Kentucky Motorcyclists Are Perpetually at Risk of Serious Injuries
The facts about motorcycle accidents and related fatalities and injuries
The fatality and injury rates for motorcyclists are appalling. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study in 2012 disclosed that, per vehicle/mile traveled, motorcyclists were over 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic crash. In 2013, the NHTSA determined that of 30,057 fatal highway accidents that occurred, 4,668 (15.5 percent) involved bikers.
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Why are motorcyclists more likely to be killed or injured than other drivers?
The disproportionately large fatality rates among motorcyclists stem from the vehicles themselves. A motorcycle offers little protection to its rider. It has no roof, sides, or floor; no protection from an engine compartment ahead, or from a trunk behind. A skid can cause the rider to land beneath the bike and be crushed under its weight, or burned by its exhaust pipe. In a collision, the rider is almost always personally impacted by the other vehicle, and may be crushed or run over by it, or catapulted from the bike into a stationary object. Riders rarely escape uninjured; in almost every case they end up bruised, broken, burned, catastrophically injured, or dead.
Because motorcycles are relatively small, fast, and maneuverable, they are not always immediately visible to other drivers and may suddenly enter their blind spots. During the best motorcycling weather, it may be too warm for riders to wear heavy protective clothing such as leather jackets, leather pants, and boots. By opting for jeans, T-shirts, and sneakers instead, they are all the more likely to suffer severe lacerations and abrasions during even the most minor encounters with negligent passenger car drivers.
The kinds and costs of non-fatal injuries that motorcyclists sustain
A meta-analysis of motorcycle injury costs was reported by NHTSA for 1997. The studies involved dealt generally with the medical cost differences between motorcycle accidents and those of all other vehicles. One comparison disclosed that the average medical cost per motorcycle crash in 1997 dollars was $211,000 while that of all other vehicles was $17,000, a factor of more than 12 times greater. A
second comparison placed the average medical cost per motorcycle crash at $206, 460 and that of all other vehicles at $52,610, a factor of 4 times greater.
In addition, motorcyclists who sustained single-isolated lower-extremity injuries had an estimated median of $21,000 on hospital charges per patient. The median charges increased to an estimated $39,000 for patients with multiple lower-extremity injuries and was highest for motorcyclists who sustained lower-extremity injuries in combination with other injuries: $56,000 per patient. All of these costs have no doubt increased significantly since the report was issued.
What to do if you are injured by a negligent motorist while riding your motorcycle
- Even if you are sure you are uninjured, or that you have only an insignificant minor injury, make certain that police and medical help are summoned. Do not try to move, and do not allow others to move you unless it is dangerous to remain where you are.
- Do not change position, stand, or try to walk until you have been told you may do so by competent medical advisors, as these activities can worsen an injury.
- Do not make any statement about the accident to anyone except a police officer.
- Avoid making any gratuitous remarks about the accident that might later be used to shift blame to you.
- Seek legal assistance from an experienced motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible.
Crandall & Pera Law’s Kentucky auto accident attorneys help obtain justice for injured motorcyclists
If you were injured because a negligent driver collided with your motorcycle, let the Kentucky motorcycle accident lawyers at Crandall & Pera Law help you obtain the compensation you need to cover the cost of medical care and lost wages and to alleviate the strain on your finances. We also advocate for your receiving proper rehabilitation or long-term care, if necessary, and help if your insurance carrier limits or delays payment of benefits.
The experienced attorneys at Crandall & Pera Law are interested in your case and want to help. We have often made the difference between favorable and unfavorable outcomes in motorcycle crashes. Please call us at 877-686-8879, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Kentucky motorcycle accident attorney. We have offices conveniently located in Lexington and Louisville.