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Motorcycle accidents are sadly a common consequence that comes with riding motorcycles.
When you ride a motorcycle, you are 26 times more likely to die in a traffic collision than when riding in a passenger car.
The injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents can be serious, life-threatening and deadly. Injuries range from bumps and scratches for the lucky ones to traumatic brain injuries and even death in the most grave cases.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need to contact a reputable attorney who can help you assess liability, recover lost wages and medical expenses and file a lawsuit for the negligent party, if applicable.
Because motorcycle riders are so vulnerable it is extremely important that all motorists learn to safely share the road with motorcycle riders. Drivers should slow down when approaching motorcycles and be extra vigilant because motorcycles can sometimes be hard to see due to their small size.
Motorcycles are less stable than cars and less visible to other drivers. In a motorcycle crash, motorcyclists lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle riders are 26 times more likely to die in a traffic collision than passenger vehicle occupants, and 5 times more likely to be hurt.
California ranks in the top 15 when it comes to states with the most motorcycle fatalities, according to the California Highway Patrol. Whether it’s a driver losing control, speeding, driving intoxicated or not being seen by another motorist, motorcycle riding can be a dangerous sport. Motorcycle-involved deaths have been on the rise for 22 years — especially in Southern California.
There are many types of accidents that can occur when you collide with a semi truck but the protocol for what to do after such an accident remains the same.
Seek legal help as soon as possible. Truck accidents are more complex than other auto accidents, be sure to find an experienced attorney who specializes in truck accident lawsuits.
The likelihood of injury in motorcycle accidents is extremely high. According to the NHTSA, most fatal and incapacitating injuries are sustained when the point of impact is the front of the motorcycle. Here are some of the most common injuries from motorcycle accidents:
Traumatic brain injuries
In a study conducted by NHTSA on 104,472 motorcyclists injured in traffic crashes, 15 percent of helmeted and 21 percent of unhelmeted riders suffered TBI.
Spinal cord injuries
When the spinal cord is injured from the impact of a collision, it can result in paralysis.
The NHTSA found that leg injuries were the most common lower-extremity injury, and bone fractures were more common than soft-tissue injuries.
Damage to internal organs and internal bleeding can be caused by blunt-force trauma.
Crashes happen quickly, and the rider’s leg can be under the bike when it falls. Wrists and arms can be fractured when riders catch themselves to break a fall.
When a rider makes contact with the road surface during a crash, serious skin abrasions called “road rash” can happen. The severity of this type of injury can range from mild to serious injury that will require prompt medical attention.
Hiring a personal injury attorney will give you the time you need to heal and get back on your feet while entrusting an experienced legal professional to get you the compensation you deserve.
It’s important to remember that in these situations, insurance companies are not on your side. They will try to take advantage of the fact that you aren’t familiar with the laws or with insurance claims processes and they will offer you a settlement that will not cover all of your costs. When you hire an experienced attorney you will get the compensation that you deserve.
There also may be more than one party at fault for the accident and the legal process can get quite complex, but an attorney will be well-versed in these types of situations and will not be intimidated by multiple parties or insurance companies.
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