Accidents involving any type of motor vehicle have the potential to cause severe injuries. However, some forms of transportation are riskier than others. People who ride motorcycles are often at a high risk of suffering particularly serious injuries in the event of a collision. This is because a motorcyclist does not have the large metal shell of a vehicle around him to protect him from other cars or objects with which he may collide. Additionally, because there are not safety restraints, motorcyclists are often thrown from their bikes. Hitting the road or even skidding across the road can not only cause injuries at the points of impact, but also place them in danger of being hit by oncoming traffic or other motor vehicles. As you can imagine, motorcyclists often sustain serious injuries in accidents and 4,957 motorcyclists died1 from their injuries in 2012 alone.
Some of the most common injuries suffered by motorcycle accident victims include the following:
These severe injuries often require extensive medical treatment including trauma care, surgery, hospitalization, rehabilitative therapy, specialist consultations, home health care, special equipment, and much more. Furthermore, many motorcycle accident victims are unable to work while recover, if they are ever able to work again. This can lead to a substantial amount of lost income and benefits. In addition to financial losses, victims often suffer significant physical pain and suffering as well as emotional issues related to their injuries.
If a motorcycle accident is caused by the negligence of another party, the injured motorcyclist has the legal right to recover damages2 for both their financial and intangible losses. Negligent parties may include other drivers, manufacturers, or government entities. An experienced Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer at the office of Boling Rice LLC can help determine your legal rights to recovery and pursue a legal claim. Call our office today at (770) 744-0890 for a free consultation to discuss your case.