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Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Our motorcycle accident lawyers have the experience and knowledge to help you obtain a fair settlement for the injuries you sustained in a motorcycle accident. Let us help you deal with the insurance companies, medical bills, lost wages, and property damages resulting from a motorcycle accident. We’ll fight to get you every penny you deserve. No attorney fees will be collected until we settle.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle accidents can result in extremely serious injuries. A motorcyclist has nothing to soften the blow of a collision, therefore injuries obtained in a motorcycle accident can be more extensive than if the driver was in a car. Surgeries and hospital stays can be substantially more extensive from a motorcycle accident.
To make matters worse, motorcycle insurance is not usually as comprehensive as automobile insurance and might not include medical payment coverage. Our motorcycle accident attorneys are experienced in dealing with accidents with high medical bills and serious injuries. We uncover all available liability insurance and negotiate reductions in medical expenses with hospitals and surgeons.
Injuries to Look for After a Motorcycle Accident
1. Head Injury
Serious injuries to the head can cause life-transforming results or even be life-threatening. When the brain swells past the barriers of the skull, trouble is sure to follow. The most common injury sustained from a motorcycle accident is a head injury. Concussions and even brain damage are a few serious head injuries after a motorcycle accident.
2. Neck Injury
A neck injury is also a common serious motorcycle accident injury. Like the head, a neck injury can often become fatal or life-changing. A neck injury can paralyze the victim or even kill them. Protecting the neck and head by wearing a motorcycle helmet is the best thing you can do.
3. Leg Injury
Usually, a leg injury following a motorcycle accident results in a broken bone. Though bones can heal, a serious leg injury that goes undetected can be life-threatening. The injury could grow into something worse or permanently disabling. Injuries such as shattered or fractured bones or knees can possibly be prevented if the motorcyclist wears protective leather clothing over his or her legs.
4. Arm Injury
When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, it is human instinct to draw one’s arms around or in front of oneself to lessen the impact. Doing this however means greater impact and more damage to the nerves of the arms. When a motorcyclist lands on their arm, permanent nerve damage may occur in the arm or upper body. To prevent this, sturdy jackets and elbow pads should be worn by the motorcyclist to protect against severe damage.
5. Road Rash
When a rider slides across the pavement after a motorcycle accident, the injury sustained is known as road rash. If the clothing is thin enough, the pavement can scrape away through layers of clothes reaching the skin and tearing it apart. Road rash is not just a simple scrape or cut. Permanent damage such as skin irritations, infections, and even surface nerve damage can occur from road rash injuries.
6. Muscle Damage
Any part of the body can be exposed to muscle damage following a motorcycle accident. Some muscle damage from a motorcycle accident can even become permanently damaged. To protect yourself on a motorcycle, wear proper protection such as a helmet, heavy clothing, and proper footwear. Another thing you can do to protect yourself is to drive defensively to avoid a motorcycle accident.
Do Motorcyclists Get in More Accidents than Cars?
Due to a motorcycle’s lack of protection to the rider, a person may assume that more motorcycle accidents are common. But which is most common, motorcycle accidents or car accidents? According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013, about 106,000 motorcycle accidents occurred compared to 5,669,000 car accidents. In addition, 4,668 people died in a motorcycle accident while 22,383 in a car accident. Thus, there are far more car accidents than motorcycle accidents.
However, according to motorcycle accident statistics, per vehicle mile traveled, a motorcyclist was 26 times more likely to be killed in a motorcycle accident than a driver or passenger in a car accident. Similarly, a motorcyclist is five times more likely to be injured in an accident than a passenger in an automobile.
Motorcycle Accidents vs. Car Accidents
- Approximately 80 percent of motorcycle accidents involve injury or death while only 20 percent of car accidents involve injuries or fatality.
- There are 22.92 motorcycle fatalities for every 100 million miles traveled. In contrast, there are 0.86 fatal car accidents per 100 million miles traveled.
- Of all registered vehicles, motorcycles make up 3 percent and .07 percent of vehicle miles traveled. However, motorcycles make up 14 percent of all traffic fatalities.
- Failure to see a motorcycle is the most common cause of a motorcycle accident.
- Three-fourths of all motorcycle accidents involve a collision with another vehicle, most commonly a passenger vehicle.
High Death Rate of Motorcycle Accidents
While there are more car accidents on American roads, motorcycle accidents are substantially more fatal; especially for motorcyclists that are not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. 37 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents could be prevented had the rider been wearing a helmet. An additional, 67 percent could have avoided injury by wearing a helmet.
Motorcyclist lack protection and often result in a wide range of injuries including minor cuts to life threatening injures that can alter a person’s life forever such as paralyzed or vegetative state.
Salem Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver you may be entitled to recover compensation for the following.
- Past and future medical expenses.
- Repair or replacement for damages to your motorcycle.
- Lost wages.
- Pain and suffering.
Contact and experienced and knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney at Parke Gordon Law Firm today. Our law firm believes every client deserves fair representation against big insurance companies with deep pockets. We will aggressively fight for every penny you are owed. Call our Salem law office at (971) 915-HURT for a free consultation. This is your opportunity to discuss your motorcycle accident case with a trusted, aggressive and experienced personal injury attorney.
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