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Motorcycle accidents can be more deadly than any other kind of vehicle accident. On average, 20 people die each year in a motorcycle accident in the state of Maine, according to the state’s Highway Safety Bureau.

Statistics show that motorcyclists are about 27 times more likely than passengers in cars to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash and 6 times as likely to be injured. While motorcycle accidents can be caused by a motorcyclist driving while intoxicated or failing to follow safety guidelines, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott know that motorcycle accidents actually are often caused by other drivers for reasons such as:

  • Following the motorcycle too closely;
  • Failing to properly check for a motorcyclist while making a lane change;
  • Turning in front of a motorcyclist at intersection without checking.

If you or a family member has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s wrongful or negligent conduct, contact the personal injury attorneys at  Skelton, Taintor & Abbott at (800) 639-7026  or contact us online to learn more about your legal options.

The motorcyclist has very little protection against the heavy metal and machinery of a car or truck. As a result, motorcycle injuries are almost always severe, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Loss of limbs
  • Internal bleeding
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury

Motorcyclists involved in accidents often have injuries to their legs and feet since those are the parts of the body closest to the road. Those injuries may not be life-threatening but they can leave the cyclist with lifelong disabilities, and their treatment can run into thousands of dollars. The mean cost of hospital treatment for a single injury to the leg or foot after a motorcycle accident was $20,745, according to a 2008 study by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

When you have those kinds of medical bills, insurance companies may try to minimize their financial loss by denying, delaying or defending against your claim, whether you are trying to recover compensation from other driver’s insurance company or from your own under an uninsured / underinsured motorist policy.

Under Maine law, if you are 50 percent or more at fault for your injury, then you are barred from recovering. Insurance companies will often take advantage of this law and the misperception that motorcyclists are at fault in a collision.

The experienced personal injury attorneys at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott are very familiar with the bias against motorcyclists and know how to prepare evidence that can demonstrate who was to blame for your injury. We have helped clients who were hurt in motorcycle accidents in Auburn, Rockland, Waterville, Augusta, Bangor, Lewiston, Biddeford, Portland and South Portland and throughout Maine. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident and want to learn more about your legal options, contact us at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online.