In a motorcycle accident, it is often difficult to prove one’s innocence. The lawyer of the other party will try his best to prove the fault of the motorist in the accident. This happens whether or not it is clear that the other party is at fault. Sometimes, there are no witnesses to support your claim. In other instances, even the evidence cannot impute the fault on the other party with clarity and certainty.
There are also instances where the victim is also killed in the accident, leaving no one to defend his or her rights. This does not mean, however, that the motorist is left with no recourse. Especially at this point, motorcycle accident lawyers can play an important role.
Motorcycle Accident Rates
Studies show that motorcycle death rates increased among all age groups between 1998 and 2000. Most of these accidents aren’t caused by the carelessness of the rider, but are caused by the carelessness of the driver. Motorcycle riders deaths were nearly 30 times more than for drivers of other vehicles. Motorcycle riders aged below 40 are 36 times more likely to be killed than other vehicle operators of the same age. In 2004, 4,008 motorcycle occupants were killed on U.S. roads, which was an 8% increase from the year before.
U.S. data shows that there are over four million motorcycles registered in the U.S. Motorcycle fatalities represent approximately five percent of all highway fatalities each year, yet motorcycles are only 2% of all registered vehicles in the U.S. One of the main reasons more motorcyclists are killed in crashes is because the motorcycle itself provides virtually no protection in a crash. Approximately 80 percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death/ whereas for automobiles, the figure is only about 20 percent.
Proving Your Motorcycle Accident Innocence
Motorcycle accident attorneys have the best strategies and resources at their disposal in order to prove the victim’s innocence. They also have access to the best accident reconstruction experts. Accident reconstruction experts make use of the police reports, the accident scene, the interviews with witnesses, and the evidence from the crash and use scientific methods to reconstruct the accident and show what has actually happened. Most importantly, the evidence from the accident site may deteriorate so it is important for the reconstruction expert to have access to the site as soon as possible.
d’Oliveira & Associates seeks to get you compensated for the personal and property damages a motorcycle accident has caused you. Our Providence attorneys make sure that your rights are protected, and that your innocence is proved. We make sure that your best interests are served. Call d’Oliveira & Associates at (401) 831-8600 to talk to the motorcycle accident attorneys that may be able to get you the money that you deserve or visit our website for more information or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.