The popularity of motorcycles in the
As a result of the unequal risks associated with driving a motorcycle compared with any other motor vehicle, particularly when there is a collision involving at least one of each type of vehicle, traffic safety advocacy groups strongly encourage helmet use as a means of improving a motorcycle driver or rider’s chances of survival or avoiding serious injury from a crash. However, not every state mandates use of U.S. Department of Transportation-approved helmets. Indeed, as of 2012, only 19 states, including
The toll from motorcycle accidents across the
- Between 2001 and 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed and an estimated 1,222,000 people were treated in an emergency room of a hospital for a nonfatal accident involving a motorcycle in the
- Death and injury rates were highest among 20- to 24-year-olds, followed by 25- to 29-year-olds.
- More than half of all nonfatal injuries treated in an ER were to the leg or foot (30 percent) or head or neck (22 percent).
While the numbers of motor vehicle crash-related deaths involving automobiles and trucks and the number of deaths from crashes involving motorcycles were going in opposite directions leading up to 2008 -- the figure for the former reached an all-time low in the United States that year, while the figure for the later reached an all-time high the same year, more than doubling since 1999 -- in recent years there has been a significant drop in the number of motorcycle fatalities. Indeed, the Governors Highway Safety Association projected that motorcycle fatalities were projected to have dropped 7 percent nationwide and fallen 13 percent in
Since a collision between a motorcycle and another, bigger and heavier motor vehicle will almost always result in more serious injuries to the pilot of the former, such as spinal injury or traumatic brain injury, it is critical that a motorcyclist who has been injured receive medical attention as soon as possible. But it is also important for the motorcyclist who has been involved in a collision, or his or her loved ones in the case of motorcyclists who have died in a collision, to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. At Willoughby Brod, LLP, we handle motorcycle injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that no legal fees are owed if we do not obtain compensation on your behalf. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, please call us for a free consultation right away.
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