Motorcyclists are not provided any form of protection from motor vehicle accidents, other than their own clothing and a helmet. As a result, most motorcycle accidents will end in catastrophic injury to the rider, especially if a larger vehicle is involved in the crash.
Some of the most serious injuries suffered by motorcyclists include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI): Even with a helmet on, motorcyclists are much more likely to suffer a severe injury like a TBI compared to drivers of passenger cars in a crash of the same intensity. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are actually 35 times at greater risk for catastrophic injury in a crash than other motorists.
- Spinal cord injury: Being thrown off a motorcycle will drop the rider right onto the road harshly. Landing flat on their back can cause a spinal injury, possibly resulting in paralysis.
- Permanent disfigurement: Motorcyclists are at risk of permanent disfigurement in a bad accident. Most commonly, road rash can occur and causing significant scarring. If the scars located on a typically visible body part, then it is possible to seek compensation for the emotional trauma caused by the permanent change of appearance.
- Mortal injury: Thousands of motorcycle accidents result in a rider’s death each year in America. When a rider suffers a mortal injury, surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim in pursuit of compensation on behalf of the decedent.
Serious Injuries Mean Significant Medical Bills
To treat a catastrophic injury, extensive medical care will need to be provided to the motorcyclist hurt in the crash. Emergency transport to the hospital, which might include helicopter transportation depending on the severity of the injuries, are just the beginning of medical costs. Medical procedures in the hospital are likely to include intricate surgery. Afterwards, an extended stay in the hospital is likely, as is rehabilitative therapy for months or years to come.
If you are hurt in a motorcycle accident, the resulting medical costs and other damages, such as lost wages and vehicle replacement, should not be your financial burden. The party responsible for your crash should be the one to foot those bills. Call (916) 229-6755 to connect with Del Rio & Caraway, P.C. and our Sacramento motorcycle accident attorney. Using our extensive experience with liability law, we will pursue every last penny of compensation you deserve.
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