What makes riding a motorcycle so enjoyable is the same thing that makes them dangerous. A motorcycle rider is fully exposed on their bike, making them more likely to be ejected from their vehicle in an accident and to come into contact with the road, another vehicle or other surfaces. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 80 percent of motorcycle accidents result in an injury or death.
While most motorcyclists are safe, licensed drivers, not everyone on the road shares that background. The other driver might be on a cell phone, intoxicated or needlessly aggressive. When a motorcycle and car collide, it's a perilous situation.
Responding to an accident
There are six key steps to follow after any accident, whether you're driving a car, a motorcycle or any other vehicle on the highway.
- Check for injuries
- Get out of the roadway
- Exchange information
- File a police report
- Document the scene
- Get medical attention
Common motorcycle accident injuries
Every accident is different, but there are a few common motorcycle accident injuries:
- Bone fractures - broken legs are the most common fracture
- Road rash - including nerve and tissue damage
- Head injuries - including traumatic brain injury
The road to recovery
Recovery can be long and expensive. The recovery process itself is often grueling and difficult, putting a strain on your ability to maintain employment, manage relationships and attend social functions. After a serious injury, psychological effects often include moodiness, depression, irregular sleep patterns and loss of appetite. The damages exceed any medical bill and repair costs to your motorcycle.
Anyone who has been in a motorcycle accident should consult with an experienced attorney to review your case. At Katzman & Sugden, LLC, we will help you evaluate the total damages after an accident so you can focus on your recovery. We only charge a fee if we win your case. Call us at 618-509-5410 to get started today, or contact us online now.