Motorcycle Accident Fact Sheet: Danger On Two Wheels
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, which is responsible for collecting and reporting data concerning motorcycle and other motorized vehicle accidents. Some of the most recent motorcycle accident data includes:
- Approximately 112,000 motorcycle crashes were reported in 2012, which amounts to 15% of all motor vehicle accidents that occurred that year.
- In 2012 there were over 93,000 reported motorcyclist injuries and nearly 5,000 motorcyclist fatalities that resulted from accidents involving motorcycles.
- In 2013, motorcycle accidents claimed the lives of 4,668 motorcyclists.
- Motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured, and 26 times more likely to be killed, than passenger vehicle occupants in a motor vehicle accident.
Motorcyclists can frequently be seen racing along the Schuylkill Expressway at all hours of the day and night, or zipping through the city on Market Street or Broad. At some point, there will inevitably be an accident involving one of these motorcycles.
Motorcycle Accident Incidents
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in the City of Brotherly Love, and have suffered an injury, such as a broken bone or a traumatic brain injury, you need to get in touch with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney with extensive knowledge about how to preserve your rights. The professionals at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC take motorcycle accident injuries very seriously and have been working with motorcycle accident victims in Philadelphia for more than four decades.
Common Types of Injuries Caused By Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents usually cause serious harm to those involved in the accident, with the motorcyclist likely to sustain serious bodily injury since there is very little in place to protect him or her from direct impact with the asphalt or another vehicle. The types of injuries that can be sustained as the result of a motorcycle accident vary greatly, and can include, but are not limited to, injuries such as:
Being thrown from a motorcycle is very common in a motorcycle accident, which can cause the motorcyclist to sustain fractured and/or broken bones, serious contusions or internal bruising, and even internal bleeding if he or she impacts into a vehicle or the ground with sufficient force.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Closed head injuries are often associated with motorcycle accidents. If the motorcyclist hits his of her head during an accident, the force could cause a bruise, contusion or bleed in the brain, which, if untreated, could become a serious medical condition.
Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis
Sudden impacts during a motorcycle accident are well known to cause a spinal cord injury in the motorcyclist. Damage to the spinal cord can cause nerve damage and partial or full paralysis.
Significant Cosmetic Injuries
Many times, motorcyclists are traveling at a great rate of speed during an accident, which causes them to skid along the asphalt, causing serious road rash to the skin, possible disfigurement, and the possibility of a lost limb.
The worst possible scenario involving a motorcycle accident is that someone dies as a result of the accident.
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Investigating Motorcycle Accidents Requires Resources
Investigating a motorcycle accident requires a significant amount of time and resources. The investigating attorney not only must have an extensive, specialized knowledge about motorcycle accident law, but he or she must also have a firm understanding of investigation techniques, evidence handling practices, a high level of attention to detail, and the financial resources necessary to conduct a thorough investigation. When you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you need a team of lawyers that has years of experience building a strong case supported by solid evidence and facts.
A number of experts will likely need to be consulted during a motorcycle accident investigation as well. In particular, medical professionals and specialists will be relied upon to perform a comprehensive medical examination and provide a detailed report regarding the severity of any injuries sustained during the motorcycle accident and whether those injuries have a likelihood of causing more medical problems in the future.
In most motorcycle accident cases, there is likely a need to locate witnesses and obtain their statements about the accident. Similarly, there may have been a traffic camera, security footage or someone’s vehicle dash cam that incidentally video recorded the accident. Photographs need to be taken at the scene of the accident, and your statements about the accident need to be recorded in writing.
Furthermore, the police report concerning the motorcycle accident needs to be procured, as well as medical records concerning your injuries and any doctor prognosis, recommendations or reports. Your legal counsel should be able to collect all of this evidence and more to help bolster the strength of your case.
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