles can be harder to see than other types of vehicles.
No Texting and no trying to dial the phone.
She received the ticket for failure to yield.
Through no fault of your own, you have no idea what YOUR rights are, nor do you know the insurance company’s responsibilities.
And the insurance company is not in the business of telling you everything that they should be doing for you.
And as soon as they hang up the phone with you, they pick up the phone to speak with THEIR lawyer.
Let me show you just how much of a difference hiring a lawyer can make on your case.
A consumer panel survey of auto accident victims by the Insurance Research Council showed the following:
But this next stat tells the real story . . .
3 and ? times more money.
Let’s put that in real dollars.
That money could be used to take care of your future medical needs or to help you catch up on your bills.
Please – you owe it to yourself to call a lawyer to discuss the facts of your specific claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck, I encourage you to talk with a lawyer.
Just pick up the phone right now and give us a call at (770) 934-8000.
You owe it to yourself – to your family – to get the help you need.
So give us a call right now. (770) 934-8000.
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