Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
If you are a motorcyclist, you are likely aware of the special dangers that come with motorcycling on roads filled with cars, buses and trucks. Many drivers are unaware of motorcyclists on the road. When making a U-turn, turning at an intersection or simply changing lanes, many drivers fail to notice motorcyclists on the road before it is too late. Unfortunately, the occurrence of motorcyclist accident fatalities continues to rise.
According to preliminary data released by the Governors Highway Safety Association for 2012, motorcycle fatalities increased by 4.3 percent between 2011 and 2012. In 2012 alone, preliminary data shows that 3,922 motorcyclist fatalities occurred. Since 1997, motorcyclist fatalities have increased every year except one.
From minor injuries to paralysis or death, motorcycle accidents can lead to a wide range of injuries. In a minor accident, a motorcyclist may be lucky to get away with road rash or a case of whiplash. Other motorcyclists involved in accidents may experience serious bone fractures or joint injuries. Devastating knee, neck and back injuries can also occur in more serious crashes.
Very serious accidents can result in disfigurement, internal injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, or even death. Traumatic brain injuries are also a persistent problem in motorcycling accidents. Many states have tried to combat serious head injuries by adopting helmet laws and, fortunately, helmet use has increased from 48 percent to 67 percent between 2005 and 2009.
Although many states and organizations are working to improve motorcyclist awareness, serious accidents involving motorcycles still persist. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, an experienced personal injury attorney at The McClelland Law Group can help you get the compensation you deserve.