Motorcyclists in California face particular threats in case of a motor vehicle collision. Even while protected with a helmet and gear and operating a modern bike, motorcyclists’ bodies are largely exposed to the massive weight and volume of passenger cars and commercial trucks in the event of a crash. Even while other types of motor vehicle accidents have declined and outcomes have improved due to newer safety technologies, motorcyclists continue to face severe injuries and devastating long-term damage after a crash.
Head injuries common for motorcyclists
In one study of motorcycle accident victims, almost 60% of the injured bikers sustained head injuries in the accident. Head injuries can lead to fractures and damage to the eyes, ears and nose as well as long-term traumatic brain injuries. Other common injuries in motorcycle crashes included broken bones, organ damage and puncture wounds, in addition to soft tissue damage and other types of pain. In many cases, accident victims may be forced out of work for an extended period of time during their recovery, even as medical bills continue to mount. These types of severe injuries can also lead to ongoing rehabilitation needs and extensive care over time.
Car and truck drivers often at fault
Many people often are quick to place blame on the motorcyclist in the case of a crash. However, many motorcycle collisions are actually caused by negligent drivers of cars and other larger vehicles. They may merge into traffic without looking for oncoming motorcycles, sideswipe motorcyclists as they drive or force them off the road when merging without taking proper precautions.
Motorcyclists may suffer severe, ongoing consequences as a result of a motor vehicle collision, including major head wounds and traumatic brain injuries. If you were injured due to another driver’s negligence, you might work with a personal injury lawyer to pursue compensation for your damages.