Motorcycle Accident Injuries & Deaths on the Rise
A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that motorcycle accident injuries and deaths have been skyrocketing in the last decade. Since 2001, the number of motorcycle accident fatalities has increased by more than 50% and the number of motorcycle accident injuries requiring emergency room visits increased by more than 45%. California has the second highest number of motorcycle accident injuries in the country, second only to Florida.
The National Health and Transportation Administration advises that helmets can greatly reduce the number of fatal motorcycle accidents. In 1992, California implemented its motorcycle helmet law and saw a 32 percent decrease in fatalities and a 69 percent reduction in the severity of injuries.
Because motorcyclists don’t have the protection that car drivers do, they tend to sustain more severe injuries from impacts that occur at similar speeds. Leg/foot injuries, head/neck injuries and upper-body injuries are the most common types of injuries caused by motorcycle accidents.
Another complication of motorcycle accident injuries and fatalities is the confusion about what to do after an accident. This is especially true for bikers who don’t have insurance. Contrary to popular belief, bikers who get in accidents can receive compensation if they aren’t at fault. In a recent case in Commerce, California, a motorcyclist collided with an SUV after the SUV failed to yield the right-of-way. The motorcyclist suffered multiple severe injuries: broken wrists, dislocated elbows, a forearm fracture, a distended stomach and head and brain trauma. Despite the fact that the biker did not have insurance, he was able to obtain a $1,000,000 settlement.
Get Fairly Compensated for Your Motorcycle Accident Injuries
The key in this case and others is a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. If you or someone you know gets in a motorcycle accident, be sure to call 1-800-THE-LAW2 right away. We can help you connect with a motorcycle accident attorney who will work tirelessly to get you maximum compensation for your pain and suffering.