“While there is no typical motorcycle crash, what is typical is that a motorcycle crash is a violent event. More than 80 percent of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death to the motorcyclist.”
Those words are from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA) the federal agency that has the responsibility of advocating for all aspects of motor-vehicle safety, including publicizing recalls, enforcing vehicle performance standards, funding highway safety programs, researching laws and regulations, and compiling statistics.
At the moment of a motorcycle accident, four forces are in motion: the motorcycle, the person riding it, the vehicle and the ground. As in a pedestrian or bicycle crash, the collision between these forces can cause injuries even more severe than those in some car accidents. Motorcyclists who aren’t wearing helmets or other protective gear can suffer the worst injuries, and sometimes death; about five percent of all highway fatalities every year had a motorcycle involved.
We have all seen motorcyclists who dart in and out of traffic or who don’t observe all the rules and regulations of the road. The temptation can be to think of a motorcyclist as being a daredevil, someone who takes risks instead of being cautious or conservative. Insurance companies sometimes take this approach, making it more difficult for an accident victim to be compensated.
While this is sometimes true, even safe motorcyclists are involved in accidents. The NHTSA reports that about a third of multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes are the result of another motorist turning into the path of the motorcycle. Motorcyclists can be less visible on the road than regular vehicles, and can more easily occupy a driver’s blind spot because they are smaller than cars (there are regular public service campaigns urging the public to take more notice of motorcycle riders). And because ejection from the motorcycle is a common occurrence in an accident, the rider can be thrown into the path of another vehicle, causing even more severe injuries.
The following kinds of injuries can occur in motorcycle accidents:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Cervical (neck) injury
- Spinal injury
- Lumbar (back) injury
- Leg, arm or hip fractures
- Shoulder injuries
- Soft tissue injury
- Road rash
Depending on the severity of a rider’s injuries, medical treatment and rehabilitation can be expensive and long-term. A person can suffer loss of earning potential and the possibility of a long-term disability. Compensation for these injuries, sometimes including emotional pain and suffering, is possible.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious motorcycle accident, you need to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Peter Mazzeo, the founding attorney of Mazzeo Law, has more than two decades of trial experience and a winning reputation. His firm believes in preparing every case as though it is going to trial, especially knowing that insurance firms can take a more difficult stance when compensating motorcycle accident victims.
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