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Motorcycle Accidents Cause Catastrophic Injuries

Steve Wagner

Motorcycles are an incredibly popular form of transportation. Unfortunately, this increase in popularity has also given rise to an increase in motorcycle accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), since 2000 registered motorcycle users have gone up by more than 60%. At the same time, motorcycle accident fatalities have more than doubled.

While deaths resulting from car and truck crashes have gone down, motorcycle deaths have reached an all-time high. Every year over 4000 people die in motorcycle accidents. Statistics show that motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a fatal crash than those traveling by car. In addition to these fatalities, over the last seven years, more than 1,200,000 people were treated in the emergency department for motorcycle injuries.

Motorcycle accidents frequently cause catastrophic injuries since there is essentially no barrier between the rider’s body and the object with which it collides. Head injuries are the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents. About 35% of motorcycle accidents result in head injuries, often causing devastating effects like paralysis or coma. Injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident can range from minor injuries, like bruises or cuts, to severe injuries, like multiple fractures, amputations, or spinal cord trauma.

In addition to the injuries they cause, motorcycle accidents are often costly affairs that involve damages to the vehicle and sometimes extreme medical costs. The average cost of a crash that results in a fatality is above $1 million and, depending on the severity of injuries sustained, a non-fatal crash can cost anywhere between $2,500 to $1 million. These costs are factoring in things like surgery and long-term rehabilitation services. Many victims are also unable to return to work due to a permanent disability.

More than half of all motorcycle accidents involve a second motor vehicle. More than 40% of these accidents are due to the negligence of the driver in the other vehicle. Many times, other drivers fail to acknowledge the right of motorcyclists and often deny them the right of way. Motorcycle accidents can also occur due to road defects. A small bump or pit in the road is enough to overturn a motorcycle travelling at moderate speed.

Indiana witnesses over a hundred deaths every year from motorcycle accidents. If you have suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of others, contact one of our experienced Indiana motorcycle accident attorneys today. We understand the financial burden you are under and we will fight to ensure that you receive compensation from the parties responsible.


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