West Palm Beach motorcycle accident lawyer, wrongful death on a bike
Some people just don't watch out for bikes on the road. Unfortunately, the people on the bikes almost always lose the battle with a car, truck or tractor trailer.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (the NHTSA), motorcyclists are approximately 34 times more likely to be killed in vehicular crash than are occupants of other vehicles. Clearly, there are numerous reasons why - including the size of the motorcycle in comparison to other vehicles; the relative unprotected position of the driver; and the inexperience of the motorcyclist himself.
The NHTSA reports “of the 2,491,000 people who were injured in motor vehicle crashes on the Nation’s highways in 2007, 103,000 (4%) were motorcyclists. Motorcyclists injured in motor vehicle crashes in the last 10 years (1998-2007), have increased by 110 percent, from 49,000 in 1998 to 103,000 in 2007.” And the injuries are usually far more catastrophic – serious brain injuries; shattered limbs and multiple skull fractures; immense internal injuries; and serious spinal cord injuries. Even those who wear helmets can be seriously injured.
NHTSA statistics show that “among the 103,000 motorcyclists injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2007, 65,000 (63%) were helmeted at the time of the crash, 31,000 (30%) were not helmeted, and helmet use was unknown for 7,000 (7%) of the motorcyclists injured.” Helmet use from 1998-2007 among motorcyclists injured in crashes, according to the NHTSA, “ has ranged from a low of 55 percent in 2002 and 2003 to a high of 63 percent in 2007. Of the motorcyclists injured in crashes who were not helmeted, the proportion ranged from a high of 40 percent in 2002 to a low of 30 percent in 2006 and 2007.”
The aftermath of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident can be devastating - hospitalization, numerous surgeries, physical therapy, and vocational rehabilitation. The associated medical costs caused by motorcycle injuries can be catastrophic. The insurance companies will have experienced attorneys on their side.
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