Motorcycles have always been a popular alternative to passenger cars, but these vehicles do come with an increased risk because of their lack of protection for the rider. Unlike motor vehicles, the motorcycle provides the rider with no physical barrier between their body and the ground or other vehicles.
Crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports 63 motorcyclist fatalities in the state of Connecticut in 2008, and in 2011 approximately 82,000 individuals were injured in motorcycle accidents. The injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident can permanently impair, disfigure or paralyze a rider if they do not die in the crash.
Many accidents arise because drivers of motor vehicles do not watch for motorcyclists, nor are they aware of the safe driving etiquette in regard to motorcycles. Sadly, most of these accidents could have been avoided if drivers adopted a friendlier attitude towards motorcycles and if they realize the great disadvantage the motorcyclist has if they are involved in a crash.
The legal team of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers believes that the victims of motorcycle accidents need an ally to defend their rights and help them make sense of the litigation process, which can feel overwhelming to an individual who has just suffered a traumatic event. Our attorneys will fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation eligible to you as a victim of personal injury, and we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve the justice and peace of mind they deserve.
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Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists can sustain a number of serious injuries to their face, body, limbs or teeth and there are many factors that determine the severity of an injury. High rates of speed or a lack of reaction time will cause different injuries than a lay-down or sliding incident.
The following are some of the most common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents:
- Crushing of the bones in the lower extremities
- Dental trauma
- Facial disfiguration
- Internal injuries
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of limb
- Neck injuries
- Pelvic fracture
- Physical disability
- Road rash
- Severe brain damage
- …and many others.
This list is not exhaustive, and most accidents will cause multiple injuries to the victim. In the event of a motorcycle accident it is imperative that medical attention is sought as quickly as possible so valuable time is not wasted in treating the injuries.
Internal injuries, concussion or brain damage might go undetected if a rider does not consult with a physician and receive clearance or treatment for their injuries. If left untreated, these injuries could cause further damage or death to a rider long after the accident is over.
Reasons for Motorcycle Collisions
As with any accident, the incident is usually avoidable and results from several factors. In many cases, motor vehicle drivers are not looking out for motorcycles on the road, which can often be difficult to see. Wearing reflective or brightly colored clothing can help a rider’s chances of being easily spotted while they are on the road, but another driver’s negligence may cause them to be completely unaware of the motorcyclist, regardless of the safety precautions they take.
Some of the most common reasons for motorcycle accidents are:
- Dense traffic
- Distracted or careless drivers
- Driver crowds rider
- Drinking while driving
- Drivers’ inability to recognize motorcyclists on the road
- Impatient drivers
- Improper use/ lack of signaling
- Inexperienced motorcyclists
- Speeding drivers
- Violation of the motorcyclist’s right-of-way
- …and many more
Conversely, motorcycle riders can habitually weave through traffic without signaling or two may ride abreast in one lane. These behaviors should be avoided to prevent unnecessary accidents from occurring and allow motor vehicles to see the rider more easily.
Contact New Haven Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
The personal injury lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers realize the impact injuries from motorcycle accidents can have on not only on the victim’s life, but the family’s, too. We know that these injuries bring unnecessary pain to the victims, who never could have imagined that a recreational vehicle like a motorcycle might bring their death or change their life forever.
Our legal team has over 140 years of combined legal experience and will fight for the MAXIMUM compensation that you may be eligible to receive.
Our office in New Haven proudly serves clients in the following areas:
- East Haven
- North Haven
- West Haven
- Devon/ Walnut Beach
- …and most other surrounding towns and suburbs of these locations.
Call 1-800-PERKINS or complete the 100% FREE and COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL “Case Review” form at the top of this page to see how the lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers could help you on your road to recovery from a New Haven motorcycle accident.