Motorcycling can be a fun and efficient mode of transportation. Biking allows commuters to be fully immersed in their surroundings while traveling. This can be an appealing alternative to transportation by car.
Despite this, however, some of the statistics regarding motorcycle accidents can be cause for alarm. While only 20% of car collisions result in serious injury or death, motorcyclists have a staggering 80% chance of being seriously injured or killed in a collision.
Distracted and negligent drivers are the biggest threat to motorcyclists safety and are responsible for the vast majority of collisions that occur involving bikers and cars.
As a motorcyclist in the Snoqualmie area who has been involved in a motorcycle collision, it is important for you to be in touch with an expert legal firm who will be able to justly represent your case in court. Too often insurance adjusters are quick to try to talk motorcyclists into accepting a low settlement from the responsible driver, and even though at the time it may seem like a good sum of money, it is probably only enough to cover immediate medical costs without considering any therapy or long-term medical care you might require.
Here at Brain Injury Law in Snoqualmie, we have a team of expert motorcycle accident attorneys who have experience dealing with motorcycle collisions and are prepared to assist you in forming a strong case so that you can receive an adequate settlement for your damages.
Common Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents In Snoqualmie
Here are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in the Snoqualmie area.
- Hit a fixed object. This stationary object could be anything from debris to misplaced construction equipment. A motorcycle accident attorney will assist you in tracing the party responsible for the misplaced object in the road and pursue reparations from them for their negligence.
- Vehicle turned in front of motorcycle. Nearly a quarter of all motorcycle accidents occur because a vehicle turns into the immediate path of a motorcyclist — not allowing him/her enough time to safely change lanes — resulting in a collision.
- Vehicle rear-ended motorcycle. Distracted or negligent drivers are often the cause of a rear-end collision — making up 7% of motorcycle accidents.
- Forced off the road. Being forced off the road due to a distracted or impaired driver can lead to an accident. These accidents are the result of drivers not carefully checking their blind spots before merging into another lane and can be very dangerous for the motorcyclist.
- Weather-related accident. Poor weather conditions can affect the safety of our roadways. Perhaps the driver who hit you was not driving appropriately for the weather conditions, or maybe the roadway where you were biking wasn’t optimized for the weather conditions. All of these can be causes for an accident and as a motorcycle accident attorneys, it is our job to find out the responsible party for your accident and hold them accountable to your damages.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists can suffer from a number of different injuries that vary in severity. Here are some of the most common injuries that our clients have sustained as victims of motorcycle collisions.
- Biker’s arm. This injury occurs when a motorcyclist is thrown from their bike and skids across the asphalt road. Often times the biker’s arm will receive the full force of the impact, causing nerve damage, paralysis, and deep lacerations.
- Burns. Oftentimes during a collision, there will be spilled gasoline that results in a fire. A car or motorcycle fire can cause severe burns that take extensive treatment and expensive skin grafting to recover from.
- Broken bones. Broken or fractured bones are extremely common in motorcycle accidents. Leg, knee, arm, shoulder breaks, and pelvic fractures are among the most common bone injuries motorcyclists have to deal with.
- Degloving. Degloving is an extremely painful injury that occurs when the skin from a limb is completely removed (degloving is most likely to happen to a biker’s hand or foot). Degloving completely exposes tendons and muscles and requires extensive medical treatment.
- Brain damage. Traumatic brain injuries or TBIs occur when a forceful blow is dealt to the head, causing the brain to shift and collide with the skull. TBIs are extremely dangerous and can be fatal if left untreated. To mitigate some of the risks of sustaining a TBI, make sure that you are always wearing a helmet, doing so will decrease your chances of being fatally injured in a collision by 37%.
- Road rash. Another painful injury, road rash is sustained when a biker slides across the asphalt roadways and receives severe abrasions to the skin. Wearing protective biking gear will make you less susceptible to receiving road rash should you be involved in a collision.
Get Help For Your Injuries Today
It isn’t uncommon for injured motorcyclists to suffer from depression and feelings of anger as a result of their accident. With increasing stress due to medical expenses, court hearings, and lost wages, it is easy to become discouraged in the midst of the legal process.
We here at Brain Injury Law Of Seattle are ready to assist you in building a strong case so that you can have the freedom to begin rebuilding your life and physical health following the collision.
Contact Brain Injury Law Of Seattle today to get help or to schedule a free consultation.
M.W., kent, wa
“M.W. was riding his bicycle in a bike lane in Kent. He was a 24 year old elite cyclist in excellent shape. A driver of a truck in the lane next to him suddenly turned right and nicked M.W., making him fall off his bike. He was wearing his helmet. However, when he fell to the ground, his head struck the pavement along with his left shoulder. “
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