Boise Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycles are a popular way to get around in Boise, but because of the traffic on our busy highways and roadways, this also means a large number of accidents involve motorcycle riders. While many motorcycle accidents result in injuries, these accidents also have the potential to be fatal. Sometimes motorcycle crashes occur because the motorcyclist is paying attention to neither the traffic nor the actions of the people around him. In other cases, it’s the other drivers on the road who are paying attention to neither the motorcyclist nor the actions of others.
In either case, anyone involved in a motorcycle accident should contact a Boise motorcycle accident attorney. Our lawyers at Craig Swapp & Associates can help figure out just who is responsible for your accident and make sure your accident and injuries receive the attention they deserve.
Idaho Motorcycle License
All states have specific requirements when it comes to riding motorcycles. In Idaho, there are specific requirements that you have to meet in order to obtain a motorcycle endorsement on your license. This means that it isn’t a license on its own, but an extension of a regular operator’s license, which is an important distinction because if your operator’s license is suspended, so is your motorcycle license.
One of the requirements in obtaining this endorsement is taking a motorcycle training course that is certified by the state of Idaho. You won’t just learn how to properly operate a motorcycle on the road during this course, but you’ll also be instructed on how to navigate issues that are specific to driving, like hitting your brakes before a curve and proper handling of the motorcycle while on a curve.
Risks of Motorcycle Riding
There are always risks when you operate any kind of vehicle, whether you are the only one on the road or stuck in a traffic jam. In Idaho, there were 510 motorcycle crashes just in 2014 alone. No matter how skilled a rider you believe yourself to be, you can’t control your environment. The lack of any external protection on the bike itself already puts you at risk, and, in some cases, it makes you more vulnerable compared to being in other types of vehicles on the road. One of the biggest risks of motorcycle riding is being on the road with drivers who either don’t look out for motorcycles or don’t take proper safety precautions when driving. You can reduce some of the risks of serious injury by wearing proper safety gear and following traffic laws, but you still can’t force other drivers around you to operate their vehicles safely.
Long-Term Effects of Motorcycle Accidents
In motorcycle accidents, you’re most likely to injure your legs or back, which affects your mobility. Because these types of accidents are among the most severe, it can mean time off of work, as well as years of rehabilitation. Further, there can be injuries that don’t appear until many years after the accident. If you are in a life-altering accident that is caused by someone else’s negligence, you shouldn’t have to deal with the long-term effects by yourself. Our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys can help you figure out who was at fault in your accident and hold them responsible for your injuries now and in the future.
Why You Need a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
As scary and as complicated as it sounds, you will need an experienced Boise motorcycle accident attorney on your side if you are in a motorcycle accident, whether you are the bike rider or driving another vehicle. Motorcycle accidents can be more extreme than other accidents because of the immediate risk to your person and anyone else involved. In addition to the injuries, you’ll need assistance in figuring out the best way to move forward so that you can recover as much as possible.
At Craig Swapp & Associates, our lawyers are prepared to make sure the right person is held responsible for the accident. And, if someone else’s negligence was the cause, we’ll help you get any compensation you deserve. If you or someone you know has been in a motorcycle accident, contact our office online or call (800) 404-9000 for a free consultation.