Is the Driver Claiming He or She Did Not See the Motorcycle?
Our experience is that many accidents where a commercial truck hits a motorcycle happen during turns. In almost every one of these cases where the truck driver is at fault, he or she was distracted or driving recklessly.
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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
picking something up off of the floor.
There is never an excuse for distracted driving, and it is against the law.
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 truck 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.
Pain 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 motorcycle accident 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.
A motorcyclist was killed when a semitrailer pulled into traffic from a closed lane. On Saturday, December 3, 2016, a 28-year-old motorcyclist from Merritt Island was traveling in the eastbound lanes of State Road 520 near Cocoa, Florida, when an 18-wheeler, driven by a man from Cleveland, Ohio, pulled into his lane. The truck had been stopped in a closed lane. The motorcyclist struck the trailer. Tragically, the motorcyclist did not survive.
A BMW motorcycle and a Buick Lesabre were traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 14 at MN Highway 13 at milepost 161 in Waseca County. The Lesabre rear ended the motorcycle, injuring the motorcyclist, of Owatonna, Minnesota.
Two people died in an October 10, 2016, crash involving a motorcycle and a tractor trailer truck in West Knoxville. The accident happened at about 3:37 a.m. on Interstate 40 westbound. The driver and a passenger on the motorcycle were found dead at the scene. The truck driver had no apparent injuries.
Around 12:30 Monday afternoon a collision occurred near the intersection of 7th Ave and University Ave. The motorcyclist was traveling in the southbound lane of University Ave when she struck the side of a Minneapolis Public School District truck that had pulled out from Seventh Ave. The motorcyclist, whose name has yet to be released, was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where she died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.
On Sunday afternoon, the driver of a Ford Edge traveling north on Highway 42 swerved into the southbound lane, striking the driver of a Harley Davidson motorcycle and a Chrysler PT Cruiser, whose passengers presented no apparent injury. The Minnesota Sate Patrol reports that alcohol was present in the system of the driver of the Ford Edge, who was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, with non life threatening injuries. The driver of the motorcycle, a man from Eyota, Minnesota, tragically passed away. Though no specifics about the cause the accident have been released, it appears alcohol may have contributed to this fatal accident.
On Thursday afternoon, a FedEx truck and a motorcyclist collided at the intersection of Burnsville Parkway and 143rd Circle in Burnsville, Minnesota. The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene.
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