Common Types of Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents in Delaware
Competent injury attorneys safeguarding the rights of injured clients in and around Wilmington, Newark and Seaford, DE
Riding a motorcycle is dangerous. Most people, even those who choose to ride motorcycles know this, but did you know that the fatality rate for motorcyclists was six times the rate for passenger vehicles in 2013? Despite the fact that motorcycles account for only three percent of all registered vehicles on the road in the United States, and they account for only 0.7 percent of vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclist fatalities occurred 26 times more frequently than for passengers in motor vehicle crashes, and five times more likely to be injured according to the National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA).
At Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, we help protect motorcycle riders and their families after a serious injury leads to mounting medical bills, lost days at work and pain and suffering. From our Delaware offices in Seaford, Wilmington, and Newark, we offer comprehensive counsel to our clients, and fight on their behalf.
Common motorcycle accident injuries
There were 88,000 motorcyclists who received injuries in 2013, which is down by 5.4 percent from the previous year’s figure of 93,000 according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Because of how completely exposed bikers are, when they get involved in an accident with another motor vehicle the results are often deadly and sometimes result in significant and catastrophic injury when the rider does survive the crash. Here are some of the more common injuries suffered by riders in motorcycle accidents:
- Road rash. Smart motorcycle riders will wear protective gear such as leather jackets and pants because if their bodies hit the ground even during a relatively minor accident, they can get road rash, which are terribly painful skin abrasions that occur when they are dragged along the pavement after the collision.
- Broken bones. When a rider collides with another vehicle or a stationary object, they can end up with broken arms, legs, or any other bones in their bodies.
- Back, neck and spinal injuries. When a biker’s body is thrown with the tremendous forces at play during a crash the trauma of being thrown and then hitting the ground or anything else can cause severe trauma to the neck, back and spine that can result in partial or total paralysis, which would require ongoing care for the rest of the injured person’s life.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI). The forces at which the brain crashes into the inside front of the skull and then against the back or sides of the skull in a crash can cause devastating injury to the brain which will affect many areas of the injured person’s life including cognitive deficits, neurological complications, headaches, problems with balance, vision, hearing, the ability to concentrate and a whole host of other symptoms.
Overcoming bias against motorcycle riders
Whether it is because they think that most motorcycle riders are reckless speeders, or if it comes from their lack of understanding about how to operate a motorcycle, police officers, other drivers and the jurors who will decide the case may have some level of disdain or even an unconscious bias against bikers. For this reason, processing a claim or preparing for a lawsuit in a motorcycle accident injury case must be handled differently from any other type of injury case. You need the benefit of a legal team that has experience protecting the rights of motorcycle riders before you.
How we can help
At the law firm of Silverman, McDonald & Friedman, we have the advantage of more than 100 years of combined legal experience that we can leverage on your behalf. We understand how to find the relevant facts, overcome any apparent biases, and protect your right to fair compensation when you have been injured in a motorcycle crash.
Our knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorneys can handle your accident injury case that occurred in the following or any other type of accident:
- Drunk driving accident
- Distracted driver
- Drowsy driver
- Accidents caused by defective motorcycles or equipment
- Hazardous roadways
Our knowledgeable injury attorneys fight for every injured motorcycle rider’s right to the best compensation possible when they have been injured due to the negligence of another driver.
Schedule a free consultation today with one of our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys
If you have suffered a serious injury on a motorcycle caused the negligence of another driver, we can help make sure that the negligent party is held accountable. We fight on your behalf to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact the attorneys of Silverman McDonald & Friedman for a free consultation where you can get legal advice about your case. You are welcome to complete our quick contact form or call us at 302-888-2900 to schedule a free consultation. We have offices serving all of Delaware located in Newark, Wilmington, and Seaford.