Officer-Involved Motorcycle Crash Highlights Risks of Non-Fatal Injuries
Roadway accidents can happen to anyone, including those who have extensive training and driving skill. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while 20 percent of car accidents result in injuries, 80 percent of motorcycle accident victims will have injuries. If you have been injured as a motorcyclist, you likely need an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to review your case, as the injuries sustained in these accidents can be significant.
Take for example the Fulton County Police Captain who nearly died in a motorcycle accident in August. Captain Braylen Hicks had to be taken to the hospital in a helicopter and has been in recovery for months. Captain Hicks sustained severe injuries during his motorcycle accident. He lost his leg in the accident and he will forever have to wear a prosthetic leg. While Captain Hicks has said he plans on returning back to work, not all motorcycle victims are so lucky.
Motorcycle accident victims like Captain Hicks require expensive medical treatment, experience large amounts of pain, and have to take time off of work following an accident. In addition, the family members of an accident victim also face challenges as a result of the accident. According to NHTSA, the lower extremities are the most common body parts injured in a motorcycling accident. However, these injuries are usually less severe than upper extremities and head injuries.
Liability in Motorcycle Accidents
Fortunately, if you are in an accident that is not your fault or not entirely your fault, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for these losses. According to NHTSA, most crashes with other vehicles are not the fault of the motorcyclist. Many times, careless drivers do not see a motorcyclist. Another common cause of accidents is a motorist who turns in front of an oncoming motorcycle.
It is important to keep in mind that motorcycle drivers have the same rights as any other drivers on the road. Just like other motorists, they are entitled to compensation if they are in an accident and not at fault.
if you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, you should have your case reviewed by an Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer who can fully evaluate your case and explain your options. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call Boling Rice LLC today or send us an email through our online contact form.