Statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA indicate that 50,000 people are injured in motorcycle accidents, and almost 2,000 die from their injuries each year. Many of these deaths could be prevented if motorcyclists and their passengers would simply wear their helmets.
Due to the mere fact that motorcyclists have less protection than individuals traveling in automobiles, statistics demonstrate their death rate from accidents is 16 times greater than individuals in an automobile. If a motorcyclist is not wearing a helmet, he/she has a 71% greater risk of head trauma resulting in death, than someone wearing a helmet. In addition, traumatic brain injuries are 67% less likely to occur when a helmet is worn.
A motorcyclist is far more likely to be ejected from his motorcycle and thrown to the pavement, into another vehicle, on-coming traffic, trees, or other roadside hazards at high rates of speed.
Numerous factors are usually involved in motorcycle accidents, one being that drivers of automobiles often fail to see an oncoming motorcyclist and turn into their path. Motorcyclists with limited experience are also often at fault due to their lack of knowledge in driving a motorcycle with its inherent limitations, and at high speeds.
Injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident can also include soft-tissue injuries that may not be immediately obvious, but are serious and debilitating, and often cause life-long pain.
Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents
Debilitating injuries resulting in life-long pain may involve:
- Bulging discs
- Pinched nerves
- Muscle tears
- Tendon damage or tears
Insurance companies may attempt to convince you to settle with them quickly in order to close the claim, and to prevent you from collecting the compensation you will need to receive the medical care you deserve. Before you talk with the insurance company or sign any insurance paperwork, contact Bryan Caulfield, Clearwater’s motorcycle accident attorney. We have partnered with hundreds of individuals who have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident to protect their rights, and insure they receive the compensation that is rightfully theirs.