Motorcycle street racing accidents occur as a result of riding motorcycles at very high speeds on public roads.
Motorcycle street racing and motorcycle street circuits are two very different concepts. In a street circuit, public roads are temporarily closed off and riders use sports bikes such as the Harley Davidson sportster. Facilities such as grandstands, fences, pit boxes and paddocks are placed temporarily and removed after the race is over.
Many people oppose street racing because they consider it an unsafe sporting activity as compared to a sanctioned motorcycle street circuit. In both motorcycle street racing and street circuits, the races take place on track surfaces originally planned for normal speeds. So many riders find the surface to be very bumpy and lacks grip.
Motorcycle street racing is illegal and can either be planned or spontaneous. Planned races are often well coordinated and people communicate using GPS and police scanners to mark police hot spots.
Motorcycle street racing accidents have resulted in the death of many unsuspecting pedestrians, vehicle occupants and motorists. According to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), from 2001 to 2010, there were 122 motorcycle accidents. Out of those crashes, there were 153 fatalities.
Many local governments support street circuit races to help promote tourism which is in contrast with street racing.
Liability In Motorcycle Street Racing Accidents
Most of the time, street racing happens spontaneously and other motorists on the road are not aware of it. These motorcycles travel at very high speeds and some riders might be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As you can imagine, this can be very dangerous especially if the race is on public roads and highways.
According to the law, it is illegal to participate in street racing and this qualifies it as a negligent action. If you or a loved one has been killed or injured in a motorcycle street racing accident, you are entitled to compensation. Through a skilled and experienced motorcycle accident lawyer, you may be able to recover punitive and compensatory damages.
Punitive damages are meant to punish the riders for their negligent actions and also to deter others from engaging in such behaviors. Compensatory damages are meant to award you for any financial losses that were as a result of the accident. This may include but not limited to lost wages, medical bills and property damage.
Common Injuries In Motorcycle Street Racing Accidents
When a motorcycle street racing accident occurs, a rider is usually going at a very high speed which often results in serious bodily harm and extensive property damage. Examples of common injuries include:
- Wrongful death
- Internal injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Torso and rib injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Dental injuries
- Facial injuries
- Bone fractures
- Road rash
Finding A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
It is very important that you seek legal help as soon as possible following a motorcycle street racing accident. A skilled and experienced attorney is in a better position to explain to you your legal rights and advise you the right course of action to take.
Keep in mind that you have to choose an attorney who specializes specifically in personal injury. While most lawyers know a thing or two about different aspects of the law, you cannot simply go to a divorce lawyer or a criminal lawyer and ask them to represent you.
Following a motorcycle accident, you should seek medical attention first. Many riders are known to come out of serious motorcycle crashes with minor injuries but after a few days they start experiencing aches and pains. This could be an indicator of internal injuries and could be fatal.
Avoid seeking compensation on your own from insurance companies. Most insurance companies are known to take advantage of accident victims by paying them as little as possible. Research suggests that accident victims get ten times the amount of compensation from insurance companies when they are represented by a lawyer.
Our Massachusetts and Rhode Island motorcycle accident lawyers can help you get compensation if you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle crash. We have knowledge and resources to successfully handle motorcycle accident cases. We have worked with many clients and we have helped them get compensation. Contact us today at (800)200-7752 or fill out our contact form.