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Besides a helmet, there is little protection for a motorcycle rider against injuries that occur in motorcycle accidents. There are thousands of motorcycle accident injuries and deaths on American roads each year. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were almost 8.5 million motorcycles on U.S. roads in the past year. Of these, 88,000 were involved in motorcycle accidents and 4700 were killed in wrecks during the same time period.
Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law has found that compared to passenger vehicle occupants motorcycle operators are five times more likely to be injured in a crash, per every mile they travel. This means these riders are 26 times more likely to die in an accident.
Motorcyclists Are Unprotected
Passenger vehicles have protections that motorcycles do not. These include airbags, seat belts and – very importantly – the steel frame and body surrounding the passenger cabin. Motorcycle riders are left vulnerable to their environment, other vehicles and everything around them.
Passenger vehicles also have greater stability than motorcycles. This is primarily because automobiles are heavier and have at least four wheels on which their weight is distributed, providing a wider, longer and more secure footprint on the ground. Motorcycles’ two wheels are not stable, with the rider having full responsibility for keeping the vehicle from tipping onto its side.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has determined that more than half of all motorcycle accidents involve other vehicles. This is despite most non-motorcyclists believing that motorcycle riders are usually at fault for their accidents, or that most motorcycle wrecks only involve speeding bikers.
Motorcycle riders’ vulnerability includes the series of events that occurs upon collision with other vehicles or objects. On impact, most riders are launched from their bikes. They impact other vehicles, objects in the environment or just the ground.
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Common Injuries of Motorcycle Accidents
Because motorcycle riders are virtually unprotected on their bikes, they are prone to suffering intense bodily injury or death in accidents. When injured, the Cantor team has found there are certain injuries they tend to suffer more often. These common motorcycle injuries include:
- Cuts, scrapes, bruises and “road rash”
- Foot, leg, hip and other fractures
- Spine and spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Fatal injuries of other types
Lower body injuries and broken bones – also known as fractures – are the most common injuries of motorcycle accidents. But head trauma and spinal cord injuries are among the most debilitating and deadly. An injury to the brain or spinal cord can lead to the motorcyclist suffering permanent and profound debilitation. This can immensely affect the rider’s quality of life.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
The vast majority of motorcycle accidents occur because the at-fault motor vehicle driver does not see the motorcycle rider. Bikes have a unique profile that can be difficult to see on the road. So motorcycles are less likely to be seen by drivers in heavy traffic, at night, in low visibility or in blind spots.
In motorcycle accidents, liability often results from the following:
- A passenger vehicle failing to yield right of way to the biker
- Motor vehicles turning left across the lane of oncoming motorcyclist
- Violations of traffic laws in intersections, by other motor vehicle drivers
- Rear-end collisions
- Car drivers and passengers opening doors in the path of oncoming motorcycle riders
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Proving Negligence in a Motorcycle Accident
It can be very complicated to prove negligence in a motorcycle accident. There are usually four elements used to do this. If the injured party fails to prove any one of these elements, their case for negligence fails altogether. The elements of negligence in a motorcycle accident include:
- The duty of drivers and others on the road to use reasonable care for safety and property of others
- Breach of the duty of care
- Causation, showing how the breach of duty caused injury or other damages in the accident
- Proof of actual damages, such as receipts for medical bills, lost income documentation or evidence that injuries are permanent
Motorcycle accident negligence can be highly disputed. This is why you need a skilled and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer for your case. Cantor Injury Lawyers may retain a specialist in accident reconstructions, such as a design engineer or other qualified expert, to testify regarding the accident’s occurrences and what led up to the wreck. All of this evidence and expert testimony are an important part of proving negligence in your legal claim.
Motorcycle Accident Damages
When you are in a motorcycle accident, you face the reality of financial problems due to medical bills, pain and suffering and even permanent disability. These damages also affect your quality of life, work, relationships and other facets of your life. When someone else is negligent in causing your motorcycle accident, you will want to gain the maximum compensation you are entitled to toward recovery. The attorneys of the Cantor team have extensive experience in proving personal injuries and gaining success for injured victims in their legal cases. Damages gained from this type of case include compensation for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disfigurement
- Permanent disability
- Loss of consortium
If you or somebody close to you has been in a motorcycle accident, it’s extremely important that you contact Cantor Injury Lawyers by phone (602) 254-2701 or by our “Contact Us Form” as soon as possible so that your rights are preserved and protected. Don’t give any statements to the insurer of the other party, you’ll only prejudice your case. Contact us right away for a free consultation and case evaluation. People injured by the negligence of others deserve fair and just compensation.