In a vehicular accident involving motorcycles, motorcyclists are often in greater danger than people in passenger cars or trucks.
Motorcyclists are left exposed on their vehicles, their bodies more vulnerable during a crash. The Insurance Information Institute reports data from 2013 showing that motorcyclists are “26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled and five times more likely to be injured.”
This information isn’t meant to downplay the fact that car and truck occupants can also get injured in a collision with a motorcycle. It only highlights the heightened vulnerability of the motorcyclists.
What can motorcyclists suffer after motorcycle accidents?
Motorcyclists can sustain fatal damage to their bodies. Even if they survive, they may have to struggle with brain and spinal injuries, internal bleeding, organ damage, amputations, broken bones, and disfiguring lacerations.
Their medical treatments often include hospitalization, which can involve days or weeks in intensive care. They may need to undergo multiple surgeries. Along with the immediate treatment for injuries, they may require physical rehabilitation and multiple follow-up checkups.
Depending on the nature of their injuries, they may need to change their entire lifestyle. Maybe they’ll no longer be able to work at their current job. Maybe they’ll need to rely on wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, and additional assistive devices. They may have to renovate their homes to accommodate their new medical needs.
It’s important for motorcyclists to contact a reputable attorney in the aftermath of an accident. An attorney can help you determine who was at fault during the accident and assist you with exploring different options for covering medical bills and other losses. To best heal, recover, and adjust to your new life, you need an attorney to advocate for you so that you aren’t struggling alone with huge expenses.