There’s nothing quite like riding a motorcycle through the streets, highways and bi-ways of Doylestown. And while most rides are leisurely and enjoyable, things can go wrong in an instant, leaving motorcyclists vulnerable to severe injury and death. Motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured and up to 26 times more apt to be killed during a collision than occupants in a passenger auto, notes the Insurance Information Institute. If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, count on our motorcycle accident attorney to go the extra mile for you to help you get the compensation to which you are entitled and hold the at-fault party accountable.
Statistics on Motorcycle Accidents
Numbers don’t lie. Motorcycles are among the most dangerous modes of transportation on the road, bar none. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in its 2016 Crash Facts & Statistics report, notes that of the 3,500 reported motorcycle crashes in the state that year, more than 3,300 injuries were sustained and 189 riders or their passengers were killed, half of which was not wearing a helmet at the time of their demise. Nationwide, numbers are just as bleak. There were 88,000 motorcycle injuries reported along with almost 5,000 deaths in 2015. Helmet usages among the nation’s 8.6 million bikers rest at around 40 percent or so. Shockingly, 17 percent of fatalities on the roadway involve motorcycles.
Motorcycle Accident Causes
In a limited number of incidences, motorcycle riders may be responsible for their own accidents, due to speeding, carelessness, inattention and other actions on the road. However, the more likely scenario in many accidents is that someone else was responsible for the injury caused to the motorcyclist. Other motorists on the road are the biggest threat to operators of motorcycles. Beyond operator error, other causes for motorcycle accidents include:
- Errors by other drivers on the road
- Speeding by other vehicles
- Refusing to recognize the right-of-way for motorcycles
- Dangerous road conditions
- Bad weather
- Manufacturing defects and flaws
Injuries to Motorcyclists
Motorcycle operators are vulnerable to a range of injuries since they are not riding in an enclosed vehicle that affords at least some protection from impacts during a crash. Crushing injuries, breaks, open fractures, soft tissue injuries, deep cuts, and burns are not unusual in these cases. When a motorcyclist is thrown from his bike, it is not uncommon to see traumatic brain injuries such as concussion or coma, or spinal damage due to forceful impacts in the back and neck areas, even among riders who are geared up with safety equipment and helmets.
Damages in a motorcycle accident depend on the severity of the injuries sustained. Most claims encompass medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage. Sometimes punitive damages are awarded at the discretion of the judge or jury when and if a claim goes into litigation.
Time is of the Essence
The phrase “time is of the essence” bears a lot of weight when it comes to personal injury claims. Pennsylvania allows only two years for accident claims to be filed following your injury. If you miss this important deadline, you may lose your right to sue for damages. Contact our Doylestown motorcycle accident attorney to learn more about your legal options. Reach out to schedule your free no-obligation case review.