Hit by a Truck While Riding a Motorcycle

Our law firm represents clients in cases where a commercial truck driver has hit a motorcycle and severely injured or killed the cyclist. Our experience is that many of these cases the driver was distracted or driving recklessly. Two of our recent settlements include:

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Common distractions include the following:

  • fatigue (driving while fatigued is as dangerous as driving drunk)
  • texting while driving
  • talking on cellphone
  • reading
  • eating
  • picking something up off of the floor.

There is never an excuse for distracted driving, and it is against the law.

Truck Driver Extra Duty of Care

A commercial truck driver has a higher level of duty of care. As a professional driver, he/she is required to be alert and maintain control of his/her rig at all times. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations, § 392.3:

No driver shall operate a commercial motor vehicle, and a motor carrier shall not require or permit a driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle, while the driver’s ability or alertness is so impaired, or so likely to become impaired, through fatigue, illness, or any other cause, as to make it unsafe for him/her to begin or continue to operate the commercial motor vehicle. However, in a case of grave emergency where the hazard to occupants of the commercial motor vehicle or other users of the highway would be increased by compliance with this section, the driver may continue to operate the commercial motor vehicle to the nearest place at which that hazard is removed.

Pain and Suffering Compensation

In cases where a commercial driver is at fault, the driver of the motorcycle and his or her passenger, if there is one, have the right to sue for compensation.

Semi-Truck Accident InspectionPain and suffering damages is a major component of an accident settlement or verdict and generally includes amounts for physical pain, permanent disability, disfigurement, loss of quality of life and emotional distress. The emotional distress or mental anguish following a crash can be debilitating. Accident victims may suffer from panic attacks and nightmares.

It is important to accurately assess future pain and suffering when determining fair compensation. We work with medical experts to build our case. If the motorcyclist suffered a traumatic amputation in the crash, these experts can testify as to phantom pain in addition to other pain issues.

Learn more: How Much is My Truck Accident Case Worth?