It is common knowledge that people who ride motorcycles are more vulnerable in the case of an accident, and that injuries from motorcycle accidents can be more severe than automobile accidents. Therefore, injuries from a motorcycle accident may have a significant impact on your finances and quality of life. If someone else was responsible for the accident, you should be able to receive reimbursement for your injuries. A Coweta County accident attorney can help to ensure you receive a fair settlement.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal injuries from motorcycle accidents increased 55% from 2001 to 2008. The number of motorcyclists who visited emergency rooms due to nonfatal accident injuries rose from 120,000 in 2001 to 175,000 during the same time period. 30% of those nonfatal injuries were to legs or feet, which usually impairs mobility, walking, and standing, and 22% were to the head or neck, which can lead to serious complications such as brain damage or even paralysis.
The highest rates for injury were among 20-24 year-olds, with the 25-29 year-old age group a close second. Young people tend to be more reckless and disregard safety standards and laws, and therefore are more at risk for injury should an accident take place.
The CDC offer these tips to protect yourself and stay safe on a motorcycle:
- Wear appropriate clothing. Clothing should be made from a protective material, such as leather, that would provide at least some protection from injury should you hit the road.
- Always wear a helmet that has been approved by the Department of Transportation.
- Follow all traffic laws, such as speed limits and suggested distances for following other vehicle. Avoid tailgating.
- Exercise additional caution when traveling in adverse weather or on uneven or hazardous roads and surfaces.
- Never drink alcohol and drive your motorcycle. Furthermore, protect your friends by not allowing them to drive a motorcycle after drinking alcohol.
Even if injuries are nonfatal, the injuries can still be severe and cause you to miss work, either temporarily or permanently, and you can incur crushing medical debt. If someone else is responsible, or shares responsibility for your injury, contacting a personal injury attorney in Coweta County can help you begin the path to financial recovery. The Law Offices of Shane Smith are here to evaluate your case and to help you get back on your feet while you focus on recuperating from your motorcycle accident injury. Give us a call at (770) 487-8999 and get your free consultation today!