An increase in the number of fatalities from 2011, at 4, 612 to 5,027 in 2012, due to motorcycle accidents, is enough to worry authorities from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). With the total number of reported motorcycle accidents going over a hundred thousand every year, it may even be considered a relief that the number of fatalities is just a little over 5.000.
Some motorcycle accident reports show riders crashing into fixed objects, such as a lamp post or a tree; a usual incidence among drunk or speeding riders. Though single motorcycle accidents are more common than multiple-vehicle motorcycle accidents, these latter type of accidents is more dangerous since it usually involves collision with another vehicle, such as a car, a van or, worse, a commercial motor vehicle (a bus or a truck).
In the event of multiple vehicle accidents, it is always the motorcycle rider who suffers the worst damage to vehicle and the worst injuries due to the little body protection, which is actually limited to the helmet. Oftentimes too, despite the helmet, the force of the collision can be strong enough to cause severe harm, like head and/or spinal injury and broken bones, besides the trauma that may last a lifetime.
Based on records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle accidents are mostly caused by other driver’s failure to recognize riders’ right of way. Many drivers, without first checking for possible approaching motorcycle riders, make sudden turns (usually at intersections) or abrupt lane changes.
According to a Louisville motorcycle accident lawyer with the Sampson Law Firm, motorcycle accidents are some of the most dangerous types of motor vehicle accidents in which an individual can be involved. Most motorcyclists have very little to protect them from harm in case of an accident, meaning that the injuries that are likely to result from a motorcycle accident are often far more extensive than those associated with a car accident. Sadly, many motorcyclists find themselves dealing with broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, causing great impact on both the victim and their family.
If you get involved in a motorcycle accident that is due to someone else’s negligence, a lawyer can help you understand your legal options and the possibility of taking the action necessary to obtaining compensation.
The LaMarca Law Group, P.C. says likewise, stating that a motorcycle accident can cause catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, and death. Often, motorcyclists involved in a collision find that they are unable to work or provide for themselves as a result of the injuries they have sustained. If you have suffered life-altering injuries or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, a personal injury attorney can you obtain just and fair financial compensation to meet present and future needs.