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Motorcycle Injuries Leave Accident Victims in Pain and with Medical Bills

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San Jose motorcycle crash lawyers, motorcycle injuries, motorcycle accident victims, motorcycle crash, road rashMotorcyclists are at a huge disadvantage when they get into an accident with a car. In many cases, the occupants of the car will be barely injured, whereas the motorcyclists will require hospitalization and rehabilitation. This is due to the lack of protection provided by motorcycles.

However, just because a motorcycle may have a higher risk for injury does not mean that a biker should bear the costs of an accident in which he or she was not at fault. Motorcycles are legally allowed to drive on the road, and drivers of cars are responsible for any damage they inflict.


Common Motorcycle Injuries

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that lower-extremity injuries are the most common among motorcycle accident victims, followed by upper-extremity injuries and head injuries. Wounds to the lower extremities tend to be less severe than those sustained to the head, chest, and torso.

Bone fractures are more common than soft tissue damage in lower-extremity injuries. Another common injury is road rash, which occurs when a motorcyclist slides across the road or ground, which causes abrasions to the skin.

The Cost of Motorcycle Injuries

According to the NHTSA, the cost of medical treatment for a motorcyclist in an accident typically ranges from $20,000 to over $50,000, depending on the injuries. For example:

  • A single lower-extremity injury costs an estimated median of $20,745;
  • Multiple lower-extremity injuries cost an estimated median of $38,608; and
  • A lower-extremity injury in combination with other injuries costs an estimated median of $56,288.

In addition, motorcycle accident victims may have to take off work or not be able to work in the same capacity as before the accident. These damages should also be compensated by the person responsible for the accident. Finally, pain and suffering is typically awardable and is usually proportionate to the amount of medical costs incurred.

Call a San Jose, CA Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Due to the severity of injuries motorcycle accident victims are likely to experience, having an attorney can be crucial to getting you the full compensation you are entitled to under the law. Our firm understands what is fair for motorcycle accident victims, and we will work aggressively on your behalf.

To hear what the experienced San Jose motorcycle crash lawyers at the Jachimowicz Law Group think about your case, call our offices at 408-246-5500. We offer free consultations.

Source:

https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/810982

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