Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries
The most recent data from the National Safety Council (NSC) has found that, unfortunately, motorcyclists are overrepresented in traffic fatality and injury statistics, and these deaths are on an upward trend. Motorcyclists, even if extra cautious while enjoying their love for riding, are at a higher risk due to the nature of the motor vehicle they drive and the protection it offers. However, that doesn’t mean other drivers who negligently injure or kill motorcyclists are off the hook. In many cases, those involved in motorcycle accidents may very well be entitled to compensation for their injuries.
Injuries Associated with Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists are at risk for more severe injuries, as well as injuries that car occupants do not often have to deal with. Some common injuries that drivers of motorcycles suffer from include:
- Road rash – Road rash occurs when areas of unprotected skin are in sustained contact with the road surface at high speeds. It can injure the skin to the deepest levels, cause burns, and implant debris into the motorcyclist’s flesh. This can lead to infections.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) – Motorcyclists don’t just have to worry about airbag collisions. Especially when not wearing helmets, riders have a heightened risk of brain and head injuries when falling off their bike and colliding with the ground. TBIs can range from mild concussions to severe brain damage with lasting cognitive and physical ramifications.
- Limb Abrasions, Fractures, and Amputations – Motorcycle drivers are exposed, and arms and legs can get caught under vehicles, dragged along the road, or crushed during high-speed accidents.
Because motorcycles offer little to no protection, nearly every type of physical injury is on the table when discussing motorcycle accidents.
When Do Motorcycle Accidents Occur?
Many vehicles have bumper stickers that say ‘Watch For Motorcycles’ for a good reason. Most motorcycle accidents involving a motorcycle and a larger vehicle occur before the driver of the car or truck is aware of the motorcycle.
Motorcycles accidents often occur when:
- Making left-hand turns across intersections
- Vehicle drivers slam on the brakes, and a motorcycle is close behind or nearby
- Cars change lanes or merge onto highways without seeing the motorcycle
- A car attempts to overtake a motorcycle without proper clearance
- Road conditions worsen, or the road surface is full of debris
How Motorcyclists Can Protect Themselves
Due to the heightened risk of enjoying a motorcycle, riders should follow some of these additional safety tips:
- Wear protective padding, helmets, and thick clothing.
- Always follow the rules of the road. Avoid maneuvering through small gaps between cars and making sudden turns or cuts through traffic.
- Maintain your motorcycle in good condition. Mechanical failures at high speeds are deadly for motorcyclists.
Hiring An Attorney
Even if you take precautions to keep yourself safe, another driver might recklessly injure you. In these situations, the best way to protect yourself after the fact is to talk to a personal injury lawyer specializing in motorcycle accidents. Attorneys can:
- Gather evidence for your case
- Negotiate with the other party and their insurance companies
- Take the case to court and provide fierce legal representation before a judge if required
- Win you compensation to help pay for medical bills and other damages
In Florida, even if you were partially at fault for the accident, you may be entitled to compensation, slightly reduced based on your level of responsibility.
If a negligent driver caused you injuries in a motorcycle accident, you need an attorney by your side. Call the motorcycle accident attorneys at Hale Law today for a free consultation.