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Motorcycle Accidents in the United States

Due to the high cost of fuel, motorcycles have become more common in the United States over the past several years, which implies a rise in motorcycle accidents as well. In 2011 alone, more than 80,000 motorcycle accidents were reported, with over half of them resulting in fatalities and nearly 4,500 with fatal wounds, with most incidents involving an automobile or truck at fault. Nine traffic fatalities are reported daily, and over 1,000 are injured due to drivers’ negligence.

Unfortunately, though motorcycles offer certain convenience due to their small size, motorcycle accidents often result in serious wounds, permanent injuries, or even death. Often motorcycle drivers are injured despite their possible maneuvering to avoid a crash. The harm caused by these accidents ranges from bruises to fatal injuries, although catastrophic injuries can occur affecting the brain or spine.

What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents?

  • The size of the motorcycle can be a primary factor, since it can occupy a driver’s blind spot or be obstructed from view by other objects. Many times, the motorcycle could appear to be farther away than it really is, causing poor calculation and resulting in an accident.
  • Ignoring traffic signals.
  • Excessive speed.
  • The use of cellular phones.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol.

What are the most frequent injuries caused by motorcycle accidents?

According to the Center for Disease Control, the parts of the body that were most-reported as injured due to motorcycle accidents (nonfatal) are: Foot or leg (30%), head/neck (22%), upper torso (20%), arms or hands (18%), and lower torso (8%).

What is the sum of medical expenses for motorcycle accidents?

According to a study done in 2008, accidents where only one leg or one foot were wounded cost an average of $20,745.00 dollars in medical expenses for each accident, while accidents resulting in further injuries amounted to an average of $56,288.00 dollars.

In what circumstances can I make a compensation claim for a motorcycle accident?

If the accident was caused by drunk drivers, an error on the part of the other driver, vehicle defects or roadway defects, you can make a compensation claim.

If you or a member of your family have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a third party’s negligence, factory defects, or roads in poor condition, you have the right to make a claim, or lawsuit, against the guilty party; and receive financial compensation and medical care for the injuries you have suffered.

Don’t wait to act, since you only have six months within the time established by law to open a claim.

By the same token, if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident while on the job, even if you were at fault, you have the right to receive workers’ compensation benefits. In other words, you can receive medical care of your choosing, paid for by your employer’s insurance company; a percentage of your salary while you are unable to work; as well as monetary compensation for the permanent harm you suffered. Remember, ALL workers in the US are entitled to these benefits, regardless of their immigration status or social security.

Don’t hesitate to call Grupo MedLegal right away. Our lawyers are experts in handling motorcycle accident cases and will offer you the support you need so you can receive just compensation for the harm suffered, as well as immediate medical attention provided by highly-qualified specialists.

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