Understanding the Risks Associated with Motorcycle Accidents
July 2, 2018
Summer is the perfect time of year to take full advantage of the outdoors. This being said, the warmer weather does tend to bring out more motorcycle riders than any other time of year. With the increased number of motorcycles on the roadways comes an increased number of motorcycle accidents.
Understanding the risks associated with motorcycle accidents is essential if you happen to own or regularly ride a motorcycle. These accidents often involve serious injury or even death due to the fact that the driver is completely exposed, and motorcycles are most often the smallest vehicles involved in the accident.
Motorcycle riding in Maryland is especially dangerous on major highways. The most serious injuries occur at speeds over 40 MPH, however, even a low-speed accident can result in severe injuries or fatalities. Injuries often include broken bones, lacerations, contusions, neck, and back injuries. Head trauma is likely the most serious of injuries to happen to motorcyclists involved in an accident, which can occur when the rider’s head makes impact with the roadway or another vehicle.
Head trauma may require surgical treatment and is always considered a medical emergency. Some motorcyclists will recover from their injuries while others may require months or even years of treatment. Some injuries may be life-threatening, and others might result in a lifelong disability. These types of injuries are serious, and the negligent party should be held responsible for the damages.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, be sure to first assess the damage, if possible. If you’ve been injured, be sure to call for medical attention in addition to calling the police to file an accident report. Next, check the damage to your bike and take plenty of photos. Then, contact your insurance company immediately. The sooner you contact your insurance company to get your claim started, the better. Lastly, hire a motorcycle accident attorney to help fight for you and your case. Especially if you have been injured in the accident, Potter Burnett Law wants to ensure that you receive the compensation you should for physical damages and lost wages. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, don’t hesitate to contact Potter Burnett Law today to schedule a free consultation.