Motorcycle owners describe the activity as rewarding and liberating. It’s not just a mode of transportation, it’s a lifestyle. Riders also know that riding a motorcycle carries with it a greater risk of injury than other forms of transportation. To mitigate that risk, those who choose to ride motorcycles prepare by properly training and understanding the traffic laws that are related to motorcycles. But accidents happen, even with the best of preparedness, and often as a result of another driver’s negligence. In an accident with a car, a motorcycle offers no outer protection, leaving the rider vulnerable to a direct impact, being thrown off the bike or dragged along the road. For this reason, serious injuries, including brain injuries, spinal injuries, and even death are all too common in collisions involving a motorcycle and a car or truck. Those who are injured in a motorcycle accident need the help of an experienced Seattle motorcycle accident attorney to investigate negligent parties and secure all available insurance to cover medical expenses, lost income, and full compensation for physical and mental pain and suffering, inconvenience, and disability. An experienced attorney will be the accident victim’s legal voice during the challenging aftermath of the accident.
Severe and Disabling Injuries
Because of the lack of outer protection afforded by a motorcycle, those who are injured in motorcycle accidents often suffer severe and disabling injuries. Some of these include spinal cord injuries which can cause paralysis and permanent disability. Another common serious injury is traumatic brain injury, which can have many difficult symptoms including lifelong cognitive impairment, making a person unable to return to his or her job. Bone fractures or even amputation of limbs may also occur, along with disfiguring scars, skin abrasions and facial injuries. Treatment is often expensive, and lost wages are often also very extensive. Lifelong disability involves medical expenses that last a lifetime.
The Importance of Wearing a Helmet
When riding a motorcycle, wearing a helmet is crucial. Whether or not the law requires it, it’s just the smart thing to do. It has been estimated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, that wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of death by 40 percent and the risk of head injury by nearly 70 percent. Motorcycle accidents result in a disproportionately high rate of death when compared to other types of traffic accidents, so it makes sense to use all recommended safety measures and precautions when riding a motorcycle. Of all these measures, wearing a helmet is one of the most important. In Washington State, helmets are required for both riders and passengers on our public streets, and motorcyclists are generally safe in observing all posted laws.
Call to Schedule a Free Consultation With a Seattle Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident, call to schedule a free consultation with a Seattle motorcycle accident attorney today. The expert legal staff at Gosanko & O’Halloran, PLLC serve the greater Seattle, Washington area. We will thoroughly evaluate your case, investigate to determine the negligent parties and secure all available insurance to maximum the amount of compensation allowed by law. Check out our web page at gosankoohalloran.com or give us a call at 206-275-0700 and let our experienced professionals be your legal voice today. We are available for safe consultations during the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.