Motorcycle Accidents

At Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C., we are the personal injury law firm that provides the personal service and the results that you deserve. For 40 years, we have been serving clients throughout Kentucky, West Virginia, and many other states, who have suffered injuries as the result of another's negligence.

We are dedicated to representing individuals who have been injured due to the negligence of others. Our personal injury attorneys provide tough and aggressive representation aimed at moving your case forward and obtaining full compensation for your injuries.

Motorcycle enthusiasts are taking to the road in record numbers, and the 90 percent surge in sales since 1997 attests to the bike's popularity. The U.S .Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported more than 16,000 injuries and 3,000 motorcycle-related fatalities in 2002 (the highest number to date).

Even more startling: NHTSA found that when Kentucky repealed its motorcycle helmet laws in 1998, helmet use dropped from near 100 percent compliance to around 50 percent, and the number of injuries and fatalities increased substantially at far greater rates than the national average.

It is a harsh reality that cyclists are three times more likely than motorists to be killed on the road. Doctors report that most motorcycle injuries involve the spinal cord and extremities, while head injuries cause the majority of deaths. Orthopedic surgeons in Level One Trauma Units describe serious musculoskeletal injuries, open fractures and head trauma associated with motorcycle accidents. Though helmets have proven very effective in preventing fatal injuries to cyclists and improving safety, helmet use among riders has plunged nationwide.

Manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers can be held liable for defective or dangerous products. An example of a manufacture-related problem with motorcycles is "over braking" of the rear wheel and "under braking" of the front, which make it difficult to avoid collision and make the ability to counter steer and swerve essentially absent. Other causes of mishaps have included the manufacturer's failure to provide adequate warning about how to operate the machine safely, or to properly educate operators about the intrinsic dangers in motorcycling. Insufficiently maintained property and roads may also be contributing factors to some accidents.

The law offices of Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C. can help you prove cases that include:

  • Negligence by the defendant in failing to prevent your injury. An example would be a reckless or inattentive driver involved in the accident.
  • Liability for defective products that may have caused the injury or fatality.
  • Recalls because of poor design or faulty production of the motorcycle. Cycle recalls have run the gamut of causes from bolts that break, brakes that fail, loose handles, to defective tires.

If you have been in a motorcycle accident, or are the survivor of a motorcycle-related fatality, you may be entitled to damages. Please contact the law offices of Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C., for assistance and advice. Our firm works for injured people and their families. The law firm you choose does make a difference. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case, and we will always give you our honest opinion about your case in light of the facts, case law, and our experience with similar motorcycle accident cases. Call us today at 1.866.606.4316, or use our online contact form.