Experienced motorcycle riders know they have to have situational awareness at all times, on all kinds of roads, in all kinds of weather.
They also know that the average automobile or truck driver is their most dangerous foe on the road. Lack of attention, talking on their cell phone, violating traffic signals, even approaching a bike to fast from the rear at a stop sign or light are just a few of the hazards that bikers face.
As a rider himself since the age of 15, Mississippi Attorney David Butts is aware of all the hazards facing bikers, has faced many himself, but so far, luckily, has managed to avoid serious injury, though there were some close calls.
The latest motorcycle crash settlement by David Butts Law Firm involved a situation commonly faced by riders. Having the right of way, the biker ran into the driver side of a vehicle which pulled from an intersecting road in front him. Though observing the speed limit, the biker was unable to avoid the collision as the other vehicle pulled out from a stop sign micro-seconds before he reached the intersection.
His injuries were severe, even at low speed. The driver of the vehicle simply stated that she did not see him coming, even though his headlight was on, it was daylight and clear. The simple fact of the matter is that the other driver gave only a glance in the biker’s direction, did not discern his approach on his bike and pulled out in front of him.
The David Butts Law Firm has now begun another motorcycle crash case, one that didn’t even involve contact with the other vehicle.
The biker was traveling in the left lane, within the speed limit, of a four lane highway when, while passing a large truck, the driver decided to pass a car in front and changed over to the left lane, forcing the biker off the road into the median. Again, it is obvious that the trucker DID NOT either check his rear-view mirror before making the lane change or the biker was in the driver’s “blind-spot.”
No matter what vehicle one drives, it is common knowledge and common sense to check your “blind-spot” before making a lane change. It is doubtful whether the trucker gave a signal, but it would have made no difference since the biker was already half-way along the side of the truck when it began to make its lane change.
Again, it was the biker that was seriously injured as he had to take to the median to avoid the collision with the side of the truck and even perhaps go under its wheels, which would most likely have resulted in certain death. The only saving grace for the biker, as he hit the gravel, then the grass of the median, and tumbled, is that he did not hit the median dividers which have recently been placed on many Mississippi roads.
In this case, liability is clear, the biker is expected to have to undergo a long period of healing, recovery, medical expense, physical therapy and perhaps permanent disfigurement as well as lost wages from his job. Although money will not truly compensate this biker for what he has, and will, suffer, DAVID BUTTS LAW FIRM will do everything possible to insure that this innocent biker recovers everything possible monetarily to compensate him for his injuries and this traumatic event at the hands of another negligent driver.
HERE ARE SOME STATISTICS ON MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS IN THE US, MISSISSIPPI, AND SURROUNDING STATES.