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In Orange Country, the weather is almost always agreeable for a motorcycle ride. Hitting the road on a bike is one of the best ways to take in the gorgeous scenery our county has to offer. Unfortunately, traveling via motorcycle can also be hazardous. According to data from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, accidents by motorcycle occur at a frequency of 26 times more often than car accidents per miles traveled.
Motorcycles, by their very nature, don’t have many safety features, so the injuries sustained in an accident can be devastating. In 2013 alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 4,668 motorcyclists were killed and an estimated 88,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes. Moreover, motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic related fatalities that year. Tragically, most motorcycle accidents are not the fault of the motorcycle driver, yet they have to shoulder the consequences.
Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration compiles data on motorcycle injuries. Lower extremity injuries are the most common afflictions for riders, and include road rash, burns, or crush injuries from the weight of the bike falling on them. Other types of possible motorcycle injuries are:
As a rider, you can take certain precautions to protect yourself. Wearing a helmet and appropriate protective gear to prevent road rash are good starting point, but defensive driving and gear can only get you so far – circumstances beyond your control can still cause accidents.
Due to their very nature, motorcycle accidents present a number of risks to the riders involved. According to NHTSA crash data:
Some drivers aren’t as careful around motorcycles as they should be. Negligence and recklessness lead to accidents. Distracted driving, even for a moment, can lead to catastrophic consequences for riders. Here are some unique situations motorcyclists have to contend with on the road:
At the Law Offices of DiMarco Araujo Montevideo, our personal injury attorneys are committed to securing the best outcomes for our clients. When we take on your motorcycle accident case, we fully commit ourselves to finding the party at fault and making them pay. We gather our own evidence, talk to witnesses, view police reports, and request notes from your doctor to prove your accident was the direct result of negligence.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, your main focus should be recovery. Let us do the negotiating with the insurance company and opposing counsel. We know all the tricks people use to try to make you settle for less. We don’t stop fighting until you get fair compensation.
To get started on your personal injury claim, call our office to set up a free case evaluation. One of our associates will sit down with you to review the facts of your situation and offer advice, free of charge. To set up a consultation, contact us today.
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