Low-speed motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries to riders. Find out common injuries victims suffer and the compensation they may receive.

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Slow-Speed Motorcycle Wrecks Can Cause Motorcycle Riders to Suffer Serious Injuries

Not all Washington motorcycle accidents take place on the interstate going 70 miles per hour or involve high speeds. In fact, many motorcycle accidents occur under speeds of just 35 mph. These motorcycle accidents pose a serious danger of injury or death to motorcycle riders despite the slower speeds of the vehicles involved. When another driver’s negligence is the cause of the wreck, he may be entitled to compensation for his injuries.

What Are Common Injuries Caused in Slow-Speed Motorcycle Accidents?

Some slow-speed motorcycle accidents are caused by the rider’s inexperience or negligence, such as when making a slow sharp turn, using the front brake to slow down, causing the bike to topple, and engaging in illegal lane splitting. However, other low-speed motorcycle accidents are caused by negligent drivers. Some are caused by the driver not seeing the smaller motorcycle rider. In other cases, the driver may be following the motorcycle too closely or may fail to yield at a stop sign or traffic signal, such as when making a left turn.

Whatever the cause of a slow-speed motorcycle accident, it can result in the motorcycle rider suffering serious injuries. A motorcyclist has no protection from the vehicle crashing into him other than his clothes and motorcycle helmet—if he is wearing one. In some cases, the rider can suffer additional injuries from becoming pinned under his motorcycle. Common injuries caused in these accidents include:

  • Lacerations
  • Broken bones and serious fractures
  • Head injuries, including traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal and back injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Death

What Compensation Can a Victim of a Slow-Speed Motorcycle Accident Receive?

If a motorcycle rider suffers injuries in a slow-speed motorcycle accident, he may be entitled to compensation from the other driver if he can prove that the driver’s negligence was the cause of his injuries. Types of compensation that he could be entitled to include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Past and future lost wages and other benefits of his job
  • Damages for the emotional trauma and pain and suffering caused by the accident and his injuries
  • Wrongful death damages if the rider died due to his injuries, which can include reasonable funeral and burial expenses, medical expenses, and loss of support, comfort, and companionship

Were you or a loved one injured in a slow-speed motorcycle accident? Our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys are here to help you hold the negligent driver accountable for compensating you for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call our office or fill out our online form.