As as fun and exhilarating as it is, riding a motorcycle can be dangerous. In fact, motorcycle riders are 29% more likely to die in an accident and four times more likely to be injured as compared to drivers of cars and trucks. There are a number of reasons for this including the fact that car and truck drivers often do not notice and respect motorcyclists on the roadway. In addition, motorcycles do not have the same type of safety equipment as cars such as a steel cage, seat belts, airbags, etc. On average, 5,000 motorcyclists in the United States will lose their life each year and roughly 88,000 people will be injured. In Tennessee, the number of motorcycle fatalities each year hovers around 150 and another 2,500 are injured.
The injury patterns, in order of frequency, tend to be as follows:
- 47%, or almost half, of motorcycle crashes result in lower extremity injuries.
- 40% result in upper extremity injuries.
- 35% of motorcyclists will sustain a head injury.
- 31% of motorcycle wrecks will cause chest injuries.
- 20% of motorcyclists will sustain spinal injuries.
- 15% of motorcycle accidents will cause abdominal injuries.
- 10% of motorcyle crashes will cause facial injuries.
The simple truth is this: serious injuries or death are too often the outcome in motorcycle accidents. According to the National Safety Counsel, the majority of motorcyclist fatalities occurred:
- In urban environments (61%)
- During nice weather (89%)
- When the rider was wearing a helmet (59%)
- When the motorcycle operator was not alcohol-impaired. (71%)
The same adventurous spirit that drew you to riding motorcycles might make you think you can represent yourself in a motorcycle accident case. But if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or if someone you love has been killed in one, you should immediately consult with a lawyer, even if it is not us, to determine your legal rights and options. Representing yourself is fraught with peril and could cause you to lose your rights or to receive less than full compensation for your injuries. Before you hire any lawyer, we encourage you to read some of our FAQs including How to Select a Personal Injury Lawyer, How to Prepare For a Meeting with an Injury Lawyer, etc. Then, we invite you to read about us including our Professional Honors and Awards, reviews of our firm on Facebook and Google and our Client Testimonials page.
With over 100 years of experience, we are eager for you to compare our qualifications with other law firms because our award-winning attorneys have represented motorcycle riders for decades and have a solid understanding of the special laws and issues applicable in motorcycle accident cases. We always offer a free, no-obligation consultation so you do not have to spend any money to determine if you have a case. We handle all motorcycle accident cases on a contingency basis so we only get paid if we recover money for you and your family. And, we know how to get results. To get started, simply give us a call. We are here to help.
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