Motorcycle Drivers More Likely to Suffer Serious Injury or Death in Accidents
A Government Accountability Office report looking at data collected in 2010 estimates that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than people using other vehicles. According to the report $16 billion was spent for deaths and injuries related to motorcycle accidents but the overall cost is hard to calculate. The change in lifestyle due to the possibility of losing employment and long term medical care are not reflected in the report as there is only a short follow up conducted in this kind of report.
The report talks about how alcohol impairment, speeding, lack of license and lack of other driver’s awareness can all contribute to these statistics. It also mentions that a helmet may not prevent accidents but it may prevent fatalities. The lack of awareness of riders has always been cited as a reason for these accidents and it is a primary reason why motorcycle riders should contact legal representation when involved in an accident.
The statistics do not lie: medical expenses and long, costly rehabilitation due to injuries caused by another driver’s carelessness can be exorbitant. These expenses may be paid for as part of a settlement in a suit against that driver. If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident contact our experienced St. Louis motorcycle injury attorneys today to find out how to proceed with your claim.