According to the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to get into a deadly accident on the road than those who are in passenger cars. Although some people may think that the motorcycle driver is solely to blame for an accident, about 3 out of 4 motorcycle related-accidents involve another vehicle. A motorist may fail to see a motorcyclist in an intersection and turn in front of the motorcycle.
An accident may also occur if the motorcyclist is inexperienced, and if a driver takes a turn too fast, or does not wear a helmet, an accident can result in serious injuries. The weather may also be to blame for some motorcycle accident injuries, but they are usually caused by another driver failing to uphold their driver duty of care. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, and were injured due to someone else’s negligence, contact me, the Canton, Ohio personal injury attorney at Elizabeth A. Burick Co. L.P.A.
In somewhat minor motorcycle accidents, road rash may occur. Any skin that is not protected may scrape against the pavement at high speeds, which results in the painful abrasions and a rash-like burn. Depending on the severity of the road rash, it may lead to permanent scarring or skin grafting. Broken bones are also common injuries caused by motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists are often thrown from their bikes when struck by a vehicle, which may potentially break any bone in their body.
Tendons, joints, and nerves may also be damaged if a broken bone is severe. If a biker lands on their head or forcefully lands on their back, they may endure spinal cord injuries. Extreme spinal cord injuries can lead to partial or total paralysis. Brain damage and concussions are also a common form of motorcycle accident-related injury, and may lead to a traumatic brain injury.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was the result of another driver’s negligence, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim. Motorcycle accident-related injuries are often severe, and can cause a person to permanently cease earning a living. This may not only cause medical bills to accrue, but a victim may not be able to pay for everyday expenses. If I believe you have a case, I may be able to represent you and obtain the maximum monetary compensation possible. You deserve to receive compensation for your injuries, and the person who caused the accident should be held responsible for their actions. I have 29 years of trial and litigation experience, and I am not afraid to take a case to court. Contact my firm as soon as you have been injured in a motorcycle accident to see what I can do for you.