Motorcycle Crashes Can Have More Devastating Results than Car Accidents
By Younker Hyde Macfarlane on June 14, 2015
Car accidents can have serious consequences on your life. They can lead to significant property damage and severe injuries. However, a motorcycle crash can have even more dramatic effects. You do not have the body of a car to protect you. Therefore, you are more likely to suffer serious injuries. Whatever type of injuries you have sustained, you may be entitled to financial compensation. This money can help defray the cost of medical bills, physical therapy, lost wages, and related expenses. Our attorneys will investigate the circumstances of your accident. Then they will fight for the funds that you deserve. To learn more about common motorcycle accident injuries, contact our Salt Lake City practice today.
The Serious Nature of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents often result in the most serious roadside injuries. In many cases, the injuries may affect your activity level. They may even impact your ability to carry out your job. Of course, auto accidents can cause injuries, too. However, they are even more likely to occur in a motorcycle crash. The National Highway Transportation Administration reports that over 80 percent of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death. Tragically, fatalities are a huge concern. According to the Insurance Information Institute, in 2013, there were 4,668 motorcycle fatalities. For every mile driven, motorcycle passengers were five times more likely to be injured and 26 times more likely to be killed.
Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle crashes can result in a variety of injuries. Some of the most common types of injuries include:
- Road rash
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Disfiguring facial injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including those resulting in partial or full paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
A helmet can greatly reduce the risk of serious injury or death. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, riders who do not wear helmets are at a 40 percent higher risk for a fatal head injury. In 1982, Louisiana became the first state to repeal and then readopt helmet laws. In that year, the state saw a 30 percent reduction of motorcycle fatalities.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
If you have been involved in a motorcycle crash for which you were not at fault, you may be entitled to financial compensation. This money can help with medical bills, therapy, and related costs. If your injuries have put you out of work, the money can help provide for you and your family. You may also be entitled to money for pain and suffering. No amount of money can make up for your physical and emotional hardship. Nevertheless, this financial assistance will allow you to focus on recovery and rebuilding your life.
Contact the Law Firm of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC
Our accident attorneys will offer aggressive legal representation and compassionate personal assistance. Schedule a consultation at our Salt Lake City firm. We will help you get started on the path to justice and emotional healing.
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