When gas prices rise and temperatures warm, Americans quickly park their four-wheeled vehicles and opt for the open ride which motorcycles, mopeds and scooters offer. However, these riders are the most vulnerable when an accident occurs with another vehicle and more susceptible to a fatality.
Determining an acceptable amount for property damage and personal injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident with a car in Alabama can be complicated. That’s why it’s important to consult with an accident attorney experienced in personal injury cases, like those at Long & Long in Mobile and Baldwin County, when you need to bring legal action to recover damages. Pease call (877) 3346-0776 for a free consultation.
Common Factors in Motorcycle Accidents
With funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the University of Southern California analyzed 3,600 motorcycle traffic accidents in 1981, known as the Hurt Study. The study determined several common factors involved in motorcycle accidents, including:
- Vehicle failure – loss of control typically due to tire punctures
- Vehicle defects – rare, but usually due to deficient or defective maintenance
- Motorcycle errors – slideouts, overbraking, excess speed, under-cornering
- Roadway defects – potholes, pavement ridges, etc.
- Single vehicle accidents – motorcycle collides with the roadway or a fixed object
- Multiple vehicle accidents – violating motorcycle right-of-way
- Automobile driver errors – failure to detect and recognize a motorcycle is the predominant cause of motorcycle accidents, including cell phone usage of a driver
- Weather – involves less than 2 percent of motorcycle accidents
Expected Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident
Without the occupant protection, crash worthiness and visibility of an automobile, motorcyclists involved in crashes find that injuries are more serious, often deadly and can involve long-term disability. It’s important to know what to do when you are involved in a crash so that you can help yourselves and victims of a crash.
Contact medical personnel immediately, as injuries treated in motorcycle accidents often involve:
- Multiple injuries – 23% have more than one injury
- Head injuries – traumatic brain injuries that often lead to permanent disability
- Back or spine injuries – some resulting in quadriplegia and paraplegia
- Skin damage – epidermal irritations, infections and surface nerve damage
- Limb amputations and paralysis
Valuing Your Motorcycle Accident Injuries
When a motorcycle accident has led to permanent care needs, death, or simply caused property damage, along with pain and suffering, please contact the experienced motor vehicle accident attorneys Long & Long, serving the Mobile, Alabama area. Arrange your free consultation by calling (877) 336-0776 today.