A look at the types of accidents and injuries that occur amongst motorcycle riders.
Why do motorcycle accidents result in a higher rate of injuries or fatality?
While there is no typical motorcycle accident, what is common is a motorcycle crash is a violent event, resulting in injury or death to 80 percent of those involved in a motorcycle accident. The motorcycle itself provides no head injury protection to the rider or passenger. Motorcycles do not have airbags or seat belts. When a rider or passenger is ejected from a bike, the probability of an injury is extremely high. The possibility of striking a fixed object (such as a guardrail or tree) is also likely during a motorcycle crash, which may result in serious injury or fatality. Contact with asphalt can also cause "road rash," a serious injury.
Why are motorcycle accidents more expensive than car crashes?
Motorcycle accident injuries tend to be more expensive and have longer rehabilitation periods because of the vulnerability of the rider and passenger. According to comprehensive insurance data, 23 percent of motorcycle accidents result in multiple injuries. Of those who suffer head injuries, 18 percent result in a permanent disability. Injuries to the back or spine are apparent in 10% of motorcycle accident injuries, including some that result in paralysis.
Types of motorcycle accidents
Crashes involving car and trucks are the most common motorcycle collisions, accounting for approximately three-fourths of all motorcycle accidents. Typically, the crash occurs when the driver of the car or truck does not see the motorcyclist and turns into his or her path. Solo-bike accidents can sometimes be the result of dangerous road conditions or defective equipment. Occasionally, property owners will put up chains or ropes across trails to block access by off-road motorcycles. Property owners are required to mark trails to warn of any obstructions. Road debris is also a common cause of motorcycle accidents, especially on freeways.
What to do after a motorcycle accident
Once your immediate medical needs have been addressed, you should speak to a qualified lawyer with experience handling California motorcycle accident claims. Obtaining prompt legal advice is vital if you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident. You or your loved one may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, or a family member's wrongful death. Most motorcycle accident lawyers offer a free consultation and do not charge any fees unless they win your case. Note that by law you only have a limited time to bring a claim, so do not delay in contacting an attorney.