Motorcycle Accident Injuries & Deaths Are Common
The following are typical injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident:
Death. A motorcyclist has a higher risk of having a fatal accident than any
other motor vehicle operator.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI). California law requires a biker to wear a helmet. Anyone who doesn't
increases the odds of sustaining a TBI by 40 percent, often with tragic
consequences. A TBI makes it difficult and in some cases impossible to
perform everyday activities, such as eating and talking. Medical treatment
may be extensive and long-term.
Paralysis. Injury to the spinal cord and nervous system can result in paralysis
of the lower body, known as paraplegia, or paralysis of the legs and arms,
known as quadriplegia.
Head and neck injuries. About 20 percent of motorcycle accident injuries affect the head and
neck. These injuries may lead to more dire conditions, including spinal
cord damage, paralysis and permanent brain damage.
Burns. Medical treatment is necessary to prevent infection, and burns may require
a dermatologist's or a plastic surgeon's attention.
Severed limbs. The impact of the crash could separate a limb from the body or an impacted
limb may need to be surgically removed later through amputation. Either
way, loss of limb is traumatic, and the biker may require long-term medical
and psychological care.
Broken bones. Fractures could prevent you from returning to work and performing everyday
Road rash. Even wearing long pants and a jacket may not protect you against skin
abrasions. While they may not seem like much, they can become infected
without proper medical treatment.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
California law allows lane-splitting for motorcyclists. They are legally
allowed to ride between lanes when traffic is slow or stopped, but only
in a safe and prudent manner. California's roads can be a challenge
to even the most experienced biker, but riders of all levels can be involved
in a crash.
The most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Drunk driving
- Speeding and reckless driving
- Less visibility to other vehicles
- Hazardous weather conditions
- Poor road conditions
- Motorcycle defects
- Congested roadways
- Road obstructions and construction
In some cases, the motorcyclist may be at fault. Statistics from the California
Highway Patrol indicate that 27 percent of bikers killed in a crash in
2010 had a blood alcohol content (BAC) above the legal limit. Also in
that year, 79 percent of motorcyclists involved in fatal collisions and
57 percent involved in injury collisions were determined to be at fault.
Vehicle Defects & Other Products Liability Claims
In cases of
vehicle defects, we can file a products liability claim on your behalf and hold manufacturers
and others, if applicable, responsible for the faulty products. In cases
of wrongful death, we can file a wrongful death suit for surviving family members.
We have been successfully representing victims of motorcycle crashes for
nearly 20 years. We work with our team of forensics experts and other
accident specialists to determine fault. We are fully committed to getting
you the maximum compensation for medical treatment of long-term disabilities,
lost wages, and pain and suffering. While we always review settlement
offers with you, insurance companies usually offer much less than you
deserve. In those situations, we go to court and present a solid case
for our position.
We Are Here to Help
When you need a Pasadena
motorcycle accident lawyer with the skills and knowledge to get favorable results, reach out to Tedford
& Associates in Pasadena.
Tedford & Associates has a convenient Pasadena location to handle motorcycle
accident cases. You pay no attorney fees until we recover for you.
Call us now at (626) 793-7270 or use our
online contact form to tell us about your situation and schedule your free consultation. In
addition to our standard office hours, we offer evening, early morning
and weekend appointments for your convenience.
Contact us for a free initial consultation
if you were injured in a motorcycle accident.