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What Car & Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles

1. Over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Most of the time, the car or truck driver, not the motorcyclist, is at fault. There are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road, and some drivers don?t ?recognize? a motorcycle ? they ignore it (usually unintentionally).

2. Because of its narrow profile, a motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car?s blind spots (door/roof pillars) or masked by objects or backgrounds outside a car (bushes, fences, bridges, etc.). Take an extra moment to look for motorcycles, whether you?re changing lanes or turning at intersections.

3. Because of its small size, a motorcycle may look farther away than it is. It may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle?s speed. When checking traffic to turn at an intersection or into (or out of) a driveway, predict a motorcycle is closer than it looks.

4. Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling of the throttle, thus not activating the brake light. Allow more following distance, say 3 or 4 seconds. At intersections, predict a motorcyclist may slow down without visual warning.

5. Motorcyclists often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize the effects of road debris, passing vehicles, and wind. Understand that motorcyclists adjust lane position for a purpose, not to be reckless or show off or to allow you to share the lane with them.

6. Turn signals on a motorcycle usually are not self-canceling, thus some riders (especially beginners) sometimes forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change. Make sure a motorcycle?s signal is for real.

7. Maneuverability is one of a motorcycle?s better characteristics, especially at slower speeds and with good road conditions, but don?t expect a motorcyclist to always be able to dodge out of the way.

8. Stopping distance for motorcycles is nearly the same as for cars, but slippery pavement makes stopping quickly difficult. Allow more following distance behind a motorcycle because you can?t always stop ?on a dime.?

9. When a motorcycle is in motion, see more than the motorcycle ? see the person under the helmet, who could be your friend, neighbor, or relative.

10. If a driver crashes into a motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian and causes serious injury, the driver would likely never forgive himself/herself.

Attorney Frank Parker is a principal in the law firm of Deming, Parker, Hoffman, Campbell & Daly, LLC, and concentrates on motorcycle and automobile personal injury cases. Frank has been an avid motorcyclist for over 47 years, and he has over 31 years of experience in representing injured motorcyclists. Frank will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding motorcycle and automobile personal injury cases, as well as representing your legal interests in such cases.

Success Stories
1. A client contacted our office for assistance related to an issue with her son?s school. Client?s son was diagnosed with ADHD, bipolar disorder and emotional inappropriate behavior and she was paying for her son to attend an out-of-state boarding and day school that provided a Foundation Program specifically tailored to students with some of the same issues as her son. Her son was accepted and completed the 2016 summer program and returned for the 2016-2017 school year. Approximately one week into the school year, the son was involved with a couple of serious incidents that caused his dismissal from the school. The client asked our attorney to write a demand letter for a partial refund of the tuition. In response to our letter, counsel for the academy responded with a demand for the contract?s full-payment provision. In the interest of resolving the matter amicably, the parties agreed to a settlement amount to address the partial tuition refund and the contract for academic year?s tuition. Client executed a settlement and release agreement. Savings to client, $13,465.28.

2. A client contacted our office for assistance with a matter involving his mortgage payment and possible demolition costs on a rental property they own that has been demolished. Client and his wife are retired and assist with an aging parent so their income has declined. The water supply to all of the units was cut off and eventually was one of the reasons that lead to the demolition of all of the property units. Our attorney wrote a letter the bank that held the mortgage in an effort to resolve the case and made a lump sum payment offer to settle the remaining balance owed. In response to our letter, the bank agreed to release the lien and accept $900.00 as full and final payment of the mortgage loan. Savings for client, $3,372.62.

3. A client contacted our office for assistance in her claim for damages against her insurance company after her car and contents were stolen. Client was at the airport and asked a friend (who worked at the airport) to take her car to get gas. While the car was at the gas station, it was stolen. The car was a 2011 Jaguar and also had client?s luggage, laptop, cell phone and some jewelry in it at the time of the loss. Client filed a claim, provided a recorded statement and was deposed under oath. After six months the claim had still not been paid. Our attorney wrote a letter to the insurance company demanding that the insurance company complete the claims process and compensate Client for her loss. In response to our letter, the insurance company responded that they had reviewed the documentation and deposition and would be issuing payment for the amount of the claim. Recovery for client, $60,905.00.