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Do accidents involving motorcycles usually end up costing the other driver more than regular accidents?

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I was wondering if due to the open nature of motorcycles, if there are generally more injuries, and if drivers usually end up paying out more than they would have in a regular car crash?


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The chance of serious injury is magnified when one of the vehicles involved in an accident is a motorcycle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics, motorcyclists are many times more likely than automobile occupants to die in a fatal accident. Lack of seatbelts and outside protection make motorcycle accident victims especially vulnerable to serious injuries.

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Motorcycle accidents frequently involve more serious injuries to the rider and or passenger as they frequently get thrown from the motorcycle and come in contact with the roadway or other vehicles. It is common for motorcycle riders to suffer severe and often catastrophic injuries when involved in accidents with other vehicles. As a result, insurance companies who insure the at fault driver will often have to pay out significantly more in the average motorcycle accident.

Because of the serious injuries suffered by most motorcycle riders, they often hire competent attorneys to handle their claims which invariably results in higher awards or payments by the responsible parties insurance company. Having handled scores of such cases on behalf of injured motorcyclists it is not uncommon for such cases for the injured rider to recover six and seven figure awards.

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