Motorcycle Fixed-Object Accident

motorcycle vs guardrail accidentFixed-object accidents in which a vehicle runs off the roadway and hits a stationary object, such as a traffic barrier, may be more common than you think. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), about20 percent of motor vehicle accident deaths are caused by fixed-object accidents. An accident with a fixed object is dangerous for motorcyclists, who are more likely to lose stability and be thrown off their vehicle, resulting in devastating injuries.

Motorcyclists can be injured in fixed-object collisions through no fault of their own. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle fixed-object accident, contact William Mattar today. Our motorcycle accident attorneys can handle your case so you can focus on recovery. Call (844) 444-4444 to get started on your accident claim.

What is a Motorcycle Fixed-Object Accident?

According to the IIHS, over 39% of motorcyclist deaths in 2019 occurred in “single-vehicle crashes.” Some of these single-vehicle crashes may involve an impact with a fixed object on or near the roadway.

A motorcyclist who collides with a fixed object can fall off their bike and hit the surface of the pavement. Bikers can also be involved in a secondary accident with another vehicle after striking an object. In addition, the IIHS reports that 42% of all deaths in fixed-object accidents occur at night when visibility is lower.

Motorcycle fixed-object accidents can be caused by reckless driving behavior, such as speeding, distractions, or drunk driving. Other factors can contribute to these collisions, such as inclement weather that creates slippery roads or a negligent motorist who causes a motorcyclist to lose control of their bike. Types of objects involved in these collisions can include trees, guardrails, traffic barriers, walls, buildings, fences, construction signs and cones, telephone poles, traffic signs, and parked vehicles.

Injuries from a Motorcycle Fixed-Object Accident

Accident injuries can have a significant effect on a motorcyclist’s life. Injuries from a motorcycle fixed-object accident can include but are not limited to traumatic brain injuries, neck and back injuries, spinal cord damage, broken bones and fractures, internal organ damage, and soft tissue injuries. Motorcyclists who suffer serious injuries in a fixed-object collision can be left with overwhelming medical expenses and income loss due to their inability to work.

If you’ve been injured in a fixed-object accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for medical expenses, lost income, or pain and suffering. An accident attorney can determine which sources of compensation you may be able to receive. Contact us today.

Is a Motorcyclist at Fault for an Accident With a Fixed Object?

A motorcyclist is not always at fault for a fixed-object accident. Depending on the circumstances, other factors and/or motorists can be responsible for causing a motorcyclist to lose control of their bike and careen off the road.

If another driver swerves in front of a motorcyclist, causing the motorcyclist to collide with an object, that driver can potentially be liable for the accident. Likewise, suppose a dangerous construction zone, poorly maintained roads, defective guardrails, or another road hazard causes a motorcyclist to be injured in a fixed-object accident. In that case, the municipality responsible for the hazard may bear some responsibility.

Every case is different, and you should speak with an accident attorney who can investigate your case and establish which party, if any, is at fault for your accident.

Find an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today

If you have been injured in after hitting a stationary object on a motorcycle, William Mattar is here to help. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have the legal knowledge to tackle any motorcycle accident case. We offer free initial consultations to our clients – to schedule your case consultation today, complete our online form or call us at (844) 444-4444 to speak to a team member.

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