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Alarming Statistics: Majority of Motorcycle Crashes Result in Death or Injury to the Rider

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Joliet motorcycle accident lawyersAs the weather warms, the streets begin to fill with a seasonal kind of vehicle. Shiny, loud, and oh-so-fun to ride, motorcycles are the epitome of freedom. Unfortunately, they are also one of the biggest contributors to traffic accident injuries and fatalities. In fact, more than 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes result in either death or injury to the driver. As such, it is crucial that victims understand their rights to pursue compensation for losses they may experience.

Reasons Behind the Risk

While many factors go into the increased risk of death and injury among motorcycle riders, the biggest is related to the differences between motorcycles and other vehicles on the road. Smaller in size and lacking in any sort of protective encasement, a crash usually ejects the rider from the vehicle. In contrast, most other automobiles keep passengers and drivers within the vehicle and protect them from external elements. Seat belt use can add even more safety benefits by keeping drivers firmly in their seats during most crashes.

Another major contributing issue is that motorcycles often go unseen by other drivers. As such, they are at an increased risk for all types of collisions, but especially side-swipe collisions and oncoming vehicle accidents. It is also worth noting that a large percentage of motorcycle crashes occur at intersections when the rider is passing through and the other driver is turning left and fails to yield the right of way.

Examining the Common Injuries

Helmet use, though connected to a decreased risk of traumatic brain injury and other head and facial injuries, do not prevent a fatality. Internal bleeding, spinal injuries, and other serious injuries may still result, even if a helmet is in use. Further, helmets are not foolproof. In fact, head and facial injuries can and do occur with helmet use. There are also other common injuries that are experienced by motorcycle riders during a crash, including:

  • Lacerations,
  • Amputations,
  • Broken bones,
  • Rupture of the internal organs, and
  • Facial fractures.

Any of these injuries, either alone or combined, could ultimately result in death or serious injury to the motorcyclist. In such cases, compensation may be owed to cover medical expenses, lost time at work, pain and suffering, and other losses experienced by either the victim or their families.

Our Joliet Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle crash, contact Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. for assistance. Dedicated and experienced, our Joliet motorcycle accident lawyers can increase the chances of a favorable outcome in your case. In every situation, we aggressively pursue the most compensation possible. Schedule your personalized consultation with us by calling 815-666-1285 today.


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